Croatia - Academy for Political Development (2004)

The Academy for Political Development (APD) is a non-governmental organisation and has been part of the network of Schools of Political Studies since 2004. The aims of the annual programme are to provide the next generation of political leaders, civil society activists, businessmen and women, civil servants, academics and media professionals with quality education in the areas of politics, democratic culture, human rights and European values.

Academy for Political Development
Makanceva 16 
10000 Zagreb
Tel.: +385 145 76179
Fax: +385 145 76180
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Website: www.politicka-akademija.org
Director: Jakov ZIZIC
 
Jakov Zizic Croatia

 

“The Academy for Political Development (APD) provides political education to young leaders in politics, business, public administration, civil society, academia and the media.
The intention is not necessarily to create better politicians, but to help these young leaders to increase their understanding of politics, thus enabling them to play the fullest possible role in the political processes. The APD gathers people with different political, ethnic, social, gender, religious and sectorial backgrounds and serves as a much-needed platform for civilized and fruitful political debate in the strongly polarized Croatian society.”

Jakov ZIZIC, Director

 

About the School

The Academy’s Annual Educational Programme consists of three national seminars and the World Forum for Democracy of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The intention of programme is to provide the next generation of political leaders, civil society activists, businessmen and women, civil servants, academics and media professionals with quality education in the areas of politics, democratic culture, human rights and European values. This programme brings together participants from all sectors of society and encourages dialogue and cooperation among them on subjects of general interest to society.

The national seminars cover the issues relevant to a pluralistic and democratic society, thus focusing on: contemporary democracy and its challenges, political participation, electoral processes and the functioning of European Union. Moreover the emphasis is placed on developing practical skills in communication and public speaking. The main event of the national seminar programme is the Annual Conference. Each year this event addresses the most relevant political issues and gathers around 100 participants, including key stakeholders in Croatia, including parliamentary and government representatives.

Each year in December, the APD invites potential participants to apply for a place by submitting a letter of motivation and a CV. The Steering Board of the APD conducts interviews with short-listed candidates, selecting between 25 and 30 of them, according to their level of political, social and professional responsibility, taking into account relevant political, social, geographical and ethnic factors. Gender balance is also a key criterion in the selection procedure.

About the Director

Jakov Žižić is the Executive Director of the Academy for Political Development in Croatia. His main academic interests include Croatian politics and modern Croatian political history, but he is also interested more generally in the politics of identity, the politics of recognition, multiculturalism, diaspora, and the activities of those in political exile. His most recent written contributions were to "Policy Insight", a new political magazine in Croatia. Mr Žižić has previously worked at the Croatian Parliament and in the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Zagreb. He holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Zagreb and is currently working towards a PhD in Comparative Politics.