Vijeće veleučilišta I visokih škola (VVIVŠ)
In April 2002, a Network of Colleges was formed in order to promote and defend the common interests of colleges, to ensure that Croatian professional studies follow common grounds with similar studies in Europe, to ensure quality of professional education in Croatia, to promote mobility of students and teachers and to facilitate recognition of titles with European education space. The Network was composed by 10 colleges and established at the Health College in Zagreb. The Network adopted its statute in April 2002. In October 2003, in line with the newly introduced Act on Scientific Activity and Higher Education, the Network changed its name and became the Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences. Supported by the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), an agency in charge of accrediting academic programs and evaluating institutions in HE, the Council is composed of forty members and is presided by the dean of VERN University of Applied Sciences, prof.dr.sc. Vlatko Cvrtila.