History

19 years of excellence

The Zagreb School of Economics and Management officially started operating in September 2002.

The enrollment of the first generation was the culmination of many years of work of individuals whose goal is to create a proactive business community as a source of comparative advantage of Croatia in the new competition framework.

Among the individuals who selflessly passed on their knowledge and experience through the best practices of the world’s business schools was the late Josip Bombelles, professor emeritus of economics at John Carroll University in Cleveland. A great patriot and descendant of an aristocratic family, he was the first and lifelong president of the ZSEM Board of Directors.

1998

Josip Bombelles - the first and lifelong President of the Board of Trustees

The late Josip Bombelles, a patriot and descendant of an aristocratic family, was the first and lifelong president of the ZSEM Board of Trustees. He selflessly devoted all of his expertise and efforts to it, ensuring that it grew into one of the top business institutions.

Joseph Bombelles
2002

First generation

ZSEM enrolls its 1st generation of the undergraduate program.

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2004

AACSB member

ZSEM becomes the first business school in Croatia to be admitted to the elite AACSB Business Education Alliance.

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2006

MBA program

ZSEM enrolls its 1st generation of the graduate MBA program.

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2006

Accreditation for the scientific activity

ZSEM receives initial accreditation for the scientific activity from the Agency for Science and Higher Education.

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2008

The best business school in Croatia

Eduniversal, for the first time, proclaims ZSEM the best business school in Croatia. ZSEM still proudly holds this title, which is awarded every year.

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2009

Philip Kotler pays a visit

Philip Kotler made his first journey to Croatia to attend a conference hosted by the Zagreb School of Economics and Management.

Philip Kotler s osnivačem ZŠEM-a, dr.sc. Đurom Njavrom
2013

AACSB accreditation

ZSEM earns AACSB accreditation, placing the school in the top 5% of the most prestigious business schools and universities in the world.

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2014

Business Mathematics and Economics

ZSEM launches a new undergraduate program in Business Mathematics and Economics.

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2017

The 3rd best business school in Eastern Europe

For the first time, Eduniversal ranks ZSEM in the TOP 3 best business schools in Eastern Europe.

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2018

DBA program

ZSEM co-organizes the Doctor of Business Administration program from Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest universities in the UK.

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2019

AACSB reaccreditation

ZSEM achieves the prestigious AACSB reaccreditation.

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2019

QS Global MBA

ZSEM's MBA program is ranked among the TOP 200 best MBA programs in the world by the QS Global MBA ranking.

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2020

ASHE reaccreditation

ZSEM is the best graded higher education institution in the field of Economics in Croatia by the reports of Expert panel in the reaccreditation cycle 2017-2020.

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2020

Quality Assurance Audit

The Zagreb School of Economics and Management received the highest grade of ADVANCED LEVEL for its Quality assurance system! Thus, ZSEM is the best graded higher education institution in the Republic of Croatia in the external independent evaluation of the Quality assurance system.

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2021

Global Executive MBA program

ZSEM signs a strategic partnership with one of the leading innovation centers, H-Farm.

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