Professor Carlos A Brebbia, Director of Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT), UK, was recently invited to give a talk at Poznan Technical University in Poland to a group of senior members of staff. Professor Brebbia started by explaining the activities of WIT UK and its focus on linking academia and industry. The Institute’s functions are:
- Short courses and seminar programmes dealing with new and advanced areas of research, as well as industrial training programmes.
- Post-graduate training at PhD and Master levels on topics as varied as engineering, information technology, pollution, and many others. Many of these activities take place within the context of international joint programmes.
- Research on a wide variety of scientific topics including engineering, physical sciences, ecological and environmental systems.
- WIT is internationally recognised for the excellence of its conferences, which are held throughout the world. The current conference programme consists of 30 or so meetings per year and attracts prominent scientists and practitioners.
- Publication of scientific and technical literature in a wide variety of fields, including books, learned journals and conference proceedings. This material is produced as standard paper-bound copies and also in electronic format on the Web.
- Provision of specialised computer software and support to the engineering industry with particular reference to advanced applications in mechanical, aerospace, and naval engineering, the automotive industry, electrical and electromagnetic engineering.
Since its foundation in 1986, the Institute has expanded in terms of staff and facilities. Its Campus in the New Forest National Park in the UK has a wide variety of excellent accommodation for visitors and students, as well as sport facilities and other amenities. Comfortable offices and beautiful surroundings provide an ideal environment for teaching, research and development.
The current strategy of WIT is to develop more collaborative activities with partners from all over the world. This has been achieved by arranging joint post-graduate programmes with a series of well known universities. These programmes, which can be taken partly in the country of origin and partly at WIT, have been highly successful.
WIT’s strategy has been to complement rather than compete with other university institutes, and this has led to close collaboration with universities all over the world.
WIT / POLSKA
Goluchow, in the neighbourhood of Kalisz has been identified as an ideal place for setting up a WIT Centre, based on its central geographical location and easy access. Goluchow in particular, will be most appropriate as, in many ways it is similar to the location of WIT UK, which is situated in the New Forest National Park.
The training and research carried out at WIT/Polska will be on the following topics:
- Information and communication technologies
- Engineering sciences and computing studies
- Sustainable tourism
- Historical heritage studies
- Environmental impact and remediation
- Ecological studies
- Professional and technical English
As time progresses, these topics will be expanded to take into account the regional requirements. The intention is for WIT/Polska to be a focus of development and advanced research.
Professor Brebbia’s address was followed by a series of questions related to WIT’s proposal.