22. May 2023

A total of 23 new students from 10 countries around the world were welcomed by the management of CEITEC Brno University of Technology and members of the CEITEC PhD Committee. The welcome of the new students was divided into two parts. In the first part, the newcomers had to complete assigned tasks that tested their teamwork and creativity, among other things. In the second part, they were introduced to important contacts for their future studies within the Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology PhD programme. 

The student-led CEITEC PhD Committee took care of the first part of the welcoming ceremony. Its chairman, Jorge Andres Navarro Giraldo, welcomed the new students to CEITEC Brno University of Technology and clarified the responsibilities of this "committee." In general, the committee represents the interests of the students, provides support, strengthens the community, and organizes various events. It also accepts new members who want to get involved and influence the quality and nature of the study for themselves and future classmates.

After brief introductory presentations, the event moved on to a more active part. The students had to split into two groups and visit three stations located in each of the CEITEC Brno University of Technology buildings. In Building A, they tested their skills in an important component of their studies – making coffee. The second station in Building B was more scientific – guessing a microscopic sample. The third station involved a visit to the CEITEC Nano research infrastructure, with an explanation from the perspective of its user, Tomáš Lednický.

After completing the tasks, everyone returned to the foyer of the main building. Each student introduced themselves and was greeted by the Director of CEITEC Brno University of Technology, Radimír Vrba, the Deputy Director for Science and Research, Radim Chmelík, and the representatives of the department responsible for PhD students.

The Advanced Materials and Nanosciences doctoral program has over 145 students, with 55% of students coming from abroad. The CEITEC PhD School also includes a doctoral program focused on life sciences, which is under the CEITEC Masaryk University.

More about the CEITEC PhD Committee you could find here: https://studentcommittee.ceitec.cz 

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