On Monday, 6th July, 2015 the University of Zadar held a conference presenting the project titled Principal: a profession and a qualification, not a function.
On behalf of the project partner institutions, the participants were welcomed by Irella Bogut, PhD, associate professor and vice-dean of the Faculty of educational sciences at the University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek, and Jurica Pavicic, PhD, professor and vice-dean of the Faculty of economics at the University of Zagreb, who is also a member of the project team. Professor Josip Faričić, PhD, welcomed the audience on behalf of the University of Zadar. The project and all of its implementation elements were presented by Dijana Vican, professor and vice-rector of the University of Zadar. The initial conference panel was moderated by Bozena Krce Miocic, PhD, assistant professor.
The project will be realized by a group of professors from the University of Zadar and partner institutions including Faculty of economics at the University of Zagreb and Faculty of educational sciences at the University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek.
This project was approved for funding under the Call for project proposals titled Improving quality in higher education applying the Croatian qualifications framework, the Operational programme of human resources development, 2007 − 2013, while the project was launched on 19th June, 2015. Project duration is 15 months while the total project value amounts to HRK 2 048 032.87, with the non-refundable fee amounting to HRK 1 945 631.22.
The project objective is professionalization and depoliticization of principals’ vocation and creation of a professional base for principals’ licensing. The project will result in creating a model for recognition of competences acquired through formal, informal and non-formal education of principals. Due to the stated objectives, the project presents a direct contribution to the quality of educational system. The project will result in the development of standards of professions and qualifications of the principals of educational institutions as well as in creating the higher education curriculum.