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The Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies in Zagreb.

In the academic year 2018/2019, The University of Zagreb celebrates 350 years since its founding. The History of the University of Zagreb began on 23rd September 1669, when the Holy Roman Emperor and the King of Hungary and Croatia Leopold I gave the Jesuit Academy in the free royal city of Zagreb a diploma, granting it the status and privileges of a university institution. The recognition was adopted by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Croatia on the November the 3rd 1671. Therefore, the University considers 1669 as the year of its founding and November the 3rd is celebrated as the University Day, while since 1671, the studies of philosophy, which started in 1662, operate legally as Neoacademia Zagrabiensis, a public institution of higher education.

Jesuit education in modern Croatia continues that tradition. Our Faculty Day is on the 6th of November as the day when Jesuit, Fr. Takač delivered his first lecture in Philosophy.

The Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies (Croatian acronym: FFRZ) was founded by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education on July 31st, 1989. The Jesuit philosophical studies that had existed from 1937 at the Jesuit College in Zagreb were thus raised to the rank of faculty education. Until 2016, the name of the Faculty was the Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus. The University of Zagreb accepted the Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus as its full member on July 29th, 2016 under the present name, the Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

The Faculty offers programmes in two scientific fields in the humanities: philosophy and religious studies.

The Faculty seeks to foster high standards in the relationship between teachers and students, arising from the Jesuit tradition and general Christian worldview, according to which the person of a student is at the centre of the teaching process, because he is “id quod est perfectissimum in tota natura”. Such an attitude was embedded by the Jesuits in their education system from the very beginning by their famous decree “Ratio Studiorum” from 1599, which is also the intent of the Bologna Process. Such a system allows for the rational foundation of philosophy itself and other areas of knowledge and worldviews, as well as theology as a science on religion. Such studies of this scope are not performed anywhere else in the Republic of Croatia and are therefore somewhat specific. They can be found, however, at major colleges and universities around the world.

The study programme in religious studies is organised according to models from other world universities, including Catholic ones, whose vision strongly highlights dialogue with other religions, dialogue between Christian denominations, but also dialogue within society in general. The study programme in religious sciences is a unique study programme and the only one in Croatia that has its interdisciplinary scientific field within the field of humanities and therefore a unique value.

This year we were honoured by Fr. General Arturo Sosa who visited our Province and Faculty as his contribution to this celebration. He also spoke about Universal Apostolic Preferences.

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