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65 years of the Faculty of Foundry Engineering, Krakow, Poland

Two scientific sessions for graduate and PhD students were held on the first day along with an industries session where, amongst other things, practice in foundries and modern research solutions and measuring instruments for science and industry was considered. The day of celebrations ended with a traditional Foundryman’s Ball organised by the faculty student council at the Faculty of Foundry Engineering.

On day two, in the Conference Center Witek in Krakow, the main part of the 65th anniversary of the Faculty of Foundry Engineering was held. This Jubilee gathered together over 200 participants and was attended by the department staff and a large group of invited guests, representing the domestic and foreign research units and academic associations related to casting. The anniversary was attended by representatives of international scientific institutions including the University of Jonkoping (Sweden), the University of Bucharest (Romania), the Central Metallurgical R & D Institute (Egypt) and the University of Burgundy (France).

The Faculty of Foundry Engineering at AGH educates specialists for the whole spectrum of foundry technology, making it a unique faculty of this profile and scope within the universities in Poland and Europe. The Faculty educates in two fields of study – engineering of foundry processes and computer-aided engineering processes – and offers full-time and extramural engineer, MA and PhD courses. There are four departments – department of foundry process engineering; department of cast alloys and composites engineering; department of moulding materials, mould technology and cast non-ferrous metals; and department of chemistry and corrosion of metals. A very important activity is the collaboration with leading universities and research centres in Poland and abroad. The Faculty actively co-operates with approx 80 per cent of the country’s almost 500 foundries.