Dept of Physics First Jubilee

The Department of Physics of the University of Rijeka celebrated its first jubilee with the Council's formal Session. It should be emphasized that the education of Physics teachers in Rijeka began in the 1960s when the Department of Natural Sciences was established at the Higher Professional Pedagogical School. Today the Department has 35 employees, out of which 20 are in scientific-teaching professions. According to Professor Mladen Petravić, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Physics, the Department has had more and more employees throughout the years.

As the Department grows stronger, new study programs are being introduced, as well. Along with teaching modules, the Department also offers undergraduate and graduate research studies, while the crowning achievement was the opening of a doctoral study of Physics last year.

''Moving to the University Campus and gaining 1,500 square feet of space has provided us with enough space, and all these new study programs, the rise in the number of scientific-teaching staff and the attractive location have led to a continuous increase in the number of students. In recent years, the 35-seat quota is filled out in full, and this year the quota increases to 40 entries. We have students from all over Croatia, and our professors also teach at other Faculties of the University of Rijeka, and scientifically cooperate with these institutions. Teaching is taken very seriously at the Department, and this is recognized by students who, in the surveys, rank the Department of Physics at the very top, and what makes the Department of Physics recognizable is the popularization of science. Various activities aimed at bringing science closer to everyone are a trademark of the Department, and one of the new activities of such type is also ''Saturday morning with Physics''. When it comes to scientific work, the Department is indeed research-oriented, because its employees are involved in a number of the world's largest collaborations'', Professor Petravić stated.

As a part of the Council's formal Session, the young scientists received awards for their best scientific papers, as well as the best Bachelor and Master thesis. Associate Prof. Ivna Kavre Piltaver, Ph.D., and Associate Prof. Tomislav Terzić, Ph.D., received an award in the group of young scientists, while student Dorotea Božičević received an award for the best Bachelor thesis, while student Ivan Vuković received an award for the best Master thesis.




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