The Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering (Faculty of Mining until 2002) is the oldest faculty of the university. It was the only faculty when the university was established by Józef Piłsudski in 1919. Until the 1950s, the history of the faculty was the history of the university.
The mission of the faculty is to educate engineers and conduct research at the highest level in line with the current and future needs of the economy and the challenges of a modern civilization.
The faculty is a large and interdisciplinary unit. It educates students and conducts scientific research in four disciplines: mining and engineering geology, environmental engineering, civil engineering, and production engineering.
The versatility of the faculty is also manifested in research activity which not entirely typical of the faculty profile – faculty scientists have for many years been taking part in the revalorization and protection of the underground infrastructure of historic towns such as Sandomierz and Kłodzko. In the 1990s, this activity became the basis for a new field of study – Civil Engineering. Education in this field won the first prize in the Ranking of Universities “Perspektywy 2014” (2015 – II place).
The faculty collaborates with many Polish and international universities, particularly in the areas of national and international education programs and the exchange of academic staff, international research projects, as well as the transfer of technologies and patent activity.
A strength of the faculty is a close bond with industry, which is related to conducting scientific research commissioned by various institutions and companies, as well as the organization of student practical trainings and internships in the areas connected with particular fields of study.
At the Faculty are seven student scientific groups, which undertake a number of interesting initiatives, among others, organization of training courses, workshops, conferences and research trips.
Faculty students, depending on the chosen field of study and specialization, are prepared to work in mining companies, especially underground and open pit mines, departments of industrial plants dealing with environmental protection, public administration, as well as the economic, design and investment departments of companies. They also obtain qualifications which entitle them to apply for builder’s licenses and mining certificates, as well as to hold managerial positions in mining and civil engineering companies. In addition to the offer of education at bachelor, master and doctoral programs of study, the faculty also offers a wide range of postgraduate courses.
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