History

Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek is a part of Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek established for the purpose of scientific and teaching activities in the field of social sciences in order to educate competent staff to work in all areas of applied kinesiology. The Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek inherits the tradition of educating staff in the field of kinesiology, ie physical education in Osijek, which dates back to the last century. It was registered on August 3, 2020 at the Commercial Court in Osijek. The Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek received a work licence approved by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia on September 11, 2020.

Scientific and teaching work of the Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek begins on October 1, 2020 in the academic year 2020/2021 acting as an independent component of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek. University undergraduate and graduate study programs are innovative and in accordance with the Bologna Declaration and European standards in higher education, and are tailored to the individual needs of students in acquiring competencies required in the labor market.

In the sports field of all levels of education in the Republic of Croatia, educated experts with adequate knowledge and skills in the field of kinesiology are needed to develop scientific research in applied kinesiology and be socially involved in sports and the development of a healthy society.

The organizational values promoted by the Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek are knowledge, responsibility, identity, professionalism, flexibility, inventiveness, creativity and cooperation.

The goal of the Development Strategy of the Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek for the period from 2022 to 2027 is a concise presentation of strategic goals, tasks and action plans that will be possible to implement in the next five-year period.

Student education is a fundamental goal of the Faculty, and it starts from scientific knowledge and the needs of the labor market. Attention is being paid to launching new study programs based on qualification standards, with an emphasis on encouraging joint studies. Processes include lifelong learning based on community needs.

Promoting the improvement of the quality teaching is based on strengthening teacher competencies and teaching students in the digital environment, with the inclusion of entrepreneurship and service learning in the teaching process.

The basic goal of the Faculty’s research activities is aimed at positioning the Faculty as a recognizable research Faculty in Eastern Croatia and Central Europe while encouraging the development of a stimulating, interdisciplinary scientific environment in order to achieve scientific productivity and excellence.

Through the processes of internationalization and international activities, the main goal is to position the Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and the European Research Area (ERA). Mobility and participation in international research activities will create the preconditions for raising international visibility, scientific and teaching excellence and mobility.

The higher education institution always influences the life of the environment in which it operates, and the Faculty of Kinesiology Osijek will continue to improve existing and create new cooperations and partnerships at the regional, national and international levels. Contribution will be provided by cooperation with the newly established Alumni Association with the aim of improving study programs, professional practice and cooperation with sports organizations, clubs and institutions that employ former students of the Faculty.

People who carry and implement activities are key to achieving strategic goals. Therefore, the competencies of the teaching and professional staff of the Faculty will be strengthened, excellence and rewarding in the processes of management, research, education and professionalism will be encouraged. The current method of financing does not allow the Faculty to plan and develop, so it is necessary to take care of finding other sources of funding and enable an effective response to changes in the environment.