unipu_logoThe establishment of the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (briefly named “University of Pula”) is part of a decentralization process that started in 2004 in accordance with regional needs, an educational sector development strategy, and a new law on Scientific Activity and University Education. A former member of the University of Rijeka, the University of Pula was established in 2006, though it includes entities that have existed since the 1960s.  It is organized into several constituent departments based on the principle of an integrated structure that enables the efficient and high–quality accomplishment of goals and developmental strategies. Located in a 3000-year-old town situated at the south of the Istria (the most evolved region in Croatia), the University is permeated with a distinctive cultural diversity due to its geographical position and historical heritage. The Istrian peninsula plunges into the Mediterranean Sea, neighbouring with Italy and forming a link between West and East Europe; it is, by virtue of its history and position, naturally suited for international cooperation. The area is populated by mixed inhabitants, traditions, and cultures that represent various parts of European civilization. For this reason, the University is well-equipped to carry out a distinctive blend of scientific research initiatives that are of particular value on both the local level and the wider level of general environmental development. The University is made up of the following departments: Department of Economics and Tourism, Department of Humanities, Department of Music, Department of Studies in the Italian Language and Department of Educational Sciences. The History sub-department covers the entire spectrum of history since Antiquity with several prominent members of specific expertise, such as antiquity and the early modern period. In addition to its three University Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Study Programmes, the University offers two specialist postgraduate study programmes and a postgraduate doctoral study. Constantly striving for research excellence, it is focused on internal resource development through its role as an active partner in scientific and educational international projects such as Interreg, Tempus, IPA and FP7. The University is steadily on the road to achieving its even more ambitious objective of quality of life enhancement through the enrichment of its immediate environment for overall economic growth.

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