VERN' was founded in 1990 as the first private business college in Croatia. Its educational activities started in 1994 as a one-year program. With the blessing of the former Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Croatia VERN' University of Applied Sciences was established in 2000 and in 2007 it became the first Croatian business university of applied sciences. In the following years of 2009 and 2011 VERN' University merged with Zagreb School of Management as well as the School of Journalism, which enabled it to develop into an
integrated, innovative, European university. As a result of a successful cooperation with the town of Vis, in 2012 VERN' opened VERN' Island School on the island of Vis, one of the most unique and well-preserved Mediterranean islands. With further mergers including the Polytechnic School of Zagreb and Kairos College in Zagreb, VERN' continues to grow (expand its program) and maintain its position as the leading University of Applied Sciences in Croatia.