History of the Department
The Department of Agriculture Engineering was founded in academic year 1919/20 at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry in Zagreb. The first Head of the Department and founder was prof. Rajmond Fantoni (1919-1952), followed by prof. Dragan Capek (1962-1978) and prof. Josip Brčić (1962-1978). Since 1998, the head of the Department of Agriculture Engineering has been Prof. Silvio Košutić. Department also gave Faculty two Deans: prof. Rajmond Fantoni (1926/27) and Prof. Josip Brčić (1964/1966).
In early 1978 Department of Agriculture Engineering was integrated with the Institute of Agriculture Mechanization which has existed since 1951 as an independent research institution. Department expands and changes the name to the Institut for Mechanization, Technology and Building in agriculture, which operates within the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the time 1978/92. After the reorganization of the Faculty of Agriculture in 1992 Department changes the name to the Department of Agricultural Engineering, which it still holds today. The Department has since 1958 organized a Post-graduate study where a number of scientists have acquired the Master of Science degree. It should be noted that this is the first post-graduate study programme at the Faculty of Agriculture, but also the first graduate program in Agricultural Engineering in South East Europe.
The Department carries out tests of agricultural machines since its foundation, especially after World War II. Department of Agricultural Engineering is a successor of the Institute of Agricultural Engineering, which in 1960 became an authorized institution for the official testing of tractors in accordance with OECD Standard Codes. Since 1964 the machines have been tested using strain gauge technology and electronics. The Department of Agriculture Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb in 1970 organized the first International Symposium "Actual Tasks on Agricultural Engineering". Symposium has been organised for 40 years that shows its tradition and importance.
Faculty of Agriculture is, from its establishment until today, dedicated to its fundamental mission: enabling students' achievement of the highest academic standards and transferring competences based on the newest scientific knowledge. All in order to make students competent to become promoters of development of modern sustainable agriculture according to the needs of Croatian society and targeted national development. To fulfill its own mission, the Faculty strives to improve the quality of scientific-research work and education, and inclusion into the European higher education area. Respectively, the Faculty is directly contributing to economical, rural and sustainable development, as well as the overall regional development. In accordance with the overall social and economic needs, Faculty has developed and is still evolving relevant study programs for the education of present and prospective students. Being the oldest educational institution in the field of agriculture, we are dedicated to development of Croatian science and agriculture by making our Faculty a creative and incentive place for studying and work. We strive for excellence and student care is one of the fundamental prerequisites in all Faculty activities. In each area of our activities we rely on high academic and ethical values.
Applying the standards of excellence in scientific, educational and professional work, Faculty of Agriculture wants to strategically position itself in Croatian higher education and research area, as well as an internationally recognized and acclaimed research and teaching institutions. The fundamental vision of the Faculty of Agriculture is to define and implement all aspects of the development of modern education system as well as the scientific research compatible with that in the European Union. We aim at promoting a culture of quality, establishing of a quality assurance system and defining qualifications and competences of students are our key priorities. It implies continuous investment in each individual and improvement of teaching skills of teachers and lecturers, which would result in more complete professional insights and students' competence as well as their greater mobility.
In accordance with the mission and the vision, Faculty of Agriculture strategically intents:
1. To improve study programs, increase the quality of teaching and the efficiency of studying. To enable high quality education with reference to acquisition of the latest scientific and professional knowledge and skills for students, agricultural experts and other interested parties.
2. To enhance international cooperation and international recognition of the Faculty
3. To develop scientific-research and professional activities as well as collaboration with business sector
4. To improve management and organization of the Faculty and quality assurance.
5. The long tradition in educational and scientific activities, respectable human potentials and Your trust are a guarantee for mutual success. Welcome to the Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb.
Scientific and expert activities
The scientific and expert activities of the Department are focused on Energy saving soil tillage methods, Rational selection and using of farm machinery, Precision farming possibilities and applicabilities, Mechanization of fruit growing, Measuring methods and examination of agricultural tractors, implements and tyres etc.
During the recent years, the Department has had permanent scientific production, in projects, papers published in prestigious scientific journals, and in organization and active participation in scientific conferences and congresses.
During last 15 years the Symposium Symposium "Actual Tasks on Agricultural Engineering" achieved more international meaning thanks to co-sponsoring of EurAgEng, CIGR, AAAE, ASABE and AAESEE. Papers from Symposium's proceedings are indexed into world's famous databases as Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (part of the Web of Knowledge), Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings; CABI Agricultural Engineering Abstracts; InterDok and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts - Conference Papers Index.
Undergraduate studies of Agricultural Engineering
During six semesters of undergraduate studies of Agricultural Engineering, students gain professional knowledge in multidisciplinary areas of agricultural production, with the emphasis on agricultural mechanization and technology. Mechanization in farming and animal husbandry, horticultural production, plant protection and other areas of agricultural production are studied. In the area of plant and horticultural production, besides equipment and machinery, the study also covers the topic of production surface planning, and maintenance of amelioration, irrigation and drainage systems. Furthermore, the study provides the opportunity to gain knowledge in the area of finishing and processing technologies, storage and cooling of agricultural products, and production of bio-fuels from agricultural bio-mass. Similarly, techniques in animal husbandry are studied along with objects, equipment and mechanization needed for the production. The bearer of this qualification is authorized to use the legally protected university degree of Bachelor (baccalaureus) in Engineering of Agricultural engineering. The bachelor can seek employment in companies that produce, sell and use agricultural machinery and equipment; irrigation and drainage systems, finishing and processing capacities, as well as bio fuels production facilities. Bachelors are trained to carry out technical projects in all areas of plant and animal production, management of an agricultural farm, and work at state or local government offices. Employment is not necessarily limited to the area of agricultural production.
After completing the undergraduate study program of Agricultural engineering, students may continue the graduate study of Agricultural engineering and choose between two specializations: graduate study of Mechanization or Ameliorations. Students gain the right to enrol to any of the thirteen graduate programs of Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, under the conditions prescribed for each study program. Students also gain the right to enrol to any other University in Croatia and abroad under conditions set by those institutions.
Graduate studies of Agricultural Engineering - Mechanization
The study programme is adapted to the conditions of the labour market in the new economic environment. The graduate programme provides the knowledge and the competences to plan, design and management of mechanization in all segments of agricultural production on field and indoor space, including environmentally friendly use of mechanization. The study programme includes seminar works and individual projects for specific field of mechanization. The study course extends over two years. The curriculum comprises 24 modules with a total of 120 ECTS points. The aim of the graduate programme is to teach candidates to plan and management of mechanization in agricultural production in the existing and future state and private economic subjects and institutions.