History of RIT Croatia

With over 800 students today, RIT Croatia has campuses on two exciting locations, Dubrovnik and Zagreb. RIT Croatia offers three undergraduate programs: Hospitality and Service Management (Dubrovnik), International Business (Zagreb) and Information Technology/Web and Mobile Computing  (Dubrovnik and Zagreb); and one Master of Science program in Service Leadership and Innovation (Zagreb).  However, it all started 20 years ago…

1995

 

The American College of Management and Technology (ACMT) is established in Croatia when the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia initiated the establishment of private higher education institutions. Due to its reputation in creating and maintaining successful international partnerships, one of the most prominent private American universities, Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, New York) was chosen as the best partner in these efforts.


1997 

Rochester Institute of Technology and the Ministry of Science sign a cooperation agreement making ACMT the first and only private college in Croatia granting dual degrees: an American degree awarded by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), one of the most prominent universities, and a Croatia degree from ACMT.


1997

ACMT offers a four-year undergraduate program in international hospitality and service management. The emphasis was put on tourism, hotel industry, marketing, finances, management, macro and micro economics, and entrepreneurship. English was chosen as the official language of ACMT and all lectures were held in English.


1998

ACMT establishes the Office of Co-op and Career Services, which gives students professional support in the labor market integration, planning and career development. All programs of study at ACMT have a required cooperative education (co-op) program. The deliverables of the Co-op and Career Services offices are aligned with RIT's cooperative education programs, one of the oldest and largest co-op programs in the world.


2001

The first alumni generation is granted degrees for the undergraduate program of study in service management. Most of the alumni are employed as event managers, hotel managers, food and beverage managers, marketing and sales managers, product quality mangers, and finance and human resources managers.


2009 

ACMT introduces a new undergraduate study program in information technology. The program educates students for prospective professions such as system administrators, Web designers, database designers, and application developers. The curriculum and program are entirely in accordance with the Information Technology program at RIT. The program is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The Dubrovnik campus opens an Apple regional training center.


2009/2010

As part of its activities to encourage lifelong learning, ACMT and RIT establish a Master of Science program in service leadership and innovation at ACMT in Zagreb. Upon graduation, students acquire an internationally recognized diploma issued by RIT.


2011

A new ACMT campus opens in Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia, offering two undergraduate programs of study, Information Technology and International Business.

The four-year International Business undergraduate program meets high international standards of education and is accredited by a prestigious accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


2011

Together with Apcom Croatia, an authorized Apple distributor for the Republic of Croatia, ACMT opens Apple iMac computer labs and an Apple regional training center on its Zagreb campus, the largest in the region.


2013 

As a subsidiary of a prominent American university, Rochester Institute of Technology, the American College of Management and Technology changes its name to RIT Croatia (Rochester Institute of Technology Croatia).

RIT Croatia campus in Zagreb moves to a newly opened business center Bundek, at the address Damira Tomljanovića Gavrana 15. Students and professors have more than 1,200 square meters of premises at their disposal, equipped with cutting-edge technology, including a modern conference center, multimedia meeting rooms, a large auditorium, Apple Regional Training Center equipped with innovative Apple iMac computers and iPad devices, a student library, a reading room, and the lounge room for socializing. At the moment RIT Croatia (the Zagreb and Dubrovnik campuses) count for more than 600 students.


2016

RIT Croatia becomes the educational partner of HUB385 Innovation Center in Zagreb. With a community of world experts HUB385 hosts tech events, workshops, meetups and hackathons focused on new technologies that solve real problems and promote better living. Partnership with HUB385 brings numerous benefits to RIT Croatia students; from workshops designed for RIT Croatia students, discounts on services provided by HUB385, using the space in the co-working area wich is sponsored by RIT Croatia, and of course – networking possibilities with top experts in the tech field.

2017

RIT Croatia celebrates 20 years of Educational Excellence The year 2017 marks 20 years since Rochester Institute of Technology first opened its doors in Croatia Over the years, RIT Croatia has graduated over 1,800 students, who are now enjoying successful careers around the world.