Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje was founded in 1949 and consists nowadays of twenty-three faculties, ten institutes and other institutions. The present structure of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University can be illustrated with the following figures: over 36,000 students from the Republic of Macedonia as well as over 700 foreign students are enrolled at all faculties; over 2,300 teaching and scientific staff and associates are engaged in the teaching, educational and scientific process at the faculties and over 300 at the institutes. In its up-to present development of the University, over 100,000 students acquired their Bachelor degree, over 5,000 candidates obtained their master’s degrees while over 2,000 became doctors of science. In 2009 a Doctoral School, on University level, is established to foster and unify the quality of structured doctoral (PhD) education.
Faculty of Civil Engineering is one of the 5 oldest faculties at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University. The Faculty offers three main study programs: Civil engineering, Geodesy and the Geotechnical engineering on bachelor, master and doctoral level. But also the faculty is one of the three technical faculties organizing study program in environmental engineering prepared in the frame of two TEMPUS Projects – DEREC and DEREL. It should be also notified that the faculty was the seat of the international Doctoral School SEEFORM from its establishment in 2004 until 2010 and later is one of the three main Universities in its structure in the Region (Skopje, Belgrade and Nis). Faculty has excellent cooperation with companies from building industry, and is usually invited as consultant in the most challenging projects.
Chair of Structural Analysis has a twofold focus: continuous improvements in teaching and training methods, as well as keeping pace with research trend lines by nurturing an international scientific network. The central teaching disciplines of the Chair are the fundamental methods for static and dynamic analysis of structural systems, various assessment algorithms for beam, plate and shell structures, as well as the theory of finite element modeling. Additional specialized courses are in the field of finite element modeling of real engineering structures, aseismic design of buildings and engineering structures, assessment of masonry structures, dynamic analysis of concrete dam structures, concepts for optimization, risk assessment, and nonlinear analysis.
The relatively high seismic hazard in the region of Republic of Macedonia directly establishes the research epicenter. The Chair of Structural Analysis is permanently in step with the overall developments in the field of earthquake engineering, starting with the earliest deterministic approaches (design of seismic resistant structures) up to the latest probabilistic treatments of existing structures.