Research & Development

Modern infrastructure

To provide its students with modern teaching/learning facilities and its academics with a research base in the areas of priority importance for the economy, UMCS obtained almost PLN 500 million from external sources, including the following Operational Programmes: Development of Eastern Poland, Innovative Economy, Infrastructure and Environment, Regional Operational Programme for Lublin Province, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, and subsidies from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for a large research infrastructure.

The largest investment is the Ecotech-Complex project: Man, Environment, Production valued at ca. PLN 145 million (financed from the Operational Programme Innovative Economy), involving construction of an innovative programming and analytical center for technologically advanced research, implemented by the consortium consisting of universities and research institutions from the Podkarpackie and Lublin provinces. This research giant is equipped inter alia with a magnetic resonance apparatus and has dozens of laboratories with most advanced equipment and best scientists from Lublin and Rzeszów. The Ecotech-Complex research offer includes: BIOL-MED (tissue engineering and hybrid structures, brain examinations, human development and ageing, cancer-related, civilization-related and social diseases); AGRO (plant and landscape protection, agrobiotechnology, non-food use of agricultural products); ECO (ecology, climatic changes, environmental pollution, biodiversity, water, air and soil protection, and alternative energy sources) and FOOD (food security and quality, the effect of the environment on the food chain, food and health, functional and ecological food).

Worth noting are also the imposing modern teaching and research facilities: the Earth Science and Spatial Management Faculty building and the Institute of Computer Science building (both funded by the Operational Programme Development of Eastern Poland with a total value of over PLN 60 million.) The Academic Culture Center “Chatka Żaka” also acquired a new image: for PLN 20 million the Media-Arts Incubator was created there, equipped with modern radio/TV equipment.

Enormous subsidies from EU funds were allocated to the three experimental Faculties: Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, where the existing buildings were thoroughly modernized and the laboratories received specialist research equipment through the provincial funds for infrastructure in higher education institutions and the national funds for supporting innovation. The Faculty of Chemistry obtained the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology participates in the consortium of the National Multidisciplinary Laboratory of Functional Nanomaterials. Subsidies under the Programme Infrastructure and Environment will enable the purchase of advanced testing and measuring equipment for nanotechnology, and the creation of a high-performance research center. All these measures and funds will make it possible to offer new study programmes and specializations crucial for the economy in exact and natural sciences. An example of such positive cooperation based on the new facilities is the Geoinformatics study programme jointly created by the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management and the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science; the Faculties of Chemistry and Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science are planning to soon offer a unique study programme in materials physico-chemistry.

UMCS follows technological progress and the development of information society. The University is currently undergoing extensive informatization and participates in a partnership project with the City of Lublin and other libraries in order to create the Lublin Virtual Library: these undertakings are possible owing to financial support from the Regional Operational Plan. UMCS has also joined the science service platform as part of the nation-wide project PLATON, which enables the University to use innovative services (video conferences, scientific interactive HD TV, data archiving, and eduroam).

In subsequent years, UMCS plans to revitalize the campus, in particular the park, green squares, and recreational and sports facilities. The University plans to take special care of its historic buildings in Lublin’s city center and of the Kościuszko Family Manor House in the Botanical Garden. Currently, the University has also commenced the process of so-called green investment, due to which the University buildings will be gradually thermomodernized.

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