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The Faculty of Engineering offers its prospective students three year Bachelor degree courses and two year Master degree courses within the scope of two-stage study plans. The Master degree course graduates are offered three year postgraduate courses.
- Subjects of Study - Bachelor Degree and Master Degree Courses
The Faculty of Engineering educates engineers specialising in mechanical engineering and technology, or economy and technology, for the primary agricultural production and farming as well as for the fields of transportation, waste disposal technology, commerce and machinery trade.
Three year Bachelor degree courses and two year Master degree courses in Czech language (both regular and combined forms) are offered by the Faculty of Engineering in the following fields:
- Agricultural machinery - specialising in the following subjects:
- machinery operation control and design;
- service and renewal of machinery and processing equipment;
- Road transportation and city traffic.
- Waste disposal technology and techniques.
- Technological equipment of constructions.
- Trade and Business Dealing with Machinery
- Information and Control Technology in Agri-food Complex
The two year Master degree course in English :
- Technology and Environmental Engineering
A two year basic professional and theoretical course is common for the study plans of the first four specialisations; however, the commerce and machinery trade study plan is combined with the economics studies and therefore it differs from the other study plans from the very beginning. The students will determine their respective future professional specialisations by combining optional subjects approved by the appropriate tutor and by choosing the subjects of their graduation or diploma theses.
- Admission Procedure - Bachelor and Master degree Courses
The Faculty of Engineering of the Czech University of Life Sciences invites students who have completed their secondary education and successfully passed the entrance proceedings. Applications for admission should be submitted on the approved forms to the Faculty of Engineering Study Department by March 31, 2008 . The fee covering the admission proceedings is CZK 550.-. Bank address: Komerční banka Praha 6, Account No.: 19-5504550287/0100, variable symbol: 3175000108, constant symbol: 179, specific symbol 390. The application will not be accepted unless the fee is paid. The appropriate proof of payment should be attached to the application.
The admission proceedings consist primarily of a written admission examination aimed at verifying the applicant's study abilities and selecting the appropriate number of students. The admission examination subjects will be mathematics and physics (courses in machinery operation, road transportation and city traffic, waste disposal technology and techniques, technological equipment of constructions and information and control technology) or mathematics and a foreign language (courses in Trade and Business Dealing with Machinery). The tests will be based on the subject matters taught at secondary schools. Admission examinations will take place from June 9 to June 136, 2008 . The exact date of the examination will be announced to the applicant by the Dean's Office by May 15 at the latest.
The postgraduate courses have been accredited in the following subjects:
- Technology of production processes .
- Agricultural technology and mechanisation.
- Power engineering.
- Marketing of machines and technical systems
- Quality and dependability of machines and devices.
The postgraduate courses are either regular or extramural, with both the forms usually taking three years of study. The schedule of the study is determined in the appropriate tailored study plan. After defending their doctoral theses, the postgraduate students will acquire the title of doctor (Ph.D.).
- Admission Proceedings - Postgraduate Courses
The applicants will be admitted based on the entrance proceedings announced by the Dean of the faculty in February. The applicants will choose concrete subjects of their doctoral theses. Applications for admission should be submitted on the approved forms to the Science Department of the Faculty of Engineering by May 31, 2008. The following documents should be attached to the application: curriculum vitae, proof of completing one's Master degree course (except of students currently completing their final year), document proving the applicant's practical professional training (extramural courses only), list of published treatises and studies. The entrance proceedings handling fee amounting to CZK 550.- must be paid with the appropriate proof of payment attached to the application. For the bank account information see the above information on the Master degree and Bachelor degree courses.
The admission examinations will take place in the second half of June 2008 (the exact date will be made public when announcing the admission proceedings). The admission examination will be oral. The applicants will be required to prove their knowledge of two world languages (Czech and one world language for foreign applicants). The other examination will be aimed at the applicants' professional knowledge of subjects forming the basis of the chosen field of study.
Foreign applicants may also be admitted through the mediation of the Foreign Services House of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic; the students will receive a governmental grant. In that case, the admission examination will be replaced by two or three references provided by experts (academics or scientists). Applications for admission should be lodged with the Czech Embassy in the applicant's country or the nearest Czech Embassy. The Embassy will also provide more detailed information on submitting the application. As the lectures are given in Czech, the applicant will attend a Czech language course at Charles University Institute of Foreign Language Education and Professional Studies.
