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University of Zagreb

Faculty of Geotehnical Engineering

Hallerova aleja 7, 42000 Varaždin


Phone: +385 (0)42 408 900

Fax: +385 42 (0)313 587

e-mail: ured.dekana@gfv.hr



The Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, was founded in 1969 under the name of School of Mining and Geotechnical Research. After restructuring of its study program and renaming in the School of Geotechnics on 1975, it functioned as a department within the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Egineering of the University of Zagreb until 1990. A year later the School of Geotechnics was transformed into the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, which immediately became a constituent unit of the University of Zagreb.


The Mission of the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering is to conduct scientific research and research-based higher education in the interdisciplinary field of environmental engineering, as well as knowledge transfer to and knowledge application in the business sector.


The Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering wishes to be recognized at the national level as a significant Faculty in the area of higher education, research and professional work related to environmental engineering, especially including aspects connected with identification, design, construction and management of systems for solving problems in protection and pollution of air, soil and water, and to become an internationally recognizable institution involved in the European research area and the mobility programmes for students and researchers.


DEAN - Ranko Biondić, Ph.D., Full Professor

Vice-Dean for science and international cooperation: Ivana Grčić, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Vice-Dean for teaching: Igor Petrović, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Vice-Dean for management:
Hrvoje Meaški, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Secretary of the Faculty - Mirjana Flajšman, LLB.


The Faculty has common Faculty services made up by the Administrative office, Student administration, Accounting, Library, International Relations Office, Computing Center, and Maintenance. The Secretary of the Faculty manages and coordinates the work of the Faculty services.


The Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering is a member faculty of the University of Zagreb. The Faculty is governed by the Dean and the Faculty Council. The Dean is assisted in his work by the Vice-Deans and the Secretary.

The Faculty is organized in four departments:

  • Department for science,
  • Department for geotechnics,
  • Department for hydrotechnics, and
  • Department for environmental engineering.

The work of each Department is directed by a head of the Department.

The activities of the Departments include instruction, research and professional activities, facilitation of employee training, especially research assistants, making proposals on academic and professional training in the country and abroad, discussion and provision of opinions and proposals on questions important to the Departments and the Faculty, and making proposals on research and professional literature.

Research, teaching and professional activities at the Faculty involve the use of the Laboratory for geotechnical engineering, the Laboratory for environmental geochemistry, the Laboratory for mineral processing and computer centre for CAD and GIS education. The Faculty is also suitably equipped for field research.



The basic units of scientific work at the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering are the Faculty Departments, and specific topics and contents of research are proposed at the Departments. The research activities of the Departments are coordinated by the Vice-Dean for science and international cooperation and the Board for research, who present opinions and propose adoption and execution of decisions related to scientific-research activities of the Faculty, while tending to the common goals of the Faculty as a whole. The Vice-Dean for science and international cooperation submits a report on his or her work to the Faculty Council regularly, at least twice a year.

The scientific – research activity is mostly conducted in the area of technical sciences but it also has a rather strong component in the area of natural sciences. The main research fields are water resources management, groundwater protection, geotechnical engineering, mining and extraction, waste management and environmental protection.


The content and type of professional projects vary in terms of research field, scope, complexity and level of financial revenue. As a rule, they enable the application and transfer of knowledge as well as the establishment of connections between research activities and the business and public sectors. In terms of their type, there are fewer scientific-developmental projects; mostly the projects are those of professional cooperation with businesses and the public sector, and they in a considerable number of cases also have a scientific component. In terms of content, the largest number of scientific-professional projects and studies is related to hydrogeological investigation of water resources in the karst region, geotechnical and mining exploration works, projects of stabilization of slopes and the laying of foundations on problematic soil, as well as geophysical research focused on protection of the surrounding areas and groundwater during civil engineering interventions or construction of waste dumps.


General information for exchange students

Courses delivered in English 2017./2018

Information about courses



The undergraduate study program in Geo-engineering (180 ECTS) has been conducted at the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering as of the 2005/2006 academic year. In the third year the students choose one of the courses: Geotechnical engineering, Hydrotechnical engineering or Environmental engineering. This program gives the students basic theoretical preparation and an adequate command of general scientific methods and contents, in addition to the acquisition of specific professional know-how. Students who have completed the undergraduate study program of Geo-engineering is authorised to use the lawfully protected academic title University Bachelor of Geoengineering.

Environmental engineering

The experience of implementing the undergraduate and graduate study programmes in Geo-engineering has made manifest the need for its improvement and for the adaptation of exit competences to the need of the labour market for experts in the area of environmental protection. For this reason, an undergraduate study program in Environmental engineering has been prepared and approved, with changes to the existing programme of Geoengineering not exceeding 40%. In the academic year 2012./2013. 120 students are enrolled in this programme.



The graduate study program of Geo-engineering takes two years, and it includes the courses in Geotechnical Engineering, Hydrotechnical Engineering and Environmental engineering. This program is open to graduates with a 1st cycle or foreign equivalent degree and requires a further 120 credits, which can be accumulated over an average of two years. Previous specific curricula in the first cycle are required for admission. The 2nd cycle aims at providing students with an advanced level of education for highly qualified work in specific areas. Students who have completed the undergraduate study program of Geo-engineering are authorised to use the lawfully protected academic title Master of Geoengineering.



Faculty does not offer a postgraduate study programme but it participates actively in doctoral education within the University of Zagreb. In the cooperation with the Technical University of Graz, the University of Maribor and the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, and the Faculty of Civil Engineering the Faculty took part in preparing the joint doctoral programme Geo-engineering and water management. This doctoral programme began to enrol students in the academic year 2012/2013.



The Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering develops international cooperation with European higher education institutions in the form of bilateral agreements, joint research projects and individual cooperation in research. Thus far the Faculty has established cooperation with Užgorodskij nacionaljnij univerzitet (Ukraine), Voronježskij gosudarstvenij arhitekturno stroiteljnij univerzitet (Russia), The Hydrotechnical and Transport Building Faculty (Odessa, the Ukraine), The Technical University of Graz, The University of Ljubljana, and more recently with The Polytechnic University of Catalonia, The University of Leoben and The University of Padua. The goal of the international cooperation is to advance research activities and promote the exchange of students and researchers


The Faculty signed three Erasmus Bilateral Agreements for the academic year 2013/14. Two of the agreements, with The Polytechnic University of Catalonia and The University of Maribor enable the exchange of students and teachers, while the agreement with The University of Leoben enables exchange of teachers. The application for the exchange follows the standard procedure outlined at the University of Zagreb web pages. Foreign students having any questions about the courses and the learning agreement should contact the Faculty’s ECTS coordinator.