THE SLOVAK University of Technology (STU) in Bratislava placed 101st-150th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in computer science for 2012. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is commonly known as the Shanghai Ranking.
“I perceive this as acknowledgement of the scientific work of students and teachers in subjects of mathematics and physics, computer sciences as well as other spheres,” STU rector Robert Redhammer said in mid September, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Redhammer highlighted that credit for this success goes to the team of Radko Mesiar from the Department of Mathematics and Constructive Geometry at the Faculty of Civil Engineering active in discrete mathematics, as well as other scientific teams at STU.
Based on the SciVal Spotlight analysis, other strengths of STU are chemistry and computer science. Along with physics these make up over 65 percent of all scientific production at STU. According to the world database of scientific information, STU has published 133 articles in the field of T-norms (triangular norms) out of about 1,600 articles in renowned periodicals in the last five years, constituting 7 percent.
“The above-mentioned results are proof that Slovakia has world-quality research,” said Redhammer. “However, there are problems with its practical usage. Our goal is to create, along with Comenius University, the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the city of Bratislava, a scientific university park called Science City Bratislava. In this park, research, education and practical application will [converge].”
STU was launched in 1937. Currently it has seven faculties and with 17,300 students it is one of the biggest universities in Slovakia. The most popular programme at STU is informatics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.