History of TUKE
The Technical University of Košice was founded in 1952, but its roots must be sought much deeper in the past. As early as 1657 the Universitas Cassoviensis was established in Košice, but technical education in Slovakia was only elevated to higher – education level in 1762, when the Austro-Hungarian monarch Maria Theresa established the Mining Academy in Banská Štiavnica. This provided education and promoted research activity in a group of scientific disciplines ranging from ore mining through to production and processing of metal materials.
The origins of higher technical education in Košice reach back to 1937, when the M.R.Štefánik State Technical College was established in the city. Teaching was supposed to start in the academic year 1938/39, but the pre-war events following the Vienna Arbitration caused the college to be moved first to Prešov, then to Martin and finally to Bratislava, where it remained and later formed the basis for the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava.
The true birth of the Košice Technical College came on 8th July 1952, when the Czechoslovak Government issued Directive No.30/1952 Statutes setting up three faculties, namely the Faculties of Heavy Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy. These were joined in 1969 by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and in 1978 by the Faculty of Civil Engineering.
The important event of the renaming of the College into the Technical University of Košice occurred on 13th February 1991. In 1992 the Faculty of Professional Studies was set up in Prešov, which was transformed in 1996 into today’s Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies.
The year 1992 also saw the introduction of the Faculty of Economics, which meant that the University outgrew its original framework of purely technical disciplines, and it continued in this trend in 1998 with the founding of the present-day Faculty of Arts.
The Faculty of Aeronautics of the Technical University of Košice was established on 1st January 2005 as a successor of the Air Force Academy of Milan Rastislav Štefánik in Košice, which has been a prestigious educational institution in Europe and in the world providing university education for pilots and air operating personnel for over 30 years.
The Technical University of Košice will be
- a leading university of technology on a national basis and
- a respected university of technology on the international scale,
- having a strong degree of autonomy,
- sufficiently diversified financial resources,
- available for a wide range of applicants,
- developing scientific knowledge based on its own original findings,
- providing excellent education on all three levels of tertiary education, as well as
- lifelong education,
- meeting the expected needs of industries, region and society by its research,
- substantially involved in providing services to general public.
TUKE will provide its environment with scientific and technological knowledge basis, innovation and workforce, in order to form beneficial and sustainable future and high quality of life. This will be achieved at TUKE by innovative research and excellent education in all scientific branches of respective University Faculties.
People must always come first.
Relationships are based on sincerity and trust.
Diversity of people and ideas should be respected.
Creativity should be preferred to memorising.
Excellence should be reached by teamwork and strong work ethics.
Effectiveness should be reached by wise use of human and financial resources.
Communication and student presentations should be emphasized in the educational process.
Social and human context of science, technology and art should be perceived in every activity.
Global chances for students should be ensured by high quality education, so that our students are prepared to work in international teams, using modern electronic communication technologies.
The number of students currently attending nine TUKE faculties is 10 643. Out of this number there are 8 728 full-time students (5 293 Bachelor students, 3 435 Master students and 672 Postgraduate students). More than 700 professors, associate and assistant profesors work here, and the same number of research and administrative staff.
TUKE caters for a wide range of educational needs not only in the East-Slovak region, but throughout Slovakia and Central Europe, as in many specializations it is the only centre of education and research in this area. TUKE closely co-operates with other universities and with industrial organizations throughout the region and the Slovak Republic.