Thank you for choosing our institution as the place for your further professional development. By recognizing computer engineering and IT as one of today's most competitive Croatian export sectors, which employ new and additional staff even during these times of crisis and recession, you have made a step in the right direction.
Your decision is a great honor to us, but also a big commitment, not only because we are expected to justify the trust given to us and fulfill your expectations, but also because we are aware of our social responsibility and the importance of education as a fundamental competitive advantage in today's dynamic labor market.
Despite the fact that computer engineering and information technology provide great perspective, interesting jobs, above average salaries as well as exploration of new and advanced technologies, it is important to be aware of the obligations this career can impose on you. This refers primarily to serious work and motivation required already during the study period, as well as the need for continuous improvement and learning, great dedication to work and readiness for constant changes after finding employment.
I believe you have recognized the University College primarily by our unique educational plan and program oriented towards the acquisition of practical and applicable knowledge required by the IT industry of today and by international certificates deliberately incorporated into the study program. Our organizational and personnel structure possesses the same knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that have made the educational group Algebra the leading provider of education in the field of computer engineering and information technology in the Republic of Croatia and the largest private educational system in the region. This is not only a matter of size, but primarily a matter of quality verified by the certificate issued by FER for the educational program and implementation of classes that are organized by no other professional higher educational institution in Croatia.
Today, students are increasingly aware that without a good educational plan, which prepares them for practical work and current labor market needs, they would be investing years of their lives in studies that can potentially lead them to the unemployment office. As an educational system that has, for more than 14 years, represented the first choice of more than two thirds of Croatian employers interested in specialist IT training, we are aware of our responsibilities in this regard.
Therefore, I believe that by studying at the University College you will be given a positive life experience that will change you forever and make you capable of coping with challenges of the professional career ahead of you. Do not forget that we live in a time of information technology revolution and that both the World and the labor market are changing faster than ever before. Remember also that globalization trends will be felt in Croatia and that millions of educated professionals from other countries are already dreaming of taking your potential job in the struggle for a better life.
The study at the University College should therefore be understood just as a step on the path to your career. Become aware of your attitudes, competences and knowledge as the most valuable assets you possess in order to secure your personal well-being and welfare of your families in times of extreme competition yet to come.
Therefore, your educational journey must continue even after graduation from the University College, at work, but also outside of it, because each individual may only be measured by the amount of knowledge possessed.
Mislav Balković, M.Sc.