Tomas Bata University


BIL recognizes the importance of collaboration and communication as key tools in bringing innovation to life. We are continually seeking new connections with bright and engaged people to help fuel and energize our work. The Tomas Bata University focus on technology makes it an ideal partner.


Tomas Bata University (TBU) in Zlín, Czech Republic, is comprised of six faculties offering courses in technology, economics, humanities, arts and health care. The University has been named after the entrepreneur and Bata founder Tomas Bata (1876–1932). The current student population is more than 9,700.

TBU emerged from from the Faculty of Technology, which was established in Zlín in 1969. This faculty has a long tradition of educating specialists in leather, plastics and rubber technologies. A proposal for the establishment of Tomas Bata University in Zlín was developed in the 1990s. At that time, both the Faculty of Management and Economics and Institute of Advertising and Marketing Communications (later the Faculty of Multimedia Communications) were founded. The University was officially registered as of January 1, 2001.

TBU places strong emphasis on technology and economics and has research and testing facilities which offer tremendous opportunity to Bata. BIL has established a working relationship with the University and several initiatives are currently under development.

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