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Original scientific paper

Eligibility of professional specialist degree holders for taking teaching positions in professional study programmes in the Republic of Croatia

Ivo Ivančič ; University of Applied Sciences VERN’, Zagreb, Croatia
Zrinka Gregov orcid id orcid.org/0000-0001-9450-3079 ; University of Applied Sciences VERN’, Zagreb, Croatia
Mirna Varlandy - Supek ; University of Applied Sciences VERN’, Zagreb, Croatia


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Abstract

The aim of this study was to find answers about the eligibility of professional specialist degree holders to teach in professional study programmes in the Republic of Croatia. Secondary sources included legislation, foreign and domestic scientific and professional literature and higher education data bases. The interview method was applied in order to collect primary data, and the interviewees included representatives of key stakeholders: 1) the Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, 2) a representative of Croatia’s Ministry of Science, Education and Sports 3) a representative of regulators from the Agency for Science and Higher Education, Croatia, 4) the president of the Council of Polytechnics and Schools of Professional Higher Education 5) a college vice-dean teaching management in professional study courses 6) a university professor of management and entrepreneurship with experience of teaching both in university and professional study programmes, 7) and MA in economics working for an international bank and 8) a holder of a professional bachelor’s degree (PBD) in entrepreneurship economics completing a graduate professional specialist course in entrepreneurial management and working for an international foundation. The results of the study suggest that students in professional study programmes in the Republic of Croatia are unable to reach the highest professional teaching title of college professor as it is practically impossible for them to enrol in graduate doctoral studies at universities. In order to make this possible, it is necessary to allow their enrolment in graduate university studies and/or introduce professional doctoral studies into the Croatian higher education system.

Keywords

the Bologna Process, professional studies, teaching titles in professional studies

Hrčak ID:

134614

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/134614

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