A ceremony dedicated to the six decades of work and development of one of the oldest faculties of the University of Banja Luka - Faculty of Technology was held on 13 November 2023.
Rector of the University of Banja Luka Prof. Radoslav Gajanin, PhD, stated that the Faculty of Technology educates engineers in the fields of chemical, food, graphic and textile technology who, after completing their studies, are successful businessmen and successfully manage economic enterprises in the real sector.
"Taking that into consideration, it is clear that the Faculty of Technology is a high-quality member whose students gain appropriate, high-quality and competent knowledge on the European market", Gajanin emphasized.
"The Faculty of Technology has adequate space and laboratory facilities for all its study programmes," Gajanin said and noted that professors and teaching assistants of this faculty take part in the EU-funded scientific research projects.
"The organization of important scientific meetings, the implementation of numerous project activities and fruitful cooperation with domestic and foreign universities are only some of the activities undertaken and organized by this faculty. I have no doubt that the Faculty will have the same upward growth in the forthcoming years and that it will continue to contribute to the development of the Republic of Srpska by educating quality staff in the field of technological sciences", the rector said.
Dean of the Faculty of Technology Prof. Borislav Malinović, PhD, pointed out that the Faculty can boast of a very rich history.
"The Faculty of Technology is one of the oldest faculties within the University of Banja Luka, and in 60 years, a total of 1,961 bachelor’s degrees in engineering, 116 master of engineering degrees, 31 master's degrees, and 53 PhD degrees have been awarded," the dean said.
"In addition to education, the Faculty of Technology is also dedicated to scientific research. We are particularly proud of our scientific research and the papers published in internationally indexed journals, and we are also very proud of the fact that our staff take part in numerous scientific projects", Dean Malinović said.
Assistant to the Minister of Higher Education Jelena Starčević said that the Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development and Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska will continue to support the work of the Faculty of Technology, so that students, teachers and all employees have the best working and study conditions.
The ceremony held in the lecturing hall of the Faculty of Technology, where certificates of appreciation were presented to individuals and institutions that contributed to the development of this faculty, was also attended by Vice-President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska Anja Ljubojević, Advisor to the President of the Republic of Srpska Marko Romić, Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska Željka Stojičić, Chairperson of the University of Banja Luka Steering Board Prof. Biljana Antunović, PhD, Secretary to the University of Banja Luka Đorđe Markez, MA, President of the Banja Luka City Assembly Ljubo Ninković and City Manager Bojan Kresojević, as well as vice-rectors and deans of the University of Banja Luka.
During the celebration of sixty years of the Faculty of Technology, diplomas were awarded to 90 graduates of the first and second cycle of studies.
The Faculty of Technology and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of our University have roots in the former Faculty of Engineering of Banja Luka, which was established on 24 November 1962. Back then, the People’s Committee of the Banja Luka District adopted a decision to establish the Faculty of Engineering with the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Processing of Wood. Unlike the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Chemical Processing of Wood started operating in 1963. The University of Banja Luka was founded in 1975, and the Faculty of Engineering was divided into two faculties – Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Technology.