Development Strategy of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering 1992-1995

After the war, Faculty of Electrical Engineering started to restore its premises and equip its devastated laboratories partly by using its own resources and partly by financial support provided by the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Croatia. Equipment and books donated by Croatian research and university institutions such as the Croatian Military College in Zagreb, Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split contributed significantly to the overall improvement of working conditions at the Faculty.

Both foreign faculties and institutions also offered their help when it came to reconstruction of the Faculty: Hochschule Bremen, Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, Bremen; Centro Interuniversitario Ticinese, Lugano; Fernuniversität Gesamthochschule, Hagen; Hochschule für Technik, Saarland; Universität des Saarlandes, Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, Saarbrücken; Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven; EMPT Center Belgium and Analog Devices, Norwood.

In the period 1993 - 1995 significant help was offered to the Faculty by Dr Cesare Cuzan, a businessman from Milan (Italy), i.e., 120,000 EUR for equipment and 200,000 EUR for two-year scholarships granted to 100 students studying engineering sciences at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. Dr. Cuzan’s resources were invested into foundation of the Osijek Academic Foundation (Osječka akademska zaklada, abbr. OAZ) which grants scholarships to students of engineering sciences studying at faculties within the University of Osijek as well as an annual reward to the best student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

In the mid 1990s, the Faculty used a separate wing of Osijek Technical School as well as of premises situated at Lav Mirski Square which made the total of two large classrooms (with 140 seats each), six smaller classrooms (with 40 seats each), seven laboratories (with 20 seats each), 22 teachers’ offices and four administrative offices.

An additional unfortunate consequence caused by the aggression on Croatia was that from mid-1991 to mid-1992 six PhD holders and nine assistants and research assistants left the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Osijek which presented a serious problem for the organisation of classes and scientific and research activities.

In the period 1992-1994, Dr. Zdenko Godec, Dr. Božidar Ivšinović, Dr. Franjo Majdandžić, Dr. Mladen Stipančić, Dr. Ivan Šoštarec, Dr. Zdravko Valter, Milica Pužar, MSc, and Josip Tomac, MSc were employed at the Faculty. Significant support was also provided by part-time associates: Dr. Zijad Haznadar, Dr. Hrvoje Babić, Dr. Vladimir Mikuličić, Dr. Leo Budin, and Dr. Branko Eman. In the period 1992-1993, six research assistants were employed at the Faculty, i.e., Irenka Mandić, Renato Mandić, Mirko Filić, Ivica Bašić, Dražen Dorić and Ružica Šalić.

At the end of 1992, Faculty administration developed a reconstruction and development strategy of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, with significant support provided by Dr. Nedjeljko Perić, with the purpose of raising the level of quality of related faculties in Europe.

1. Under the given circumstances, bring PhD degree holders in (electrical) engineering from other institutions, organise and carry out classes and scientific and research activities at the Faculty;

2. Employ new research assistants that will, together with previously employed assistants, develop into experts, i.e, researchers, and obtain their PhD degrees;

3. Develop a new curriculum in the undergraduate study programme offering two branches, i.e., Power Engineering, and Electronics and Automation, and in the next phase introduce the third branch – Computer Science;

4. Establish and simultaneously conduct a new organisation of the Faculty;

5. Build new premises with a sufficient number of classrooms, laboratories, teaching staff offices, offices and ancillary premises;

6. Purchase necessary laboratory equipment;

7. Establish links with economic entities; it is of special importance to find strategic partners and companies, and to be involved in as many professional projects as possible;

8. Increase the number of scientific projects and create conditions favourable to postgraduate Master's and doctoral degree study programmes;

9. Establish international cooperation with institutes and faculties that was temporarily stopped by the war.

Faculty of Electrical Engineering as a project 1992-2001

In the period 1992-1995, project documentation was developed for adding a third floor to the main building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (with the total area of 1,900 m2), construction activities started in 1996 and in 1998 they stopped due to insufficient financial resources.

The study was made by Prof. Radoslav Galić, Prof. Željko Hocenski, Dr. Milan Ivanović, Prof. Srete Nikolovski, and Stjepan Čalić, MSc(Econ).

In mid-2001, a successful cooperation with “Siemens” Zagreb resulted in a study for completion of construction activities and the purchase of necessary laboratory equipment that was sent to the Government of the Republic of Croatia.  Fully supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology administration, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering was granted a 20 million HRK loan that was realised through Privredna banka Zagreb.

Contractor - “Siemens” Ltd. Zagreb with cooperating companies from Osijek; construction manager - Ivan Lončar, BSc; construction supervisor - Miroslav Rok, BSc.

In addition to a 20 million HRK loan and 12 million HRK of our own revenue and other financial resources, in cooperation with and coordination by Prof. Hrvoje Kraljević, Prof. Gordana Kralik, University of Osijek Rector, Mirko Barišić, BSc, “Siemens” general manager and Prof. Radoslav Galić, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the following activities were conducted:

                 - adding a third floor was completed and the backyard building was built, so that the Faculty of Electrical Engineering                        has the total area of 5,000 m2;

                 - 15 laboratories were equipped with modern equipment; and

                - necessary teaching aids were purchased.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on the occasion of the completion of Faculty premises was held on 20 December 2002 in the presence of Stjepan Mesić, President of the Republic of Croatia, Prof. Gvozden Flego, Minister of Science, Prof. Hrvoje Kraljević, Chairman of the National Council for Science and Prof. Gordana Kralik, Rector of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony on the occasion of the completion of Faculty premises was held in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology, heads of counties and cities from Slavonia, officials from all Croatian universities, deans of faculties of electrical engineering from Croatia, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia, deans of all faculties and heads of all departments of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, as well as leading personalities from the fields of culture, religion and economy from Slavonia and Baranja.

New study programmes, postgraduate study programme 1995-2005

Strengthened by new staff, professors at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering developed a new curriculum of the university undergraduate study programme with two branches: Power Engineering and Electronics and Automation, which was introduced in the academic year 1995/96 after an international review and a comparison with European faculties. Significant support regarding this matter was provided by Prof. Nedjeljko Perić, Academician Prof. Božo Udovičić, and Prof. Martin Jadrić.

In September 1997, the University of Osijek Senate approved the postgraduate study programme entitled Exploitation Techniques of Power and Industrial Plants at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Osijek. In January 2002, the University of Osijek Senate issued a license to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering to organise and conduct a PhD degree granting study programme in Technical Sciences, scientific field Electrical Engineering. In 2003, new curricula were developed for university undergraduate and professional study programmes (in accordance with European standards), approved by the University of Osijek Senate and the National Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Croatia and then implemented as of the academic year 2003/2004. These curricula cover all fields of electrical engineering and computer engineering with the following branches and levels of education:

University undergraduate study programme (Bachelor level) with three branches:

1 Power Engineering,

2 Automation and Process Computing,

3 Computer Engineering and Communications.

Professional study programme with three branches:

1 Automation,

2 Power Engineering,

3 Informatics.

Postgraduate study programme is organised in two scientific fields and at three levels:

Electrical Engineering, Computer Science

An MSc degree granting postgraduate study programme, a PhD degree granting postgraduate study programme and a PhD degree granting postgraduate study programme (without an MSc degree).

In the academic year 2004/2005, study programme curricula were harmonised with the Bologna Declaration in accordance with the 3 + 2 + 2 model which has been implemented at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering since the academic year 2005/06.