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Brno University of Technology (BUT) is the second largest and the second oldest technical university in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1849 for technical, agricultural and commercial specializations. The languages of instruction were Czech and German. As a consequence of political and national disputes, Czech ceased to be used as language of tuition, and in 1899 the Czech Technical High School was founded in Brno. After World War I and foundation of Czechoslovakia this school merged with the German Technical High School (originally bilingual) to form the High Technical School in Brno, which later carried the name of Dr. Edvard Beneš, the second president of Czechoslovakia. In the period between World War I and World War II this school was among the best technical universities in Europe. During World War II the school was, as all other high schools were, closed. The premises were used by German military institutions, and most equipment was destroyed. Immediately after the end of World War II the activities of the school were resumed. In 1951, at the beginning of Cold War, the Technical High School was closed and the departments became parts of the newly established Military Technical Academy. Tuition for civilians continued at the former faculty of civil engineering only. However, it soon became evident that the technical university should be re-established. Since 1956 the school gradually started its activities in various fields.

Electrotechnical disciplines were first taught at our Faculty in 1905. Since 1959, when the independent Faculty of Power Engineering was founded and subsequently transformed into Electrotechnical Faculty, over 22 000 students have graduated from our Faculty. When in 1993 the structure of the FEECS was changed, it received a new name – Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (FEECS). The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was the third largest among the seven universities of BUT, after, at the beginning of 2000 the Faculty of Technology and the Faculty of Management joined to establish Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín.

A number of historical decisions were taken at FEECS in 2001 in connection with the intended foundation of a new Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) and transformation of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (FEECS) into the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication (FEEC). Organizational and economic activities concerned with the foundation of FIT and transformation of FEECS into FEEC were crowned by the decision of the Rector of BUT to appoint Professor Radimír Vrba Acting Dean of FEEC and Professor Tomáš Hruška Acting Dean of FIT to 1 January 2002.


 
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