Kielce University of Technology
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|Rector||prof. dr hab. inż.Stanisław Adamczak|
|Address||Al. 1000-lecia Państwa Polskiego 5, 25-541, Kielce, Poland|
|Affiliations||Socrates/Vine, Socrates/Adis, Socrates/Erasmus, Socrates/Minerva, Leonardo da Vinci, Polonium, Ceepus, Tempus|
The Kielce University of Technology (Polish: Politechnika Świętokrzyska) is a relatively young institution, although the traditions of higher education in Kielce go back to the beginning of the 19th century. It was here that Stanisław Staszic founded the Mining Academy, one of the first higher schools in Poland, which operated in the years 1816–1826 and provided qualified personnel to meet the needs of the Old Polish Industrial Basin. Higher education became available in Kielce again in 1965 when Kielce-Radom Evening Higher Engineering School was established. It was transformed into the Kielce University of Technology in 1974.
The University has four faculties:
- Civil and Environmental Engineering,
- Electrical and Computer Engineering,
- Mechatronics and Machinery Design,
- Management and Computer Modelling.
At present, over 9,400 students take courses in seven fields of studies: Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanics and Machinery Design, Management and Marketing, Management and Production Engineering. The University is entitled to award a Doctor's degree in five academic disciplines: civil engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, machine building and operation, mechanics, and a degree of Doctor Habilitated in machine building and operation. In the last discipline doctoral courses are also run.
Staff of 403 academic teachers, including 81 Professors and Doctors Habilitated and 153 PhDs together with laboratories (e.g. those of acoustic emission, laser technologies, soil mechanics, cracking mechanics, geometrical quantities measurement or materials strength) provide education in all fields of studies and specializations.
Co-operation with partner institutions constitutes an important issue for the University. 27 bilateral agreements provide basis for collaboration in research and teaching with 50 universities from 27 countries. The University is currently running 10 projects being a part of international programmes and also research tasks, one of which belongs to the Fifth EU Framework Programme. A number of things differentiate the University from other Polish higher schools:
The Centre for Laser Technologies of Metals, named after Prof. Frąckiewicz, the late University Rector, is a joint unit of the University and the Polish Academy of Sciences. It is housed in a modern building completed in 2000. The equipment the Centre has at its disposal (the most powerful lasers in Poland), together with the support from the Polish Academy of Sciences provides the possibility of conducting unique research. Such investigations have led, among others, to working out the technology of laser forming, the only one in the world. Apart from the research, the Centre also offers educational options, running a country unique specialization in laser and plasma technologies.
The specialization of Repair and Preservation of Historical Monuments combines the practical knowledge of civil engineering with arts and architecture. Its students have recently worked on the overhaul and conservation of the Mirror Room of the Polish Academy of Sciences Station in Paris. The quality of their work and the level of expertise have been highly appreciated. For many years, ordered by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, inventory making of Polish tombs in Ukraine has been going on. One of the most modern, fully computerised libraries in Poland was made available to the users in 2002.
Compact University campus housing laboratories, teaching buildings and hostels (all within 15 min walk) as well as the size of the University account for its being student friendly, facilitate human contact, making it easier to find help. Structural computer network, covering also students' hostels, provides access to the world's knowledge and information resources. Student organisations and the Student Cultural and Social Centre operating at the hostel area offer different ways to spend free time. The Student Self-government started to run a new student club in 2002.
Careers Office, operating at the University on the basis of agreement with the Province Labour Office, helps our graduates seek job vacancies.