The continuation of Polish and Bulgarian cooperation

On the 13th Sep­tem­ber the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Vas­sil Lev­s­ki Nation­al Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty from Bul­gar­ia vis­it­ed the Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy once again.

While stay­ing at MUT, the biggest Bul­gar­i­an mil­i­tary uni­ver­si­ty was rep­re­sent­ed by: Rec­tor-Com­man­dant Brig. Gen. Pla­men Nikolov Bog­danov, Ph.D., Vice-Rec­tor for Avi­a­tion Colonel Ivay­lo Atanasov Angelov and Yavor Tsve­tanov Var­banov, an Eng­lish teacher. The host of the whole vis­it was the Vice-Rec­tor for Mil­i­tary Affairs Col. Artur Król, DSc, Eng. He was accom­pa­nied by the deputy dean of The Fac­ul­ty of Mecha­tron­ics and Aero­space Col. Prze­mysław Kupidu­ra, DSc, Eng., Head of Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion Depart­ment of MUT Col. Mar­iusz Gontar­czyk, Ph.D., MSc. Eng. and the coor­di­na­tor of MUT Eras­mus+ pro­gramme Karol Wilk, M.A.

The dis­cus­sion was cen­tered on the pos­si­bil­i­ty of edu­ca­tion­al coop­er­a­tion between MUT and VLNMU and the con­tin­u­a­tion of the stu­dent exchange with­in the Eras­mus+ pro­gramme. What is more, the joint activ­i­ties from the recent coop­er­a­tion peri­od were also dis­cussed. In terms of the coop­er­a­tion that was launched last year, the Bul­gar­i­an cadets par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Multi­na­tion­al Sports and Shoot­ing Games that were held in May 2018 at MUT, the Pol­ish cadets were, in turn, invit­ed to take part in the unmanned aer­i­al vehi­cle com­pe­ti­tion orga­nized by The Fac­ul­ty of Avi­a­tion at VLNMU. The first stu­dent exchange also took place – five cadets from Vas­sil Lev­s­ki stayed at MUT in July and August to take part in the prac­tice at the Fac­ul­ty of Mecha­tron­ics and Avi­a­tion while the Bul­gar­i­an uni­ver­si­ty host­ed one MUT cadet for half a year.

Vietnamese students at MUT again

The main objec­tive of the vis­it con­cerned the arrange­ments for the pos­si­bil­i­ty of send­ing Viet­namese stu­dents to MUT. The host of the whole event, the Vice-Rec­tor for Mil­i­tary Affairs Col. Artur Król, DSc, Eng., made the pre­sen­ta­tion about the, struc­ture of our uni­ver­si­ty, fields of study avail­able, research being cur­rent­ly con­duct­ed and the issues relat­ed to the inter­na­tion­al coop­er­a­tion. The Vice-Rec­tor also remind­ed the guests of a quite a large group of stu­dents from Viet­nam who grad­u­at­ed from MUT in the sev­en­ties. “They were real­ly hard-work­ing and reli­able stu­dents. Those grad­u­ates who got the high­est results were includ­ed in the hall of uni­ver­si­ty top stu­dents” – Col. Król men­tioned.

Dur­ing the meet­ing the dis­cus­sion broke out on the pos­si­bil­i­ty of study­ing by Viet­namese acad­e­my rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the select­ed MUT fields of study. The guests asked eager­ly about the cur­ric­u­la applied at mecha­tron­ics, opto­elec­tron­ics and cryp­tol­ogy. These are the fields from the first and sec­ond cycle stud­ies which the Viet­namese stu­dents would like to begin at MUT in 2010. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives of MUT fac­ul­ties and orga­ni­za­tion­al units gave sat­is­fac­to­ry and con­vinc­ing answers to the guests’ ques­tions.

