History of UNIZA

The history of the University of Žilina (UNIZA) began on 1 September 1953 when the University of Railway Transport was founded by separating from the Czech Technical University in Prague. It had 5 faculties: transport, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and military. In 1959 the University of Railway Transport was renamed and the University of Transport was established in Prague. On 6 September 1960 it was moved from Prague to Žilina. After moving to Žilina the University of Transport had the Faculty of Operation, Economics and Transport, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Military Faculty. In 1980 it was renamed again as the University of Transport and Communications in Žilina. As a result of the previous development and fulfilment of efforts towards the universalisation of study, new faculties were created from existing institutions, departments and faculties after the year 1989. During this period the following independent faculties were constituted: the Faculty of Management Science and Informatics, the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. In 1996 the name of the University of Transport and Communications was changed to the University of Žilina in accordance with Act No. 324/1996 Coll. In the years from 1996 to 1997 two faculties were founded at the University of Žilina – the Faculty of Industrial Technologies and the Catechetical-pedagogical Faculty of St. Andrew on the basis of which two new Slovak universities were established. The Military Faculty was renamed the Faculty of Special Engineering, which began its transformation into a civil faculty delineated into educational sector in 2001. The Faculty of Science was established in 1998. It was established with an intention to broaden the profile of the University of Žilina and to strengthen education in mathematics, natural sciences, humanities and arts. Due to its profile increasingly oriented towards the humanities and social sciences it was renamed the Faculty of Humanities in 2010.

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