Initiative for the foundation of the University in Pula
At the assembly of 12 March 2002, the Government of the Istrian Region adopted the decision about the foundation of the Council for Promotion and Development of Science and University Education in the Istrian Region.
The Council for the Promotion of Science and University Education of the Istrian Region adopted the initiative to launch the elaboration of materials for the proposal of the foundation of the University of Pula in the spring 2002.
The Elaborate was sent to the Ministry of Science and Technology in November 2002.
In July 2003, The Parliament of the Republic of Croatia passed the new Law on Scientific Activity and University Education that includes considerable changes in college education, especially a thorough reform due to the adjustment of the Croatian university education to "the European education area.
The Council for the Promotion of Science and University Education of the Istrian Region re-launched the initiative for the foundation of the University of Pula at the beginning of 2004, and the decision was made about initiating the rewriting the first proposal of the new Elaborate in compliance with the new regulations of the Law on Scientific Activity and University Education.
The new Elaborate is based on the premise of the unification of the existing college education institutions- current members of the University of Rijeka--into the future University of Pula:
- Faculty of Economy and Tourism "Dr. Mijo Mirković" in Pula
- Philosophy Faculty in Pula
- Teacher training college in Pula
- University Library in Pula
- Student Center in Rijeka - business unit Pula
According to the Elaborate, the constituent departments of the University are:
- Economy and Tourism Department
- Educational Sciences Department
- Department for Humanistic Sciences
- Music Department
- Department for Studies in the Italian Language
- Teachers and Educators Training Department
On 18 May 2004, the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport made the decision on nominating the Committee for the Foundation of the University in Pula with the task of performing all necessary activities regarding the foundation of the University of Pula in accordance with the new law on Scientific Activity and University Education.
The new Elaborate on the foundation of the University of Pula was forwarded to the Ministry's proceedings in December 2004, which subsequently forwarded it to the National Council for University Education.
At its assembly dated 14 September 2005, the National Council for University Education expressed its positive opinion about the foundation of the University of Pula.