University of Zagreb

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Formation23 September 1669
HeadquartersZagreb
The focal institution of higher education in Croatia, educating most of the members of the Croatian intelligentsia.

The beginnings of the later university date back to 23 September 1669 when Emperor and King Leopold I Habsburg issued a decree granting the establishment of the Jesuit Academy of the Royal Free City of Zagreb.[1] The academy was run by the Jesuits for more than a century until the order was dissolved by Pope Clement XIV in 1773. Under a new leadership in 1772 the academy enrolled a total of 200 students.

The academy in Zagreb remained until 1874, despite numerous organizational changes, the focal institution of higher education in Croatia, educating most of the members of the Croatian intelligentsia.

Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer in 1861 proposed to the Croatian Parliament the founding of a university at Zagreb. During his visit in 1869, the Emperor Franz Joseph signed the decree on the establishment of the University of Zagreb. Five years later, the Parliament passed the Act of Founding, which was ratified by the Emperor on 5 January 1874.

Good grades against payment

On September 19, 2008, it became known that corrupt professors at the Faculty of Economics and Transport were giving good exam grades on a large scale against payment and that the entrance test could be bypassed illegally. The police responded with 100 searches and 21 arrests. Among those arrested was the chairwoman of the anti-corruption committee in the Croatian parliament, Deša Mlikotin Tomić.[2]


 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornDiedNationalitySummaryDescription
Alfons Dalma26 May 191928 July 1999Croatia
Austria
Journalist
Propagandist
Croatian journalist in the WW2 fascist Ustaša goverment. After the war, he changed his name and resettled in Austria, and ]with astonishing ease became a prominent journalist and editor. Cold warrior, possibly spook.
Neven Jurica4 April 1952CroatiaCroatian politician who worked in Croatian diplomacy between 1992 and 2009.
Boris NikolicCroatiaDoctor
Immunologist
Bill Gates’ former science adviser, close to Jeffrey Epstein
Ranko Vilović29 March 1957Diplomat
Politician
Started diplomatic career at Croatian independence in 1990, later ambassador an UN representative.


References

  1. Rüegg, Walter: "European Universities and Similar Institutions in Existence between 1812 and the End of 1944: A Chronological List", in: Rüegg, Walter (ed.): A History of the University in Europe. Vol. 3: Universities in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (1800–1945), Cambridge University Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-521-36107-1, p. 685
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20080919131844/http://www.tagesschau.de:80/ausland/zagreb100.html
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