Hrvatski akademski klub

HAK

The Croatian Association of University Graduates and Students (Hrvatski akademski klub, HAK) is an organization of Burgenland Croatian university graduates and students. It was founded in Vienna in 1948 where its headquarters (in addition to those in Eisenstadt) are located.

The Association is run jointly by the Burgenland Croatian Culture Association of Vienna and the Burgenland Croatian Center in Vienna.

The stated goal of the Association is to promote, preserve, and further develop the Burgenland Croatian language, culture, and identity, primarily in Austria, but also in Hungary and Slovakia. The Croatian Association of University Graduates is considered the representative body of the interests of the Burgenland Croats as set out in Article 7 of the Austrian State Treaty signed in 1955 in Vienna, and has the goal of supporting the improvement and adaptation of the legal and political situation to present day requirements.

The Croatian Association of University Graduates functions as a meeting point for various socio-political currents within the Croatian ethnic group. Its main objective is to improve relations between minorities and the general population by honoring and respecting the identities and languages of all those involved.

At the international level, the HAK is also active as a founding member of the organization, Youth of European Nationalities (YEN)

A representative study conducted by the OGM opinion research institute and commissioned by the Federal Chancellery recently showed that the Croatian Association of University Graduates and Students, after the Croatian Culture Association, is by far the best-known organization of the ethnic group. The summary of the study referred to the Croatian Association of University Graduates and the Culture Association as “...unsurprisingly, the principle ethnic minority organization“.

The Croatian Association of University Graduates and Students is represented on the advisory board for the Croatian ethnic group at the Federal Chancellery.

Focus of work of the Croatian Association of University Graduates and Students:

Contact:

Hrvatski akademski klub
Schwindgasse 14/4
1040 Wien/Beč

tel.:  +43 (1) 504 63 54
fax.: +43 (1) 504 63 54 - 9
e-mail: info@hakovci.org

For more information on HAK: www.hakovci.org.