The Viet­namese also appear deeply inter­est­ed in the research con­duct­ed in our uni­ver­si­ty relat­ed to the net­work secu­ri­ty and the con­struc­tion of com­put­er­ized lab­o­ra­to­ries. The vis­i­tors con­sid­er even the pos­si­bil­i­ty of third-cycle stud­ies, post­grad­u­ate stud­ies and spe­cial­ist cours­es. Before embark­ing on the first-cycle stud­ies, the Viet­namese will be learn­ing Pol­ish dur­ing the so-called “prepara­to­ry year”. The guests were curi­ous about the pos­si­bil­i­ty of study­ing togeth­er with our MUT stu­dents in Pol­ish. Hav­ing got to know the Pol­ish cul­ture while stay­ing at MUT is an addi­tion­al ben­e­fit which will def­i­nite­ly count in the future.

The Viet­namese del­e­ga­tion at MUT end­ed up admir­ing select­ed lab­o­ra­to­ries. Guests were pre­sent­ed with the research done in deci­sion-mak­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries, com­mand­ing sim­u­la­tion and cryp­tog­ra­phy con­trol at the Fac­ul­ty of Cyber­net­ics and in the lab­o­ra­to­ries of incre­men­tal tech­niques and bat­tle­field sim­u­la­tion at the Fac­ul­ty of Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing. The del­e­ga­tion also vis­it­ed the Insti­tute of Arma­ment at the Fac­ul­ty of Mecha­tron­ics and Aero­space. A pro­found impres­sion was also made on the guests while vis­it­ing the Sports Cen­tre Facil­i­ties.

The vis­it of the Viet­namese mil­i­tary uni­ver­si­ty appeared to be the next phase in order to form a coop­er­a­tion scheme with our uni­ver­si­ty. Because of the changes the Viet­namese uni­ver­si­ty is fac­ing, their rep­re­sen­ta­tives cher­ish the sin­cere hope to adopt and intro­duce some solu­tions which they wit­nessed at MUT in War­saw.

The next episode of coop­er­a­tion between the Pol­ish and Viet­namese mil­i­tary uni­ver­si­ties has just began.

The first military Erasmus at MUT

On 22nd June 2018 the inter­na­tion­al course – Com­mon Mod­ule – Advanced Tech­nolo­gies in Bor­ders Sur­veil­lance at Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy was com­plet­ed. It was held under the aus­pices of Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty and Defence Col­lege.

It was the first ever train­ing at MUT for for­eign mil­i­tary stu­dents with­in the so called Mil­i­tary Eras­mus. Thir­teen stu­dents from Aus­tria, Bel­gium, the Nether­lands, Poland, Roma­nia and Italy were admit­ted as part of the first edi­tion of this course.

‘So far our mil­i­tary stu­dents have only been involved in train­ings abroad in oth­er Euro­pean mil­i­tary acad­e­mies. At last, we are able to return the favour. The first so called com­mon mod­ule car­ried out by MUT sends an unmis­tak­able sig­nal to our part­ner acad­e­mies – we are the out­right mem­ber of Mil­i­tary Eras­mus – we make use of edu­ca­tion offers and we pro­pose ours, in accor­dance with the char­ac­ter of our uni­ver­si­ty’ – says Col. Artur Król, DSc, Eng., the Vice-Rec­tor for Mil­i­tary Affairs.

This first ever course is the result of col­lab­o­ra­tion between five ele­men­tary MUT orga­ni­za­tion­al units: Fac­ul­ty of Civ­il Engi­neer­ing and Geo­desy, Fac­ul­ty of Cyber­net­ics, Fac­ul­ty of Elec­tron­ics, Fac­ul­ty of Advanced Tech­nolo­gies and Chem­istry and Insti­tute of Opto­elec­tron­ics. The sub­ject area com­prised tech­niques of geospa­tial intel­li­gence, appli­ca­tion of vir­tu­al sim­u­la­tion for train­ing of bor­der guards, bio­met­ric sup­port, detec­tion of chem­i­cal, radi­a­tion and explo­sive haz­ards, detec­tion and inter­fer­ence of unau­tho­rized radio emis­sions and night vision and infrared tech­nolo­gies.

