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The Faculty through history

Category: O fakultetu

Longtime effort that the employees of the Faculty have put in the development of the Faculty as a higher education institution resulted in the decision of the Senate of the University of Zagreb to approve the Postgraduate Doctoral Study Programme in Environmental Engineering on 10th July 2018. In the academic year 2018/2019 the first generation of doctoral students was enrolled.

The doctoral study programme consists of one obligatory course (5 ECTS), one course of students` choice that they select from 9 courses from the whole study programme (4ECTS) and 4 courses which doctoral students choose from one out of 5 modules (4×5 ECTS). These modules are:

• Sustainable Waste Management (offers 8 courses),
• Environment and Nature (offers 7 courses),
• Environmental Geoengineering (offers7 courses),
• Water Management (offers 9 courses),
• Energetics (offers 6 courses).

Doctoral students determine the structure of the teaching part of the study programme, which consists of courses from all the modules. This enables them to recognize their research interests more easily. Also, in this way they choose 4 courses from different modules besides 1 obligatory course and 1 course of their choice.
Eight professors from the Faculty teach at the doctoral study programme as well as a lot of eminent scientists from social, natural and technical sciences.

Since the academic year 2015/2016, the Faculty has been delivering the University Graduate Study Programme in Environmental Engineering, which consists of three courses: Geoenvironmental Engineering, Water Management and Environmental Management. It is based on fundamental knowledge from basic natural, technical and computer sciences, which are a prerequisite for understanding the basic principles of environmental engineering. At the end of their studies students have to take part in a 160- hour professional practice, which gives them an opportunity to put the acquired knowledge into practice.

On 16th February 2012 the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia put the University Undergraduate Study Programme in Environmental Engineering on the List of Study Programmes of the Republic of Croatia and in 2012/2013 the first generation of 120 students was enrolled.

A large classroom - Aula Magna with 235 seats was built.

The Ordinance on Scientific and Artistic Areas, Fields and Branches defined Environmental Engineering as a branch of interdisciplinary technical sciences.

On the Faculty`s initiative, Environmental Engineering became part of the the Ordinance on Scientific and Artistic Areas, Fields and Branches as a branch of basic technical sciences.


The Faculty started delivering the University Undergraduate and Graduate Study Programme in Geoengineering in such a way that it tried to keep the tradition of the former programmes in Geotechnics and Hydrotechnics and at the same involved certain segments of environmental protection. Environmental Engineering became a study programme for the first time. Special attention was paid to the promotion of environmental engineering in Croatian legislation as a profession which has already been widely accepted in the developed world.


In 2004/2005, the last generation of students was enrolled in the geotechnical and hydrotechnical course of the study programme in Geotechnics.
In March 2004, the Agreement on the Organisation of the Study was signed among 13 constituent members of the University of Zagreb, and this event launched the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Professional Study Programme in Ecoengineering. The Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering was one of the founders. Since then, this study programme has been delivered as a university specialist study and the professors from the Faculty have been actively participating in teaching, mentoring, assessing bachelor theses and they have been active members of the Professional Council of the study.

Study programmes and the contents of all courses delivered by all of the constituent members of the University of Zagreb were revised, including the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering. After the revision, the University Study Programme in Geotechnics was divided into two courses, Geotechnics and Hydrotechnics, with a shift from mining towards civil engineering.


In the academic year 1993/1994 a study programme called Technical Environmental Protection was launched at the Faculty. Seven students, most of whom successfully do jobs concerning environmental protection, enrolled and graduated in it.


Higher Geotechnical School was active until 1991, when it became the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, which was an independent consistuent member of the University of Zagreb. In May 1990, the Faculty asked the then Ministry of Education and Culture the permission to start delivering a university study programme in Geotechnical Engineering and to change the Faculty`s name into the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering. On 12th February 1991, the then Ministry of Education and Culture gave the Faculty permission to deliver it. On 28th October 1991, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Informatics entered the Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering as new scientific-teaching organisation in the Registry of Scientific-Research Organisations.
Upon obtaining the permission to start the University Study Programme in Geotechnics, the first students were enrolled. The study programme had two courses: Geotechnics and Hydrotechnics.

The third floor of the Faculty building was built.


In the academic year 1977/1978 the study programme in Civil Engineering was raised to a higher level in that it became identical to the two-year degree study programme that was delivered by the then Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Zagreb. For two generations of students a university study programme was organised, i.e. the graduate study programme in Civil Engineering- the course in Organisation and Economics of Construction. Full-time and part-time students attended lectures in a building of the then Higher Geotechnical School of Varaždin and a graduation exam took place in front of the joint committee of the two-year degree study programme in Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and a two-year degree study programme in Civil Engineering in Varaždin. Professors who were teaching in Varaždin were mostly from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Higher Geotechnical School, the Faculty of Organisation and Informatics. Some professional courses were taught by eminent experts on civil engineering from Varaždin and Čakovec. The joint two-year study programme in Civil Engineering, which started in the academic year 1977/1978, was delivered until the academic year 1991/1992.

As the study was developing, the building of a higher school in then Hinkovićeva street 1 (today`s Hallerova aleja 7) became too small and for that reason a new building in then Hinkovićeva street 7 (today`s Hallerova aleja 7) started being built and it was finished in 1976.


In 1974, at the request of construction companies, a course in Civil Engineering was launched. The sudden development of construction activities in Varaždin at the beginning of the 70s, when one of the market leaders was a construction company "Zagorje", demanded qualified workforce in the area of civil engineering. For that reason the then Higher Geotechnical School started educating experts on civil engineering in 1974. The students were taught building construction for 5 semesters.

Since 4th September 1972, the Higher Geotechnical School of Varaždin was part of the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering. The courses were delivered by 17 permanently employed professors from the School, by professors from the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering and by professors from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Zagreb. Beside lectures, exercises, seminars and laboratory exercises, full-time students had to participate in field exercises, which were part of some courses. In order to finish the study, students had to write a graduation paper and defend it in front of a committee. Upon the successful defense, students were awarded diplomas and an academic degree of an engineer of geotechnics or hydrotechnics.

Following the Decision of the District Commercial Court from 11th December 1970, it was decided that the name of the school should be changed into the Higher Geotechnical School Varaždin.

Following the decision of the Council of the Centre for Educating Oil, Georesearch, Mining and Metal Workers on 20th September 1969, the Higher Technical Mining-Georesearch School Varaždin was founded. Its foundation was supported by a number of important companies of that time, such as "Geotehnika" Zagreb, "Geofizika" Zagreb, "Geosonda" Beograd, "Geoistraga" Sarajevo and Geološki zavod Ljubljana. The school lasted for 5 semesters and the courses included Geotechnics, Hydrotechnics, Surface Mines and Quarries.

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