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About University of Žilina

The University of Žilina, modern and open university with rich traditionAt present there are about 8,000 students being educated at seven faculties in 184 accredited fields of study in all forms and degrees of university studies at the University. In its almost 70 years of successful existence it has become the alma mater for more than 85,000 graduates, highly skilled professionals specialising mostly in transport and technical fields as well as in management, marketing or humanities. The quality and readiness of our graduates for the needs of practice is proved by long-term high interest in hiring them by employers that cooperate with the University in the recruitment process. In the field of science and research, our University participates in 200 national and 41 international scientific projects and organises about 60 scientific and professional events annually. There were two new significant work places established within the Operational Programme Research and Development in 2013 – University Science Park and Research Centre. Results of science and research activities of the University have an important influence not only on the educational activities but also on the development of international cooperation or interconnection with practice. One of the proofs of successful transfer of science and research results into practice is the Award for Technology Transfer for the team of authors from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Žilina. The cooperation with foreign universities and institutions is crucial for our University. The University has signed bilateral cooperation agreements with more than 150 foreign partners and it belongs to the most successful universities within the Erasmus Programme, both in the number of seconded staff and students. It successfully participated in the student mobility programmes with Brazil and Korea in 2014. Students of the University of Žilina study in modern and well-equipped classrooms and laboratories centralised on the complex and modern university campus at Veľký Diel, located in quiet surroundings nearby a forest park but at a reasonable walking distance from the accommodation facilities as well as the historical centre of Žilina. University of Žilina has a burning ambition to continue in dynamic growth, to provide high quality education, to educate well-prepared and demanded graduates, to develop international cooperation both in science and education; however, its major aim is primarily to provide space and opportunities for the young generation to discover new, to broaden horizons, to learn how to cooperate, communicate and respect each other

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PROGRAMME

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FORWARDING AND LOGISTICS

Graduates are employable in forwarding and transport organisations in logistics departments in the executive and managerial functions of forwarding, transport and logistics organizations. They can also work as operational managers of logistics departments in large production and distribution organisations focusing on ordering transport services. Graduates have sufficient knowledge of how to start their own business with a focus on forwarding and logistics. Graduates have knowledge according to the international standards of the world association FIATA, and therefore can also work in multinational logistics companies abroad.

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AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

Graduates are able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of aircraft maintenance techniques based on knowledge of technical, operational and practical requirements of air transport, using practical information obtained during the study in order to improve the functioning of transport management processes in transport. They are also employable in the air forces of the Army of the Slovak Republic, in security, civil defence and rescue services. Graduates are able to work independently in the field of research and development with a high degree of creativity even at the international level. Emphasis is put on the acquisition of theoretical basis that allow easier adaptation and further professional growth of graduates, as well as on the acquisition of knowledge in the field of air operations, enabling quick application of graduates in practice, in management of multinational teams of workers in the field of civil aviation and independent management of projects and taking responsibility for complete solutions. Graduates are able to use sophisticated technical approaches to solve problems and during the study they will gain experience in formulating hypotheses and analysing the data obtained.

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AUTOMATED PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

The study programme Automated Production Systems is focused on the issues of automation and computer support in production technologies, in particular flexible production systems in mechanical engineering, computer support in preproduction stages, design in automated mechanical production, numerically controlled production machines, robotics, application of microelectronics and computing technology in production technologies, creation of control systems for automated machinery. The basis of the acquired knowledge of graduates of this study programme will be in the field of production technologies for mechanical engineering, technological processes of production of semi-finished products, technology of production and assembly of components, technical preparation of production, design of production processes and systems, handling, transport and storage of components in the context of the rationalisation of mechanical production, economics and management of mechanical engineering production, automation and computer support. Graduates are able to systematically and comprehensively solve material, technological and organizational issues in production technologies with the use of automated tools and approaches as well as computer support in pre-production, production and post-production stages of component implementation based on methods of mathematical modelling, simulation and optimisation. Skills are integrated with the knowledge of an economic nature. Students will be prepared to study a programme of the third degree in a related field of study. Graduates will find employment as members of the middle management level of production, in departments of technical production, especially in the field of technological design with computer support, in the field of design and management of flexible production systems, in research and development of technological processes and systems and implementation of automation in mechanical production.

