The organization of FFT

Main activities of FFT are teaching, scientific research and professional activities in the field of food technology and in other fields of biotechnical sciences. All Faculty activities take place on the street address Franje Kuhaca 18 and 20 where Faculty has 4500 m2 of space. From this space, there are 6 modern equipped classrooms, 16 research and 11 students’ laboratories with auxiliary facilities, computer room, a library equipped with computers, students' association meeting room, council hall, an appropriate number of cabinets and other space necessary for different activity of the faculty.

In 2012 the Faculty got a space for use on the Holy Trinity Square that consists of 2 lecture rooms, 3 laboratories and a few professors' rooms.

Figure 1. Diagram of the FFT internal organizational structure.

Teaching activity

  • Undergraduate study Programme Food technology.
  • Graduate study Programmes:
    • Food engineering,
    • Process engineering and
    • Food science and nutrition.
  • Postgraduate PhD Study Food engineering.
  • Postgraduate Specialist Studies:
    • Food Quality and Safety,
    • Technology of traditional meat products and
    • Nutrition.
  • Lifelong Learning Programmes

Faculty annually enrols around 160 new students. Currently, there are approximately 650 students enrolled in all programs. Teaching is performed by 43 teachers in academic title, 12 assistants and higher assistants and 8 research assistants. There are 5 professional and senior associates, 13 technicians, and 14 people in administration, as well as 8 people as support staff.

Scientific Activity

During the last five years, there has existed an intense and prolific scientific and professional activity of scientists and associates of the Faculty of Food Technology (FFT), through the realisation of numerous national and international scientific and professional projects. These include 13 scientific projects financed by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports of the Republic of Croatia, and 15 international projects (Tempus, Erasmus, and other bilateral projects). According to the information of Croatian Scientific Bibliography (CROSBI), teachers, associates, and students of FFT have published more than 344 scientific papers in the last five years, which shows the significant scientific activity of the Faculty and the productivity of its employees.

Over the last couple of years, the Faculty had been an organiser or co-organiser of several international scientific conferences, as well as many other scientific and professional conferences, while our employees attended many international and national conferences as participants. Our employees have participated and still participate in the work of a large number of scientific and professional bodies, committees, international as well as national.

Current European trend in the field of scientific projects is to enlarge them while preserving the interdisciplinary approach. Apart from the abovementioned projects financed by the European institutions, the Faculty’s scientific researches are financed by government funds almost in their entirety. These funds are utterly insufficient for effective and successful scientific research. The goal of the Faculty and its scientists in the upcoming period needs to be the discovering of additional sources of finance in such a way that these sources become dominant over government funds. These efforts should, firstly, be focused on European funds and projects and collaboration with the corresponding institutions in the Republic of Croatia and its neighbours, but particularly on collaboration with the economic sector of the region and beyond. In order to follow the European trend, and in order to compete for larger funds (especially international ones), connecting of research groups on the Faculty, as well as outside groups, is needed.

In 2008, the Faculty launched Croatian Journal of Food Science and Technology, a scientific-professional journal. As of 2010, the journal is indexed in CAB abstracts database, FSTA, and Portal of Croatian Scientific Journals (HRČAK). The board of the Faculty will continue to support the publication of Croatian Journal of Food Science and Technology.

Organising scientific conferences is an important segment of promotion for the profession, and the Faculty. During the last five years, FFT has successfully organised several international scientific conferences (2007, 2009, and 2011 Flour – Bread, 2010 and 2012 Lavoslav Ružička Days) as well as several national scientific conferences (as an organiser or co-organiser). The Faculty will continue to support the organisation of Flour – Bread and Ružička Days conferences, while taking special care to involve the youth in its organisation and work.

With the University’s cooperation, the Faculty will continue to participate in the realisation of Centre of Excellence in Food Production project, which is a part of the Development of Products and Improvement of Food Production Process programme. For this purpose, the final application of projects that have been defined in stage one, with the possibility of involving all those who are interested, that is, all those which fulfil the conditions of excellence, will be worked on.

One of the strategic goals of FFT is to improve the Faculty’s collaboration with public and private manufacturing sector in order to provide finances from outside of the institution and/or education and science system, and to develop projects and research of direct interest to the sector. Unfortunately, the general economic situation in Croatia, especially in eastern Croatia, is not on a high level, so the possibility of cooperation is limited, although through Faculty collaboration with the economy, significant improvement of the economy could be achieved applying research results. It should be noted that in recent years FFT employees made considerable effort to intensify the cooperation with industry. In recent years, these efforts have resulted in significant improvement through implementation of several joint research projects, signing cooperation agreements, creating studies, consulting services etc. Indeed, we are still not satisfied, knowing FFT has a large capacity and competence for more intensive cooperation. Therefore, FFT will try to improve this cooperation through different activities, like involvement of industry researchers into joint projects, with aim to work more effectively and faster in solving different problems, for which the manufacturing sector is interested in. Furthermore, strong and constant communication of manufacturing sector and Faculty at management level will be established with the goal to define priorities and finding shortest paths in solving problems. To strengthen this cooperation, the Faculty will encourage involvement of engineers from manufacturing sector to doctoral studies, making doctoral thesis on topics of interest to manufacturing sector, which should ultimately lead to permanent connectivity and joint scientific research. In 2011, ALUMNI association of former students and friends of FFT was established, which should play an important role in connecting FFT with the industry.

Professional activities

Professional activity has been realized through nine projects initiated or completed in the last 5 years and a number of other activities such as organization of conferences, participation in professional societies, professional courses implementation, laboratory analysis, providing expert opinion and expertise, etc. FFT has numerous signed cooperation agreements with different companies.

FACULTY TOMORROW

In the upcoming period, activities at the Faculty of Food Technology in Osijek will be aimed at position strengthening as one of the leading teaching and research institutions in this part of Croatia and broader region, focused on implementing internationally recognized scientific, development and professional research in the field of biotechnical, technical and natural sciences. The Faculty will continue with the education of internationally recognized experts and will be a reliable partner of economy, domestic and foreign scientific and educational institutions, and students. Special attention in the coming period will be devoted to monitoring the needs of labour market and, accordingly, to introduction of new academic programmes, especially interdisciplinary, in cooperation with other University components, as well as short education within the concept of Lifelong Learning Programmes.