4th ENSEC Conference



 Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia, its political, administrative, business and cultural centre. It is situated on the bank of the Sava river and protected by the mountain Medvednica from the north. The cultural and older part of modern-day Zagreb is actually based around two ancient hill communities, those of Kaptol and Gradec.
Hungarian King Ladislaus founded a Bishopric in Kaptol in 1094, and then, following the departure in the 13th century of the Mongols, King Bela IV declared Gradec to be a royal autonomous city as a means of attracting foreign artisans. These honours and awards sparked competition and rivalry between the two communities constantly endeavouring to outdo each other both politically and commercially. It was not until the 17th century that the two entities merged to form Zagreb. Though this area remains the cultural heart of the city and the bishopric in Kaptol has been upgraded to archbishopric status, development since the 18th century has seen most of the commercial activity shift to the southern expansion of the city.
On declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Zagreb was officially declared the capital of a newly independent European state. Zagreb is a city of green parks and promenades with numerous resorts in the beautiful surroundings. Zagreb can offer its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facili­ties, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb has been the foundation from which many excellent scientists and artists have ventured out into the world. Zagreb has also proven to be a great host to many international congresses, corporate meetings, cultural and sporting events, and a place where true professionalism is combined with an honest and open heart

Zagreb has an international airport which is well connected to the world. Zagreb is also a good central place from which one can visit other parts of the country like Dubrovnik and other parts of the Adriatic Coast.

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The University of Zagreb is the oldest and the biggest University in Southeastern Europe. Ever since its funding in 1669, the University has been constantly growing and developing. In 2011, University of Zagreb was ranked among 500 Best Universities of the World.
The beginnings of what would later become the University date back to 1669 when Emperor and King Leopold I of Hapsburg issued a decree granting the establishment of the Jesuit Academy of the Royal Free City of Zagreb. The decree gave a formal and legal status to the study of philosophy in Zagreb and the Neoacademia Zagrabiensis officially became a Public Institution of Higher Education. The academy was run by the Jesuits for more then a century until the order was dissolved by Pope Clement XIV in 1773. In 1776 Empress and Queen Maria Theresa issued a decree founding the Royal Academy of Science which consisted of three faculties – philosophy, theology and law.
In 1861 Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer proposed the founding of University of Zagreb to the Croatian Parliament. During his visit to Zagreb in 1869 the Emperor Franz Joseph signed the decree establishing the University of Zagreb, which he ratified five years later. On 19th of October 1874 a ceremony was held formerly marking the founding of the University of Zagreb, making it the third university in the Hungarian Realm and Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The University of Zagreb now consists of 29 faculties, three art academies and the Centre for Croatian Studies.

The 4th ENSEC Conference will be held at the Faculty of Teacher Education in Savska cesta 77, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia. The Faculty of Teacher Education at the University of Zagreb is the leading institution for educating Primary school and Preschool teachers in the Republic of Croatia. The Faculty operates at three locations, with the main branch in Zagreb and local branches in Petrinja and Čakovec, with approximately 3,000 students on roll. The Faculty has three departments: Teacher Education Studies, Preschool Education Studies and Educational Studies. Faculty development priorities include the promotion of evidence based research, the development of international co-operation and creativity in education. The Faculty publishes “The Croatian Journal of Education” which aims to promote and improve the study of basic educational sciences, teaching methodologies and related fundamental sciences, and computer and communicational science as well as the other sciences and arts, in English.

The Faculty co-operates with the Department of Pedagogy and Sociology of the University of Münster (Germany), the Faculty of Pedagogy of the University of Skopje (FYR of Macedonia), Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and the Faculty of Teacher Education in Baja (Hungary).

The Faculty hosts its own art gallery, which has organized exhibitions by Croatian and International artists, and an active music department (Glazbena scena) that regularly holds concerts featuring a variety of musical genres. Exhibitions and concerts are well attended by students, faculty employees and the general public.

The Faculty of Teacher Education of University of Zagreb has organized five International Conferences for Advanced and Systematic Research ECNSI (2007-2011) and is delighted to host the Fourth International ENSEC Conference.

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Zrinjevac park (author: Ivan Vinkovic) King Tomislav Square (author: Patrik Macek) University of Zagreb Stone Gate

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