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COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND SIMULATIONS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Graduates of the master´s (engineering) degree study programme Computer Modelling and Simulations in Mechanical Engineering are able to creatively use the methods of calculation, simulation and verification of model solutions in the design of mechanical systems and constructions. The main emphasis is put on their readiness and ability to independently develop, elaborate and practically use engineering approaches when solving technical problems in the field of linear and nonlinear response of constructions. Graduates are able to perform static, kinematic and dynamic analysis of mechanisms and constructions and to assess lifetime and reliability of the examined objects. They can analyse thermal stress, solve technical problems of flow, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer. Graduates have adequate knowledge of information technology, foreign languages and economic as well as legal aspects of the field. They are able to properly formulate technical problems, to analyse and solve them. They have an overview of general and scientific approaches and methods. They are able to comprehensively assess and recognize what is essential in the design and diagnostics of mechanical systems and structure not only in relation to the problem, but also to the environment. They master modern numerical methods of computational mechanics in order to identify and analyse fields such as methods of finite and infinite elements, boundary elements and others. They are employable in the field of optimal design of machines structures, building constructions and industrial products, technological units and equipment. In their work they are able to use software engineering tools such as: AutoCAD, Inventor, Pro/Engineer, Mechanical Desktop, Solid Edge, Ideas, Catia, MATLAB, Mathematica, MathCAD, Maple, ANSYS, ADINA, Marc, Nexis, SYSWELD, ADAMS, and others. Graduates are able to model, simulate and analyse different types of fields separately or in interaction as a bound problem in macro-mechanical systems as well as in the micro- and nanostructures. They are able to program the formulated technical problem into a computer program and transform it into a design solution. They acquired basic knowledge in the field of experimental mechanics. Graduates are mainly employable in the field of design, evaluation and innovation of machine construction and technological equipment.

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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES

The professional profile of graduates of the study programme Mechanical Engineering Technologies is characterised by theoretical but mainly practical knowledge of constructology and mechanical engineering technologies, production facilities, quality, economics and production management as well as habits and ability to skilfully apply this knowledge in practice. Graduates have acquired theoretical and practical knowledge of the most widespread chipless technologies of mechanical engineering production and its management. They acquired habits and skills in technological activities with the use of modern technological tools. Graduates also have professional knowledge in the field of production, testing, technological processing, selection, exploitation and degradation of properties of the most commonly used types of technical materials. They are especially prepared to work in industrial companies in the field of production of technical materials, their technological processing into semi-finished products and products, as well as in the area of quality control and assurance, purchase, sale, service and maintenance. Graduates are qualified to work in the operation of industrial mechanical engineering companies, in railway and urban public transport, in all areas of mechanical engineering and in other organisations of administrative, production, operational or repair nature. They have sufficient practical experience and skills in laboratory work and they have a good command of professional terminology in a foreign language.

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INDUSTIRAL MATERIALS

Graduates of the study programme iIndustial Materials master the methods of calculation, simulation and verification of model solutions of projection, construction of machines and machinery systems; they have knowledge of new materials, theory and technologies of their production and processing, methods of their evaluation and influencing their performance; they are 6 familiar with the creation and management of technological and production processes of machinery, they have adequate knowledge of testing, operation and maintenance of machinery, they have also knowledge of selection of suitable materials and the impact of engineering operations on the environment. Graduates are able to analyse, design, construct and maintain extensive technical solutions involving the area of general mechanical engineering with an emphasis on technical materials; they are able to carry out research with a high degree of creativity and independence. They have a deep knowledge in the field of general mechanical engineering that allows them to manage teams of workers in this field, to lead projects independently and to take responsibility for complex solutions. They are able to build a respectable scientific approach. During their studies, students will gain experience in the formulation of hypotheses, experimental design, hypotheses verification and analysis of the acquired data; they are able to apply advanced methods and techniques of design and development of technical materials for the needs of mechanical engineering constructions.

