University of West Hungary, Faculty of Wood Sciencesprint
Forestry and wood industry were added to the teaching of mining and metallurgy within a few years. Wood products were needed not only for mining and metallurgy but also for new products and wooden structures. Woodworking became an important industry. The physical and mechanical characteristics of wood and wood processing gained importance in the teaching of forest utilisation. In 1923, a separate Department of Wood Technology was established. The training of wood industry engineers started in 1957, and the Faculty of Wood Industry became independent in 1962.
Today, the faculty’s education covers three main areas – engineering, information science, and applied arts – with over 1,000 students. The wood industry program is the only one in the country. Students complete projects involving planning, design, technology and sales. They gain complex technical and business skills to use in the wood industry. The Industrial Design Engineering course combines engineering and technical skills with the artistic aspects of product design. This program focuses on wood, paper and packaging design. Students in the Polymer Technology program learn about pulp and papermaking, packaging and typography. One of Hungary’s first Business Information System Management courses started in 2002, in cooperation with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Individual projects are key parts of the students’ training. Starting from the 5th semester, they participate in university and industrial projects to prepare for the diverse practical tasks they are likely to encounter. Program development, web-systems, information infrastructure management, network application and business intelligence systems are key areas of education. (http://www.uniwest.hu/index.php/2370/?&L=4)