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At its 24th session, held on 28 October 2011, Croatian Parliament adopted the strategic document the Higher Education Institutions and Study Programmes Network.

The document was, in accordance with the provisions of the Act on Quality Assurance in Science and Higher Education (OG 45/09), proposed by the National Council for Higher Education. On the same occasion Croatian Parliament accepted the Activity Report of the National Council for Higher Education for 2010.

Network document includes the analysis of the existing network of higher education institutions and study programmes and gives overview of conditions related to its development as well as challenges occurred during that process.

Document sets out qualitative criteria that should serve as a basis for future assessments of justifiability/feasibility of establishing new higher educations and study programmes: teacher workload, teacher-student ratio, percentage of classes held by own teaching staff, space for each student in square metres, labour market needs, interest for the field of study, number of enrolled students in summer deadline for admission, carrying out study programmes on Areas of Special State Concern compliance with priorities of the Republic of Croatia and compliance with state and county developmental strategies, expenses from the governmental budget, carrying out programmes together with other institutions, ratio between number of students and the number of pupils who finish secondary school by region.