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INDUSTIAL ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Graduates (engineers) are qualified to get involved in the solution of technical-organisational and development areas, primarily at the middle management level of the production organization. They are prepared to coordinate the solution of complex tasks in the field of logistics and management of supply chains, in-house logistics and optimisation of inventory and material flows, implementation of company-wide information systems, planning and production management, quality management, design of production processes and systems, management of innovations, implementation of industrial engineering methods to individual company units, computer modelling of company processes, project management, application of operational research methods, etc. Graduates of the study programme Industrial Engineering are employable especially in the positions of middle management of production organisations and in departments of industrial engineering. They are prepared to occupy positions of system engineers, quality engineers, productivity engineers, designers of production systems, production engineers, employees of technical preparation of production, industrial engineers, heads of production planning and control, heads of logistics department, heads of maintenance department, employees of human resources department, and others. They are qualified to work also at the top management level.

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ENVIROMENTAL TECHNIQUE

Following the first degree of study, graduates in the second degree of their professional study acquired good theoretical and methodological professional basis and practical experience from applied scientific disciplines, necessary to solve a wide range of problems related to the design, projecting and operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and other equipment that are applied in heating, ventilation and gas systems, using modern calculation methods. The study programme Environment Technology deals with the comfort of the environment in the interior of buildings (residential, office, industrial halls), energy installations with the help of which it is possible to create and influence the environment with the use of various 7 energy sources. Graduates are employable in the fields of designing, projecting and operation of heating, air conditioning and gas systems, as well as in areas solving the problems of reduction of energy performance of technological processes, more efficient use of thermal energy (both in industry and in municipal construction) and the use of renewable energy sources.

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VEHICLES AND ENGINES

Graduates of the second degree study programme Vehicles and Engines are able to analyse, design, construct, operate and maintain extensive technical systems of vehicles, especially in the field of vehicles and their propulsion subsystems. They are able to use solutions with a high degree of creativity, complexity, independence and responsibility. They have a thorough knowledge in the field of basic theoretical disciplines of mechanical engineering (engineering mathematics, vehicle mechanics, elasticity and plasticity) as well as in the field of construction and design of vehicles and their subsystems. They have a general overview of mechanical engineering production and its management, expert knowledge of the theory of road and rail vehicles and combustion engines. Their education is complemented by the study of urban public transport means, technical means of combined transport, maintenance technologies, and, optionally, aircraft engines. Deepened and extended knowledge of theoretical and professional subjects allow graduates of the engineering degree study programme Vehicles and Engines to find and present their own solutions to problems in research, development, design and construction of transport means, especially vehicles and their systems. Graduates creatively apply the acquired knowledge in practice, critically analyze and apply a variety of concepts, principles and practices of the field in the context of freely defined problems, while demonstrating effective decision-making in connection with the selection and use of methods, techniques and tools. They are able to implement complex technical solutions, use modern methods and means in order to solve problems. Graduates of the second degree study programme Vehicles and Engines are able to work effectively as individuals, as team members or team leaders, cooperate with superiors, continually upgrade their qualification, including the development of technical and managerial skills, keep in touch with the latest developments in their discipline, follow appropriate practices in accordance with the rules and professional, legal and ethical framework of the field. Graduates are able to design and structurally solve parts of vehicles and their subsystems using modern advanced computer-aided technologies. They are able to find work in the operation of vehicles, especially rail vehicles, road vehicles, internal combustion engines, hydraulic and pneumatic machines and equipment, in their diagnostics, maintenance and repairs. Graduates meet conditions for further education in the third (doctoral) degree study, especially in the study programme Rail Vehicles.

