On Monday, September 18, 2017 the ceremonial opening of the academic year 2017/2018 took place in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice with more than 7 000 enrolled students, from which 2 350 first-year students will start their studies on BA or MA level, or in a joint 1st and 2nd degree study program.
The main priority of the university is to provide high-level education so that the students’ study is based on the high-quality scientific research of the professionally-educated teachers, who transfer the knowledge gained from their own scientific research into the teaching process. The employees of the university and its departments do their best to ensure that students meet state-of-the-art experimental instruments and equipment, the latest information and communication technologies, as well as innovative training methods that can be used in practice during their educational process.
In the new academic year the main priorities in the field of education are: to support the internationalization of studies in order to intensify the communication of students and teachers with foreign institutions, to support innovative student projects and scientific research objectives and to ensure a consistent implementation of the internal system of the quality of education based on “ESG 2015”.
It is important to point out that the preparation of the accreditation documents of the study program Pharmacy has been finalised. It will be a joint study program with the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice with joint 1st and 2nd degree.
The opening ceremony of the new academic year included the introduction of the new professors, doctors of science, associate professors and the new holders of the IIa scientific qualification level. Additionally, the Rector of the university awarded the Rector's Award for a significant contribution of teachers and scientific staff of the university to the field of science and research.
The Rector’s Award for PhD students for a significant contribution to science and research was awarded for the first time on the ceremonial opening as well as the Rector’s Award for a major media action for individuals and collectives for positively propagating the university in the field of media.
A significant change in the structure of the university is caused by the establishment of the Technology and Innovation Park (TIP-UPJŠ), which will function as a research centre of the university and will be a specialised workplace in the direct management of the Rector, which performs interdisciplinary research in selected fields of science, or cross-scientific research in several fields.
“Our ambition is to be a research university which combines quality basic and applied research. That is why we have come to the most serious decision to complete the ‘moving up triangle’, which consists of three basic pillars: education, science and transfer of science into practice by establishing the TIP-UPJŠ. The TIP-UPJŠ will be a centre of scientific and technological research at the university in the fields of biomedicine, biotechnologies, computer science, information technologies and progressive materials. I am convinced that it is good news for the city and for the Košice region that the universities of Košice and the institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences have never worked so closely before for the common strategic objective to introduce Košice as a Science City, the basis of which could be a significant investment project in the Košice technological park on our campus at Trieda SNP and Medická street, which would provide space for innovation and transfer in connection with the IT Valley members in the attractive Nano-Bio-Info field” – said the Rector.
The Rector of the university also greeted the first-year students and wished them success in their studies at one of the best universities in Slovakia, which offers not only high-level education but also opportunities for meaningful leisure activities in the field of culture, sports and art. Additionally, he wished all members of the university community solid health and many ideas in their studies, scientific work and pedagogical activities.
The opening of two exhibitions in the Botanical Garden of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice – Penguins in an extended reality and the Antarctica 2017 photo exhibition – was an accompanying event of the opening ceremony of the academic year 2017/2018.