INFORMATION ON THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM
- Higher Education System in the Czech Republic
Higher education institutions form the highest level of the education system in the Czech Republic. They offer accredited study programmes as well as lifelong learning. Higher education institutions are either university-type or non-university-type.
University-type higher education institutions provide master or doctoral level study programmes as well as research, developmental, artistic or other creative activities. They may also offer bachelor study programmes. Non-university-type higher education institutions provide mainly bachelor study programmes and related research, developmental, artistic or other creative activities.
There are public, state and private higher education institutions. Twenty-three public institutions and four private higher education institutions come under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Four state institutions (military universities and the police academy) come under the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of the Interior.
Higher education involves studying within the framework of an accredited study programme in accordance with the curriculum for a given form of study. The form of study can be full-time or part-time (distance) studies, or a combination of both forms. There are three types of study programmes: bachelor, master, and doctoral level.
Admission to a bachelor study programme or to a full-length master study programme is conditional on completion of a comprehensive secondary education or comprehensive secondary vocational education (secondary school leaving certificate - maturitní vysvědčení). Admission to those for the master study programmes that represent a continuation of a bachelor study programme is conditional on graduating from the relevant bachelor study programme. Admission to a doctoral study programme is conditional of satisfactory completion of a master study programme. A credit system is used at most of the higher education institutions.
Higher Education Qualifications
The qualification structure recognises three levels of study programmes - bakalářský studijní program (Bachelor Study Programme), magisterský studijní program (Master Study Programme) and doktorský studijní program (Doctoral Study Programme).
- The bachelor degree study programme takes from 6 to 8 semesters to complete. Graduates receive the degree of "bakalář" (Bc) - Bachelor, awarded after a study programme which may be either theoretically-oriented or vocationally-oriented.
- The master degree study programme involves 4 - 6 years of study and leads to the academic degree of:
- magistr (Mgr.) - Master in humanities, sciences, law, teacher education, pharmacy and theology, after 4 - 5 years of studies;
- magistr umění (MgA.) - Master of Arts in the field of art, after 4 - 6 years of studies;
- inženýr (Ing.) - Engineer in technical, chemical, economic and agricultural fields, after 5 - 6 years of studies;
- inženýr architekt (Ing.arch.) - Engineer architect in the field of architecture, after 5.5 - 6 years of studies;
The Master degree study programme graduates have to take a final state examination and prepare and publicly defend their Master thesis.
Other study programmes equivalent to MSc or MA degrees:
- Doktor medicíny (MUDr.), Doctor of medicine
- Doktor veterinarní medicíny (MVDr.), Doctor of veterinary medicine
Both these courses take 6 years. They are run by the university medical faculties and faculties of veterinary medicine. Studies in the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine and hygiene are completed by passing a rigorous state examination.
All the abbreviated titles mentioned above are written before the name.
The completion of a Master degree study programme gives access to doctoral studies.
Holders of the academic degree "Magistr" are entitled to present themselves for a rigorous state examination in the same field of study and to present a dissertation leading to the following academic degrees:
- "doktor práv" (JUDr.) in the field of law;
- "doktor filozofie" (PhDr.) in the field of humanities, teacher education and social sciences;
- "doktor přírodních věd" (RNDr.) in the field of natural sciences;
- "doktor farmacie" (PharmDr.) in the field of pharmacy;
- "licenciát teologie" (ThLic.) in the field of Catholic theology;
- "doktor teologie" (ThDr.) in the field of theology.
The abbreviations of the title are written before the name.
The standard length of a PhD Study Programme is three years. The PhD studies are completed by the state doctoral examination and the public presentation of a dissertation. Graduates of a doctoral study programme are awarded the academic degree of:
- "doktor" (Ph.D.)
- "doktor teologie" (Th.D.) in the field of theology.
The abbreviations of these titles are written after the name.
In accordance with the Higher Education Act No. 111 of 1998, the "vědecká výchova" scientific education programme, leading to the scientific degree of "kandidát věd" (CSc.), is no longer open. The students who started their studies according to the earlier regulations may complete their studies in accordance with these regulations by presenting their dissertation not later than the end of 2001. Alternatively, they can apply to transfer to a doctoral study programme.
