The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) is the largest educational institution of its kind in Central Europe with a tradition spanning almost two centuries. With progressive fields of study and a prestigious international reputation, UCT Prague provides every student with education in advanced technologies and excellent preparation for lucrative careers worldwide. UCT Prague was founded in 1952 but its origins date back to 1807 when the first course in chemistry was delivered at Prague Polytechnic. Reorganization of the polytechnic in 1920 resulted in the transformation of the chemistry department into the School of Chemical Technology, one of the seven sections of the Czech Technical University.UCT Prague has produced a number of outstanding alumni, including Professor Otto Wichterle, inventor of soft contact lenses in the 1950s, and Vladimír Prelog, a professor at ETH Zürich who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975, graduated from the School of Chemical Technology in 1928. Prelog received his doctorate there several years later.