"One cannot go backwards; the only possible and natural way is to move forward. This means heading towards economic development, entering into the full civilisation!"
Dr. Mijo Mirković (1898 – 1963)
Dr. sc. Mijo Mirković (1957.)
Academician Mijo Mirković was one of Croatia’s most comprehensive intellectuals. He was an economist, historian, sociologist, literate and journalist, but also a skilled pedagogue and university lecturer for numerous generations of students. Many of his thoughts, saved in his works, serve as motivation to this day.
The Faculty of Economics and Tourism "Dr. Mijo Mirković" is the largest constituent of Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, within which all levels of higher education are being carried out: from undergraduate and graduate studies to postgraduate specialist and doctoral programmes of study.
The roots of higher education for economics in Istria go back to the 1960s and the foundation of the Higher School of Economics "Dr. Mijo Mirković", the first economics higher education institution outside Zagreb, on 30th June 1960. The initiative for its opening dates back to 1956, when Academician Mijo Mirkovic – Mate Balota proposed the establishment of the Adriatic University.
In 1985, the Higher School of Economics introduced the first four-year graduate programme for economists in the field of finance and accounting, and became the Study of Economics and Tourism "Dr. Mijo Mirković", only to be renamed once again 5 years later, into the Faculty of Economics and Tourism “Dr. Mijo Mirković” Pula, with three courses of economic studies: finance, tourism and marketing. Since the academic year 2005/06, all study programmes at the University of Rijeka, including the Faculty of Economics and Tourism of Pula as one of its constituents, have been harmonized with the European standards of higher education and the Bologna Process, thus providing students with better curricula and better study conditions.
With the establishment of Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, in December 2006, the Faculty of Economics and Tourism became one of its constituents as the Department of Economics and Tourism "Dr. Mijo Mirković", only to regain the status of the Faculty again in 2013.
Faculty of Economics and Tourism is internationally recognized as a publisher of scientific journals "Economic Research" and "Review of Innovation and Competitiveness" as well as organizer and co-organizer of international scientific conferences. Today Faculty cooperate with 35 institutions around the world and hosts incoming students who can choose among more than 40 courses in English.
Today, the Faculty employs 50 teachers, of which 42 in scientific-teaching vocation, and 8 assistants. In the period from 1962 to 2017, a total of 8.000 students graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Tourism "Dr. Mijo Mirković".