Higher Education and Scholarship Fair - SAS is the leading educational fair in Croatia and the region. The first SAS Fair was organised in 2005, and for a long time it was held in three locations - Zagreb, Rijeka and Zadar. This made the SAS Fair recognisable and liked by the exhibitors and visitors.
However, the pandemic has made virtual formats of events, teaching and socialising the new normal. The wish of the organiser was to be included in the new perspectives of our users, but also to set a standard for online educational events and reaffirm the status of the SAS Fair as an event of exceptional national and regional interest.
Our aim has remained the same – to make the possibilities regarding financial grants for studying in Croatia and abroad more accessible to all students, parents and teaching staff.
The exhibitors at the SAS Fair are various institutions and organisations, such as government institutions, units of local government (counties, municipalities, towns), universities from Croatia and other countries, embassies, foreign cultural centres, private companies and foundations.
These exhibitors present their study programmes, language courses and exams, educational informing services and scholarship and grants for studying and working in Croatia and abroad. The possibilities for student work placements and career development are also very interesting.
Along with the virtual fair there is an interesting programme, which consists of pre-recorded panels and live streams on current topic interesting to students, parents and teachers alike. In 2022. we are preparing some surprises!
We have been working on improvements continually, and special attention has been given to pre-recorded webinars, new ways of engaging with the audience and an interactive way to present the exhibitors.
The Institute for the Development of Education regularly checks the statistics and conduct surveys among the visitors to find out more details about their interests. Based on the results of an anonymous visitor survey conducted at the SAS 2021 Fair and the IDE’s internal evaluation, in 2022, we are focusing on:
We organise counselling and educational webinars for high school students from all over Croatia and we are promoting the SAS Fair at these events.
The Eventrify Platform has secured simple and efficient communication between exhibitors and visitors. There is a live video call option, and a live chat option as well. Also, the exhibitors can collect the visitors’ contact information, and this is an opportunity for the exhibitors who wish to stay in touch with the visitors. The exhibitors can choose among 4 exhibitors’ package sizes.
The possibility to co-create the SAS programme according to the wishes of the partners enables them to present important and interesting content to the visitors. The central topic of the SAS 2022 is STEM.
Based on the experience gathered during previous years, we wish to secure a larger number of visitors to individual exhibitors’ virtual booths. In order to achieve this goal, the exhibitors can present themselves in the special part of the SAS programme.
The SAS Fair has traditionally been visited mostly by high school and undergraduate students, while parents and teachers are also interested. Also, the SAS Fair regularly gets excellent media coverage, which contributes to the visibility of the exhibitors.
SAS Exhibitors Coordinator:
Ana Skledar Matijević Ph. D.
Institute for the Development of Education
Prilaz Gjure Deželića 30
Phone 1: +385 1 4817195
Phone 2: +385 1 4555151