The university study programme differs significantly from the higher professional programme in that university education is not aimed at identification of details but rather focuses on discovering and understanding laws and their intertwinement which is the basis for functioning and activity of individual systems or system parts; furthermore, it is also aimed at recognizing and understanding natural and human resources as well as new findings and results of these findings as examined by specific scientific disciplines.
In this way, the university study programme establishes conditions for creative thinking, which leads directly to cultural and material welfare while simultaneously accumulating the stock of knowledge, yet bearing in mind the necessity to minimize the unfavourable effects of growing welfare on our living and non-living environment.
Due to this most prominent feature of creating new knowledge and transferring it into the professional working environment, the activity of university teachers (and staff) is inseparably linked to their scientific and research tasks. This is also one of the main reasons, why the promotion system of university teachers (especially in the developed countries) relies to the greatest extent on their ability of creating new knowledge which is expressed in direct contributions to the global stock of knowledge; the significance of these contributions is normally manifested in the responses within the relevant scientific community and the ability of utilizing the accumulated knowledge for resolving problems and improving the conditions within the profession.
With that in mind, the public should be made familiar with those activities and achievements of higher education teachers and staff of the Faculty of Civil Engineering that mirror our responses to the above-mentioned demands and expectations set by society. It should be pointed out that the field of civil engineering is not an autonomous scientific discipline by itself, it is rather a set of activities deriving from individual scientific disciplines (mechanics and other technical sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, economic science, material science, computer informatics, ecology and environmental protection, urbanism and planning etc). Therefore, the research field of the staff of the Faculty of Civil Engineering is diversified and expands to all of the afore-mentioned fields. This is illustrated by the fact that the civil engineering profession as a distinctively industrial branch, manifests itself in practice through (erected and designed) buildings and constructions (direct application of the acquired know-how) whereas, professional challenges that occur on a daily basis in the course of practical work require constant implementation of novelties and improvements. These are the main reasons, why the requirements of civil engineering defined in the strict sense must be dealt with in close connection to the most recent findings in numerous other fields (technics, natural sciences and humanities) and only then be transferred into the local environment (e.g. tunnels).
The research and scientific activity of the staff at the Faculty of Civil Engineering takes place within the framework of a research programme and basic, applied and targeted research projects which are financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. It should be brought to attention that research activities at the Faculty of Civil Engineering take place with the financial support of other Ministries too but those are mostly very specific tasks primarily related to applying know-how and only secondary to creating something new therefore concerning applied and developmental tasks. Research results are regularly published in scientific articles in international scientific periodicals and presented as papers at international and national congresses and symposia.
International collaborations is realized through a number of bilateral collaboration projects with foreign universities and research institutes but also through either (primarily) European projects within numerous EU Framework Programmes, either through international projects such as INTERREG, COST, ESPON, KNET etc.
The Statute of the University of Maribor defines Chairs (organisational units of the University members) as holders of fundamental research within a specific scientific discipline appointed to the task of transplanting in an appropriate manner scientific and research activities and new findings onto the educational process at all stages. In light of this, the Faculty of Civil Engineering accommodates 14 Chairs; their scientific and research activities are presented in subsequent descriptions and additionally provided hyperlinks. It should be noted that most members of the Chairs that are presented are actively involved in the profession, however this part of activities and achievements of higher education teachers and staff is introduced separately elsewhere, in a more appropriate place.