July 16, 2020
life started out interesting from the very first moment; he was born in New
Delhi, India, an exotic place of birth that often surprises his fellow
Croatians. Coincidentally, his last name, which comes from the north of
Croatia, is also a popular Indian last name (you might want to google Nana
Patekar, for example).
describes himself as introvert, although he does admit that getting a teaching
job right after university forced him out of his shell. His first job was
teaching English to children from 6 to 14 years of age in a public elementary
school for 10 years, before joining RIT Croatia at the Zagreb campus in 2016.
Along the way he worked on many related projects, such as translating or
examining speaking at Cambridge ESOL exams. However, he considers his most
important professional achievement to be his participation in the team of
professionals who recently developed the new Curriculum of English that will
form the basis of teaching and learning English in Croatia in the years to
background is a master’s degree in English Language and Literature and
Education Science (double major) from the University of Rijeka and a doctoral
degree in Language Teaching from the University of Zagreb.
currently serves as RIT Croatia’s General Education Chair, supervising and
supporting faculty in several departments. But more important than his role as
an administrator, he says, is his role in the classroom, teaching Introduction
to Academic English, Critical Reading & Writing, and Writing Seminar. These
key courses form the foundation of students’ writing skills for their entire
educational career at RIT Croatia.
Dr. Patekar has
always been a fan of writing. "When I was a kid, and a typical introvert,
writing was like therapy to me, a way to express myself,” he said. "So much so
that a concerned teacher once called my parents to school because she found a
horror story.” His written work today is less shocking, as he only writes
articles for scientific journals.
Patekar, the most important thing in teaching writing is to show students that
writing is a two-way street. As writers, students need to be aware of who is on
the other side. Writing, he says, is not about what the author thinks the
message is, but how the reader interprets it. So, for him, reading, too, is an
interaction, even though one side cannot immediately reply. If you hear
students saying "Engage with the text!”, then you know they’ve just had
Critical Reading & Writing with Dr. Patekar.
works in Zagreb but lives in Rijeka and commutes each day to work. So, students
who come late to his class can’t blame slow tramways as an excuse. That just
won’t cut it because he’ll outplay them in the game of who lives farther away
or needs more time to get to the campus in Zagreb.
His students would describe him as a strict professor in whose class you know when it’s time to have fun and when it’s time to work. He confirms that he likes running a tight ship, but adds that students are overall very positive about his teaching style. His mission is not to show students that everyone can be a writer, but that everyone already is a writer.
Eta Sigma Delta (ESD), an honorary society for students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at RIT Croatia's Dubrovnik campus, held its induction ceremony to welcome 10 new members on Thursday, April 29 at the Hotel Hilton Imperial.
After an exciting weekend in Dubrovnik, filled with interactive workshops and final presentations done by all finalists, we are happy to announce the winners of the Hospitality Star Search Contest 2022!
As part of RIT Croatia’s celebration of its 25th anniversary, the college organized a creativity competition for its students. Students were invited to produce a video, an image, or a text on the topic of celebrating 25 years of RIT Croatia.
The winner of the 2022 ICHRIE Hotel Challenge by Knowledge Matters, a virtual hotel simulation employed to test students on their management skills, is one of our own – HTM student Angel K. Hristov! Honorable mention goes to Ana Žaja, Filip Stanišić, and Ante Cvitković who also participated in the competition!