The pio­neer­ing nature of the course was very well received by the par­tic­i­pants. They praised the orga­ni­za­tion, edu­ca­tion and lan­guage lev­el and, pri­mar­i­ly, the lec­tur­ers’ cre­ativ­i­ty and pas­sion.

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Pho­to­graph: Paweł Bylak, Mar­iusz Chmielews­ki

The Polish Army team wins NATO chess tournament

Between 4th and 8th June the XXIX NATO chess cham­pi­onship took place in Texas Tech Uni­ver­si­ty in Lub­bock, USA. The Pol­ish Army rep­re­sen­ta­tion won the NATO team cham­pi­on title.

67 peo­ple from 10 allied coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ed in the tour­na­ment alto­geth­er. The Pol­ish Army team includ­ed MUT sol­diers: 2nd Lt. Alek­sander Stańkows­ki and Sgt. cdt. Marcin Pietruszews­ki. In the team clas­si­fi­ca­tion the suc­ces­sive places belong to: 1. Poland, 2. Ger­many, 3. Greece, 4. USA, 5. Den­mark.

Indi­vid­u­al­ly, gold was award­ed to cdt. Anas­ta­sios Pavlidis, Greece with 6 points, sil­ver to 2nd Lt. Dami­an Graczyk from Spe­cial Unit of Mil­i­tary Police in Mińsk Mazowiec­ki with 5,5 points and bronze to Pvt. Eli­jah Everett from Ger­many.

Hav­ing won the team cham­pi­onship title, the Pol­ish chess play­ers com­mem­o­rat­ed in this way the 100th anniver­sary of regain­ing inde­pen­dence by Poland.

Cadet Kacper Kasprzak – the winner of Common Security and Defence Policy Olympiad

Senior Cor­po­ral cadet Kacper Kasprzak rep­re­sent­ing the Fac­ul­ty of Mecha­tron­ics and Aero­space at MUT dis­played his remark­able knowl­edge and in the IV Com­mon Secu­ri­ty and Defence Pol­i­cy Olympiad final he was award­ed first prize pre­vail­ing oth­er rival stu­dents from over 70 Euro­pean mil­i­tary acad­e­mies which are inte­grat­ed with­in Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty and Defence Col­lege.

This year the final com­pe­ti­tion was held at Vas­sil Lev­s­ki Nation­al Defence Uni­ver­si­ty in Bul­gar­ia from 21st to 25th of May.  The Olympiad is orga­nized every two years by the coun­try which holds the Pres­i­den­cy of the Euro­pean Union.

The arrange­ments for the Olympiad began more than a year ago and basi­cal­ly includ­ed the prepa­ra­tion of an essay in the first stage – a few paged research work con­cern­ing a select­ed sub­ject on secu­ri­ty and defence of the Euro­pean Union. Hav­ing been qual­i­fied to the next stage, the essays were reviewed and eval­u­at­ed inde­pen­dent­ly and the authors of the best ones – after an e‑learning phase – were invit­ed to the final com­pe­ti­tion in Bul­gar­ia.

Even­tu­al­ly, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 15 coun­tries entered the com­pe­ti­tion – 38 stu­dents of 22 acad­e­mies. In that stage of rival­ry the stu­dents were oblig­ed to intro­duce the main the­ses of their work in front of the con­test com­mit­tees and the best pre­sen­ta­tions, includ­ing the one of cadet Kasprzak, were pre­sent­ed again in front of the audi­ence of sev­er­al hun­dred peo­ple.

On the sec­ond day of the com­pe­ti­tion the stu­dents had a chance to dis­play their knowl­edge obtained dur­ing the prepa­ra­tions of sev­er­al months before. In the two stages of the final the stu­dents answered 40 spe­cif­ic ques­tions – 25 in the group phase and 15 indi­vid­u­al­ly. The per­fect­ly pre­pared MUT stu­dent proved unbeat­able and won deci­sive­ly with 6 points over the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Aus­tria and 8 points over the one from Slo­va­kia.

