In 1949, in the same year when the University in Skopje was established, the Technical Faculty was constituted with two departments- Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Architecture.
As usually every beginning is, the beginning of the studies of engineering was difficult. It was necessary to ensure both teaching and cooperative staff, to obtain equipment, to constitute a library… The distinguished available individuals educated abroad were mobilized. The specialists in this field from other republics were brought, equipment and literature ware purchased. After five years the first results were obtained: the first graduated civil engineers left the Faculty amphitheaters and classrooms and they had intensified the civil engineering companies, project desks, organizations for research… Then it became easier for the Faculty, because the possibilities for equipping its own stuff widened.
The studies have begun in autumn 1949 year. The lectures were held in adopted part of nowadays building. The back building was under construction, which was completed in 1953. At the beginning, the teaching was performed by eight teachers and three assistants. Teachers from other faculties in Skopje and teachers from faculties in Belgrade and Zagreb took part in the process also.
It took 10 years, great enthusiasm and efforts to qualify own teaching and cooperative stuff. As the time pass by, the Faculty developed both its stuff structure and its financial means.
Almost ten years after it was established, the Civil engineering department got its younger “brothers”: under the roof of the Technical Faculty were opened Mechanical, Electro- technical and Technical department. Part of the general teaching disciplines in the first two years were organized together. In 1965, the Technical Faculty has outgrown itself and it was divided in three faculties. One of them was the Architectural and Civil Engineering Faculty, with two departments – Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Architecture.
The very good teaching stuff , the increase of number of students, who were not only from Macedonia, but also from the other Yugoslav republics and even abroad, the growing of the science-research and applicative activities, have brought the necessity for overgrowing into autonomous Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1975. Simultaneously, an inner reorganization was made, which increase the efficiency of working. The teaching, the scientific and the applicative work were integrated into an unique process. The organization and performing of this process was entrusted to six institutes:

1) Institute for materials and structures,
2) Institute for hydrotechnics,
3) Institute for roads and railways,
4) Institute for organization and mechanization,
5) Institute for geotechnics and
6) Institute for geodesy.

One department for mathematics was constituted, and afterwards another department – Electronic Calculating Center. In accordance with the newly established organization and the needs of the economy, to the constant three divisions – constructive, hydrotechnics and division for roads and railways, a division for organization and mechanization in civil engineering was added.
A considerable moment in the development of the Faculty was the opening of the Department of Geodesy in 1977, with first level of studies (now VI1 level). It allowed schooling geodetic engineers, who were in deficit in our country. Nowadays, there is a necessity for opening studies for geodesy and VII1 level.
The Faculty of Civil Engineering keeps developing its activities in all fields of its services – the teaching, the science-research and the applicative. The Faculty is producing qualified and highly educated cadres, who could be easily included in the work in field, in designing organizations, departments and institutes. Simultaneously, the Faculty is improving and specializing its own staff, stuff capable for solving the most complicated problems. The last reorganization was completed in 1995 and now the Faculty is organized in 14 chairs:

1) Chair of technical mechanics and strength of materials,
2) Chair of theory of structures,
3) Chair of concrete and wooden structures,
4) Chair of steel structures,
5) Chair of hydraulics, hydrology and river engineering
6) Chair of water supply, sewerage and irrigations
7) Chair of hydrotechical structures, water power development, water economy systems
8) Chair of road structures,
9) Chair of railway structures,
10) Chair of geotechnics,
11) Chair of technology and organization,
12) Chair of mathematics,
13) Chair of geodesy
14) Chair of advanced geodesy

The Faculty of Civil Engineering constantly extends, improves, and enriches its activity, adapting itself to the world events and standards, as well as to the needs of economy and social community. Systems of study and the teaching methods have been changed and improved several times. As a result, the graduated civil engineers have shown themselves as great experts and they have been appreciated not only in our country, but worldwide as well.
We should mention very good equipped laboratories: for geo-engineering, for concrete structures, for steel structures, for hydrotechincs and for roads and railways structures.
Important part in the chain of our work is the Electronic Calculation Center (ECC). The ECC at the Civil Engineering Faculty has a long tradition. In our classrooms, for more than three decades, was working the Computer Center of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Matematics, where on the IBM machine our students were educated. Our ECC has been founded in 1977, equipped with PDP machine that was modern at that time. Afterwards it was replaced by two computers VAX/VMS, with graphic station HP (one VAX and the graphic station together with the Faculty for Architecture). Today, we have two schoolrooms equipped with personal computers, and a Center that has three servers for internet connection, not only for the computers in the schoolroom but also for the all the computers in the cabinets of the teaching staff and the technical personnel.
Great attention is paid to the specific and scientific training and education of the Faculty staff. From more than hundred employees, 70 are professors and assistants, the majority masters and doctors of science. Significant parts of them were educated at famous universities abroad, and afterwards they transferred the positive and advanced acknowledgments in our environment. All of this is a base for successful performance of the three connected activities at our faculty, the educational, the science-research and cooperation with various firms in the economic sector.

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