The Faculty of Environmental and Manufacturing Technology offers technical university education and trains specialists at the tertiary level, equipping them with knowledge and skills relating to forestry machines, operating equipment, energy and vehicle technologies, manufacturing machines and equipment used in timber processing, environmental facilities and manufacturing systems as well as risk management and analysis for engineering, and integrated and project management for industrial processes.
The Faculty’s science and research profile is based around work centring around the Forest – Wood – Environment nexus and stems from the Faculty’s long-term Scheme. Other key elements underpinning FEVT’s scientific research profile are the Faculty’s know-how, staff opportunities and its resource and technical base.
In terms of content, the Faculty’s research activeties relate mainly to developing and assessing the quality of forest and wood-processing machines, improving resource and energy efficiencies (long-term renewables, biomass) and quality management in manufacturing companies.
The Faculty’s development strategy is based on its research and technology development goals in terms of world trends and society’s requirements. The aim is to ensure that all the Faculty’s accredited subjects and specialist disciplines provided by its Departments are developed equally.
The Faculty of Environmental and Manufacturing Technology (FEVT) is the most recent faculty to have been set up at the Technical University in Zvolen (TUZVO). From the outset it was strategically conceived as a unique, specialist faculty, both in terms of its mission and its place within the structure and profile of its parent university, the Technical University in Zvolen. In the academic year 2016/2017 the Faculty celebrated its 20th anniversary. From a purely historical perspective this may not seem like a particularly long period of time, but in terms of human lives, memories and expectations, it is a period in which a whole generation has matured and come of age. The Faculty of Environmental and Manufacturing Technology has also followed a similar trajectory since its inception on 1 September 1996, the day on which the decision to set up the independent Faculty of Environmental and Manufacturing Technology taken by the Academic Senate of the Technical University in Zvolen on 27 March took effect. The idea was to create a faculty that would add to the scope of the University’s other, previously established, faculties, thereby making the Technical University in Zvolen an institution with a comprehensive profile in forest, wood, ecology and the environment. The Faculty’s focus reflects humanity’s need to rectify the growing imbalance between nature and people. The intellectual basis of the Faculty’s profile lies in the need to address the long-term sustainability of human action by monitoring, identifying and minimising the negative impacts manufacturing processes have on people and their working and living environments and on nature as a whole. The Faculty’s primary mission is to build on its main focus in science, research, development and innovation, especially in the education and training of specialists to meet the continually changing needs of the labour market. Its education programme is based on general and individual study, which is achieved through the credit system that is replacing the old rigid courses with more flexible ones.