News from the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb

233irmoIRMO was awarded a three year Jean Monnet support for institutions and association project “POLO-Cro28 – Policy Observatory in Croatia”, which will be implemented between September 2015 and August 2018. The project is aimed at strengthening IRMO’s capacities in multidisciplinary policy analysis. It also intends to spread the knowledge and increase understanding of the EU policies as well as contribute to development of young researchers. Results of the project will be analytical policy papers, brief periodical reviews available on the IRMO web page, round tables and debates, international conference and the book which will include all research results. The research focus is targeted towards policy areas which are particularly important for the future of Croatia as a new EU member state: economic policy and the European Semester, competitiveness, social policy and youth unemployment, cohesion policy and management of the EU founds, energy policy and environmental protection. Through the envisaged research activities and events the project will foster rising awareness about the necessity for continuous implementation of economic and social reforms, within revised Europe 2020 Strategy. The project coordinator is Višnja Samardžija, PhD.

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3444233Together with the Ruđer Bošković Institute, IRMO is a partner on the project “The development and prospects of international relations: the establishment of standards of higher education qualifications in the field of international relations, diplomacy and sustainable development” coordinated by Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy from Zagreb. The project was launched in June 2015 and it will last for 15 months. It is co-funded by the EU from the European Social Fund in the scope of the Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The project will establish a system of quality assurance within higher education in the field of international relations, diplomacy and sustainable development. It will define standards for the comparability of equal qualifications obtained at different institutions of higher education and develop a new undergraduate degree program that deals with sustainable development. Environmental and energy issues are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective which will include natural-scientific and technical aspects as well as socio-economic and political aspects of the issues of energy, environment and sustainable development. This project will create two occupational standards and four standards of complete qualifications. It will improve two existing study programs and develop two new ones, improve the teaching competences of 40 teachers and contribute to the overall advancement of higher education in Croatia.

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34443333In August 2015 IRMO launched a one year project “Promotion of entrepreneurship and crafts in the forestry and wood sector”. This project is implemented in partnership with the Croatian Chamber of Forestry and Wood Technology Engineers and it is funded by the EU from the European Social Fund. The overall project objective is to develop a positive attitude towards lifelong learning and to encourage entrepreneurial culture in the forestry and wood sector. The project will organize three different campaigns in 14 Croatian counties and the city of Zagreb.

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