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Tomas Bata University in Zlin (TBU) is a university comprising six faculties offering courses in technology, economics, humanities, arts and health care. The University is named after the entrepreneur Tomas Bata (1876–1932) who was also the originator of the shoe industry in Zlin. With a current student population of more than 12,000, TBU ranks among medium-sized Czech universities. TBU in Zlín came from the 40-year tradition of the Faculty of Technology, which was established in Zlín in 1969. This faculty was founded in 1960 as a vocational college for the Svit factory, and it was a part of the Technical University in Bratislava. In 1963 it became a part of the Technical University in Brno. This faculty had been educating specialists in leather, plastics and rubber technology for a long time. Later another vocational college in the town was established - the Design department, which is still a part of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. A proposal for the establishment Tomas Bata University in Zlín was developed in the 1990s. As at that time, both the Faculty of Management and Economics and Institute of Advertising and Marketing Communications were founded. However, on November 14, 2000, the then Czech President Václav Havel signed the Act on the Establishment of Tomas Bata University in Zlín and the University was founded as of January 1, 2001. The town of Zlín eventually became known for providing higher education and research in a number of specialized fields. The Faculty of Multimedia Communications was established in January 2002 and on 1 January 2006 the Faculty of Applied Informatics was founded. This was followed a year later by the establishment of the Faculty of Humanities. On 1 September 2009, the newest of all the faculties, Faculty of Logistics and Crisis Management was launched. Currently, there are 13,000 students pursuing different degree programmes at the university. Prof. Petr Sáha is the current Rector of TBU. Prof. Petr Sáha was also the first Rector when Tomas Bata University in Zlín was established in 2001.