University of Osijek

The Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatian: Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku, Latin: Universitas studiorum Mursensis), commonly known as the University of Osijek (UNIOS), is a public university based in Osijek, Croatia. Established in 1975, it is the flagship institution of higher education in Slavonia, and one of the largest and oldest universities in Croatia.

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Latin: Universitas studiorum Josephi Georgi
Universitas studiorum Mursensis
Other name
Former name
University of Osijek (1975-1990)
Established1975 (modern day university)[2]

1707 Franciscans Philosophy School[2]
1806 Lyceum episcopale, which turned into a gymnasium in 1850 and the High Theological College in 1931[2]
1893 Royal Male Teachers School which became Academy of Pedagogy in 1961[2]

1967 Department of the Zagreb Technical College[2]
FounderSocialist Republic of Croatia
Parent institution
University of Zagreb
AffiliationEuropean University Association[3]
RectorVlado Guberac
Academic staff
c. 1,100 (2015)[1]
Studentsc. 18,000 (2015)[1]
Trg Svetog Trojstva 3
31 000 Osijek
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LanguageDegree programs in Croatian and Hungarian, particular courses in other languages.[4][5]
AccreditationCroatian Agency for Science and Higher Education[3]
ColorsBlue and white

The University of Osijek is organized into 11 Faculties, an Academy and a number of other organizational units.[2] In 1990 it took the name of progressive Roman Catholic bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer who was born in the city in 1815.[2] Alongside nationally dominant University of Zagreb, the University of Osijek belongs to the mid-range public institutions established before the independence of Croatia together with the University of Rijeka and the University of Split. The QS World University Rankings placed the University of Osijek in the 201-250 range in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia in 2019.[6] In 2018 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities ranked it as the Croatia's fourth best university among the 49 ranked institutions of tertiary education from the country.[7]

The university was established in 1970's, when several faculties were grouped under one university. Previous years in Croatia the universities in Rijeka and Split were founded. 1970's was a decade of exponential rise in number of higher education institutions in the rest of former Yugoslavia as well when universities in Maribor, Mostar, Banja Luka, Podgorica, Bitola, Kragujevac and Tuzla all opening their doors.

The University of Osijek is a member of the European University Association.[3]


The history of higher education in this area began in 1707, when the first institution of higher education was founded in Osijek. It was the Higher Theological School, which was opened in the 1707/1708 academic year as Studium Philosophicum Essekini, and included a three-year course of studies in philosophy.

The significance of the first colleges in Osijek lies in its huge contribution to Croatian language and literature, the spreading of liberal-arts education, and the study of languages and classical literature.

The recent history of higher education in the area began in 1959 when the Zagreb Faculty of Economics, in collaboration with the University of Zagreb, founded the Centre for part-time studies in Osijek as a branch of the Zagreb Faculty of Economics.

The initiative for the founding of the University of Osijek dates back to 1975. On 26 March 1975, the Croatian Parliament (Sabor) passed the Decision granting consent for the establishing of the University of Osijek. Two months later, on 31 May 1975, the Agreement concerning the founding of the University of Osijek was signed by the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Processing, the Institute of Agriculture, the Zagreb School of Engineering and Naval Architecture for Engineering Studies in Slavonski Brod, the Teacher Training College in Osijek, the Zagreb Music Academy for the Music Department in Osijek, the City Library and the Historical Archives in Osijek.

In the following years, the university developed with founding of various faculties: in 1975 the Faculty of Law, in 1976 the Faculty of Food Technology, in 1977 the Faculty of Education, in 1979 the School of Engineering in Slavonski Brod and Medical Studies in Osijek, which developed into the Faculty of Medicine in 1998, in 1982 the Faculty of Civil Engineering, in 1990 the Electrical Engineering Studies developed into the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and in the same year, the Senate of the University passed the Decision to include the name of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in the name of the university.[1]


Twelve faculties, Academy of Arts, the Departments of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics offer courses of studies in natural sciences, technical sciences, biomedicine and medicine, biotechnical sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

There are three more affiliated institutions of the University of Osijek that contribute to and support higher education: the City and University Library in Osijek, the Student Centre in Osijek and the Student Centre in Slavonski Brod. In the years ahead, the main activity of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University Administration will be to ensure the regular functioning of the University, including teaching and publishing, research and cooperation between universities in the country and abroad, and the reconstruction and development of the University.

The long-term plans and programs envisage the development of university facilities at three main locations in the city of Osijek: Tvrđa, "Drava" and "Gaj" barracks.

See also


  1. "Na Sveučilištu u Osijeku 18 tisuća studenata i oko 1100 profesora i asistenata". Glas Slavonije (in Croatian). 13 March 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  2. "Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek (Croatia)". Željko Heimer. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. "J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek". uniRank. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  4. "Institutions and Study Programs per Language". Study in Croatia. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  5. "Institutions and Study Programs in Hungarian". Study in Croatia. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  6. "QS World University Rankings-University of Osijek". Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  7. "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities-Croatia". Retrieved 14 June 2019.

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