The degree of "doktor věd" (DrSc.) is a very high scientific qualification. It is awarded on the basis of important original scientific work. The applicant demonstrates his/her scientific achievements by his/her whole life's work and by publicly presenting a doctoral thesis.
INFORMATION ON THE UNIVERSITY AND FACULTY
The Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS) Prague
The structure of the university does not differ from any similar universities world-wide. It has four faculties:
- Faculty of Agribiology, Food and Natural Resources
- Faculty of Economics and Management
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Forestry and Environment
- and a scientific and educational Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture
Furthermore, the University has independent departments and institutes (the Study and Information Centre, the Computer Institute, the Department of Education, and the Department of Physical Education) which serve the needs of all faculties. The university also has its own business enterprises: the farm at Lány, the forestry establishment at Kostelec n.Č.L., the university lodging and catering services, and a trading representation, Unico Agric.
Organisation of the University
All faculties and the Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture offer a complete university education (Ing.); they organise their own postgraduate studies (Ph.D.) and various forms of lifelong education. The student can choose from the faculties which provide lectures in their own specific subjects, and at the same time they enable the student to take subjects overlapping to other sciences. Both theory and practice in agriculture, forestry and related sciences are offered to all students.
The full-time ordinary study course takes five years and since the academic year 1998/99 it has been organised at two levels. The first (three-year) level is completed with a state examination and the students receive the degree of "bachelor," abbreviated as Bc. The second level is specialised (there are more than 40 specialised courses) and it is completed with a state examination in a complex of subjects and with a defence of a diploma thesis. The graduate receives the degree of "engineer," abbreviated as Ing. The students can combine individual subjects they take, and together with their thesis they can form their own specialist profile. In spite of their liberal character the studies guarantee education prescribed by the general faculty profile.
CULS has directed the evaluation of the extent of its courses to ECTS (the European Credit Transfer System) which makes it possible for the students - namely within the ERASMUS Programme - to have their studies (examinations and diplomas) accredited by other universities. Besides the engineering (Ing.) and bachelor degree (Bc.) courses in the ordinary (on-campus) or part-time (distance) forms of study, the university organises a variety of courses and training sessions, including the training of secondary (agricultural) schoolteachers.
After the engineering (Ing.) studies the university offers postgraduate (doctoral) study courses in the accredited fields which take three years in the ordinary form and five years in the distance form of studies. Such studies require passing rigorous examinations and a defence of a doctoral dissertation after which the graduate acquires a PhD. degree.
Science and Research
CULS research activities are an integral part of its main goal. Their scientific orientation is directed mainly on the level of faculties and departments. They deal with theoretical and applied research problems, particularly in agricultural economics and enterprise management, new technologies in agricultural and forestry primary production and the processing of agricultural and forestry products. The research is also focused on the problems of the protection and use of soil, water management, landscape architecture, rational use of farm machinery, and energy management in agriculture. Generally, emphasis is put on a greater role of biotechnology methods in the research and on its ecological orientation.
Finance management is an important aspect of such research activities and the necessary funds are received mostly from external sources from a variety of grant agencies in the Czech Republic and abroad. Doctoral studies are also in the focus of the university research activities because they have an impact on the scope and quality of research work. The extent and quality of publication activities gives evidence of the value of the research activities. Internationally acknowledged criteria have been introduced and publications are valued according to the impact factor and Science Citation Index
Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering (formerly Mechanisation Faculty) was established as part of the University of Agriculture in 1952. Originally, the faculty's objective was to educate engineers for mechanisation in agriculture as well as for machinery and tractor stations, for heavy machinery centres, etc.
Currently, the faculty educates graduates for the whole of the agri-food sector, for road automobile transport, for waste management technologies, for trade and business involving machinery and also for the field of technology and equipment of building sites. Five Bc. degree programmes and five MSc. degree programmes of the same name have been accredited at the Faculty of Engineering:
Agricultural Engineering with a specialisation in:
• designing and machinery management control
• machinery and equipment service and renewal
Road and City Automobile Transport
Technology and Equipment for Waste Management
Technology and Equipment for Building Construction
Trade and Business Dealing with Machinery
Information and Control Technology in Agri-food Complex
Technology and Environmental Engineering
All these courses (except for the last one) are available also in the combined (distance) form of study. The first four study programmes are focused on the graduate's future work in the field of machinery investment policy where he/she designs and completes new production lines and systems, provides modernization of the production equipment, follows and provides efficient investment into machinery and its operational quality, organises and controls work of mobile production equipment and designs and controls technical maintenance and diagnostics.
