History

The Faculty of Biomedical Engineering is the youngest faculty of the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. It was established in 2005 as the transformed Institute for Biomedical Engineering. The history of the faculty dates back to 1996, when the Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CBME) was founded at the CTU to coordinate research and teaching activities in the field of biomedical engineering. The goals of CBME CTU were focused in particular on a research. Owing to the diversity of the professional interests of the staff, it managed to cover a large segment of the biomedical engineering field. It was therefore possible to deal with a wide scope of scientific and research projects. In 2002 CBME fulfill all necessary requirements to introduce a 3-year bachelor study programme “Biomedical and Clinic Technology”. After that CBME was transformed to a university institute – the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of CTU. The first director after the foundation of the Institute was Prof. Ing. Svatava Konvičková, CSc, the coordinator of the CTU “Cross-disciplinary Research in the Biomedical Engineering” research programme, within which a majority of the scientific and research activities of the Institute have been done.

In 2003 the bachelor study programme „Biomedical and Clinic Technology“ was accredited and teaching began during the academic year of 2003/04. Following the decision of the Academic Senate of CTU of the 15th December 2004, and in agreement with the Accreditation Board of the Czech Ministry of Education, the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering was founded. The faculty was registered by changing the Statute of the CTU at the Ministry of Education on 27th May 2005.

 

In the the academic year of 2005/2006, the first 48 students of the bachelor program graduated. Most of them decided to continue in the follow-up master programme of the same name accredited in the beginning of 2006. This double-specialization study program has three study fields - „Appliances and Methods for Biomedicine“, „Systematic Integration Processes in Health Care“ and „Biomedical Engineering“ in a full-time study form. The former is primarily intended for preparation of engineers for research and development activities as well as for implementation and maintenance of sophisticated technology in hospitals, while the latter offers preparation of engineers for managerial positions in the health system. The education is project-oriented and is held in modern-equipped laboratories. Based on a recommendation of the Accreditation Committee of the Ministry and approved by the Scientific Board of the Faculty, from September 2009 there are two different specializations within the study field „Appliances and Methods for Biomedicine“: „New Technologies for Biomedicine“, and „Imaging Systems in Medicine“.

 

In accordance with the “Long-term Plan for Educational, Scientific, Research, Development, Artistic and Other Creative Activities of the CTU", a newly accredited doctoral study program „Biomedical and Clinical Engineering“ commenced in March 2007.

In 2007, an application for prolongation of the bachelor study field „Biomedical and Clinical Technology“ was accepted, and in line with the current legislation, the renamed paramedical study field Biomedical Technology was open in the full-time and combined study forms.

Since the academic year 2009/2010 was open new accredited bachelor paramedical study field „Optics and Optometry“ and in 2010/2011 was open new non-paramedical bachelor study field „Biomedical Informatics“, both in full-time study form.

Simultaneously, a newly accredited study program Specialization in Health Service“ was open with three paramedical study fields, „Physiotherapy“, „Radiological Assistant“, and „Medical Rescuer“, and newly accredited study program „Protection of Population was open with paramedical study field "Planing and Management of Crisis Situations“, all in full-time study forms. In the same academic year 2010/2011 was also open full time master field „Civil Emergency Planning“ and combined study form of master study field „Systematic Integration Processes in Health Care.

Since the academic year 2012/2013 we offer Bachelor´s degree branch of study „Biomedical Technician“ and Master´s degree branches of study Biomedical Engineering, , Systematic Integration of Processes in Health Service (all in full-time study) also in English for self-funding students.

Since the academic year 2017/2018 we offer Master´s degree study branch Instruments and Methods for Biomedicine (in full-time study) in English for self-funding students

FBME is situated in the town of Kladno. Students have accommodation and catering services available here, and many free-time activities, including participation in projects solved at the FBME.