The Cracow University of Technology (CUT) - Poland

Jerzy Mikosz, Ph.D.

The Cracow University of Technology (CUT) is a government institution directly responsible to the Polish Ministry of National Education and Sport. Annual budget of CUT consists in 53% of government allocation, 25% from Committee for Scientific Research and 22% other sources of income. CUT employs over 2190 staff, including nearly 1230 academic teachers with over 70 title professors. The number of students admitted each year is close to 4500. The total number of students at the CUT is about 17 400. The Environmental Engineering Department (EED), being the direct applicant of this proposal, is one of the seven departments of the CUT. It offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate studies in three study majors: environmental engineering, environmental protection and civil engineering to almost 2500 students.. The Department's research and teaching position is particularly well recognized in the fields of water and wastewater treatment, water supply and sewerage, water engineering and management, and air protection. It employs 241 teachers and researchers including 32 professors and 73 Ph.D. holders. The EED is the Polish leading center for research in integrated biological wastewater treatment and its employees have been consulting the construction, extension and/or renovation the most of major wastewater treatment plants in Southern and Eastern Poland. The EED participated in educational project under TEMPUS program and in research projects under FP5 and FP6. For over 15 years the EED closely cooperates with the KTH on different projects related to advanced wastewater treatment, energy and material recovery from sewage sludge, and integration of urban sanitary systems (see: http://www.lwr.kth.se/forskningsprojekt/Polishproject/index.htm For last two years a new partner, the Lvov Polytechnic from Ukraine, has been participating in this research and teaching cooperation.