It is my great pleasure and responsibility to be at the helm of one of the most reputable academic institutions for education in architecture and urbanism in this region as its steers its way through constant challenges involved in reasserting its position and accomplishing new achievements.
With this in mind, it is incumbent upon us and the entire teaching faculty to continue our already immense efforts to attract more students, improve curricula, reform the operating system and build internal capacities to reassert our position in relation to other university schools in the region and worldwide. It is for all these reasons that the Faculty of Architecture has made it to the list of Europe’s Top 100 Schools of Architecture and Design compiled by DOMUS Magazine, one of the oldest architecture magazines in the world.
Our school defines professional education through innovative and challenging study programmes and high operational and logical coherence, equipping our graduates with excellent competences they will need in their practice in the field, and in doing so we contribute to achieving greater competitiveness in the global market and promote the objectives of the European integration process. We aim to encourage students to apply their knowledge of general sciences, advanced achievements and discoveries, as well as to systematically practice empirical sciences and basic principles of architectural and urban planning practice. The outcome of the educational process is focused on turning out candidates who are versed in contemporary practice in the profession and equipped with practical experience, including the use of acquired knowledge, verbal skills, teamwork and interdisciplinary work, with full respect for and adherence to ethical principles.
Our research activities are based on an awareness of contemporary global circumstances and application of new standards for advanced development based on examination and investigation of all relevant factors in the process of addressing key issues within the scope of architecture and urban planning, including further application of the acquired and learned knowledge in innovation processes. The scope of research activities established at our school goes beyond architecture as a discipline and focuses on the following research topics: the wider field of cultural and social studies, studies of contextual globalization, environmental and energy issues, developing innovative and creative interactions between natural and experimental sciences and humanities, as well as building sustainable links between science and art through urban planning and architecture. All topics are addressed from a concise and sound interdisciplinary aspect.
Our teaching staff is a unique blend of scientists and intellectuals, chosen for their ability to productively contribute to academic studies in the field of humanities, philosophical and technological sciences and arts, while at the same time providing opportunities and scope for independent scientific and intellectual thought and debate. Teachers and associates of the Faculty are dedicated to addressing new trends of thinking and to opening the debate on often contentious issues of broader social significance. Our school frequently hosts critical discussions and reflections on relevant regional and global phenomena that are fully open to scientists, intellectuals, members of the profession and the general public. The Faculty of Architecture is committed to providing a space in which scholars and intellectuals would be able to come together, collaborate and make their scientific and intellectual contribution to the international scientific community, thus forging social and scientific bonds between the Serbian academic community and their counterparts in the leading European and international intellectual and scientific centres.
Finally, as one of the highest-ranking schools of this type in the world, day after day we continue in our pursuit of excellence in teaching, promoting fundamental and practical research, instilling students with a sense of ethics and social responsibility and sharing the enthusiasm for research and an awareness of the scientific challenges of the present and the future.
Our successes keep me confident in our ability to tackle whatever challenges may come our way.
Prof. Vladan Djokić, PhD