“National recovery and resilience plan: Digitalisation of higher education”

Digital Arena, Topics

When: 04.03.2022., 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM CET


Webstreaming via Zoom Platform, provided translation into Croatian and English


Digital technologies are fundamentally transforming our daily lives, which has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. The digital transformation is therefore one of the key priorities of the European Union to facilitate a swift recovery and increase the resilience of the economy, and through the EUR 672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Croatia’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRP) includes over EUR 6.3 billion (HRK 47 billion) of grants, which will contribute to Croatia’s economic growth. More than 20 % of the Plan will be allocated to digital measures, including investments and reforms to support gigabit connectivity, digitalisation of public administration, transport, the justice system and higher education. More specifically, EUR 84 million will support the digitalisation of higher education by investing in e-learning and digital teaching tools.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to learn about reforms and funding opportunities for the digitalisation of higher education, in the context of the Croatian RRP. Participants are also welcome to contribute to the discussions on the challenges and opportunities for developing the ICT academic sector, as well as cooperation with the business sector.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Croatian and English.


10:00     Registration of participants & coffee

10:30     Welcome speeches

  • Filip Zoričić, Pula mayor
  • Ksenija Černe, Dean of the Economy and Tourism Faculty, Pula University
  • Ognian Zlatev, Head of the European Commission Representation in Croatia


10:40     National Recovery and Resilience Plan — Digital transition for economic recovery

  • Zvonimir Savić, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia
  • Gabriele Giudice, Deputy Director, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission


11:10     Digitalisation of higher education — reforms and investments

  • Hrvoje Meštrić, Director of the Science and Technology Directorate of the Ministry of Science and Education
  • Juraj Bilić, Deputy Director CARNet
  • Discussion, looking from the perspective:
    • academic sector — Sinisa Milicic, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Informatics Pula
    • business – Dragan Benčić, Engineering Team Lead, Infobip
    • city – Goran Klimov, Head of Development Projects and Smart City Coordinator of the City of Pula

Moderator: Hana Huzjak, Senior Economic Advisor, European Commission


12:15     Closing remarks

  • Elisa Roller, Deputy Director, Recovery and Resilience Task Force of the European Commission
  • Pula University

12:30     End of event


Participation is free and the webinar is being recorded.

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