A co-financing agreement to reconstruct dormitories in Zagreb and Osijek valued at more than 233 million kuna was signed on Tuesday in Zagreb.
Minister of Science, Education and Sports Predrag Sustar underscored that these funds would particularly facilitate studying for students coming from less favourable social circumstances and would offer an opportunity for foreign students from the European Union to come and study in Croatia.
The agreement signed refers to a grant from the European Fund for Regional Development which will cover 85% of the project to reconstruct dormitories in Zagreb valued at HRK 220 million and Osijek valued at HRK 13.5 million.
Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Tomislav Tolusic assessed that this was the start of a process and that further agreements could be expected in three to four months for higher education institutions in other Croatian cities.
The total amount available from these funds amount to HRK 934 million and there will be enough for everyone, Tolusic said adding that application procedures would be shortened to three months.
The reconstruction of the dormitories in Zagreb will provide upgraded accommodation for 2,709 students and for an additional 40 disabled students. The dormitories in Osijek will accommodate 193 students including four separate rooms for disabled students, it was said.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.6)