About us

This section provides key information about the Institute for the Development of Education (IDE), its mission and history, detailed description of its organisational structure (governing bodies, employees, etc.), reports, key documents and financing.



The Institute for the Development of Education advocates a system of higher education that ensures equal educational opportunities, adheres to the principle of quality assurance, promotes international cooperation, supports lifelong learning and meets both the needs of individual and society.



The Institute for the Development of Education contributes to the development of higher education policy, provides expert support to institutions, connects domestic and international experts and enables individuals in Croatia and the region to achieve their educational goals.


Values and operating principles

The values the Institute for the Development of Education upholds are:

  • Equity – Ensuring equal opportunities, fighting discrimination and support to disadvantaged social groups as the basis for increasing social inclusion and the development of the society as a whole.
  • Participation and transparency – Promoting the principle of participatory democracy in order to strengthen the social responsibility of individuals and institutions. Promoting the principle of transparency in the work of public institutions and including stakeholders in the process of drafting legislation and other regulations.
  • Cooperation – Encouraging trust and dialogue between stakeholders in higher education (at the national and international level) through the exchange of information, stances and ideas, in order to reach decisions based on real needs, verifiable data and best practices.
  • Quality – Ensuring and enhancing quality as a precondition for establishing an effective higher education system and achieving high quality outcomes for higher education and research.


In the implementation of its activities, IDE bases itself on the following operating principles:

  • Excellence – Commitment to achieving the highest standards of excellence in all aspects of its work. IDE encourages enthusiasm, creativity and innovation in its employees and systematically monitors and evaluates the quality of work.
  • Professionalism – Responsibility, diligence, efficiency, team work, solidarity and mutual assistance as well as lifelong learning as the preconditions and the basic components of work and professional success.


Ethical conduct – Respect for high ethical standards, especially the principles of accountability, impartiality, transparency and social responsibility.


Narrative reports


Financial reports

  • 2008 (in Croatian only, pdf, 90 kb)
  • 2007 (in Croatian only, pdf, 90 kb)
  • 2006 (in Croatian only, pdf, 45 kb)
  • 2005 (in Croatian only, pdf, 700 kb)
  • 2004 (in Croatian only, pdf, 700 kb)


Strategic plans


Other documents

IDE Articles of Association (in Croatian only, pdf 45 kb)


The staff members of the Institute for the Development of Education (IDE) include employees, associates and volunteering assistants.

IDE’s employees are experts in higher education policy, educational advising, the design and implementation of higher education services, administration of scholarships programmes and management of medium-sized and large projects.

IDE boasts a continuously growing network of associates that provide necessary expertise in various areas of educational policy and project management.

A valuable asset and the object of continuous IDE investment is the network of its former and current volunteering assistants, which now numbers more than 40 young professionals who were all employed as assistants to full-time employees.



  • Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt, Executive Director [More information]
  • Thomas Dominic Farnell, Higher Education Policy Expert
  • Ana Skledar Matijević, PhD,  Higher Education Project Manager
  • Nives Vrkljan, prof. spec. oec., Project Manager
  • Zvonimir Anić, Ph. D., Project Coordinator
  • Ana Uglešić, Educational Advising Manager
  • Ivana Lončar, mag. philol. angl. and mag. paed., Educational Activities Associate 
  • Lidija Uhoda, spec. comm., Office Manager
  • Marko Bašić, dipl. oec., Administrative Assistan

More informations.


In line with the Articles of Association, the main governing bodies of the Institute for the Development of Education (IDE) are the Assembly, the President, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board.



The Assembly is the highest governing body of IDE. The Assembly meets when necessary and no less than once a year. The regular session of the Assembly is summoned by the President every year. The President of IDE must also summon an Assembly session upon request by the Supervisory Board or by 10% of IDE’s regular members.


The Assembly of IDE:

  • Passes the Articles of Association and its amendments;
  • Appoints and relieves of duty the President, the Executive Board members, and the Supervisory Board members;
  • Discusses reports by the Boards and the President;
  • Adopts the financial plan and approves the final account statement;
  • Establishes the general activity guidelines for IDE;
  • Decides on alliances with related and similar organisations;
  • Makes all the decisions regarding IDE’s operations or finances that lie outside of the scope of work of the Executive Board or the President.



The members of IDE’s Assembly are:

  • Karin Doolan
  • Thomas Dominic Farnell
  • Martina Kado
  • Ognjenka Manojlović
  • Ana Marinović
  • Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt
  • Nedeljko Vareškić

The Assembly members were confirmed at IDE’s Election Assembly session held on 08 November 2023.




The President of IDE organises and manages IDE’s activities in line with the decisions made by the Executive Board and the Assembly. The President represents IDE legally and otherwise, and is responsible for the legality of its operations. The President summons and chairs sessions of the Executive Board. Should the President be unable to perform his or her function, he or she is to be replaced by a member of the Executive Board appointed by the Board at its first session following their appointment. The President is appointed for a term of two years and can be re-appointed. The President is accountable to the Executive Board and the Assembly, to which he or she must submit a written report once a year.

At the moment, the President of IDE is Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt, appointed until 08 November 2027.



Executive Board

The Executive Board is a collegiate executive body of the Assembly, which governs IDE in line with the Articles of Association and the decisions of the Assembly and which proposes amendments to the Articles of Association, the financial plan and the final account statement. Executive Board members are appointed by the Assembly at its annual session. The Executive Board can have no less than three, and no more than ten members. The President of IDE is a member of the Executive Board and its chairperson. The Executive Board makes its decisions through a majority of votes of all of its members. Its members are appointed for a term of two years. The Executive Board reports to the Assembly.


The members of the Executive Board are:

  • Ana Skledar Matijević
  • Ninoslav Šćukanec Schmidt
  • Thomas Dominic Farnell

They are appointed until 08 November 2027.



Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board monitors the legality of IDE’s activities and finances. Its three members are appointed for a term of two years among IDE members at the yearly Assembly session. No member of the Executive Board can be a member of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board makes its decisions through a majority of votes of all of its members.


The members of the Supervisory Board are:

  • Martina Kado
  • Ognjenka Manojlović

They are appointed until 08 November 2027.


The Institute for the Development of Education (IDE) defines its administrative and programme budgets on a two-year basis, i.e. two years in advance of the current budget year.


IDE’s sources of financing can be grouped into two categories:

  • Long-term sources (multi-annual programmes; educational services; decentralised management of education programmes; establishment of the IDE foundation; and fundraising);
  • Short-term sources (one-year projects).
    IDE’s priority until 2010 will be to stabilise and develop long-term sources of financing.


The financing of the Institute for the Development of Education (IDE) is regulated by provisions given in Article 19 of the IDE Articles of Association:


“The Institute for the Development of Education (IDE) is a non-profit organisation and is financed through: 

  • Projects, according to budgets provided by specific donors. The implementation of a project is financed by a donor, in accordance with the financial plan; 
  • Donations, gifts, benefactions; 
  • Appropriate state funding; 
  • Membership fees; 
  • Proceeds from legal operations; 
  • Other sources provided by law.


Any profit is to be used to promote the activities of the Organisation.”


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