Croatian Academic and Research Network – CARNET is a public institution operating within the Ministry of Science and Education in the field of information and communication technology and its application in education. CARNET began operating in 1991 as a project of the then Ministry of Science and Technology and became the first and only provider of Internet services in Croatia. Four years later, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Decree on the establishment of CARNET institution with the aim of innovating the education system and encouraging the progress of individuals and the society as a whole through ICT (information and communication technology).
CARNET network is a private network of the academic, scientific and research community of the Republic of Croatia, as well as the institution within the primary and secondary education system. Our services are available to primary and secondary schools, institutions from the science and higher education institutions, as well as to numerous public institutions such as certain ministries, hospitals, etc. More than 2600 institutions are currently connected to more than 3800 locations in CARNET network across Croatia. Our individual users are students, teachers, professors, scientists and other staff members of CARNET members, and all citizens of the Republic of Croatia in the segment of security on the Internet.
Focus on users is a core motivation for CARNET’s 159 employees in six cities – Zagreb, Rijeka, Osijek, Split, Pula and Dubrovnik – who, with their knowledge and experience, improve the daily operation of the institution.
Following the latest trends in ICT, infrastructure and education over the years, we have devised a number of projects and developed new services. Currently, we more than 70 services, from education and training to multimedia, computer security and customer support. They access all services through the electronic identity in the AAI@EduHr system. In addition, CARNET participates in important national projects, such as e-Citizens, e-Class Register, e-Matica, and the National Information System for registration and enrolment in secondary schools.
With the aim of building a digitally mature society, CARNET has successfully implemented, in collaboration with its partners, the pilot project “e-Schools: Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools”, by which 10 percent of primary and secondary schools have increased the level of digital maturity. The introduction of adequate ICT infrastructure and equipment in 151 Croatian schools, the development of digital content, e-Services and tools for teaching and work processes, as well as systematic education, have enabled the regular use of technology in learning and teaching and increasing the digital competence of educational staff in schools. In cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Education, we begin the second phase of the project by which we plan to include all primary and secondary schools in Croatia by 2022.
CARNET also participates in a number of international activities and cooperates with other European academic and research networks, the GÉANT Association organisation and the organisations responsible for managing the internet resources in the world.