A pilot semester was held at MATE University and Križevci College of Agriculture

As part of the EduAgri project, a pilot semester for undergraduate students was held from 29 November 2021 to 16 December 2021 at Križevci College of Agriculture and MATE University in Kapošvar. Dušanka Gajdić gave a lecture on agri-food supply chains, Silvije Jerčinović spoke on food marketing and the importance of marketing strategic orientation for the organization of short food supply chains, and Siniša Srečec and Tatjana Jelen gave lectures on food quality management.
Koponicsné Györke Diána spoke on the effects of the new multiannual financial framework on the CAP and cohesion policy, and Horváthné Kovács Bernadett spoke about the analysis of networking in practice. The lectures were extremely well attended and the students' interest in the topics discussed was extremely high. An additional incentive was given for the continuation of research and further development of cooperation between Križevci College of Agriculture and MATE University.

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An online summer school was held as part of the EduAgri project

In the period from 11 to 13 of October 2021 joint lectures were held with Hungarian students, intended for undergraduate students and which are part of the project activity "summer school" within the EDUAGRI project implemented jointly with the Hungarian University of Agricultural and Life Sciences, campus in Kaposvar within the cross-border cooperation program Intereg V-A Hungary-Croatia program 2014-2020. This course is designed as a short summer school, which means that students after completing the teaching units receive an international certificate of participation in professional education on the management of certain factors of short food supply chains.

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On Thursday, February 11, 2021, a workshop with external experts and representatives of the economy regarding the development of new study programs in the field of food supply chains was held at Križevci College of Agriculture. 

The College is currently in the process of developing new study programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, which should respond to challenging labor market conditions and those of its sectors that are directly involved in the creation and implementation of economic activities in food supply chains.

The development of new study programmes is carried out within the EDUAGRI project, which is implemented jointly with the Hungarian University of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, Kaposvar campus within the cross-border cooperation program Interreg V-A Hungary-Croatia 2014-2020.After the introductory address of Silvi Jerčinović, PhD, expert coordinator of the project, the expert project manager at the Hungarian University, Arnold Csonka Ph.D., addressed the audience through the Microsoft Teams platform. Dean of the Križevci College of Agriculture, Ph.D. Marijana Ivanek-Martinčić presented the concept of the new study program, after which the workshop participants – representatives of companies in the agri-food sector discussed their real needs for competencies, knowledge and skills of their future employees, which the College could provide through implementation of new study programs.


The purpose of developing new study programs is to enable the education of students and the development of all necessary competencies, i.e. occupational profiles needed for efficient functioning and management of food supply chains “from the field to the table”, regardless of stakeholders involved in the food supply chain.In addition, the aim of developing study programs is to develop the necessary general and specific competencies of students for the management and supervision of agri-food production, processing and distribution chains.The workshop was attended by representatives of Podravka, namely the director of the agricultural sector Dalibor Kezele, Ranko Tušek from the procurement sector, Goran Kovačić from the agricultural sector, and Krešimir Votuc from the logistics sector. The company Metro was presented by the coordinator of procurement and logistics for fruits and vegetables Hrvoje Gregurić, and on behalf of the Association of Croatian Vegetable Growers / Agricultural Cooperative Plodovi Moslavine the workshop was attended by the president of the community Vjekoslav Budanec. Ivan Gatarić from the Association of Persons with Disabilities Križevci participated in the workshop, and the Križevci chocolate factory Hedona was presented by the director Alemka Lončar. Representatives of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, senior expert advisor and business secretary of the Association of Agriculture Dražen Miloloža and senior expert associate and secretary of the association of food processing industry Valentina Šimić also contributed to the workshop. The company Sana delikatese was presented by the owner and director Silvija Repić, and the company Granolino d.d. / mill Farina by executive director Jurica Mlinarić. A valuable contribution to the work of the workshop was given by the representative of HAPIH, advisor to the director for strategic planning, development projects and EU funds Lidija Maurović Košćak.

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A workshop for development of a lifelong learning programmes

On Saturday, December 5, 2020, within the EduAgri project, a workshop entitled: "Development of new lifelong learning (LLL) programs in agriculture" was held at Križevci College of Agriculture.
The aim of this workshop is to connect and exchange experiences of project team members with renowned and established experts in the economy, who with their experience and advice could help make decisions about the needs of specific and modern lifelong learning programs in agriculture. At the beginning of the workshop, all participants were greeted by the Dean
of Križevci College of Agriculture, Marijana Ivanek-Martinčić, Ph.D. and greetings were virtually extended to partners from Szent Istvan University Kaposvár.
Professional coortinator of the project, Silvije Jerčinović, Ph.D. introduced to the participants the goals and activities of the EduAgri project. The following presentations were held as part of the workshop: Vladimir Milos., M.Sc. in the field of business management and horticulture, is employed as an external business development consultant in the company Meja Šentjur d.d. ŠentjurRad, and is also involved in other international projects with a focus on innovative solutions in the circular economy and agribusiness. Own assessment of competencies of agricultural producers and the necessary competencies and skills of workers working in the field of storage and processing of cereals were presented by Karmen Jukić, B.Sc. ing., head of Mlinarstvo Križevci within the company Belje plus d.o.o.
All my life challenges: From head of production of medicinal herbs in the company Jan Spider to consultant and owner of a private consulting company – Marko Kovač, expert. spec. ing. agr, employed in his own company ABC- CONSULTING, Virovitica.
Why and how did my family farm for flower production implement Global G.A.P.? – Ivica Težak, bacc. ing. agr., employed as a technologist – consultant at PG Težak Mladen, Cargovec (Vidovec). All the difficulties I encounter in controlling Fragaria's subcontractors under Global G.A.P and the ways to avoid them? – Ante Šimundić Mrgan, expert. spec. ing. agr., employed as a production manager of a strawberry plantation in the company Fragaria d.o.o, Zagreb. After very interesting and realistic presentations, a stimulating discussion was held with all participants from Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia, and conclusions were drawn on the continuation of work with the purpose of designing the most necessary lifelong learning programs for farmers.

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