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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

The professional profile of graduates of the study programme Mechanical Engineering is characterised by theoretical and practical knowledge of constructology and mechanical engineering technologies, production equipment, quality, economics and production management, as well as automation of mechanical engineering production and habits and ability to skilfully apply this knowledge in practice in European economic area with a strong competitive environment. Graduates will acquire theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the most widespread chipless and chip technologies of mechanical engineering production and its management. They will acquire habits and skills in technological activities, using modern technological tools and Hi-Tech systems. Graduates also have professional knowledge in the field of production, testing, technological processing, selection, exploitation and degradation of the properties of the most commonly used types of technical materials. They are 8 especially prepared to work in industrial companies in the field of production of technical materials, their technological processing into semi-finished products and products, as well as in the field of quality control, purchase, sale, service and maintenance. Graduates can widely work in the operation of industrial mechanical companies and in all areas of engineering and in other organizations of an administrative, production, operational or repair nature. Graduates have sufficient practical experience and skills in laboratory work that are compatible with European technical universities.

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CIVIL ENGINEERING

The study programme Civil Engineering is a traditional technical study programme underlying the follow up study at the second degree of university education in study programmes focused on engineering and transport structures. Completion of the study programme is a preparation for a smooth transition to the master´s (engineer) degree study. Graduates can work in construction industry in the design and construction of load-bearing structures of engineering and transport construction and in selected professions of building construction. Graduates are also employable in state administration bodies, local selfgovernment, environmental offices and in organisations performing the administration of engineering structures and transport structures. By completion of the study programme, the graduates acquired the basic prerequisites for obtaining a qualification to perform a regulated profession after completing master´s (engineer) degree study.

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CIVIL ENGINEERING STRUCTURES

Graduate is able to analyse, design, construct and maintain engineering and transport structures, carry out research with a high degree of creativity and independence. Graduate acquires deep knowledge in the field of analysis of load-bearing structures, enabling him/her to design, maintain and reconstruct safe, useable, durable and aesthetic structures. The study programme is focused on the acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledge and on the development of the graduate´s ability of his/her creative application when performing the profession. After graduating, the graduate of the second degree study has knowledge of principles and methods of analysis of load-bearing structures of engineering and transport constructions, the principles of their design, diagnostics and evaluation. When solving tasks in individual areas, he/she is able to use acquired experience with application software. In addition to such knowledge and abilities he/she has knowledge related to the economics of buildings, their preparation and management as well as the impact of buildings on the environment. The graduate is qualified to work as a designer, and later an authorised engineer in the design and construction of civil engineering and transport structures. They can also be used in the preparation of investment constructions, engineering activities, in construction, management, operation and maintenance of transport infrastructure (roads, highways, urban roads, airports, railway lines and stations, bridges and underground structures). They can work in design offices, investor units, construction companies, state and public administration. By completing the study programme and acquiring the master‘s (engineering) degree, the graduate will obtain a qualification for the performance of a regulated profession. After completing appropriate practice and examinations in front of the Examining Board of the Slovak Chamber of Civil Engineers (SCCE), the graduate may obtain the authorization to perform the profession of „chartered civil engineer“. The content and structure of the study programme corresponds to the structure and scope of the subjects required by SCCE for the profession of chartered civil engineer in the categ

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INFORMATICS

Graduates of the bachelor´s degree study programme Informatics will acquire basic knowledge of informatics. They are able to work with software of information systems of businesses, to participate in its creation and implementation; they also gain knowledge of how to run a business. They are employable in all sectors of industry, in public administration, in the private sector and as independent entrepreneurs. The study programme prepares professionals who master computer technology and know how to apply modern information technologies, and creates conditions for their further qualification growth in the field of informatics within the framework of master´s (engineer) degree study.

