Rector’s Word

When a strategy of a higher education institution is developed, it is ensured that all development guidelines and goals are based on the promotion of science and on the knowledge transfer, which is a solid basis for other important university objectives, both educational and social. That is how it should be, but it is important to highlight the specifics of the oldest and largest university in Eastern Croatia and one of the four biggest Croatian universities.

The University of Osijek is active in the region that, due to historical circumstances, belongs to the one of the most underdeveloped in the country, so the University is obliged and responsible to ensure through its public engagement that the education and research it carries out, as well as its planned activities become initiators of regional and social development.

Development Strategy of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek 2021 – 2030 continues all positive values set by the preceding strategy, which was also covering a ten-year-long period.

New University Development Strategy is a step towards new challenges and visions for how the University should develop and what it should strive for in its surroundings. 

The Strategy has been created in cooperation with all university constituents, by respecting a model of diversity to shape and articulate future strategic objectives, which will be updated continuously through action plans. Although every development strategy contains some visionary elements, we tried to be realistic in order to implement and effectively achieve the set objectives in the forthcoming period. The emphasis is placed on respecting all affirmative processes that have been started at the University and on the introduction of new and advanced approaches with the aim to strengthen the status of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek as a modern, national, regional and European University.


Prof. Dr. Vlado Guberac