The Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín is one of the youngest universities in Slovak Republic (established in 1997). Despite its short history, the University has an ambition to be a part of European research area, and educational system, and to contribute to development of human wellbeing in all its aspects. The main goals of the university are defined as follows:
The university was from the beginning established as a center of education, which met the requirements of local industry for high quality technical personnel in the area of materials, industrial technologies, and quality management. The University also provides requested research capacities and power for collaboration with local industries, especially chemical, machinery, automotive, glass, and defense. The research areas covered can be defined as follows:
In 2014 the University obtained the certificate on quality control management ISO 9001:2008. The University consists of six organizational units (four faculties, one university department and one research center). The research Centre – Centre of excellence for ceramics, glass, and silicate materials (CEKSiM) is intended to be upgraded to higher level through the proposed teaming project. The details on the University can be found at www.tnuni.sk.
CEKSiM The Centre has been established in 2013 as a joint venture of three Slovak research and educational institutions:
The Centre employs at present 18 researchers and engineers, and apart from research activities provides education at the second (master) and the third (PhD) level of education in the study program Inorganic technology and materials. 8 PhD students studied in the Centre in 2016. The Centre is not a legal entity. The main managing organ of the Centre is the Coordination board, consisting of statutory representatives of the three partner institutions. The Coordination board meets annually and defines the strategic scientific goals of the Centre. The Coordination board appoints the head of the Centre, who is responsible for daily management of the Centre, achieving of strategic goals and reporting to the Coordination board on their regular meetings. The Coordination board and the head of the Centre are advised by the Scientific board. The members of the Scientific board are two leading scientist from each partner institution, and one external member. The Industrial board advises the Scientific board and the head of the Centre in the matters related to industrial research, and helps to pinpoint the research
areas relevant for regional industry.
The main goals of the Centre are as follows:
The strategic goal: Support of excellent research in the area of ceramics, glass, and silicate materials with emphasis on development of required infrastructure and international collaboration.
Implementation of the strategic goal should result in:
The research topics covered in the Centre can be defined as follows:
The details on the Centre can be found at www.ceksim.eu.