The beginnings of higher education in the field of technical sciences in Eastern Croatia date back to 1962, when the Technical College in Zagreb established the Centre for Part-time Study in Engineering in Slavonski Brod, in a city with well-known factory Đuro Đaković, established in 1921. The Centre for Part-time Study in Engineering was active for 17 years, being supported by today's Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture of the University of Zagreb. Preconditions for establishment of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod were fulfilled in 1979, when it became an independent entity within Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. This year the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod celebrates the 33rd anniversary of its establishment as a University constituent unit, and the 50th anniversary of higher education in the field of mechanical engineering in Slavonski Brod. The chronological overview of events important in the Faculty development is presented below:

1962    the Centre for Part-time Study in Engineering in Slavonski Brod was established with support of former Technical College in Zagreb.

1967    the Centre continued its activities within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb.

1975    the University of Osijek was established; the Centre for Engineering Study in Slavonski Brod was one of the University founders.

1979    as a result of a referendum, the Organisational unit Research and Development – Mechanical Engineering Faculty, which operated under the Đuro Đaković Institute of Mechanical Engineering, joined the University of Osijek.

1981    the first agreement on cooperation was signed between the University of Osijek and Hochschule Bremen upon the initiative of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty.

1983    upon reorganisation of the Đuro Đaković Institute of Mechanical Engineering, there was the Institute of Mechanical Engineering –  Mechanical Engineering Faculty established, within which the Faculty started its scientific research activities and teaching at the former VI/1 level (professional studies).

1985    the Institute of Mechanical Engineering –  Mechanical Engineering Faculty fulfilled criteria for registration as a higher education institution in the field of Technical Sciences – Mechanical Engineering.

1986    the Faculty became eligible to carry out university study for the degree of graduated engineer in the field of Mechanical Engineering (within former system of higher education).

1991    the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod acted as an independent institution within Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek.

1992    the Faculty operated in difficult war circumstances, due to war attacks on the city of Slavonski Brod, the Faculty was carrying out study programmes in Pleternica and Požega.

1994    in cooperation with the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty started with publication of the journal Technical Gazette, which is nowadays indexed in the SCI Expanded Database.

1995    teaching programme is organised for employees of the Croatian Ministry of Defence (total of 8 generations enrolled).

1998    the Faculty obtained a license to carry out university postgraduate study programme within Technical Sciences-Mechanical Engineering, with orientations in Production Systems and Production Technologies.

2000    the first Master of Technical Sciences was promoted.

2002    the first four doctoral dissertations were defended, the mentors of which were professors of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod.

2005    reform of study programmes according to Bologna principles, university undergraduate and graduate studies organised in cycles of 3,5+1,5, with four orientation programmes.

2006    obtained licence from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports to carry out Postgraduate doctoral study with three orientation modules.

2007    obtained licence from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports to carry out Postgraduate professional study with four orientation modules.

2007    obtained funds from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports for 2 scientific research programmes and 11 projects.

2007    the event the Mechanical Challenge was organised for the first time, to be held annually and to become traditional.

2009    the Faculty Annual Report was published in English language.

2009    the Faculty became involved as a partner in three CEEPUS programs, international cooperation has been intensified.

2009    the first ERASMUS mobility at the University level was realised by the Faculty member.

2010    obtained licence from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports to carry out university undergraduate and graduate study in Mechanical Engineering according to 3+2 cycles (earlier 3,5+1,5), with four orientation programmes.

2011    the Faculty Alumni Club has been established.

2011    preparation of a project for the new Centre for Knowledge and Technology Transfer.

2012    licence to carry out new university graduate study in Power Engineering has been achieved.

Today the Faculty has been acting as a constituent unit of the University of Osijek, with clear mission and development vision given in the Faculty Strategy. The Faculty is carrying out its main tasks highly professionally; it educates students, develops scientific and research work, international cooperation, cooperation with economy, and fulfils its role in social community.


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