It’s been a busy time in Croatia for Oracle Academy. We recently took part in two events in the country, engaging both students and educators in enhancing their technology knowledge and skills.
Winter School of Informatics Held in Krapina for Students
First, we participated in the Winter School of Informatics, Krapina, held in the northwestern region of Hrvatsko Zagorje. This is one of the largest K-12 programming events in the country, and ran from January 3-12, 2019, hosting more than 200 participants during the school winter break. Students from all around Croatia were invited to join the event by the Croatian Computer Science Association, the Krapina Informatics Club, and the Secondary School Krapina.
Students attended programming workshops to prepare for upcoming programming contests that will culminate in March 2019 at the national programming competition finals, with selection of the team that will represent Croatia at the upcoming International Olympiad of Informatics.
The Secondary School Krapina, an Oracle Academy member since 2015, hosted a program that included Java workshops on the Alice platform and database SQL. The Oracle Academy Country Manager for Croatia, Darko Jureković, attended the evetn’s opening ceremony, along with representatives of the government, the county, the city of Krapina, and the organizers. Jureković spoke to the group about trends in IT industry and their impact on the labor market in the region. He noted there is a shortage of IT professionals at both the national and international level.
Events like this that attract large number of pupils from both primary and secondary schools are an important contribution to bridging that tech skills gap and rightfully deserve both recognition and support. We are thankful to the organizers, notably the principal of the Secondary School Krapina, Mr. Ivica Rozijan, and president of the Krapina Informatics Club, Mr. Stjepan Šalković, for their kind invitation to participate in this engaging event.
Read more about this event (mostly in Croatian language) and view photos using the links below, provided by the event organizers as well as the local government and media:
Oracle Academy Joins Educator Webinars Organized by Ministry of Science and Education
Recently, the Croatia Ministry of Science and Education undertook major educational reform in the country. For the first time, informatics, covering computer science and information technologies, became a compulsory subject in grades 5 and 6 in primary schools as well as in secondary schools throughout the country. This new requirement will help ensure the country’s youth will have the opportunity to obtain knowledge and skills that can help them be the tech leaders and innovators of the future, obtain rewarding careers, and help Croatia continue to grow a skilled workforce.
To prepare teachers for this major change, the Ministry has been organizing professional development activities for some 1,300 teachers, including webinars that run on a platform provided by Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet).
These activities welcome industry experts to contribute and participate. In support of Oracle Academy’s partnership with the Ministry on computing initiatives since 2015, Oracle and other professionals prepared a series of 10 webinars covering topics ranging from Java programming to Big Data, Autonomous Database, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Blockchain. Presenters included experts from Oracle, major Oracle partners in Croatia, and professional associations such as the Croatian Associations of Java Users (HUJAK).
The introductory webinar in this series was held on January 18, 2019, with a presentation by Oracle Academy Country Manager for Croatia, Darko Jureković, to nearly 500 teachers from across the country. The next webinar was held on January 24 on Java programming.
Each webinar is announced by the Ministry on its website (in Croatian).