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Published: Kem. Ind. 60 (7-8) (2011) 405–412
Paper reference number: KUI-07/2011
Paper type: Review / History of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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Fiftieth Anniversary of the Foundation of Postgraduate Study on Corrosion and Protection of Materials at the Faculty of Technology, University of Zagreb

I. Esih+, E. Stupnišek-Lisac and S. Martinez


The first postgraduate study at the Department for Chemical Technology of the Faculty of Technology (nowadays: Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology) of the University of Zagreb concerning the field “Corrosion and Protection of Materials” was founded in the academic year of 1960/61 on the initiative of academician Miroslav Karšulin. The study comprised three semesters and finished by defending a master’s thesis. During two decades, 19 generations of attendants were registered and 108 of them reached the scientific degree of MSc. In this period, several new postgraduate studies were introduced that were indispensable, but provoked organizational difficulties. Therefore, in 1980 reorganization took place by merging all postgraduate studies into “Engineering Chemistry” with 11 sections. Thus, the postgraduate study “Corrosion and Protection of Materials” transformed into the section “Structural Materials and Corrosion Control”. After the establishment of the “Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology” from the Department for Chemical Technology of the Faculty of Technology in 1992, the “Chemical Engineering” section of former postgraduate study “Engineering Chemistry” separated as an autonomous study that also enabled receiving the Master’s degree in the field of “Corrosion and Protection of Materials” by choice of adequate optional courses. At the beginning of the new millennium, changes of curricula in accordance with the Bologna process of reforms took place at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology as well as in the entire system of high education in Croatia. All postgraduate studies leading to MSc degree were eliminated in 2003. Simultaneously, doctoral and specialists postgraduate studies were introduced. Doctoral studies lasting three years lead to PhD degree. Today, the knowledge from the field of corrosion and material protection is mainly included into programs of actual doctoral studies “Engineering Chemistry” and “Chemical Engineering”. In 2006, one-year specialists postgraduate study “Corrosion and Protection” was initiated, in which organization and realization were included five technical faculties of the Zagreb University. Study guide is University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology co-ordinate the study and together with Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Metallurgy and Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering perform the study. By graduating the University Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Specialists Study “Corrosion and Protection” the title: University specialist for Corrosion and Protection is acquired. As obvious from this presentation, successful education on the postgraduate level in the field Corrosion and Protection has been performed continuously since 1960, which proves the existence of the permanent need for high education in the mentioned field.

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