Alongside the well-established Croatian high school graduates' interest in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing study programmes, there is a considerable number of foreign students who wish to continue their education at that faculty. For that reason, and as part of the International University Graduate Study Programmes in Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER-IN) project, three new graduate study programmes in English were developed, already scheduled to enrol the first generation of students in the 2012-20 academic year.
The FER-IN project has responded to the interest of the greater international community of undergraduate students who wish to realise their graduate study at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing by enabling the development of three international university graduate study programmes in the field of engineering: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology, and Computing. Electrical engineering and computing represent the most propulsive sectors in terms of realised income and job opportunities, and based on relevant projections the need for new employees in these sectors is expected to keep growing in all projection periods. The new and modern Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing study programmes are modelled after leading global exemplars, and answer to market requirements in Croatia, Europe and worldwide.
The primary and largest target group of the FER-In project is made up of all the students who plan to enrol in the three study programmes starting with October 2021, after the same programmes complete the Croatian and international accreditation procedures. The positive impact on the members of this target group is in strengthening their competences and competitiveness in the job market, as well as greater opportunities for student mobility during the study.
Secondary target group consists of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing teaching and non-teaching staff who have participated in designing the international study programmes plan and syllabus during the project, and who have taken part in professional development activities. The positive impact on the members of this group is in strengthening the capacities of the higher education institution, boosting international recognisability and reputation, as well as projected increased student, teacher and non-teaching staff mobility.
The FER-IN project has been going on for two years, having started in October 2018 as part of the Internationalization of Higher Education open call, itself a part of the Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020. The project partner is Schneider Electric, a company offering creative and innovative positions in over one hundred countries worldwide.
Petra Škaberna, Head of PR
University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing