nives mikelic preradovic

Nives Mikelić Preradović PhD, full professor

Office hours: Monday 18.00-19:30, room E-315

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  • PhD in Information Science, University of Zagreb (2008)
  • MPhil in Computer Speech, Text and Internet Technology, University of Cambridge (2004)
  • MSc in Information Science, University of Zagreb (2003)
  • BSc in Croatian language, University of Zagreb (2001)
  • BSc Information Science, University of Zagreb (2001)

Service learning (community-based learning)

  • Qualifications: George Washington University, School of Business. Completed the Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning (2006).
  • Mentored and administrated over 70 service learning projects (list of projects available at: http://www.ffzg.unizg.hr/infoz/web/index.php/en/service-learning-projects) with the local community from 2006 to 2017
  • She was the first to introduce a new teaching method in Croatia (at University of Zagreb) – service learning (Croatian translation: “društveno korisno učenje"), which was added as a regulation of the Croatian National Youth program 2009-2013, approved by the Croatian Government . The program emphasizes the importance of introducing this method in academic curricula and programs of secondary schools in order to increase the involvement of young people in the community and education for the civil society. The results of implementation, community evaluation and student evaluation of this method at University of Zagreb placed this innovative teaching method to the agenda of the Croatian Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020, where service learning was identified as the key method for connecting HEIs and local communities, as well as a key driver in finding the first job after graduation.


Awards and Scholarships

  • U.S. Department of State grant for the project “Strengthening Self-employment Capabilities and Capacities through International Service Learning Projects (2013)
  • JFDP scholarship (Junior Faculty Development Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) in academic year 2005/2006
  • MTCP (Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme) scholarship in 2005
  • Cambridge Overseas Trust scholarship at the University of Cambridge in academic year 2003/2004
  • Rector's Award for student paper “Dictionarium of Faust Vrancic in 16th and 21st century – inside view” mentored by Prof. Damir Boras in 2001


Reviewer and board member:

  1. INFuture (The Future of Information Sciences)– member of the Conference Standing Board of Reviewers
  2. KEOD (Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development) conference – member of the Program Committee and reviewer
  3. TSD (Text, Speech and Dialogue) conference – member of the Conference Board of Reviewers
  4. Automatika (Journal for Control, Measurement, Electronics, Computing and Communications) - reviewer
  5. LTA (Language Technologies and Applications) – member of the Program Committee and reviewer

  6. Media studies (www.mediastudies.fpzg.hr) - reviewer

    Studia Lexicographica - journal o the Lexicographical Institute Miroslav Krleža– member of the Program Committee and reviewer


Foreign languages:English, Italian, Czech. 


Scholarly Lectures/Workshops:


  • "Service learning in higher education", workshop presented at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, June, 2016 (funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme)
  • "Service-Learning Networking in Higher Education"workshop presented at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, April, 2016 (funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme)
  • „Service learning in primary, secondary and higher education“, workshop presented at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, February, 2014.
  • “Faculties, schools and school libraries in action - introduction to service learning” workshop, presented at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, February, 2010.
  • “Service learning and knowledge: successful projects in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb”, workshop presented at the JFDP Regional Conference: “Teaching methods and Techniques at the Universities in South Eastern Europe” in Zagreb, March 2009
  • "Service Learning: a cutting-edge teaching and learning methodology embracing social action with critical inquiry and classroom work”, workshop presented at the conference “Beyond Frontiers 2020: Anticipating Security and Defence Challenges, Opportunities and Dilemmas in Western Balkan”, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009.
  • “Multimedia in foreign language teaching and learning,” workshop presented at the Foreign Language Studies Center, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia, April, 2008.
  • “Service learning in secondary schools", workshop presented to the members of the Karlovac County Council of Teachers Of English, Karlovac, March, 2008
  • “Service learning in the social sciences and humanities" workshop presented to the faculty members of the University of Rijeka and representatives of the Association for the Development of Higher Education “Universitas", February, 2008
  • "Introduction to Community-Based Service Learning” workshop, presented at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, February, 2008. (funded by EUR/ACE Democracy Outreach/Alumni Fund)
  • “Multimedia in education: primary school, secondary school and higher education,” workshop presented at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia, February, 2007.


Fields of interest:

  • Natural Language Processing (language resources: valency lexicons, learner corpora)
  • Service Learning (community-based learning and research)
  • Multimedia Applications in Education
  • CALL


Publications listed in the Croatian Scientific Bibliography (CROSBI)



Project collaborator


  1. Erasmus + Knowledge Alliances project Rural 3.0: Service Learning for the Rural Development (2019-)
  2. Member of the Management Committee of the COST Action: European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques (2017-)
  3. Erasmus + KA2 project Europe Engage - Developing a Culture of Civic Engagement through Service-Learning within Higher Education in Europe (2015-2017)
  4. Erasmus+ KA2 project DigiLing - Trans-European e-Learning Hub for Digital Linguistics (2016-2019)

  5. EU FP7 Abu-MaTran: Automatic Building of Machine Translation (2012-)
  6. EU-ICT-PSP CESAR: CEntral and South-east europeAn Resources (01/02/2011 to 31/01/2013)
  7. EU FP7 ACCURAT: Analysis and evaluation of Comparable Corpora for Under Resourced Areas of machine Translation (15/11/2010 to 30/06/2012)
  8. Typology of Knowledge and Information Processing Methods (2002-2005)
  9. Design and Management of Public Knowledge in the Information Space (2007-2012)
  10. Erasmus program: Information and communication technology in supporting the educational process (2011)



Postgraduate study

  • Automatic Text Summarization
  • Media and Intelligent Text Retrieval
  • Multimedia and Instructional Design

Graduate study

  • Service Learning in Information Sciences
  • Natural Language Processing (selected chapters)

Undergraduate study

  • Introduction to Natural Language Processing
  • Knowledge Organization
  • Theory of Information Science
  • Language Engineering
  • Digital image and text editing basics