University of Dubrovnik – Department of Economics and Business

The University of Dubrovnik is a public university founded in 2003 and located in Dubrovnik, Croatia. It consists of seven departments with 257 employees of which 90 hold a Ph.D. degree. Its Department of Economics and Business (DEB) was founded in 1970 as the Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade Dubrovnik. The vision and mission of the University are to become an internationally recognised institution that actively contributes to the local, national, and international academic community through education and scientific work coherent with the highest standards of excellence. Today, DEB is involved in several projects and educational activities aimed at understanding digital transformation and how it changes the way people live and work as well as at building employability skills among students.

Within DEB, operates also a Center for research on digital transformation CREDO. CREDO will actively contribute to the activities of the project with their skills and knowledge. CREDO is involved in activities of building skills in the field of digital entrepreneurship through the Erasmus+ Strategic partnership project Inspiring digital entrepreneurship – IDEA and E+SLEM Entrepreneurial Self-Leadership Education through Virtual Training. It also has experience in building university-industry cooperation through CBHE activities in the role of coordinator and partner. CREDO is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ CBHE project ELEGANT which develops industry-oriented education practices of ICT universities in Jordan and Lebanon with the aim of strengthening student transversal skills.

The staff of CREDO is involved in ESF-funded project E4 which aims to improve the quality, relevance, and efficiency of higher education through the development and use of modern teaching methods and the Opera II project aimed at strengthening science-business collaboration in the assessment of the needs of labour market and development of human resources in Croatia. Over the years, present members of CREDO were involved in the creation and delivery of lifelong learning programmes aimed at enhancing the employability skills of graduates and unemployed persons. Its researchers have published their research on topics pertinent to the project topic in world-leading scientific journals in the field of economics such as the European Economic Review, Journal of Business Research, Small Business Economics, Journal of Technology Transfer, Research Policy, or Regional Studies.

Being located in Croatia it has rich experience with modernisation of curricula and adjusting its programmes to better serve the needs of labour market in a turbulent transition environment.