50th Anniversary of the Faculty

Faculty of Cybernetics - the largest faculty at the Military University of Technology surely has cause for celebration. The high science and didactic position of the Faculty was, practically from the moment of its inception, i.e. 1968, a result of focusing study programmes and laboratory infrastructure on combat situation simulators, training simulators for command and staff, military computer networks, combat action visualisation, and military command computer support systems. So far, the Faculty produced around 8 thousand graduates, including 120 foreigners. Some of them were or are working at management positions in the Ministry of National Defence and in the national economy.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary on 15th June, the Faculty of Cybernetics held a scientific conference entitled “Complementarity of Computer and Social Sciences” and a formal Jubilee Session participated by distinguished guests, employees, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, and a large number of Faculty graduates.

During the conference, academic teachers presented main trends in research works conducted in recent years. They discussed such topics as: models, methods, and tools to support decisions in complex computer systems, ICT system security, high-capacity computing technologies, and ICT technologies and social science development. Furthermore, research results and their applications were presented. Undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students also showcased their research works during a separate panel.

The Jubilee Session was initiated by a report by the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Cybernetics, Lt.Col. Mariusz Chmielewski, Ph.D. Eng. to the Vice-Rector for Education, Zdzisław Bogdanowicz, Ph.D. Eng. After the National Anthem, the Dean took the stand. Prof. Kazimierz Worwa, Ph.D. Eng. spoke about the 50 year history of the Faculty and its mission which is “educating versatile and creative specialists for the needs of the Polish Armed Forces, including the Computer Science Inspectorate of the Ministry of National Defence and the National Cryptography Centre, a knowledge-based economy and an information society. To conduct high quality scientific research and R&D in the scope of IT, cryptography, mathematics, management and national security that will contribute to the development of science, military technology, and security technology, as well as the national economy, in particular in the area of cryptography and counteracting cyberspace threats. The Faculty prepares future engineers and managers by providing knowledge, creating skills, and refining social competences at the highest level, engraining the principles of engineering ethics, at the same time teaching patriotism and national responsibility in accordance with the motto "Omnia Pro Patria". The Faculty provides educational services for the entire University in the scope of IT, mathematics, social sciences, management, and security in all fields of study available at the MUT.”

The Dean referred to the most immediate tasks for the Faculty, aimed at maintaining and improving its condition, regardless of the changes that will be a consequence of the new “Higher Education and Science Law”. “We need to undertake a number of actions which include modernising our programmes, including curricula in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered, improve the Faculty’s scientific category, prepare a development strategy for the new period until 2030, increase the effectiveness of applying for subsidies for scientific-research projects from external sources, intensify didactic cooperation with foreign entities - highly scored in the scientific category of the unit - for this purpose, we need to expand the education offer in English, expand the postgraduate study and specialised courses and make them more attractive, develop the didactic infrastructure, including in particular, the laboratory base of the Faculty. We have already begun construction of the new four storey didactic building for the Faculty of Cybernetics located on the MUT campus” prof. Worwa listed.

The Faculty of Cybernetics is the largest faculty at the Military University of Technology. It educates the largest numbers of students and hires the most academic teachers - 176. Within the five fields of study, the Faculty currently educates almost 2000 students in first-cycle and second-cycle studies, both full-time and part-time, including 294 military personnel. Furthermore, the Faculty hosts 108 doctoral students. A confirmation of the high quality of education in all the fields of study pursued by the Faculty, are the high grades thereof awarded by the Polish Accreditation Committee and the Accreditation Commission of Universities of Technology. The Faculty of Cybernetics actively cooperates with national and foreign academic and scientific institutions and participates in domestic and international exchanges of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, and academic teachers. The Faculty also conducts scientific and research as well as project and implementation works. In the last 5 years, Faculty employees took part in ca. 140 projects financed from the NCN, NCBR, national and local government funds, as well as from own funds. The Faculty’s scientific teams closely cooperate with domestic and foreign scientific institutions.

The best proof of the Faculty’s achievements are its graduates. “Our graduates are or were undersecretaries of state in Polish ministries, department directors, presidents of management boards in State Treasury entities and other companies. Around a dozen of the Faculty’s graduate received a general’s star. Another dozen received academic titles of professor. Many others were successful business owners” - said prof. Worwa. It was the Faculty’s graduates themselves - Chairman of the MUT Hungarian Master Degree Holders Association, Col. Janos Balogh and the Rector of the Higher School of Information Technologies in Warsaw, prof. Marek Cieciura, who delivered speeches to commemorate the jubilee.

The success of the Faculty of Cybernetics is also the success of the young adepts of science and students. There are practically no prestige contests for young programmers where they would not be scored at or near the top. This year for example, they won: 31st TIDE Sprint – a working meeting of NATO technologists, or the 16th Microsoft Imagine Cup national finals.

On behalf of the MUT Commandant-Rector, Gen. Tadeusz Szczurek, Ph.D. Eng. and university authorities, best wishes of continued development and further success were extended to the Faculty representatives by the Vice-Rector for Education, Zdzisław Bogdanowicz, Ph.D. Eng., who also presented them with a commemorative statuette. The guests present at the ceremony, including MUT faculty deans, presented prof. Worwa with letters of congratulation and extended their best wishes.

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Cybernetics, upon the motion of the Chapter, the Dean awarded 31 employees with the “Distinguished Service for the Faculty of Cybernetics of the Military University of Technology” medal.

The Ceremonial Jubilee Session at the MUT Club was concluded by a performance of the Polish Army Central Artistic Ensemble Choir, after which the guests had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the achievements of Faculty employees and students during a special exhibition.

The celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Faculty were accompanied by a multitude of special endeavours, events, publications, including a 3-volume, detailed history the Faculty describing its various accomplishments. The celebrations included a total of 6 academic conferences, with the “Complementarity of Computer and Social Sciences” conference being the fourth edition so far.