VERN' was founded in 1990 as the first private business college in Croatia. Its educational activities started in 1994 as a one-year program. With the blessing of the former Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Croatia VERN' University of Applied Sciences was established in 2000 and in 2007 it became the first Croatian business university of applied sciences. In the following years of 2009 and 2011 VERN' University merged with Zagreb School of Management as well as the School of Journalism, which enabled it to develop into an
integrated, innovative, European university. As a result of a successful cooperation with the town of Vis, in 2012 VERN' opened VERN' Island School on the island of Vis, one of the most unique and well-preserved Mediterranean islands. With further mergers including the Polytechnic School of Zagreb and Kairos College in Zagreb, VERN' continues to grow (expand its program) and maintain its position as the leading University of Applied Sciences in Croatia. In 2017 the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia issued a permit for the establishment of the VERN’ University. The integration process of VERN’ University of Applied Sciences into VERN’ University was fully completed in January 2021 and since then our institution has been operating as VERN' University.
VERN' University offers programs form undergraduate level up to doctoral level of study.
All study programs are held in Croatian while two undergraduate full-time programs are held in English.
The list of all study programs:
Undergraduate / Bachelor professional degree programs in English
Undergraduate / Bachelor professional degree programs in Croatian
Undergraduate / Bachelor university degree study programs in Croatian
Graduate professional degree programs in Croatian
VERN' University is easy to find thanks to its attractive location in the center of Zagreb. VERN's classrooms and student services are situated at No 82/1 Palmoticeva street.
Educated, entrepreneurial and socially responsible people are the carriers of sustainable development and community wellbeing.
We develop competencies of expertise, entrepreneurship and business-orientation through academic excellence and socially responsible entrepreneurial action as well as interaction, fulfillment and satisfaction.
Board of governors
The organizational partnership of Croatian Employers' Association, the University of Zagreb and VERN' University of Applied Sciences clearly demonstrates that essential problem and challenge in the relationship education-economy-social development have been recognized by the key stakeholders. Such a partnership is also a significant step toward uniting public
and private interests in creating a different, more contemporary and more constructive education than the one we currently have in Croatia, the kind of education that will set in motion mechanisms of economic growth and sustainably meet the needs of the labor market and at the same time foster new knowledge and opportunities to apply such knowledge for the benefit of the society as a whole.www.obrad.hr
University Business Forum, established in 2008, is a part of the European Commission’s initiative aimed at supporting modernization of higher education and strengthening cooperation between academia and business on a European level. It is a platform that brings closer together the key drivers of the knowledge economy and those vital to regeneration and competitiveness of Europe. Thematic University Business Forum Croatia took place on the island of Vis, home to VERN' Island School which provides the academic and business communities with the unique opportunity for professional, educational and scientific exchange beyond the traditional academic and business environments. The aim is to help the island gradually free its
development from dependence on the tourist season and direct it towards a revival with academic and entrepreneurial programs that will consequently support its sustainable development. As a part of academic activities at the European level and struggles to foster cooperation between education and business sectors at the institutional level, VERN' University of Applied Sciences was a partner at the European survey “University-Business cooperation in Europe”.
It was carried out by the European Commission in partnership with Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre from Germany, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University from Croatia and VERN'.
Croatia has a binary higher education system, meaning that prospective students can choose between two types of higher education studies:
University studies – consisting of academic programs conducted solely at universities
Professional studies – consisting of professional programs conducted at polytechnics or colleges of applied sciences (exceptionally, professional programs can also be implemented at universities).
The Croatian higher education system is structured according to three cycles (undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate) and higher education studies in Croatia are organized according to the system of transferable credits (ECTS), thus making it easier for international students to study in Croatia and have their studies recognized in their home countries.
You can find more information on the link below:
Croatian higher education system
VERN’s success is measured by the successes of its students, professors, employees and partners and these are some of the stories we take special pride in: