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Progress in reform of he funding in croatia november 2010 edition luka juro

Progress in reform of HE funding in Croatia

- November 2010 edition -

Luka Juroš

Ministry of Science, Education and Sports

Tempus ACCESS Consortium meeting

Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary, November 2010


Presentation overview

Presentation overview

Recent events

Draft of new laws

To do

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How to encourage the definition and follow the implementation of strategic goals of universities, local community and society at large?

How can the Ministry provide financial support to quality higher education?

How can transparency be assured in the funding of higher education, both from public and private sources?

Professionalization of administration

How to assign new positions? How to predict expenses related to new positions? How to assess needs?

What are our sources of data? Do we know what is the real state of affairs?

Questions asked at last ACCESS meeting

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In early October the Ministry published three draft laws on its web site

Draft law on universities, higher education and research

Public discussion opened until November 1

Comments are still accepted

The laws will go through full parliamentary procedure (two readings)

Opportunity for public consultation will thus be open until the final vote in parliament

Ministry web site: “this was the first phase of public consultation”

Goal was to determine a draft text for Cabinet procedure

During the Cabinet procedure all stakeholders in science and higher education will have the opportunity to submit further comments

Further comments will also be gathered during discussions in parliamentary procedure

Recent events

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The minister named the following persons to draft the new laws:

prof. Vlatko Cvrtila (Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb)

prof. Slavko Krajcar (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb)

prof. Žarko Puhovski (Faculty for Philosophy, University of Zagreb)

dr. Tvrtko Smital (Institute Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb)

dr. Ana Lucić-Vrdoljak (Institute for medical research and medicine of labour, Zagreb)

Ivo Šušak (Croatian Institute for History)

Employees of the Ministry: Mirna Slaviček, Vito Turšić, director of the Directorate for Higher Education, dr. Hrvoje Meštrić, director of the Directorate for Research, president of the Working Group.

The persons were named by the minister and were not representatives of their institutions

Authors of draft laws

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Law on universities

Restructuring of universities

Funding agreements / contracts – 3-year funding

Collection and publishing of statistics and data

Law on higher education – many changes

Abolishment of tuition fees; introduction of enrolment fees

Student welfare Ordinance

New grading scheme (5 pass grades + 2 fail grades)

Restructuring of teaching positions; introduction of teaching licence

Restructuring of national council for higher education and research

Reintroduction of magisterij znanosti

Abolishment of binarity of study programmes at first cycle (binarity of institutions not changed)

Features of draft laws

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Conventionally, two types of costs of study can be identified

Costs of classes or teaching (also called tuition) – nastava

Generally charged in form of tuition fees

Other costs related to studies – accommodation, literature, transportation, food, other living costs, etc.

Generally charged directly to students

Students can receive different kinds of support for these costs

Costs of study – in general

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Currently, the costs of classes (teaching) in Croatia are co-funded by students through tuition fees

Higher education institutions (around 130 of them) are completely autonomous in setting all tuition fee issues

The new law foresees the change in practice

All tuition fees are to be abolished

National-level general enrolment fees are to be introduced

The maximum enrolment fees are to be 60% of average net monhtly salary in Croatia in previous calendar year, for 1st and 2nd cycle programmes

The amount is 100% of average net monthly salay for third cycle programmes

HEIs determine the actual amount payable

Costs of classes (teaching)

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Currently, all full-time students in Croatia are entitled to the following:

regulated food prices

75% subsidy of food costs

health insurance

no tax on student employment (over 130 million euro annual student earnings with a cap of around 7,000 euro annual earnings per student)

subsidy for private accommodation

tax relief on student parents’ income

complete tuition fee remission at enrolment of first and second cycle programmes

Most full-time students in Croatia have got completely or partially subsidised local transportation costs

Today, around 25% of full time students receive scholarships and are accommodated in dormitories (source: EUROSTUDENT Croatia)

Support for other costs today

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New Ordinance on student welfare

The state budget will support the costs of enrolment fees

Planned to cover cost of enrolment fees for students who regularly complete their obligations

Planned to cover cost of enrolment fees for socially disadvantaged students

Support for other costs

Will be discussed and developed in the new ordinance

Student support in new law

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National funding for Information systems of HEIs (ISVU)

2009 Act Quality Assurance stipulates that the Agency for Science and Higher Education collects and analyzes national data on higher education and research

EU project planned to develop and implement the National information system for science and higher education – 2012 - 2013

New law also puts strong emphasis on data collection and analysis

University yearbooks

An ordinance on data collection will be passed

Kinds of data collected, format, means of collection

Data on teaching, studies, employees, students, enrolments, research and other data relevant for institutional and national decision making

Statistics, data collection and analysis

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Overall consensus about introduction of funding agreements

Ministry plans several activities to support the introduction

EU twinning project for funding agreements

Planned to implement through 2012 and 2013

Work with individual universities and the ministry

National workshop on funding agreements with Germany’s Centre for Higher Education experts (dr. Frank Ziegele)

February 2011

Twinning project for funding agreements

Introduction of funding agreements

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Progress with adoption of new laws affects what can be done within Tempus ACCESS

New laws are the prerequisite for substantial changes in student welfare and higher education funding system in Croatia

Expert opinion: how to interpret staff/student ratio

Expert opinion: comments on other aspects of funding agreements

In particular, the possible elements of funding agreements relating to access into highered

Expert opinion: overall principles for the drafting of the new Ordinance on student welfare (Pravilnik o studentskom standardu)

Review of the new Ordinance on student welfare (recenzija Pravilnika o studentskom standardu)

Participation in the Dubrovnik conference

Role of Tempus ACCESS - Ministry perspective

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Thank you!

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