University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague

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University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze
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Former names
Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague (ICT Prague)
Established 1952
Type Public
Rector Prof. Ing. Karel Melzoch, CSc.
Administrative staff
780 (420 teaching staff)[1]
Students 3,100[1]
600[1]
Location Prague, Czech Republic
Campus Urban
Affiliations EUA
Website http://www.vscht.cz/?jazyk=en
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The University of Chemistry and Technology (UCT Prague, Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická - VŠCHT in Czech) is the largest university specializing in chemistry in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1952 (although its origins date back to the early nineteenth century and Prague Polytechnic, a precursor to the present-day Czech Technical University in Prague[1]) and, since that time, it has been one of the leading chemistry research universities in Central Europe. More than 2,000 students are accepted every year. Academic staff comprises 780 teachers including 40 professors, 100 associate professors and 280 assistant professors and 28 assistants.[2]

Faculties[edit]

The university consists of four faculties.

Faculty of Chemical Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Chemical Technology came into being in 1969 as a result of the merger of the Faculty of Inorganic Technology and the Faculty of Organic Technology. In 1952, these faculties, together with the Faculty of Food Technology, had been founding members of the independent Institute of Chemical Technology.[3]

Faculty of Environmental Technology[edit]

The Faculty of Environmental Technology was established in 1953, but activities in this area date back to 1884/85. In the 1980s, environmental technology became predominant in the faculty's activities, and in 1991, it acquired its current name.[4]

Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology[edit]

The teaching of food chemistry and technology has a long-standing tradition in the Czech lands, and is closely connected with the teaching of chemistry and chemical technology. The Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology was established in 1952.[5]

Faculty of Chemical Engineering[edit]

The Faculty of Chemical Engineering has its origins in the Prague School of Chemical-Technological Engineering founded in 1952 as part of the Czech Technical University. In 1960, the faculty was established in response to the need of the chemical industry.[6]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

The history of the university goes well into the past centuries and is connected with the origins of chemistry education in Bohemia. Rapid industrial development during the eighteenth century, which is connected to many important technological and natural discoveries, resulted in the foundation of Prague Polytechnic on 10 November 1806, when the first courses in mathematics and chemistry were held. In addition to general chemistry, practical chemistry instruction was also given, oriented towards working with glass, metallurgy and dyes. Later, brewing processes, sugar processes, analytics, analytics of minerals and technical gases, and other subject fields were added.

After reorganization of Prague Polytechnic in 1920, the School of Chemical Technology was formed as one of seven sections of the newly formed Czech Technical University. The school's reputation at the end of nineteenth century was very high, and at the beginning of the twentieth century, professor Emil Votoček (1872-1950) improved its excellent international reputation. The highest appreciation for students of the university and exceptional personalities in chemistry carry his name.

Present University[edit]

The present university was formed in 1952 when it became independent of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

People[edit]

Professors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About UCT Prague". University of Chemical Technology Prague. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "About UCT Prague". University of Chemical Technology Prague. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Picková, Ivana (2014). Chemistry - My Life. Prague : Institute of Chemical Technology. p. 4. ISBN 978-80-7080-897-9. 
  4. ^ Picková, Ivana (2014). Chemistry - My Life. Prague : Institute of Chemical Technology. p. 20. ISBN 978-80-7080-897-9. 
  5. ^ Picková, Ivana (2014). Chemistry - My Life. Prague : Institute of Chemical Technology. p. 38. ISBN 978-80-7080-897-9. 
  6. ^ Picková, Ivana (2014). Chemistry - My Life. Prague : Institute of Chemical Technology. p. 56. ISBN 978-80-7080-897-9. 

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Coordinates: 50°6′11.95″N 14°23′23.61″E / 50.1033194°N 14.3898917°E / 50.1033194; 14.3898917