Association Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

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Non-Governmental Organization
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Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Environment/Sustainable development
  3. Gender
  4. Human rights
  5. International/Cultural relations
  6. Media
  7. Others
  8. Religion
  9. Research
  10. Youth and education
General Information

The Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik (IUC) is an independent international centre for advanced studies, structured as an association of 170 universities and scientific institutions from all parts of the world. Legal entity for the IUC is IUC Association. The IUC yearly organises 60-70 courses, conferences, workshops and study projects in a wide range of academic fields. International governing bodies are responsible for the overview of the programmes and functioning of the Centre. All members of governing bodies, organisers of programmes and lecturers are volunteers, while the institution has three employees in the Secretariat and part time accountant. The IUC is supported by University of Zagreb (infrastructure and staff), some member universities (with moderate membership fees), participants of academic programmes (fees), Croatian Ministry of Education and Science (scholarship for Croatian participants and part of operation - until 2019.) Budget in 2019 was 160.000 Euro.

Mission and Objectives

The mission of the IUC Dubrovnik is to bring together scholars and students from different countries, cultures and academic disciplines to advanced research and higher education programmes. The IUC maintains high standards of scientific quality and provides an open space for critical thinking and innovation. Building upon its location and its history the IUC Dubrovnik serves as a bridge between regions within Europe and between the European region and the world by connecting scientific communities and connecting communities through science. The IUC emphasises and supports inter-disciplinary and cross-national collaboration on global challenges encouraging, in addition to east-west collaboration also new north-south initiatives. The IUC Dubrovnik also stimulates the development of research activities, in particular related to the courses and conferences within the programme and contributes to connecting leading international partner universities to regional academic institutions.

Main Projects / Activities

The IUC Dubrovnik continues its practice of organising courses and conferences within the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines provided by scientific staff from multiple countries. The first programme events were launched in 1974, and courses and conferences have from then on represented a wide range of different academic disciplines, from fields of humanities and social sciences, to natural sciences and medicine. Courses and conferences are proposed by scholars from member institutions and are organised by course and conference directors coming from at least two different countries. IUC programmes are intended to reflect the most recent developments in scientific and academic concerns and in most cases are inter and trans-disciplinary. They also promote intercultural exchange and dialogue. Each programme is approved by the IUC’s Executive Committee and many are recognised through ECTS points at home universities of organisers and lecturers. Although in a typical year IUC organises app 65. Academic programmes the institution is open for new entries. More on 

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

Inter-University Centre is contributing to the strengthening of the civil society and development of public policies through numerous academic programmes, courses and workshops. Participants are coming from all over the world so good practice examples are easily presented and shared. In such a way participants from Croatia (usually 1/3 of all attendees) learn about examples from other countries and can implement this knowledge in their professional careers. All IUC programmes are open to interested public since courses are generally open for participants from outside the academic community. In such a way cross-sector cooperation and collaboration between civil society organisations and academic community is encouraged. Many IUC programmes are tackling matters of human rights, divided societies, cultural identities and clashes, religions, social justice, inclusion in the area of social work, and many others. We would like to enable further networking for civil society organisations in Croatia that have similar area of operation.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

ALF’s purpose is similar to IUC’s mission: overcoming differences that exist in the current societies by establishing dialogue, exchanging knowledge and creating more tolerant communities. IUC has is doing so by organising courses and conferences in a wide range of academic fields, mostly humanities and social sciences. In these programmes participants from different backgrounds, cultures, of different religious beliefs share their ideas in the atmosphere of understanding and tolerance. When they return to home institutions participants can implement their knowledge in their community and to some extent this has an effect on policy-makings. Since our participants are to the larger extent students IUC programmes have a big impact on the young generation. However, we wish to strengthen our network and connect with other institutions with similar mission. We would also like to take part in some future joint projects.

Contact (1) Full Name
Nada Bruer Ljubišić
Job Title
Executive Secretary
Head of the organisation
Prof. Krunoslav Pisk, President
Contact (2) Full Name
Tomislav Kvesić
Job Title (2)
Administrative Assistant