The Opole University of Technology, Department of Engineering and Architecture
The University was established in 1959. Since 1966, more than 7000 diplomas have been awarded. The University employs more than 740 staff members 375 of whom are academics. The University employees carry out various researches very often in collaboration with many foreign centers and companies that implement the scientific achievements. Among others, the researches resulted in more than 200 patents. The academics conduct researched, funded by KBN. They also take part in educational and research programs of an international scope, e.g. CEEPUS, TEMPUS, COPERNICUS and LEONARDO DA VINCI, applied to the SOCRATES – ERASMUS program. The academics get international prestigious scholarships such as the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. DAAD, IREX, the foundations of British Council, the United States Department of State and many more.
Full-time engineering studies of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Opole University of Technology were launched in the 2009/2010 academic year. As of today, it is attended by 165 students. The graduate of Architecture and Urban Planning combines knowledge of an engineer with sensitivity of an artist. The knowledge gained from the studies is well rooted in engineering, including the ability of shaping space. During the course the graduates gain knowledge in technical, historical, environmental and artistic areas. In the learning process, students are particularly sensitized to commitment to spatial order and development of a sustainable life environment, including preservation of the listed buildings. Design tasks comprise units of architectural and urban scale. Students are prepared to work independently as well as in a large multi discipline team. The artistic sensibility of the students is improved not only during the freehand drawing and painting classes but also during plein airs, various international student workshops in Poland and abroad and participation in student scientific associations.
Palacký University of Olomouc, Department of Geography
Palacký University of Olomouc is a university with a long tradition. Established in the XVI century, it is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-older in the Czech Republic. Today, the University is a modern institution offering a great variety of majors and a wide range of scientific activities. The eight faculties are attended by 23 000 students, that is one fifth of the Olomouc population. The Department of Geography is one of the oldest centers of natural sciences at the restored University of Olomouc. Since the establishment, it provides education for secondary school geography teachers in several qualifications. In 1997, the Department was extended with a new field of studies: Geography and Geoinformatics, which was reorganized into a separate Department of Geoinformatics in 2007. Established in 2003 International Studies for Development in 2007 promoted the founding of the Department of Development Studies. The Department of Geography is still responsible for a part curriculum for students of the Geoinformatics and the Development Studies. In 2006, the Department of Regional Geography was founded. The academic staff of the Department deal with not only didactics but also scientific researches, both within the University and in collaboration with other academic and research institutions at home and abroad. In June 2009, the Department headquarters moved from třídě Svobody 26 to a new building of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at třídě 17. listopadu.
Technical University of Ostrava, Department of Civil Engineering
The Department of Civil Engineering is the newest department of VŠB-TU Ostrava, however, it refers to a 166-year tradition of the University. Established on January 1, 1997, it has been supporting the construction industry of North Moravia and Silesia that has a demand on about 200 engineers of various specializations every year. The Faculty offers a versatile engineering education extended to the issues specific to the Moravian-Silesian region (buildings located in the mining areas, removal of the consequences of the mining and industrial activities, production of construction materials etc.). The graduates find employment as engineers, designers, architectures and construction office workers. After taking an internship, many of the graduates start their own businesses.
Field of study: Architecture and Construction. The syllabus has been elaborated to meet all the EU requirements to practice as an architect. It is focused on gaining theoretical knowledge and professional skills that enable creative architectural approach to design of different types of constructions, such as residential, administrative, industrial and agricultural buildings, manufacturing plants, warehouses, department stores, etc. Particular attention is drawn to issues relative to the Moravian-Silesian region – namely, issues of design and construction, or reconstruction of industrial facilities and design and construction of other buildings in the mining areas, with particular emphasis on the protection of the environment affected by industrial activities.