The history of the present University of Sopron goes back several centuries. It is now a university with four faculties after a long development process of its legal predecessors with a great past:
- The year of establishment (Selmecbánya, 1735)
- Hungarian Royal Mining and Forestry Academy, Hungarian Royal Mining and Forestry College in Selmecbánya (1867-1918)
- Moving the university to Sopron. Organisational changes (1919-1950)
- University of Forestry and Wood Sciences (1952-1996)
- University of Sopron (1996-2000)
- University of West Hungary (2000-2017)
- University of Sopron (2017- )
The Simonyi Karoly Faculty of Engineering, Wood Sciences and Applied Arts (SKF for short) has a special place within Hungarian higher education. In addition to the nationally unique wood-related higher education that is offered by SKF and our other technical programs, the applied arts education started in the 1990’s, and the even newer IT training are also important. These three areas – technical sciences, information technology and arts – do not merely co-exist, but complement each other to allow the training of versatile and competent professionals.
Wood sciences are very important at SKF, as the faculty itself was grounded in 1962 under the name of Faculty of Wood Sciences. Our education and research experience of over 50 years guarantees that our students get the best and highest quality training in this field. Throughout the years, our education has been continually updated and adapted to the needs of the industry and to the new challenges, to provide state-of-the-art knowledge to our students.
In addition to wood, all other programs provide excellent training as well. The reputation of our arts education attracts students from all around the country, so they can participate in the high quality training in Sopron. Our information technology program generates mostly regional interest, but our graduates have their pick of well-paid jobs in Hungary or abroad.
In addition to education, SKF is the only wood research institution in Hungary. The many research assignments from the Hungarian wood industries demonstrate the reputation of our research and innovation. We have also received many Hungarian and international research grants. Research in light industry, information technology and arts has an increasing role. These projects are often related to wood. Our new state-of-the art research facility, the Natural Resources Research Centre includes some 80 laboratories covering a wide range of research topics from wood and paper manufacturing through energetics, robotics, polymer technology, all the way to nanotechnology, and much more. In addition to our pioneering research and innovation, our accredited laboratories offer a range of standardised testing services.
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