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Building the research potential UWM

The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (UWM) was created in 1999 through the merging of three separate institutions: the Academy of Agriculture and Technology, the Pedagogical Institute and the Warmia Institute of Theology. A centre of education and research, it serves an important role in the region. Around 500 million zlotys is spent in Olsztyn every year by its employees and students. With over 4000 employees, it is the region's largest employer. Finally, it contributes to Olsztyn's culture by organizing exhibitions, concerts and conferences, and is home to a choir, theatre, musical groups and region's largest library.

Figures attest that since its foundation, the university has expanded rapidly to become the largest academic institution in north-eastern Poland. In its first year, UWM had twelve faculties, and now the number has increased to sixteen. Since 1999 the number of students has grown from 24,500 to 35,000, which in turn led to the increase in the number of employees from 3,000 to 4000. Finally, UWM now offers studies in 49 fields compared to 32 at its beginning.

Besides educating students, UWM scientists conduct research, the results of which are implemented in various areas of the economy: dairy, agriculture and food, manufacturing and energy. A range of interdisciplinary interdepartmental research centres operate here solving complex technological problems in the economy. However UWM cannot fully utilize its huge potential due to insufficient investment in research laboratories. As a result, the university scientists have difficulties in conducting research and educating as well as widening international cooperation. Thus, the university prepared two projects and applied for EU funding from the Development of Eastern Poland Operational Program 2007-2013, created to abolish barriers between the European Union and five under-developed regions in eastern Poland.

Bio-Project

The premise of the first project "Development, Modernization and Furnishing of a Laboratory Complex for Education-research Technology, Food Quality and Health Safety", also called the Bio-Project, is the renovation, extension or construction of five buildings, with a total cost of 28 million euros. Fifty-six percent of the total sum covers the cost of specialized and standard equipment and forty percent for construction work.

The Extension, Renovation and Furnishing of the Research-Education Centre for Dairy Technology, cost 7.5 million euros

The university plans to extend and renovate the Research-Education Centre for Dairy Technology and furnish it with state-of-the-art equipment. The centre will have an area of 8148 m2 and will be used by 4000 students throughout the year. The project will facilitate the improvement of teaching-research at both the Research-Education Centre for Dairy Technology and the WAMADAIREC Centre of Excellence in Dairy Technology at the Faculty of Food Sciences.

The Extension, Modernization and Furnishing of the Centre for Food Safety and Quality Control Food and Veterinarian Preventive Medicine, cost 5.9 million euros

The Extension, Modernization and Furnishing of the Assessment Centre for Products of Originating from Animals, cost 5.3 million euros

The second component will consist of the modernization of three Veterinarian Faculty buildings and the construction of one new building. The faculty will have an additional area of 475.8 m2 for modern biological-chemical laboratories and also 832.4 m2 for modern animal laboratories, and 1200 students will have 700 m2 of classroom space.

For the third component, buildings belonging to the Faculty of Animal Bioengineering and Bałcyny Experimental Station will be extended and modernized to become a specialist educational-research centre. These facilities will have six modern laboratories with specialist educational-research equipment. In total the university will gain an additional 3400 m2 of new buildings and 2400 m2 of laboratory space to be used by 1400 students.

The Modernization of Buildings and Provision of Equipment at the Diagnostic Molecular Laboratories, cost 3.3 million euros.

A five-year old building belonging to the Faculty of Biology will be totally modernized to house diagnostic molecular laboratories for science-education needs in the fields of biology and biotechnology. Thanks to this project the faculty will have an extra 1262 m2 of laboratory space and 6000 m2 for parking, roads and landscaping.

The Construction and Furnishing of the Centre for Aquaculture and Ecological Engineering; cost: 6.5 million euros.

The Centre for Aquaculture and Ecological Engineering will function as part of the Faculty of Environmental Protection and Fisheries. The faculty is currently participating in thirty-nine scientific projects and cooperates on a regular basis with twelve research institutes from abroad. The Centre for Aquaculture and Ecological Engineering, with 2500 m2, will be home to numerous laboratories:

  1. technological water purification
  2. technological sewage treatment
  3. technological sewage sludge treatment
  4. analytical
  5. water parasitology and toxicology
  6. biology and reproduction of fish
  7. molecular genetics
  8. aquaculture of aquatic organisms
  9. microscopy

Techno-Project

The second project "Improving Infrastructure and Equipping Technical and Computer Laboratories", costing 21 million euros, will consist of the complete modernization of the educational-research base for technical and computer sciences through the upgrading of the technical infrastructure and equipment in specialist laboratories. Also called Techno-Project, it will be composed of two components.

The Construction and Furnishing of the Regional Computer Centre

The first task of this project is the construction of the Regional Computer Centre. This structure, with 7900 m2, will contain specialist laboratories to be used for research-education in multimedia technology, programming languages, computer systems and artificial intelligence-robotics; in addition, there will also be auditoriums, lecture halls, laboratories and offices. The building will also hold the Centre for the Management and Operation of the Olsztyn Municipal Computer System and the regional office of the Pionier Polish Optical Internet System.

The Extension, Modernization and Furnishing of Buildings for the Teaching and Research of Technical Sciences

The second component refers to extending, modernizing and providing modern research-education equipment for the Faculty of Technical Sciences. First, three new educational-research buildings will be built on the university campus in Olsztyn. One task will be to construct a three storey building, of 2700 m2, for mechatronics and energetics with laboratories which do not affect the environment and the work of other laboratories in any way. The second building will be used for teaching and research in particular for the Department of Nanotechnology and the Department of Vehicle and Machinery Utilization. The third building of 2700 m2 will be used by the Faculty of Civil Engineering and will house classrooms, offices, computer labs and also various laboratories:

  1. strength of materials and structural mechanics
  2. geotechnics and foundation engineering
  3. civil and aquatic engineering
  4. building structures
  5. materials technology
  6. technology of building composites.

Finally, a fourth building, which houses the Centre for Baltic Studies, part of the UWM branch located in Ełk, will be modernized.

The main goal of these two projects is to improve the quality of teaching and widen the scope of research in technology, and in food quality and safety. Furthermore, the implementation of these projects will help the UWM to adapt to European teaching standards in the fields of technology and computer sciences and enrich its educational-research program. Finally, the university will be able to expand its role in the future development of Olsztyn.

Projekt: Biuro Projektu BIO i TECHNO