The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, is the oldest and the biggest institution of higher education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, educat ing different profiles in the field of electrical engineering and computer sciences.
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering was founded in 1961. From 1962, two departments were founded: Department for Power Engineering and Department of Automatics and Electronics. The Department for Information Technology was founded in 1972, and the Department for Telecommunications was founded in 1976. Today, the leading experts in the field of power engineering, automatics and electronics, as well as of computer science and information technology and telecommunications are educated at this faculty through 12 study programmes.
Since 2012, the first cycle study programmes at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Sarajevo, received an international accreditation certificate by the ASIIN accreditation agency from Germany, which is a confirmation that these programmes are in full congruence with the higher education norms of the EU, in the field of electrical engineering, automatics and electronics, computer science and informatics and telecommunications. In 2018, a two-year programme, “Software Development” was introduced.
Over 50 professors and associates are employed at the faculty, and 60 external associates, coming from other institutions of higher education or the business community.
In the academic year 2018/2019, 1230 students enrolled the undergraduate and 455 postgraduate programmes. There have been 44 enrolments to the doctoral and 61 to vocational programmes (the vocational programme at the faculty is a two-year “software Development programme”).
Since the foundation, 14454 students enrolled the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, 615 undergraduates, and 615 postgraduates. The total of 4149 students have enrolled the 1 st, 1560 the 2nd and 93 students enrolled the 3rd study cycle, while 61 students have enrolled the vocational programme.
Since the foundation, 5280 students graduated from the undergraduate, and 549 students graduated from the postgraduate programme. 128 candidates earned their doctoral degrees.
So far, 1743 students have completed bachelor and 996 master’s degree programmes. So far, 11 candidates have completed the third study cycle.
Publishing at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering started soon after the faculty’s foundation. Strengthening of BiH economy, primarily of the faculty’s strategic partner, the “Energoinvest” company, research activities grew in intensity. Strong connections were maintained with business giants, companies such as: “Elektroprivreda BiH”, “Famos”, “Unis”, etc.
In 1980, Sector for Research Activities was founded by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Statute, organised in a laboratory complex. The full-time employees at the complex were researchers, associates, students and business experts. Research projects within the complex were implemented for the needs of business and social entities, financially aided by the Self-Management Community of Interest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, research branch. The Sector for Research Activities was also tasked with cooperation with other research institutions. Until the 1992-1995 war, eight laboratory complexes were founded, each covering the broad fields of power engineering, automatics, computer science and information technology and telecommunications.
Initially, those were:
- Laboratory Complex for Electric Machines and Electromotor Plants (ELMA),
- Laboratory Complex for System Analysis (LASA),
- Laboratory Complex for Software Develop ment and Application (RIPS),
- Laboratory Complex for High Voltage and Electrical Networks (VINEM),
- Laboratory Complex for Electrophysical Measurements and Electromagnetic Fields (LEFEMP),
- Laboratory Complex for Electronics and Computer Technics (LERT), as well as
- Laboratory Complex for Telecommunications (LABTEL) and
- Laboratory Complex for Automatics (LAT), founded later.
Research conditions in the pre-war period were optimal. In such a surrounding, the faculty’s employees and associates partici pated in the creation of over 20 patents available throughout the world. Their research significantly contributed an accelerated development of the global industrial giant – the “Energoinvest” company, for many of them were also engaged in the company, and the results of their research were used on a daily basis in the products of the company. Research departments, that is, the “Energoinvest” laboratories, were also considered faculty laboratories, which bares witness to an inseparable connection between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and he “Energoinvest” company. Apart from that, the development of other BiH industrial companies was significantly enhanced.
After the war, research activities have been renewed, and the projects started in 1996. Until today, the facukty has participated in over a hundred projects, both research and commercial.
Cooperation with international partners has also been initiated, hence, in the past five years only, the faculty had participated in six international projects:
- Boosting the telecommunications engineer profile to meet modern society and industry needs (BENEFIT), Erasmus+ Project BENEFIT, 585716-EPP-1-2017-1-AT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP, 2017 – 2020.
- i-MareCulture: Advanced VR, iMmersive serious games and Augmented REality as tools to raise awareness and access to European underwater CULTURal heritage, Horizon 2020 Project, H2020 RIA CULT-COOP-08-2016, 2016 – 2019;
- MORUS, Unmanned system for maritime security and environmental monitoring, FER Zagreb - Croatia, University of Limerick – Ireland, University of Dubrovnik – Croatia, 2015 – 2018;
- QUADRIVIO-PRO, ATV path planning on partially known rough terrains, 2014 – 2017, partnership with Politecnico di Milano; V-MusT.net - Virtual Museum Transnational Network, FP7 Network of Excellence 270404, 2011 – 2015.;
- Tackling the “Digital Divide” in SEE by using the capacity of DTT networks, South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, 2012 – 2014.
- OPENQKD – Open European Quantum Key Distribution Testbed, Horizon 2020 Project, H2020 SU-ICT-04-2019, 2019 – 2022.
The gross fund for the implemented research projects in the past 10 years exceeded 1200000 KM (613106,98 EUR). Several commercial projects have been implemented in this period, valued at over 650000 KM (332099,62 EUR). Currently, there are over six research projects financed by different authority levels in BiH, as well as three international projects, implemented at the faculty.
Since the foundation, employees of the faculty have published over a thousand scientific and professional papers; many have been published in prestigious journals or presented at prominent international conferences.
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering has signed business and technical agreements with a number of industrial partners, such as: “Elektroprivreda BiH”, “Energoinvest”, “Željeznice FBiH”, “Radio-televizija FBiH”, “Microsoft Corporation”, “Bosna-S”, “Elektroprivreda HZ HB”, “Schneider Electric”, etc.
Research and commercial projects have greatly contributed the development of scientific thinking, as well as the professional advancement of the staff and students, and the development of educational and research capacities. Inclusion of students into such projects is an important engagement in the development of a bright future of the BiH society.
The faculty can be proud of a number of employees and associates who have significantly contributed to the development of BiH science, and some of them have confirmed that through he membership at the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the highest scientific and artistic institution in the country. Seven academicians have so far been employed at the faculty, two of them were also elected President of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of BiH.
Employees of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering have been awarded for their achievements, including: the AVNOJ Award, the 27 July Award, the Golden Wreath for Exceptional Work, the 6 April Award of the City of Sarajevo, the “Veselin Masleša” Award, etc.
Starting from the essential presumption that the faculty is an institution that creates and opens the best knowledge, and that the faculty processes are highly intertwined with research that open new challenges and perspectives, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering is oriented towards the creation of an ambiance suitable for the application of new ideas and technological solutions, strengthening of research and infrastructural capacities, quality cooperation with kindred faculties in the developed countries, development of an academic advancement strategy for professors and associates, and the best possible positioning in the global academic community.
Mission of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Sarajevo, as the leading educational and research institution in the field of technical sciences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is to use the most advanced methods of teaching, learning and research for the purpose of educating the quality, capable, creative and internationally-recognised staff, able to implement the acquired knowledge and skills in practice.