Prof. Tatiana Kovacikova



University of Žilina (UNIZA) with its more than sixty-five years of history belongs to one of the leading educational and scientific institutions in Slovakia. With its rich tradition it occupies a significant place among Slovak universities. It has seven faculties (the Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications, the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Faculty of Management Science and Informatics, the Faculty of Security Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities). The university also has the following workplaces: the Institute of High Mountain Biology, the Institute of Physical Education, the Institute of Forensic Research and Education, the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, the Institute of Continuing education and the Institute of Competitiveness and Innovations and the Aviation Training and Education Centre.

At present there are about 8 000 students being educated at seven faculties in 175 accredited study programmes in all forms and degrees of university studies at the University. In its successful existence it has become the alma mater for almost 84 000 graduates, highly skilled professionals specialising mostly in transport and technical fields as well as management, marketing or humanities. With its professional profile it is unique in Slovakia. The profile consists of: transport (road, railway, water, air), transport and postal services, traffic routes, transport and civil engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications, informatics, information and communication technologies, management and marketing, mechanical engineering, materials and technologies, robotics, machinery design, energies, civil engineering, crisis and security management, civil security, fire protection, forensic engineering, applied mathematics, teaching of academic subjects, library and information science, high mountain biology.

Participation in EU Projects and International Activities

In the field of research and innovation (R&I) UNIZA is involved in the solution of nearly 200 national and 65 international scientific projects and organises about 60 scientific and professional events annually. The results of science and research activities of the University have a major influence not only on educational activities, but also on the development of international cooperation or application in practice. Achieving the competitiveness objective of the university was accomplished by a gradual implementation of the state-of-the-art equipment of the university and its laboratories through several projects. 15 scientific research centres and 2 research centres – the University Science Park and the Research Centre were created thanks to these projects. In both centres conditions are created for new business incubators and regional support. Furthermore, as from 1 July 2019, the Department of International Research Projects – ERAdiate+ has been established as a follow up of the succesfully finished FP7 ERA Chair project ERAdiate - Enhancing Research and innovAtion dimension of the University of Zilina in intelligent transport systems. The main objective of ERAdiate+ is to stimulate UNIZA research potential in UNIZA strategic R&I areas including transport and mobility, elevate international competitiveness and increase participation in EU R&I programs.

Cooperation with foreign universities and institutions is crucial for UNIZA. UNIZA has signed bilateral agreements with more than 60 countries worldwide, not only within Europe, but also in America (USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba), Asia (Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan) and Africa (South Africa). UNIZA is a member of international organizations (Magna Charta Universitatum, EARPA, EUA, IGIP, ECTRI, FEHRL) and cooperates with them through its representatives.