ALGEBRA – the best Croatian professional higher education institution
Based on the trends recognized in employment of IT qualified professionals through the analysis of employers’ needs and based on analysed characteristics of the labor market in Croatia, the project of establishing Algebra University College was launched in 2006.
The goal of the founders was to create a top quality professional higher education institution that was, along with its program, staff and teaching material, ready to meet the demands of employers and the labour market. The accreditation issued by the National Agency for Science and Higher Education, the results of the re-accreditation in 2012, the quality assurance system evaluation performed by Flemish-Dutch accreditation agency NVAO and the status “Approved by FER” (FER – Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing) supported the fact that these wishes were not ungrounded and confirmed the high level of the University College curriculum.
The University College is a part of the Algebra education group, the founding institution which has been operating on the Croatian market for almost 20 years and has remained the leading educational center in the region for computing and information technology.
Today, the University College carries out four undergraduate professional programs and five graduate professional programs:
UNDERGRADUATE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM (BACHELOR)
GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM (MASTER)
The curricula of all study programs are fully compliant with the ECTS credit system (Bologna Declaration) and are part of the official system of higher education in Croatia, for which the University College received several accreditations from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (first temporary accreditation received in June 2008, permanent accreditation in 2010, accreditation for study programs in multimedia computing and graduate study program in June 2012 and accreditations for both study programs in digital marketing in January 2015).
Algebra University College currently employs over 100 teachers and associate lecturers coming from the academic and business sector and according to the quality evaluation results obtained through regular re-accreditation conducted by the National Agency for Science and Higher Education in 2012, represents one of the best study programs in the Republic of Croatia.
The Algebra University College is proud of it’s Labos, the first professional gaming studio in the region, which allows students to organize live streaming for various tournaments in computer games, processing of audio, video and other educational content, the production of original content for the YouTube channel and events designed for robotics. Students have at their disposal the most modern equipment including Raspberry pi’s, cameras, graphics cards, gaming computers, etc.
WHAT MAKES US
We believe that three of our specific features are worth considering when deciding on your career and choosing an institution where you will be developing it.
Firstly, at our institution students acquire knowledge necessary for rapidly growing industries that are based on digital technologies. This puts the wind in their sails and enables them to choose a career for which the demand will increase significantly in the future. Even though there are still jobs and careers in the “old” economy, we are convinced that the path towards the digital era and the “new” economy is the right path that will, in the long term, provide students with a platform for personal development and high employability.
We believe that our second distinctive feature consists in the constant monitoring of the technological development and the real needs of employers, followed by the improvement of academic programs. In order to accomplish this, we were the first institution to apply a modern approach to our qualification framework more than five years ago and accordingly develop our implementation methodology. It is precisely this methodology that became a part of the official guidelines which were applied during the following years by other institutions with the aim of developing programs in accordance with the needs of employers and technological development.
Finally, our third specific feature is the orientation towards true quality, which is demonstrated by the assessment of our quality assurance system by the Agency for Science and Higher Education and which makes us the best professional study program in Croatia. We are also the first private higher education institution that was issued a certificate for its quality assurance system by the Agency, we are the only professional study program with the certificate “approved by FER” (FER – Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing), which is the result of a successful completion of continuous quality assurance of our work, and we are currently the leading Microsoft learning partner in the world.