The University of Žilina was established on October 1, 1953 as the University of Railway Transport in Prague. In 1959 the institution changed its name to the University of Transport and moved to Žilina. As a result of the increasing role of communications within the curriculum and research orientation of the University, the name was amended to the University of Transport and Communications in 1980.
Following wide-ranging changes at the beginning of the nineties, it was renamed again to the University of Žilina pursuant to the law passed by the Slovak National Council on November 20, 1996. This change reflected the University's educational restructuring, which is based on effective theoretical and professional preparation, communications skills, use of information telecommunication technologies, marketing, economics and law emphasizing the future demands of customers. The University of Žilina is the only university located in the northwest region of the Slovak Republic. In terms of professional profile, the University is unique in Slovakia as it has a long tradition of providing education in the fields of transport and communications. Furthermore, during the last period of development the University became an educational institution with a broad profile in many areas of science, technology, economics, management, and recently, educational and natural sciences. The University enjoys a very close co-operation with transport, telecommunication and industrial companies as well as public and private institutions across the region and country. Further, the University contributes to the technological and operational development of transport and telecommunication systems, networks and services as the main conditions for the future economic, and the social development of the Slovak Republic.
The University's basic engineer's degree course (corresponds to the MSc. Title) takes five years while a postgraduate program takes three to four years and leads to a doctoral degree. Some fields offer a bachelor's degree course that takes three years. Finally, all of the University's faculties provide a supplementary course of pedagogical studies for students and graduates.
Over the last 47 years more than 30 000 students have graduated from the University, to 730 of them have been awarded PhD. degree.
The University has established contacts with many universities abroad (in Europe - Finland, Sweden, Netherland, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Norway, Russia, USA, Canada, China, Brasil, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Japan, Australia). Professors and research workers at the University participate in international educational and research projects. These include the European Union projects TEMPUS, COPERNICUS, COST, SOCRATES/ERASMUS (now LLP), LEONARDO da Vinci and since 1994, the University has included the CEEPUS program for collaboration with other universities in Central and Eastern Europe. The academic staff are actively involved in co-operations within the 7th Framework program. The University of Žilina is an active member of EUA, SEFI, AUDEM, EAIE, EIPOS, IGIP, Chamber de Commerce Franco-Slovak and students organizations such as IAESTE, AISEC.
The University envisages an establishment and gradual development of new courses and curricula reflecting advances in science and technology. Development of life-long learning and continuing education programs will become one of the main tasks in the near future. Continuing and distance education at the University will focus on demands and requirements of the Slovak industry and public and social sectors of services. At present the University of Žilina houses the following faculties and institutes:
Faculties of the University of Žilina
Institutes, organization and other units and other ofices
- Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
- Faculty of Management Science & Informatics
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Special Engineering
- Research Institute of High Montain Biology
Address of the University of Žilina
- Institute of Computer Technologies
- Institute of Continuing Education
- Institute of Forensic Engineering
- Institute of Physical Education
- Centre for Transportion Research
- Institute of Competitiveness and Innovations
- Aviation Training and Education Centre
- National Support Service for eTwinning
- Editorial Centre
- Dormitory, Canteen
Rectorate of the University of Žilina
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The University includes the main campus at Veľký diel - Vlčince and other buildings throughout the city of Žilina.
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