ADDITIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR (UNDER)GRADUATE STUDENTS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: CASE OF SUMMER TAX ACADEMY IN CROATIA

H. Simovic, M. Primorac

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics & Business (CROATIA)
Programs of business administration at undergraduate and graduate level offer variety of opportunities for study. Usually study programs offer traditional and wider range of education in finance, accounting, marketing, management etc. Paper will present an additional education offered to (under)graduate students referring to certain tax issues, that will complement current programs in finance, accounting and planning at Faculty of Economics & Business (FEB), University of Zagreb. Program called “Summer Tax Academy” (STA) offers additional 30 hours of education performed by tax advisers and university staff together. Main goal of STA is additional education for EU and Croatian tax issues. Targeted student population are senior (under)graduate students with preferences toward finances, accounting and planning. Except acquiring additional knowledge and improving employment potentials, student comes in direct contact with leading domestic and international experts in the tax advisory field. Further collaboration can be evolved through networking, probationary employment etc. STA program was developed together by university staff and private sector experts. STA is free for students attending the program and all financial, managerial and organizational issues are covered by sponsors or FEB. STA program will be performed for the first time in July of 2017. The main goal of this paper is to present the program, its organizational and financial concept, as well as to deliver experiences form both perspectives: students' and lecturers'. For this purpose, a short survey will be conducted at the end of the program to collect impressions toward such form of education.