The Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia has awarded state-sponsored scholarships this year to full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions in Croatia to undergraduate university programmes, integrated undergraduate and graduate university programmes and undergraduate professional programmes within STEM scientific fields. STEM disciplines comprise study programmes in the area of biotechnology, technology, biomedicine, natural science, and interdisciplinary science, as well as study programmes awarding the academic or professional title of Bachelor of Informatics, Business Informatics, Information Technology, and Information Science.
The scholarship funds are ensured through the project „Provision of scholarships to students in priority areas (STEM)“ of the Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014 – 2020. The problem of a strong prevalence of persons with a degree in social sciences has been recognised; therefore, students are directed towards study programmes that have the highest potential of generating economic growth in Croatia, by encouraging structural alignment of education and qualifications with the needs on the labour market and employment of graduates.
Among the recipients of STEM scholarships, there are two students from Libertas University, Martina Ilić and Danijel Papić, both at the undergraduate university study programme of Physical Therapy of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
„I was primarily drawn to apply for STEM scholarships to prove that Libertas University students are on par with students of biomedicine and health. I am certainly grateful to colleagues from the Career Centre who have seen my potential and encouraged me to apply for the scholarship. This scholarship will enable me to invest in myself and my further education. My motivation still lies in success, because it proves that every effort invested is worthwhile“, our colleague Martina says.
„I am a new student at the only university programme of Physical Therapy delivered by Libertas University, and I am also a professional athlete. I applied for STEM scholarship based on the success I achieved during my previous secondary education and state graduation exams. I am glad to be a proud recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Ministry, which will certainly help me in covering part of the costs of studying and provide additional motivation for achieving even more success, so I could compete for a scholarship next year on the grounds of my grades“, our colleague Danijel said.
Our colleague and student of International Relations and Diplomacy, Ivona Poljak ceremonially received a one-year scholarship awarded by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, which was awarded in the President’s Office. We wish Ivona a lot of luck in further education and congratulate her on the scholarship.