The Department of Informatics, University of Rijeka was founded on 1 April 2008, following the decision of the Senate of the University of Rijeka. The Department was established after the Department of Informatics separated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka and became an independent constituent of the University of Rijeka.
The Department of Informatics, University of Rijeka has its roots back in the early 1970s. In fact, as early as in 1962/1963, professor Pavle Dragojlović started teaching a course entitled Methodology and Techniques at the Higher Industrial and Pedagogical School in Rijeka. As a part of this course, students were introduced to the following topics: Fundamentals of Cybernetics, Introduction to Computer Architecture, Basics of Programming, and Theories and Techniques of Scientific and Technological Documentation. At that time, the only available computer equipment was being used in the "3. maj" shipyard.
Over time, the abovementioned course was named Informatics. In 1971 professor Dragojlović wrote the first university-level textbook in the former Yugoslavia entitled Informatics. At the same time, several projects were launched with the aim of establishing the University Computing Centre (SRCE) in Zagreb. The projects included plans for stationing smaller terminals in cities other than Zagreb, and installing one mini-computer in each higher education institution in Rijeka. The result was a big UNIVAC computer acquired in Zagreb, while Rijeka received a single NOVA 800 DATA GENERAL mini-computer.
The abovementioned mini-computer started being used for teaching purposes within the study programme in Informatics which was launched in 1975 at the Faculty of Industrial Pedagogy. The first such study programme lasted two years and after that the study programme in Informatics changed into a four-year study programme. As early as 1978 the first mini-computer APPLE II Plus was acquired, so the students had the opportunity to learn about the latest accomplishments in the electronic industry.
In 1984/1985, a study programme in Mathematics and Informatics was launched at the Faculty of Pedagogy. The programme was based on the curriculum identical to the one taught at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb.
In 1987 the Institute for Informatics was founded. The goal of the Institute was to integrate all IT content and modernize teaching content for study programmes in Mathematics and Informatics and other study programmes by applying information technology.
In 1994 the Institute for Informatics was renamed Department of Informatics. At first it was a part of the Faculty of Pedagogy and since 1998 a part of the newly founded Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The principal activity of the Department of Informatics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences was teaching computer science courses and enabling the use of equipment as part of various undergraduate study programmes organised by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, in particular study programmes in Mathematics and Informatics, and Pedagogy and Informatics.
In the academic year 1999/2000, a double-major study programme in Informatics was launched, designed as an open programme that could be combined with all other study programmes at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences established as double-majors.
2A single-major study programme in Informatics was launched in 2005/2006. The study programme was aligned with the principles of the Bologna Declaration (the introduction of three cycles of studying based on ECTS credit point system). Today, all study programmes of the Department of Informatics are implemented in such a way.
In 2009, a year after the Department was founded, a general track was launched at the graduate level of Informatics, thus supplementing the two existing teaching tracks. The aim of the new track was to educate experts for working in the business sector. In order to make graduate study programmes more accessible to a wider circle of interested students, a differential undergraduate programme in Informatics was launched in 2010. In 2012 a postgraduate doctoral study programme in Informatics was launched, aiming to educate future scientists and researchers.
Upon the completion of the construction of the new university departments building at the University Campus on Trsat (academic year 2012/2013), the Department of Informatics has moved to a new location (Radmile Matejčić 2, Rijeka).