ALGEBRA – the best Croatian professional higher education institution
Algebra University College is the flagship of largest private educational organization in Republic of Croatia and the region (Algebra group), present today in more than 20 cities across Croatia. Founded in 1998, we currently have more than 110 full-time employees and more than 400 associated experts and higher educational faculties employed also in industry. Annually, we educate around 20.000 students through various seminars and short educational programs in adult education, while in higher education we enrol more than 300 new students each year. The quality of Algebra has been recognized by our students as well as by all major software manufacturers and has been attested by the implementation of the ISO 9001:2000 certification which was introduced back in 2004.
Our main campus is located in the heart of Croatian capital Zagreb, while adult education and training programs are conducted also in: Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Varaždin and Dubrovnik, as well as in more than ten other smaller cities. We currently offer almost thousand shorter educational programs (up to 2 weeks), some 50 accredited longer adult educational programs and 10 accredited higher educational study programs. Many of our programs are authorized by global software and equipment manufacturers such as: Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Red Hat, VMware, Adobe, Autodesk, EC-Council, (ISC)2 and others. We are academic and/or educational partner of all stated vendors, for most of them the only one in Croatia.
Most of educational programs for the acquisition of new qualifications, as well as all study programs in higher education, are accredited by Ministry of Science and Education and are thus linked to European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
Today, the University College carries out four undergraduate professional programs and six graduate professional programs:
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.
Apart of our teaching focus, we are also dedicated to applied research. Thus, our Research LAB provides research, services and solutions in areas of:
- Data science
- Application of information technology in education, including: digital educational content, distance learning systems and assessment systems
- Evidence based Labour market and educational policy research and development
Finally, our Research LAB scientists won in 2017 European Big Data Hackathon organized by European Commission, competing with data scientists representing most EU countries.
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.