A graduate of the engineering and economics orientation (Trade and Business Dealing with Machinery) is prepared for trade and business activities involving machinery and equipment including advisory services. This is why the course includes a substantial share of subjects of economic character, with the view of the graduate's future work as a potential dealer or businessman.
Doctoral study programme - graduates of the engineering courses can continue in the full-time or part-time form of postgraduate studies in the following accredited fields:
- Technology of Production Processes
- Machinery and Mechanisation in Agriculture
- Power Engineering
- Quality and Dependability of Machinery and Equipment
- Marketing and Management of Machinery and Production Systems
All studies are based on agricultural sciences, engineering and economic disciplines. Most courses at TF include practical and/or theoretical elements, and project theses are often based on experimental work. In this way, the graduates are provided with up-to-date knowledge and a professional orientation to job conditions in the Czech Republic and abroad.
System of Studies
The Faculty of Engineering provides a complete university education, organises Ph.D. studies and various forms of life-long education and holds procedures leading to the postdoctoral university teaching qualification and proposals of new professorial appointments.
The studies at the faculty are divided into three levels in accordance with the Bologna Conference principles of the EU universities' representatives in June 1999. In the course of studies, the students can complete bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees of studies.
The degree system of studies enables mutual transferability of the students and graduates concerned in education among universities and the years of studies. In each of the degrees, the students complete a complex phase of education and they can leave to enter a profession or proceed to a higher degree of education at their home university or at another host university in our country or abroad. Even with work experience gained from the years out of the university they can again actively enter the education process at any time.
Bachelor degree studies cover the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of studies. During the 1st and 2nd years of studies the students mostly complete compulsory subjects; in the 3rd year of study several subjects are optional according to the student´s interests. In the case of interest of the student in bachelor degree studies, he/she can complete the studies by a state bachelor examination during which the students take the examinations and defend a bachelor thesis before an examination panel. After passing the state bachelor examination, the students attend a festive graduation ceremony conferring upon them the degree of Bachelor that can be stated before the name, and abbreviated Bc. After completing the Bachelor degree studies, the students can proceed to master degree studies or they can leave to enter a job.
Master degree studies continue in the 4th and 5th years of study. The curricula contain about 60% compulsory subjects determined by the given study programme. Other subjects are chosen according to the interest of the students. The topics of the theses and the selection of optional subject blocks are the basis for the creation of the study specialisation. Optional subjects enable the students to gain a larger spectrum of education or detailed specialisation. At the beginning of the 4 th year, the students start to prepare both theoretical and practical materials for their theses that are defended as part of the state final examination at the end of the studies. The Master degree studies are completed by passing the state final examination and by the defence of the thesis before the examination panel. The degrees of Ing. and Master university diploma are conferred upon the graduates.
Ph.D. studies follow after the completion of the Master degree studies and they last for three years. They allow scientific research to the Master degree holders with an excellent standing. Within the Ph.D. studies, the students take demanding specialist examinations, a final rigorous Ph.D. examination and they defend their scientific dissertation. The degrees of Ph.D. and doctoral university diploma are conferred upon them.
The Department of Mathematics
Teaching mathematics and its application in technical fields, application of software systems in technical calculations.
The Department of Physics
Teaching physics, biophysics, agricultural materials and technical measurement. Physical methods of determining properties of biological materials, construction of required models.
The Department of Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering
Classical mechanics of rigid and supple bodies, parts of machines, thermomechanics, hydromechanics, and their application in agriculture. Use of secondary and renewable sources of energy, tractor stability problems, tribological properties of agrobiological materials, protection of machine parts against excessive shock, vibration, etc.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
Basics of electrical engineering, automated and control technologies, robots and manipulators in the agri-food sector, technical cybernetics, electric engines. Regulation of electric drives, rational use of electric energy, electronic and measuring equipment, application of regulation, control and computer technologies in power engineering and automation.
The Department of Materials and Engineering Technology
Materials, construction materials, engineering technologies. Cutting tool service life optimisation, evaluation of construction materials and surface protection against corrosion as applied to parts of farm machines.