The suc­cess would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of the cadet’s supe­ri­ors: lieu­tenant Cezary Czar­nec­ki and the com­man­der of the 2nd School Bat­tal­ion Lt. Col. Grze­gorz Sobec­ki who enabled our win­ner to take part in two spe­cial­ized train­ings in Greece and in Italy as part of the prepa­ra­tion for the Olympiad.

The idea of the par­tic­i­pa­tion of our MUT rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Olympiad itself emerged with­in the Euro­pean Ini­tia­tive for the Exchange of Mil­i­tary Stu­dents, the so-called Mil­i­tary Eras­mus. The whole event was super­vised by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion Depart­ment of MUT: the head, Col. Mar­iusz Gontar­czyk, Ph.D., MSc. Eng. and 2nd Lt. Marcin Górnikiewicz, Ph.D.

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Multinational military sports competition

Between 9th and 11th May 2018 Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy orga­nized the Multi­na­tion­al Mil­i­tary Sports and Shoot­ing Games. The cadets from Bel­gium, Bul­gar­ia, Ger­many, Greece, the Nether­lands, Ukraine and two MUT stu­dents took part in the sport­ing events. All sport­ing events were pre­pared and con­duct­ed by Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion Depart­ment and sup­port­ed by Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion Depart­ment.

The cadets com­pet­ed in the plain sun in the fol­low­ing dis­ci­plines pre­ced­ed with the train­ing: Pneu­mat­ic Gun Shoot­ing, Ori­en­teer­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, Land Forces Obsta­cle Course, Mil­i­tary Obsta­cle Course, Cross­Fit Com­pe­ti­tion – Cross Work­out and Park­our Chal­lenge.

The cups were pre­sent­ed to the par­tic­i­pants by the Vice-Rec­tor for Mil­i­tary Affairs Col. Artur Król, DSc, Eng dur­ing the MUT Sports Day on 11th May. Indi­vid­u­al­ly, the first and the sec­ond place was won by the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ukraine from Zhit­o­myr Mil­i­tary Insti­tute and the third place – the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Bul­gar­ia from Niko­la Vapt­sarov Naval Acad­e­my, Var­na.

One of the dis­ci­plines – cross­fit-work­out was done in pairs select­ed from the par­tic­i­pants. There­fore, as a team, the first place was won by the Pol­ish-Bul­gar­i­an team, the sec­ond place – Dutch-Ukrain­ian team and the third place – Ukrain­ian-Bel­gian team.

“Multi­na­tion­al Sports Com­pe­ti­tion means not only rival­ry but it is also the devel­op­ment of abil­i­ty to coop­er­ate in the inter­na­tion­al envi­ron­ment”, said Sat­urnin Przy­byl­s­ki, Ph.D., the Head of Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion Depart­ment.

The ini­tia­tive to hold the com­pe­ti­tion orig­i­nat­ed with­in the frame­works of coop­er­a­tion between MUT and Euro­pean mil­i­tary insti­tutes in which the MUT has been active­ly involved since the begin­ning of 2017.

While stay­ing at the MUT, the par­tic­i­pants took a short tour of the firearms lab­o­ra­to­ry at the Fac­ul­ty of Mecha­tron­ics and Aero­space and those who kept up their strength took part in the MUT Year­ly Stu­dent Car­ni­val.

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Pho­to­graph: Grze­gorz Rosińs­ki, Sebas­t­ian, Jurek

Programmers from the Faculty of Cyernetics won the TIDE Hackathon

Between 19th and 23th March anoth­er edi­tion of TIDE Hackathon con­test took place in Mon­tene­gro orga­nized by NATO Allied Com­mand Trans­for­ma­tion (ACT) from Nor­folk. Inter­na­tion­al teams from var­i­ous mil­i­tary insti­tu­tions, aca­d­e­m­ic orga­ni­za­tions and com­mer­cial com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ed in the event. The com­pe­ti­tion was held in three cat­e­gories and it dealt with mod­el­ling (Mod­el­ling Chal­lenge), cod­ing (Cod­ing Chal­lenge) and using the poten­tial of Inter­net Things. The con­test itself involved the devel­op­ment of spe­cial­ist IT and com­put­er­ized solu­tions in order to be used for mil­i­tary pur­pos­es, espe­cial­ly to build Fed­er­at­ed Mis­sion Net­work­ing.

