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Algebra at Microsoft Windays 2017 conference

POREČ, Day 2 of the Microsoft Windays17 Business Conference was opened by the lecturers and panelists sharing the same vision – an education system that keeps pace with the digital revolution.

17th WinDays conference in Poreč took place in Valamar Isabella Island Resort on the Island of Saint Nicolas in Poreč from 25th until 28th April 2017, and it was divided into two parts – WinDays17 Business and WinDays17 Technology.

WinDays17 Business was focused on how to help Croatian economy to reach its potentials. Key conference topics include a culture of success and smart skills, smart specializations and presentation of successful cases of smart specialization implementation in Croatian companies. Our Dean of Algebra University College Mislav Balković and Director of the MBA program Goran Radman were speakers at the conference covering the higher education topics and discussing trends in Croatian higher education system.

At the roundtable "What to do NOW to set up the knowledge for the skills of the future" have participated Ph. D. Dragan Primorac, former Minister of Education, Nenad Bakić, entrepreneur, social philanthropist and Special Counselor of the Croatian President for the Digital transformation and STEM, Pero Lučin, Rector of the University of Rijeka, and Goran Radman,  Vice Dean of the Algebra University College and Director of the IgBS e-Leadership MBA program. They have all agreed that the main priority of every educational system and institution must be an urgent set-up of the educational curricula and programs with intention to develop demanded digital skills.

Aware of the urgency of the implementation of the reforms and deep changes, the participants also agreed upon detection of difficulties in defining the necessary goals. As the main obstacle, they see the political inertia and the reform resistance by the academic interest groups. They have drawn the attention to the fact that the necessary resources are available, but their allocation are driven by the inherited egalitarian and not meritocratic criteria, slowing down the momentum of progress. That is a problem that bothers both private and public institutions, added Goran Radman and Pero Lučin.


"Digital revolution is a structural and fundamental change of society that will sweep over all the unprepared and "maladjusted" ones, so it's urgent to integrate digital strategies into the long-term development of educational systems, institutions and programs", said Goran Radman.