The Department od Vehicles and Ground Transport
Combustion engines, carriage mechanisms, transport properties of vehicles and machines in agriculture, forestry, building industry and in automobile transport, transport engineering, power devices. Ecological effects of combustion engines, construction of transmission mechanisms and chassis, driving properties of vehicles, alternative fuels and lubricants, damage to soil by mobile machinery.
The Department of Farm Machinery
Farm machines, technology in crop husbandry, crop protection mechanisation, mechanisation in horticulture and minor mechanisation. Conservatory and energy-saving technologies of soil tillage, optimal features of planting machines, flax harvesters, analysis of mechanical damage to grains during harvesting and drying and its effect on biological quality, cutting and hydraulic mechanisms, precision farming.
The Department of Technological Equipment of Buildings
Mechanisation of animal husbandry, food production technology, food production lines, storage and transport technology and agricultural products processing technologies. Environmental technology in farm animal housing facilities, food production lines equipment, storage and treatment of farm products. Designing and operational activities of enterprises dealing with waste management. Use of waste materials as secondary raw materials, biogenic waste, sources of energy. Mechanical line technologies for waste processing.
The Department of Machinery Application
Designing and control of technological processes and operation of mobile machines in agriculture and related fields, waste management technologies. Technological problems of crop production, use of mobile machines in agriculture and building industry, reuse of waste material from agricultural and forestry production, computer technology application, entrepreneurial ideas in agriculture.
The Department of Machine Quality and Dependability
Quality and reliability of machines, maintenance and repair technology, operational reliability, technical diagnostics, motor vehicle diagnostics, logistics. Machine care quality control, maintenance and renovation management, machinery service designing. Optimisation of services and operational activities including renovation of equipment for diagnostics and assessment of technical objects, assessment of preventive maintenance and optimisation of the complex quality system.
Central Experimental Workshops and Computer Application Laboratory are available for the teaching and research work at the faculty.
Prosperity of Graduates in Practical Life
Graduates from the faculty can find wide opportunities of work in various spheres of enterprise and the public sector. Long-term polls show practically 100% employment of the graduates from the university.
Science and Research
TF research activities are an integral part of its main goal. Their scientific orientation is directed mainly on the level of departments. The faculty is involved in internal and external grant projects concerned with both basic and applied research. Czech Grant Agency projects deal with energy systems, technical measurements, with the relationship between agriculture and the environment, with food storage technologies and processing, with the technology and soil relationship and environmental pollution. Technical study programmes are dealt with within the project of the University Development Fund. Ph.D. students and talented students also take part in these projects. Verified research results are published and presented at scientific conferences and introduced into the teaching process, into practical use and into advisory service. Research results are also used to improve the quality of lecturing, to create a database for educational purposes and for research and advisory service. Students, Ph.D. students and young researchers are involved in the projects under systematic supervision of senior staff. Publication and presentation of research results at scientific conferences and seminars is an integral part of the research work.
Doctoral studies are in the focus of faculty research activities because they have an impact on the scope and quality of research work. The extent and quality of publication activities gives evidence of the value of the research activities.
Research co-operation with partners abroad has been expanding substantially over the recent years. The faculty participates in international research projects, and other joint projects are organised together with university partners from Europe and overseas. International co-operation is organised with the view of the requirements of the Czech Republic membership in the EU.
The development of the fields of science at CULS Prague must correspond with the development of agriculture, forestry and environmental protection. Such research and development is not provided merely through the university's own basic and applied research but also in co-operation with other R&D institutions. Successful results are achieved through the following measures:
- the establishment of material and personnel background in proportion to other activities (lecturing and advisory), or in relationship with the development of the relevant field that is inevitable for the development of consequent fields,
- the use of state-of-the-art plants and the long-term research monitoring establishments (college farms, research stations),
- the organisation of research opportunities allowing for taking part in the state grant policy and similar sponsoring professional or social institutions,
- taking part in the internal CULS grant agency, particularly for the development of the fields not preferred by external grant agencies, which are nevertheless necessary for the training of specialists,
- the support of applications for foreign research grants within the international programmes of the EU: COST, COPERNICUS, PHARE, PHARETEMPUS, SOCRATES, LEONARDO DA VINCI, etc.
- the support and motivation of R&D activities through
- the support of professorial habilitations of talented lecturers
- the invitations of external experts to co-operate, to the evaluation of R&D activities and to their publication, to scientific conferences, seminars, etc.