The Fac­ul­ty of Cyber­net­ics team who com­pet­ed for the title of Cod­ing Chal­lenge intro­duced the spe­cial­ist SAME appli­ca­tion – Sit­u­a­tion Aware­ness Mobile Envi­ron­ment thanks to which they got the first place in the above cat­e­go­ry.

MUT rep­re­sen­ta­tives sub­mit­ted the soft­ware which met all the require­ments, even pro­vid­ing addi­tion­al inno­v­a­tive ideas of using aug­ment­ed real­i­ty for tac­ti­cal and topo­graph­i­cal ori­en­teer­ing of a sin­gle sol­dier.

The MUT Fac­ul­ty of Cyber­net­ics was rep­re­sent­ed by: 2nd Lt. Marcin Kukieł­ka, MSc., Sgt. cdt. Tomasz Gutows­ki and Sgt. cdt. Paweł Piec­zon­ka. The aca­d­e­m­ic project super­vi­sor was Lt. Col. Mar­iusz Chmielews­ki, DSc, Eng.

TIDE Heckathon is a pres­ti­gious IT event dur­ing which the new tech­no­log­i­cal exten­sions aspire to tech­nol­o­gy dis­play in NATO CWIX train­ings in Italy.

Polish – Romanian cooperation

Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy strength­ens the coop­er­a­tion with Hen­ri Coan­da Air Force Acad­e­my, Brasov, Roma­nia. The uni­ver­si­ty rep­re­sen­ta­tive – Vice-Rec­tor for Edu­ca­tion Zdzisław Bog­danow­icz, DSc, Eng. Assoc. Prof. from MUT – offi­cial­ly signed a bilat­er­al agree­ment, on the basis of which stu­dents and aca­d­e­m­ic staff will be award­ed schol­ar­ships and vis­it each oth­er in accor­dance with Eras­mus+ pro­gramme.  

“This is the tenth for­eign mil­i­tary acad­e­my with which we have already signed the agree­ment”, Vice-Rec­tor for Mil­i­tary Affairs Col. Artur Król, DSc, Eng. men­tioned.

The guests from Roma­nia arrived at MUT on 21st March 2018. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives were: Lt. Col. Lau­ri­an Gher­man, Prof. and Eca­te­ri­na Miron, Ph.D., the Eras­mus+ coor­di­na­tor of the Roman­ian acad­e­my. They took a short trip along the lab­o­ra­to­ries at the Fac­ul­ty of Mecha­tron­ics and Aero­space, aero­dy­nam­ic tun­nels and an air­craft hangar. The spec­trum of edu­ca­tion of this fac­ul­ty is in line with the aca­d­e­m­ic pro­file of Air Force Acad­e­my. Dur­ing the dis­cus­sions with MUT rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the guests have also expressed an inter­est in increas­ing coop­er­a­tion in the fields of anti-air­craft defence, elec­tron­ics and cyber­se­cu­ri­ty.

Military Erasmus Lecture – Harald Gell

On 8th March this year in the Sen­ate Hall of The Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy the Chair­man of the Imple­men­ta­tion Group for the Euro­pean ini­tia­tive for the exchange of young offi­cers – Col. Assoc. Prof. Har­ald Gell, PhD, MSc, MSD, MBA, deliv­ered a lec­ture. It con­cerned the pos­si­bil­i­ties and advan­tages for stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in inter­na­tion­al schol­ar­ship schemes as part of Eras­mus+ pro­grammes and so-called Mil­i­tary Eras­mus.