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INFORMATION AND NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES

The graduate of the study programme will gain knowledge in the field of computer systems architectures, circuit solutions, fixed and wireless networks, security and safety of computer communication, principles and management of operating systems and solutions of virtualization, general and special programming techniques. The graduate master not only the latest technologies, he/she is also ready to adapt quickly to the emerging technologies. The graduate understands the principles and theoretical foundations of the field and is able to apply them creatively in practice. He/she is ready to develop non-traditional ICT applications and implement new technologies in the field of computer systems and networks. The study programme is designed to provide students with the possibility to choose the subjects from a wide range of subjects belonging to the field of computer systems and networks, and profile themselves into one of two offered specializations: network technologies or information technologies.

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INFORMATICS AND MANAGEMENT

Graduates of the study programme will acquire the necessary knowledge of informatics. They will be able to participate in the program implementation and operation of information systems in economic objects at all levels of management. They will gain knowledge especially from the field of informatics, but also to the necessary extent in the field of business management with the use of modern information technologies, thus they can flexibly adapt to the requirements of the labour market, or independently run a business in the field of informatics. This knowledge will enable them to work, for example, such as: a programmer able to implement projects of information systems; a programmer of WWW applications of corporate intranets; an IT engineer - a consultant able to work on solving IT problems in companies.

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COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Graduates of the bachelor´s degree study programme Computer Engineering are prepared to continue their study at the master (engineer) level or they are employable in enterprises and institutions in the design, implementation, operation, maintenance and upgrading of computer systems, means of communication technology, industrial automation, measurement and diagnostic technology and the like. They are professionals in the development of digital systems based on microcomputers and programmable circuits that allows them to work as developers, designers or technologists.

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Master´s (engineering) degree study in the study programme Information Systems prepares graduates to find and present their own solutions in research, development, design and implementation of software tools to support decision making, information systems and computer systems. After graduation, the graduate is ready to lead, adapt and implement modern information technologies in various application areas and work efficiently as an individual or as a team member or a team leader.

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BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS

Graduates of the study programme will acquire knowledge of informatics and its applications in medicine and biomedicine. Thanks to this, they will be able to work at various levels of management and development in industrial enterprises, software companies and other institutions, public and private sector dealing with analysis of data and medical data, creation of medical information systems and development of software for processing medical and biomedical data. Graduates of this study programme will acquire the knowledge of informatics necessary for creating complex information systems and, in addition, they will have an overview of typical problems in the field of development of software for medical practice that is used in healthcare or biomedical laboratories. With this knowledge, they are able to design, develop, implement, expand, adapt and locate large-scale information systems for general purposes as well as for special medical applications.

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INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Graduates of the study programme Intelligent Information Systems will acquire advanced knowledge of informatics and tools for support of decision-making. They are able to apply modern information technologies at various levels of management in software companies, industrial companies, banking, transport, healthcare, education, ecology and many other areas. In addition, they are employable as developers of application software, system analysts and programmers.

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APPLIED NETWORK ENGINEERING

Graduates of the study programme Applied Network Engineering will acquire advanced knowledge in the field of information and communication systems, network technologies and infrastructure, design of communication network, system and network virtualization, integration and network security or creation of software of computer and network systems. Graduates will be able to work in domestic and international labour market at various levels of management in software and telecommunications companies, industrial enterprises, education system as well as in public and private sector, in banking, transport, healthcare, ecology, etc. Graduates are prepared to continue their study in the doctoral study programmes (the third degree of higher education).

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COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Graduates of the study programme Computer Engineering are employable as solvers of complex projects in research and development institutions focusing on the area of computer systems. They are also qualified to work in companies dealing with development and deployment of computer technology and digital systems in all areas of the economy. Graduates are also employable as developers of embedded systems based on microcomputers, FPGA circuits and other peripheral devices. Graduates of the study programme Computer Engineering are prepared to continue their study in the doctoral study programmes (the third degree of higher education).

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