Title: Full professor tenured
integrated undergraduate and graduate
Hrvoje Sertić was born in 1963 in Zagreb. He graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Zagreb in 1988. He went on to postgraduate studies at the same faculty and received his master's degree in 1994 and his doctorate in 2000. Since 2013 his academic rank is a distinguished professor, and, as such, he gives lectures in Judo and Martial Arts in Croatian and English (for foreign students in the ERASMUS exchange) at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb. He also teaches Shooting on university and professional studies of kinesiology. In addition to his regular teaching responsibilities, he also gives lectures at the postgraduate doctoral study at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, and at the Faculty of Science and Education, University of Mostar. He has published over one hundred and ninety scientific and professional papers in the field of judo and martial arts.
He is an invited lecturer at the Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Sarajevo, as well as at the Faculty of Science and Education, University of Mostar.
He is the mentor of eight doctoral dissertations, six master of science theses and over 160 master's theses at university and professional studies. He was the head and principal investigator of a scientific research project approved and funded by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia: "Monitoring the Changes in the Anthropological Status of Children in Wrestling Sports".
He was the holder of various functions:
• Deputy Head of the Department of Sport Kinesiology in the period from 1999 to 2001.
• He held the position of Vice-Dean for Teaching and Student Affairs at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, for 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 terms. He was re-elected to the same position for the 2003/2004 term and 2004/2005.
• From 2005/2006 to 2008/2009 performs the duty of Deputy Head of the Department for Coach Education at the Social Polytechnic
• From 2009/2010 to 2011 he was an Acting Head of the Department for Coach Education at the Social Polytechnic
• From the academic year 2011/2012, he was elected to the position of Head of the Center for Coach Education at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb for the 2011/2012 - 2012/2013 term and then re-elected to the same position for the 2013/2014 - 2014/2015 term.
• Advisor to the Dean for professional studies in the period from 2015 to 2017.
He is a member of the Executive Board of the EUPEA (European Physical Education Association) as a Scientific Advisor (three years in the past term) and since 2017 until 2019 as a representative for Southeastern Europe.
He was elected as a member of the Committee for Pedagogy, Educational Rehabilitation Sciences, Logopedics, and Kinesiology at the Agency for Science and Higher Education in Croatia for the period from 2017 to 2021 (Vice President for Technology Development and Innovation).
He has been practicing Judo since 1972 and is a holder of the 7th day master’s degree (International Judo Federation) – red-white belt. During his career as a competitor, he was a champion of Croatia and former Yugoslavia state (SFRY) many times and he played for both national teams. He has won several awards at international tournaments at the club and national team level. He was a part of the Croatian Judo National Team in its first tournament on February 17, 1991, in Italy. His last appearance for the Croatian national team in judo was in 1995 at the first World War Games in Rome (Italy). During his career as a competitor, he performed for AJK Mladost from Zagreb and JK Tenri from Udine, Italy. He was a coach at AJK Mladost Zagreb, JK Jaska and Dojo Keshiro Abbe (Corridonia, Italy). From 1994 to 2000 he was a national selector and head coach of junior and senior men's and women's national teams in Croatia several times. He has been the selector and head coach of the student national team of Croatia since 1994. Since 2000 he is the chairman of the Expert Coaching Commission of the Croatian Judo Federation. He has repeatedly been a fitness training coach for Shooting at the Olympics in 1992, 1996, and 2008.
He was awarded the High Professional Award for Advancement of the Profession, with a diploma and gold badge by the Croatian Association of Educators of Physical Education in 1999. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding and operation of the Zagreb Judo Federation and the Croatian Judo Federation, in 2001, he was awarded as the first Doctor of Science in judo for his outstanding contribution to the development of judo.
He is a member of the Scientific Commission of European Judo Union (EJU).
In the field of science, he has received numerous awards at international scientific conferences and symposiums organized by the European Judo Union (EJU).
He received 1 prize at the 1st European Science Congress on Judo (2008) organized by the European Judo Union, then 3 prizes at the European Science of Judo Symposium. Montpellier, France. (2014) and 2 awards at the European Science of Judo Research Symposium. Antalya, Turkey, (2015).
He was also one of nine invited speakers at the World Symposium on Judo (2009) organized by the International Judo Federation (IJF).
He is fluent in English and Italian.