OCTOBER: THE MINING Academy at Banská Štiav-nica, the first university of mining and one of the oldest technical universities in the world, marked its 250th anniversary. The celebrations culminated on October 12 when representatives of universities from Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, all considering themselves successors of the Mining Academy’s tradition, gathered in Banská Štiavnica, the SITA newswire reported. The launch of the Mining Academy ranks among the most important moments in the history of Banská Štiavnica, a town with a long history of mining of silver and other precious metals. Queen Maria Theresa established the school by decree in 1762. In 1919, after Hungary split, the school moved to the Hungarian town of Sopron. But to this day several universities in central Europe acknowledge its traditions. In 2001 six faculties of universities in Miškovec, Sopron, Košice, Zvolen, Ostrava and Leoben signed a declaration of continuation of the intellectual heritage of the academy. Five more faculties joined in 2009.
17. Dec 2012 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská