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VIDEO: First research institution opens in Međimurje County

ZAGREB, 29 January (Hina) – Međimurje County in Croatia has got its first research institution which will help increase scientific excellence in this northwestern region, a closing conference for this HRK 31.3 million project was told on Friday.

The Development and Education Centre for the Metal Industry is housed in the former army barracks in Čakovec. It will serve the research community and help increase the competitiveness of the metal and related industries in Međimurje County and northwestern Croatia.

First research institution opens in Međimurje County

(Photo credit: Međimurje County)

The construction of research infrastructure, including two laboratories, was financed from the Competitiveness and Cohesion operational programme.

First research institution opens in Međimurje County

(Photo credit: Međimurje County)

First research institution opens in Međimurje County

(Photo credit: Međimurje County)

The project manager Maša Tomašić said that work on this strategic project had begun in 2013 and that the implementation itself had taken two and a half years.

First research institution opens in Međimurje County

(Photo credit: Međimurje County)

First research institution opens in Međimurje County

(Photo credit: Međimurje County)

Most of the funding was spent on the reconstruction of the building, infrastructure and equipment.

First research institution opens in Međimurje County

(Photo credit: Međimurje County)

The Centre’s director Mario Šercer said that this was the first scientific institution not founded by the ministry but by a county. “We are working on obtaining a licence from the Ministry of Science and Education so that we can submit our research projects for funding,” he said.

Video below.

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