On 14 July 2020, 54 new university professors collected the appointment decrees from Her Excellency Zuzana Čaputová, the President of the Slovak Republic. Among the newly appointed professors were also members of the academic community of the Technical University of Košice:
- prof. Ing. Tomáš Brestovič, PhD., from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering TUKE appointed in the field of "energy machines and equipment",
- prof. Ing. Mária Hagarová, PhD.,from the Faculty of Materials, Metallurgy and Recycling TUKE appointed in the field of "materials",
- prof. Ing. Michal Hatala, PhD.,from the Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies TUKE appointed in the field of "manufacturing technologies",
- prof. Ing. Radovan Hudák, PhD., from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering TUKE appointed in the field of "biomedical engineering".
In her speech, the President emphasized the need for the quality of education, which determines the future of the country:
"Your new status also implies a great responsibility. From your appearing on the inside of the academia, but also in public, we promise one another that you will set new, higher social standards. We welcome your clear and principled attitudes not only on issues of education, but also on other important topics of public life.
Your task is to contribute to the wisdom of society. And wisdom is not just gathered knowledge. It is lived knowledge, which includes a strong value base.
Because knowledge without living values is worthless, on the contrary, education based on values should be the basis of society."