Last year, the cooperation between the Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice and the High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking resulted in signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation. This school with a long tradition in the Liberec Region has become the fifth “Faculty School”, which is now evidenced by an enamel sign on the school facade.
The cooperation between the two institutions is based on joint activities including promotion, competitions, and “tailored excursions”, during which the students from the glassmaking school become university students for a day or a couple of days, visit laboratories, try out practical exercises in chemistry, and spend the night at the university residence hall.
This is now the second year that the glassmaking school has produced for FChT a glass artefact called “The Glass Heart”, which is awarded by the Dean of Faculty on special occasions. Last year in June The Glass Heart was awarded as a symbolic “Chemical Oskar” to the winning team of students from the Art school in Plzeň as part of the International Child Art Exhibition “Lidice 2019” in the category of short chemistry films.
The Glass Heart weighs nearly 5 kilograms and is made in the glass workshop under supervision of Ing. Kamil Skrbek. The final shape of The Glass Heart, which was designed for the Železný Brod workshop by the designer Oldřich Jiskra, reflects the symbol of chemistry – “heart-shaped flask”, which the Faculty has used as a symbol for several years. The Glass Heart is located on a glass book, which refers to education and expertise in general, while the purple wave inside combines the colour of the Faculty and the living spirit of the human heart filled with blood and of course love for chemistry. It also reminds of the FChT slogan “Life is Chemistry!”, which has been the Faculty motto for several years both in promotion materials and media campaigns.
The management of both institutions work together on spotting potential applicants interested in the study of chemistry. We believe that the productive and intensive cooperation between the two institutions will last in the future.