The history of higher education and scientific-research work in Dubrovnik has its roots far in the past. The Dubrovnik famous centuries old scientific tradition as well as the Croatian economic thought dates as far back as 15th century in the works by Benedikt Kotruljević.
University four-year study programmes in tourism and foreign trade, and two-year vocational study programme in tourism were executed for 34 years at the Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade which is now, as the Department of Economics and Business Economics, an integral part of the Dubrovnik University.
The Department of Economics and Business Economics is the legal successor to the Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade (FTVT) which was establihed in Zagreb in 1970. In 1975, the Dubrovnik College of Tourism joined up the Faculty which, in 1976, became a division of the Split University. The former Tourism Archives, establieshed as early as in 1938 by the Adriatic Tourist Forums with the aim to contribute with its materials and documents to the development and promotion of tourism, joined up the Faculty in 1980.
Pursuant to the Decision of the Croatian Sabor (Parliament), on 1 October 2003 the University of Dubrovnik was established. That marked the beginning of the work of Department of Economics and Business Economics as one of the University`s six departments. The curriculum included undergraduata programmes of Economics, and Business Economics with the following courses of study: Tourism, Marketing, International Trade, Management, and Financial Management as well as the vocational programme of Tourism. The study programmes enrolled at the Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade in the 2003/2004 academic year, or earlier were also carried out. In the 2004/2005 academic year, the University Department of Economics and Business Economics enrolled, based on the Licence of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, the first generation of students in conformity with the Bologna Declaration. The University of Dubrovnik thus became the first insitution of higher education in the Republic of Croatia that introduced the new - European – model of higher education.
The University curriculum also included two graduate scientific programmes – Business Economics in Tourism, and European Integration (within the TEMPUS Programme) as a continuation of the previously initiated studies at he former Faculty of Tourism and Foreign Trade. Since 2006, the graduate specialists course of study Marketing Management in Tourism has been carried out.
The present curriculum of the Department of Economics and Business Economics includes the following programmes:
• Undergradute Study: Economics
• Undergradute Study: Business Economics with the following courses of study: Tourism, International Trade, IT Management and Marketing
• Graduate Study: Economics
• Graduate Study: Business Economics with the following courses of study: Tourism, International Trade, IT Management and Marketing.
A large number of our former students are now successful managers, renowned scientists or members of the ALUMNI of the University of Dubrovnik.