The Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology at the University of Zagreb is the leading institution in the Republic of Croatia in terms of science, research and education in the fields of biotechnology, food technology and nutrition science. For many years, our faculty has been educating highly qualified experts conducting scientific research and professional projects in cooperation with the industry and we have been and are the major driver of Croatian economy development in the above mentioned fields. In the past years we have educated many generations of food technologists, biotechnologists and nutritionists who have worked in food, fermentation and pharmaceutical industries but have also done various jobs in the public sector. Many of them have continued their academic and scientific careers both in Croatia and abroad and have made our study programmes and our Faculty recognised internationally.
The Faculty is equipped with modern lecture halls and laboratories which help students acquire practical knowledge and skills in chemistry, biology, microbiology, genetics, toxicology, food science, application of contemporary instrumentation techniques in food analysis, food components and a whole series of different engineering disciplines and technologies which are required for thorough education of experts in the mentioned fields.
The Faculty comprises of 6 departments that have 27 laboratories and 7 cabinets which are responsible for the tuition for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level. Students are educated in the fields of food technology, biotechnology and nutrition science.
At the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, students can enrol in one of the three undergraduate studies: study of Food Technology, study of Nutrition and study of Biotechnology. Undergraduate studies take three years upon which students are awarded academic titles of bachelor of food technology, nutrition or biotechnology. After completing one of the undergraduate studies, bachelors can continue their education in one of five graduate studies in duration of two years. The graduate studies are: Food Engineering, Food Safety Management, Nutrition, Molecular Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering and upon completion, students are awarded the academic title of master or master engineer. Upon completing graduate studies, students can choose to continue the postgraduate university study of Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, Food Technology and Nutrition. Due to the fact that PhD study is carried out only at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, it is enrolled by doctoral students from other faculties and universities in Croatia and abroad. The competences which doctoral students acquire enable them to continue their scientific and research work at appropriate institutions in Croatia and abroad and to do postdoctoral studies in Croatia and abroad. Apart from doctoral studies, our faculty conducts postgraduate specialist studies in Food Quality and Safety and Food Management.
Faculty also conducts professional activities through the Food Control Center, a certified laboratory for safety and food stuff quality control and control of general use products in the EU. For the past 50 years, the Center functions within the Faculty as one of the first spin-off companies. Since 2007 there has been a Center for Food Technology and Biotechnology in Zadar as part of the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology. The Center has a laboratory for drying processes and stability monitoring of biologically active compounds and since 2015 there is also the laboratory for quality control of honey.
The Faculty's mission in science and research activities is the conduct of scientific, basic and development research in interdisciplinary science fields of food technology, biotechnology and nutrition along with related scientific disciplines. Our goal is to provoke critical thinking and creativity which will result in new scientific understanding, ideas and innovations which are necessary for the knowledge and technologies to be transferred into the economy. The research results have led our Faculty to be recognised internationally as the center of scientific and research excellence in these scientific fields. The Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology has been recognised through a clear research profile which is featured by research excellence that has been acknowledged on the international level. Through research based tuition, we are educating the bearers of science and society development as a whole. Through the creation of new ideas and technological solutions, critical thinking and creativity, the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology has become the key activator of economy and sustainable development in the field of biotechnical sciences in the Republic of Croatia.