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The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe. Ever since its foundation, the University has been continually growing and developing and now consists 29 faculties, three art academies and the Centre for Croatian Studies. Today, University of Zagreb is a major, public, comprehensive university offering a variety of study programmes at all levels established in line with Bologna requirements. The number of undergraduate, graduate, integrated, specialist and doctoral study programmes is nearly six hundred and there is almost five thousand teaching staff (including assistants) employed at the UNIZG. Although they encompass practically all academic disciplines, the number of study programmes is too large and imbalanced in relation to the number of academic staff. The UNIZG has around 64000 students (including doctoral students) (data for 2009); of which half are undergraduate students and a considerable number of students from the “old” pre-Bologna study programmes.

University of Zagreb

Božica Bartolac

started as associate in the cultural sector, before making the switch into academia. Since 2010 she is part of the University of Zagreb science and technology team, working as an associate in the field of doctoral education. She is working on the implementation of programmes for transferable skills development for doctoral candidates, training programmes for supervisors in doctoral education and has a supporting role in activities leading to establishment of doctoral school at the University of Zagreb. She participated in several EU funded projects, coordinating activities concerning rising awareness of the importance of doctoral education, career development of doctoral candidates, bridging academia and industry and raising the quality of doctoral education at the University of Zagreb in general.

Melita Kovacevic

is Vice Rector for Research and Technology at the University of Zagreb and Professor at the Department of Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Zagreb. She is Head of the Laboratory for Psycholinguistic Research and Director of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Doctoral Study "Language and Cognitive Neuroscience". Melita Kovacevic held research positions at different European and American universities and is a member of various national and international societies, such as the Croatian Philological Society, the International Association for Study of Child Language (IASCL), the American Psychological Association, the North American Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and the European Child Language Disorders Study Group (EUCLIDS). Melita Kovacevic is a chairing the EUA-CDE Steering Committee and contributes largely to the debate about doctoral education in Europe as well as at her home University in Zagreb where she is currently in the process of establishing a doctoral school. Therefore she can easily disseminate project’s results widely on the European level as well as in the Balkan region.

Slaven Mihaljevic

is former Head of the Office of Doctoral Programmes at University of Zagreb, and has been working in the field of doctoral education since 2009. He holds a Master of Science degree in comparative literature, and is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme at the University of Zagreb. His PhD thesis deals with the analysis of reforms of doctoral education on European universities. He was involved in the implementation and coordination of universities’ various activities and efforts to modernize its organization of doctoral education and to improve its overall quality. He is involved in a number of national and international projects focused on the improvement of doctoral education.

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