Col. Gell began his dis­course with rais­ing a con­tro­ver­sial ques­tion: “Do we real­ly need to edu­cate Euro­pean offi­cers if there is no such thing as Euro­pean armed forces?” Dur­ing the next nine­ty min­utes he was per­suad­ing the par­tic­i­pants in the the Sen­ate Hall of The Mil­i­tary Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy in a curi­ous way that it is worth it and such a trav­el gives the mil­i­tary stu­dents lots of ben­e­fits. Prof. Gell also pre­sent­ed the ori­gins of the Imple­men­ta­tion Group com­pris­ing over 80 mil­i­tary acad­e­mies from the Euro­pean Union which oper­ates with­in Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty and Defence Col­lege, the rules of team­work and the edu­ca­tion­al offer of acad­e­mies func­tion­ing with­in the Ini­tia­tive. He empha­sized on numer­ous occa­sions that only act­ing mutu­al­ly – on the bat­tle­field as well – enables Euro­pean Union mem­bers to face the exter­nal threats.

Col. Prof. Gell is an Aus­tri­an army offi­cer, a grad­u­ate and a lec­tur­er of the pres­ti­gious There­san Mil­i­tary Acad­e­my (There­sian­is­che Mil­itärakademie, Ther­Mi­lAk). He served as a Team Leader with the Euro­pean Union Mon­i­tor Mis­sion in Bosnia-Herce­gov­ina and Croa­t­ia in 1998/1999 and as Chief Oper­a­tions Offi­cer with UNDOF in Syr­ia for three years. In 2007 he start­ed his PhD-stud­ies in Secu­ri­ty Research and took the doc­tor­al degree from the Sig­mund Freud Uni­ver­si­ty in Vien­na in 2010. After that he start­ed the Habil­i­ta­tion Pro­ceed­ing for Asso­ci­at­ed Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Defence in Brno/Czech Repub­lic which he final­ized with the Habil­i­ta­tion in Mil­i­tary Man­age­ment in Sep­tem­ber 2017. Since 2010 he has been the course direc­tor of all the Com­mon Secu­ri­ty and Defence Pol­i­cy-Mod­ules con­duct­ed at the There­san Mil­i­tary Acad­e­my. On 1st of April, 2015 he was appoint­ed by the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty and Defence Col­lege as new Chair­man of the “Mil­i­tary Eras­mus” Imple­men­ta­tion Group.

 

Negotiations with the visitors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The vis­it of the del­e­ga­tion of the Roy­al Armed Forces from the King­dom of Sau­di Ara­bia at MUT took place on the 6th and 7th Feb­ru­ary 201. The guests, who seem real­ly inter­est­ed in edu­cat­ing their stu­dents in Poland, got famil­iar­ized with the edu­ca­tion­al and train­ing facil­i­ties of MUT.

The MUT host­ed Gen. Hamed Saeed Saad, respon­si­ble for the train­ing of Sau­di anti-air­craft forces and Col. Adham Aljoufi, the attaché of the embassy of the King­dom of Sau­di Ara­bia in Poland. Dur­ing their stay the guests learnt about the pos­si­bil­i­ties of edu­cat­ing mil­i­tary stu­dents at two MUT fac­ul­ties: elec­tron­ics and mechatronics/aviation. They saw the sports facil­i­ties at the Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion Cen­tre and they had a close look at the stu­dents’ accom­mo­da­tion. The edu­ca­tion­al and train­ing base at MUT made a tremen­dous impres­sion on the guests, so did the sports facil­i­ties.

The vis­i­tors expressed their gen­uine inter­est in the pos­si­bil­i­ty of edu­cat­ing mil­i­tary stu­dents with­in the fol­low­ing engi­neer­ing spe­cial­iza­tions: radar tech­niques and exploita­tion of anti­air­craft mis­siles sys­tems, and the mil­i­tary train­ing in order to be com­mis­sioned. The Ara­bi­an cadets could study togeth­er with their Pol­ish col­leagues and par­tic­i­pate ful­ly in the poly­tech­nic and mil­i­tary class­es. The guests, who have already been coop­er­at­ing with oth­er mil­i­tary uni­ver­si­ties in Poland, would like to bring their future stu­dents to MUT for the next aca­d­e­m­ic year.

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