New TBU Independent Units
Three new independent units will be launched by Tomas Bata University in Prague, Prostějov and Bzenec in the upcoming academic year 2008/09.
The Faculty of Applied Informatics is going to teach its Bachelor’s programme in Engineering Informatics, degree course in Security Technologies, Systems and Management not only in Zlín, but from September 2008 onwards also in Prague. The tuition will be carried out in cooperation with TRIVIS that associates 7 secondary schools and a tertiary technical school focusing on crime and crisis management. Approximately 30 students are expected to be admitted to the first year of the curriculum taught by TBU in Prague.
A newly built independent unit will be launched in September by the Faculty of Technology in Prostějov, on the premises of the former primary school at the Husovo Square. About 80 students are going to study in the full-time Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Management, degree course in Logistics and Management.
The third town in which a University independent unit will be launched this year is Bzenec. “We will follow the long standing local tradition of canning industry,” said TBU Rector, Prof. Ing. Ignác Hoza, CSc. The Faculty of Technology is going to run a degree programme in Food Chemistry and Technology with degree courses in Technology and Management in Gastronomy and Food Chemistry and Technology with specialization in Canning Technologies. A total of 120 students are expected to study in Bzenec.
At the present time, Tomas Bata University in Zlín has 5 faculties at which approximately 12,000 are expected to study in the upcoming academic year. Besides Zlín, where classes are held in 10 buildings (most of these are owned by the University), the University has a number of independent units. The biggest of these is the independent unit in Brno, where the Faculty of Humanities runs a part-time degree course in Social Pedagogy in cooperation with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. 1,500 students are enrolled on the course.
Several hundreds of students of food-related degree courses study at TBU in Kroměříž, namely on the premises of the Secondary Vocational School and Apprentice Training Centre (degree programme in Food Chemistry and Technology offered by the Faculty of Technology, degree course in Technology and Management in Gastronomy) and Tertiary Technical School of Food Industry and Secondary Technical School of Dairy Industry (Food Chemistry and Technology, specialization in the Technology of Milk and Dairy Products).
TBU has also established long-term cooperation with the Secondary Technical School of Engineering in Vsetín. In 1999 a workplace of the Faculty of Technology was launched there (degree programme in Process Engineering). There are currently about 60 TBU students studying in Vsetín. The Faculty of Applied Informatics extended its activities to Přerov, namely to the premises of the Secondary Technical School where approximately 20 students interested in informatics attend their classes.
Independent units are built in order to improve accessibility to higher education studies for applicants from smaller towns. The University guarantees high quality tuition at these workplaces. Students are allowed to attend the major part of classes at the independent units to which the teachers tend to commute, however, they have to take into account that some of the lectures are held in Zlín only, and that they will have to sit their exams in Zlín as well.