The Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet was established in 1991 as a project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Croatia. In March 1995 the Government of the Republic of Croatia passed the Decree on founding of the CARNet institution with the purpose of facilitating progress of individuals, as well as of the society as a whole, through the use of new information technologies.
The word CARNet is an acronym formed from the name of the institution in English (Croatian Academic and Research Network).
Beside 110 employees, CARNet has about 20 external associates, and the employees from several institutions and companies participate in various project teams. CARNet's most important partners are the University Computing Centre - Srce and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb.
CARNet's activities can be divided in three basic areas: Internet service provision, encouragement of information society development and education for the new era.
By systematically organising courses intended for end users, and through education programmes for future lecturers and computer systems engineers, as well as special programmes, like the Cisco Networking Academy, CARNet seeks to help its users in mastering and applying information technologies in their everyday life and work and in this way prepare them for information society.