The Institute of Aviation

The Institute of Aviation is one of the oldest research centres in Europe. It was formally established in 1926 but its roots date back to 1918. Over 90 years of its history, researchers and engineers working at the Institute of Aviation have made outstanding contributions to the economy and defence of Poland. Before World War Two, all Polish airplanes were manufactured or tested by the Warsaw Institute of Aviation.

There are five research departments in the Institute: Center of New Technologies, Engineering Design Center, Materials and Structures Research Center, Center of Space Technologies, Center for Composite Technologies.

In recent years, new laboratories have been established within the Institute including the world’s second largest laboratory of pressure testing of equipment for the petroleum and natural gas extraction industry. The Institute’s key research areas include: space technology, aviation and rocket engines, materials science, aerodynamics, composite material technologies, engineering and testing of aircrafts, noise from aviation and research in the area of petroleum and natural gas extraction. The Institute of Aviation is also a host of international conferences and symposiums and a facilitator of global research projects.

The Institute of Aviation is a member to Polish and international research and technology organisations and associations. The Institute is a partner of the AERONET “Aviation Valley” project, is a member of the association of European Research Establishments (EREA), as well as is the one of the co-founder of the International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR).

The Institute of Aviation co-operates with universities, scientific institutions, research institutes and industrial laboratories in Europe, Americas, Asia, Australia and Africa. The Institute closely co-operates with global leaders of the aviation industry including General Electric, Boeing, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky and Rolls-Royce.

Director of the Institute of Aviation is Professor Witold Wiśniowski, Ph.D. Eng.

The University of Brasilia

Established on April 21, 1962, the University of Brasilia (UnB) is the utopia of Brazilian anthropologist and educator Darcy Ribeiro. Since its inception, the University has been committed to producing state of the art knowledge and promoting citizenship for the transformation of Brazil; giving it a national reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and extension.

Currently, UnB has approximately 2,308 teachers, 2,692 dedicated staff, 30,727 undergraduates and 8,913 graduate students. The University houses 26 faculties and schools and has 18 centers dedicated to specialized research on four campuses: the Darcy Ribeiro Campus (main campus) and three other sites (Ceilândia, Gama and Planaltina).

The University offers a total of 105 undergraduate programs, 30 of which are evening programs and a further 10 via distance education. There are also 147 graduate degree program sand 22 specialist programs. The University is home to some outstanding facilities including the University Hospital, the Central Library, the Veterinary Hospital, and the Água Limpa (Clean Water) Farm.

Having been recently ranked the fourth best university in Brazil and eleventh best in Latin America, UnB is tops in the evaluation criteria set by the Coordinating Body for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Students (CAPES) in areas such as Anthropology, International Relations, Geotechnics, Geology, Biological Sciences, and Mathematics.

In its efforts to spread the name and structure of one of the greatest Brazilian universities to the four corners of the globe, the University Administration, supported by the Advisory Committee for International Affairs (INT), relies on exchange programs and the cooperation with international organizations and post-secondary institutions.