The University of Zagreb is the oldest university in Croatia (established in 1669) and among the older universities in Europe. Since 1874 more than 200,000 students have graduated from the University of Zagreb, more than 18,000 candidates have been awarded their Master’s degrees and more than 8,000 their Doctoral degrees.
The University of Zagreb consists nowadays of the Rector’s Offices, 29 faculties, three academies of arts, University centre of Croatian Studies, the University Computing Centre (SRCE), University Student Centre in Zagreb and Varaždin and of the International Centre of Croatian Universities, located in Istria, and the Postgraduate Centre in Dubrovnik. Teaching and research activity of the University of Zagreb cover the fields of natural sciences, engineering, biomedicine, biotechnology, social sciences, humanities, arts and theology. The Faculty of Kinesiology (established as the High School of Physical Culture in 1959; in 1973 established as the Faculty of Physical Culture/Education) was incorporated into the University of Zagreb in 1967.
Introduction to the Faculty of Kinesiology
As the oldest educational and scientific institution in the field of kinesiology in the Republic of Croatia, and
alongside the Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Split and the undergraduate study of Kinesiology at the Faculty of Education of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, the Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Zagreb has a long tradition of education and research work, but also a responsibility in promoting kinesiology as a science, quality of class performance and supporting Croatian sport, sports recreation and Physical and Health Education. Through a strong social role, the Faculty of Kinesiology is often the organizer or conceptual initiator of actions that promote physical activity, movement and health. Through the work of its teaching staff, it has helped launch other kinesiology faculties in the Republic of Croatia and some in the region.
As the leading higher education institution in kinesiology in the region, the Faculty of Kinesiology at the
University of Zagreb aims to become integrated and competitive in the European higher education and research area and to create new and improve existing knowledge transfer systems in all fields of applied kinesiology.
The Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Zagreb is a leading higher education institution in the field of
kinesiology in the region educating staff in all areas of applied kinesiology based on the latest scientific and
professional knowledge. The Faculty of Kinesiology bases its work on high academic and ethical values,
knowledge based on research and expertise, and optimal infrastructure conditions. The Faculty of Kinesiology contributes significantly to the promotion of sports, physical recreation, physical and health education of pupils and students, as well as the quality of active life and health of Croatian citizens.
Strategic goals are aimed at quality advancement of the teaching process, ensuring the conditions for creative scientific research work aimed at creating new and deepening existing knowledge in all fields of general and applied kinesiology, and better positioning of the Faculty in the international academic community.
The beginnings of education for kinesiologists in Croatia
|Course for gymnastics teachers, Zagreb 1894-1896 – classes in the hall
|Course for gymnastics teachers, Zagreb 1894-1896 - classes in the open
|Course for gymnastics teachers, Zagreb 1894-1896 – skiing classes
|Course for gymnastics teachers, Zagreb 1894-1896 – cricket classes
|Franjo Bučar 1866-1946
High School of Physical Culture in Zagreb
|Competitive gymnastics classes at the High School of Physical Culture on 23 Kačićeva street
|aesthetic gymnastics classes at the High School of Physical Culture on 23 Kačićeva street
Faculty of Physical Education, University of Zagreb
|a plaque in the memory of all Croatian soldiers who lost their life in battle, who were students at the Faculty of Physical Education
Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb
|Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb
|Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb – theoretical classes
Asst. Prof. Zrinko Čustonja, PhD