Prof. Dr. Blaženka Divjak is the Croatian Minister for Science and Education appointed in July 2017. She has been leading four major reform processes since then: curricular reform of general education, reform of vocational education and training, enhancement of relevance of higher education and excellence of research. Curricular reform of general education started in all Croatian schools in 2019 and the most important changes in vocational education are dual model of vocational education and establishment of 25 regional centers of competence in VET across Croatia.
She holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science and Mathematics and is a Full professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Organization and Informatics. She has served as Vice-Rector for students and study programs at the University of Zagreb (2010 – 2014) and she was twice elected Vice-Dean for scientific work and international cooperation in the period from 1999 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2010 at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics.
In her previous duties, she was also a coordinator and a researcher in different national and international projects and networks (including FP7, Tempus, and Erasmus, IPA, Eureka, EUROLEARN networks, European Science Foundation). Her area of professional interest and expertise besides mathematics includes curriculum development, e-learning, assessment of learning outcomes, learning analytics, quality culture in higher education, strategic decision making in higher education, popularization of science, Bologna process, social dimension of higher education etc. Prior to her current assignment, Minister Divjak served as a president and a member of various university, national and international committees and councils in the area of education and science.
She is the author of 8 books and over 100 scientific and professional papers in the field of mathematics, mathematical education, project management, higher education reform, learning outcomes, e-learning and science communication.