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Report on the Development of Project Management Study Programme at the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić (Croatia)

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By Zlatko Barilović, Igor Vrečko and Petra Krčelić

Croatia

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An awarding ceremony of International Project Management Association (IPMA) certificates for the students of specialist professional graduate study programme of Project Management was held on Saturday 14 March 2015 in the new premises of the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić (UAS Baltazar) in Zagreb. Thirty new students officially received their international certificates, and a Partnership Agreement between the Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM) / Young Crew Croatia, Baltazar Alumni Club and the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić was signed.

The awarding ceremony was hosted by Prof. Milan Jurina, Ph.D., the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the Graduate Programme of the UAS Baltazar, together with Ass. Prof. Igor Vrečko, Ph. D., the Head of Specialist Graduate Programme of Project Management and the President of the Slovenian Association for Project Management, Prof. Vladimir Skendrović, Ph.D., the Vice President of CAPM and Zlatko Barilović, univ. spec. oec., the coordinator of cooperation between the UAS Baltazar, CAPM and IPMA and a member of the Presidential Board of CAPM.

So far around 650 persons have earned their IPMA international certificates for project managers in the Republic of Croatia, and 353 of them were certified for IPMA level D. The students of Project Management at UAS Baltazar, with 170 certificates, make almost 50% of the total number of certified persons in the Republic of Croatia at the level D. The certification of Project Management students is carried out in cooperation with the Croatian Association for Project Management (www.capm.hr), with which UAS Baltazar has been collaborating since 2010. Croatian Association for Project Management is one of 57 national members of IPMA, and operates in Croatia.

In addition to the certification, previous cooperation of UAS Baltazar with CAPM bore a number of other joint projects. Some of the most important ones are organizing scientific and professional conferences related to management and project management topics, held in 2011 and 2014 in Zagreb and co-organizing the 27th IPMA World Congress in Dubrovnik in 2013. Also, we can single out particular projects in which students of Project Management participate during their studies, managed by an organization of young project managers, called Young Crew Croatia (www.capm.hr/young-crew/), which operates within CAPM.

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About the Authors          

                                       

pmwj34-May2015-Barilovic-AUTHOR1Zlatko Barilović

University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić
Zaprešić, Croatia

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Zlatko Barilović, univ. spec. oec., Lecturer, CPM
was born in 1984 in Zagreb. He holds a graduate specialist degree (MA) in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics in Osijek, Croatia. Prior to that he graduated from the Specialist Graduate Professional Study of Project Management at the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić, Croatia, which was a continuation of his undergraduate studies in Business and Management (major Cultural Management). Currently he is attending a doctoral study in Management at the Faculty of Economics in Osijek, Croatia. He is a member of International project management association (IPMA) and a member of the Presidential Board of the Croatian Association for Project Management (CAPM). At the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić he teaches Basics of Management, Project Management 1 and 2, and Planning, preparing and starting the project – practicum. He has written over 25 scientific and professional papers, and has lead several projects for the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić. He is the author of one and editor of four project management books. Zlatko Barilović can be contacted at [email protected]

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pmwj34-May2015-Barilovic-AUTHOR2Petra Krčelić

University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić
Zaprešić, Croatia

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Petra Krčelić,
mag. philol. angl and mag. educ. philol. ital, teaching assistant, was born in 1987 in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb in 2012 in English and Italian Language and Literature. She worked in several primary schools. She has been teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at the University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić since 2014. Areas of interest: interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to teaching ESP, education, new technologies. Petra Krčelić can be contacted at [email protected].

 

pmwj34-May2015-Barilovic-AUTHOR3Igor Vrečko, PhD

University of Maribor – Faculty of Economics and Business, Maribor, Slovenia and University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zaprešić, Croatia

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Igor Vrečko
, PhD, Assistant Professor, CSPM, 1975, Slovenian, holds a Ph. D. in Economic and Business. He is an Assistant Professor of Business Management at the University of Maribor – Faculty of Economics and Business. His research focuses primarily on project management and integration of project management with strategic crisis management as well as innovation management. He has a wide practical experience gained through consultancy projects in many domestic and foreign companies. He has performed numerous invited lectures and managed workshops in different organizations. Till recently he has been a long time director of IPMA certification process for Slovenia; he is the president of Slovenian Project Management Association, an official assessor of national profession qualification project manager, an assessor of research and developing projects under the Public Agency of Republic of Slovenia for entrepreneurship and foreign investments and an assessor in national commission for innovations. He is the Head of Project Management programme at the UAS Baltazar Zaprešić. Igor Vrečko can be contacted at [email protected].

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