The beneficiaries of the 13th Priority Axis constitute of leading education centres offering schooling in faculties which will be determinative in providing market competitiveness, above all technical and scientific.
These especially include ‘Priority faculties’ chosen to match the strategy for Infrastructure and Environment Programme implementation: architecture and town-planning, automation and robotics, biology, biotechnology, building, chemistry, electronics and communications, electrotechnics, power industry, pharmaceutics, physics, technical physics, geodesy and cartography, mining and geology, programming, econometrics, biomedical engineering, chemical and process engineering, materials, environment engineering, flight and astronautics, math, mechanics, mechatronics, metallurgy, environment protection, chemistry technology, transport and also modern technologies in medicine.
The beneficiaries are the leading education facilities in the country - with sufficient didactic potential allowing secondary and third-grade higher education (MA and PhD). The education centres must meet the international schooling standards and be awarded with a ‘pass’ by the National Accreditation Committee for the faculties that are preferred by the Programme. Support of this kind will also help in creating lasting and effective investments.
The development of higher education infrastructure will provide the conditions necessary for the implementation of a model of higher education coherent with the Bologna Declaration and the Lisbon Strategy. Financing the infrastructure of the education facility will help modernise the education process and will result in an increase of its effectiveness. It will make the facilities more responsive to changes, both sourced in as outside of the facility. The necessity to guide higher education facilities to developing new technologies is dictated firstly by - high costs of modern equipment and secondly - a future potentially large job market for people with such abilities.
Under the priority, universities applying for support must:
- be leading academic centres,
- meet recognized international education standards,
- have been positively evaluated by the State Accreditation Committee,
- have appropriate teaching potential, allowing them to offer 1st degree and 2nd degree university studies,
- offer courses in fields which in the future will have the greatest impact on the competitiveness of the economy and on its attractiveness to investors. These fields include so called priority subjects of the Infrastructure and Environment Programme, i.e.: architecture and town planning; control engineering and robotics; biology; biotechnology; building engineering; chemistry; electronics and telecommunication; electrical engineering; power engineering; pharmacy; physics; engineering physics; geodesy and cartography; mining and geology; computer science; IT and econometrics; biomedical engineering; chemical and process engineering; materials engineering; environmental engineering; aviation and astronautics, mathematics; mechanics and machine design; mechatronics; metallurgy; environmental protection, chemical technology; transport as well as modern technologies in medicine (medicine, dentistry).
Types of aided projects
Implemented projects will mainly consist of: construction, reconstruction and extension of existing infrastructural objects (construction of modern lecture rooms, laboratories with equipment used in the course of teaching process) and adjustment of the technical condition of infrastructure to requirements of new equipment. Also projects concerning mainly of purchase of equipment and technologies supporting learning and construction or extension of local and regional broadband and safe school networks.
Up to 25% of the total funds for the Priority Axis support will be given to other branches of education and accompanying infrastructure (such as sports and recreation), used by students. The aid cannot be used to finance student housing.