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Zagreb/Split, November 2010.- This November the Croatian Olympic Committee and Aspira, College of Sports Management from Split, signed an agreement on the education of classified Croatian athletes in the study program of sports management. The first agreement of this type in Croatia enabled the classified athletes to study in a professional undergraduate study program for three years and with certain benefits, whether they are full or part-time students.

Zagreb/Split, November 2010.- This November the Croatian Olympic Committee and Aspira, College of Sports Management from Split, signed an agreement on the education of classified Croatian athletes in the study program of sports management. The first agreement of this type in Croatia enabled the classified athletes to study in a professional undergraduate study program for three years and with certain benefits, whether they are full or part-time students.

However, the study program is adapted as much as possible to both types of students and to the obligations of top athletes in the challenging international and local calendar of competitions and preparations; they have access to the Merlin electronic system (e-learning), additional interactive coordination and mentoring with teachers and their assistants. The calendar of exam dates and catch up practical teaching exercises are also adapted to them.

Student athletes will be able to extend their graduate student internship and will be allowed to enroll into the next semester or academic year if they are missing up to 30 percent less of ECT credits than those prescribed by the study program, standstill of students’ rights in the academic year in which the student was absent from over 50 percent of compulsory classes and many other benefits.

This is how the recommendations of the 13th Olympic Congress (October 2009) and the European project: Athletes to Business (A2B) on the care of athletes came to a very concrete solution that met with the approval of many top athletes and many people saw it as encouragement for a mature professional future.

Blanka Vlasic, the best Croatian athlete, skier Sofija Novoselic, Lucija and Ana Zaninovic (taekwondo), yachtswoman Tina Mihelic and former top athletes Ivana Brkljacic and soccer player Igor Stimac are already attending the study of sports management at Aspira, the College of Sports Management in Split.

The Agreement was signed by the president of the COC Zlatko Matesa and the Dean of Aspira, the College of Sports Management, Zeljko Mrklic in the presence of the Secretary General of the COC, Josip Cop, the assistant to the Secretary General for Legal Affairs, Biserka Vrbek and the President of the Governing Council of Aspira, Alen Jerkunica. (www.aspira.hr)