University of Silesia in Katowice

The University of Silesia in Katowice (Polish: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach, UŚ) is an autonomous state-run university in Silesia Province, Katowice, Poland.[5] It should not be confused with a similarly named university in the Czech Republic, the Silesian University in Opava (Slezská univerzita v Opavě).

The University of Silesia in Katowice
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
US, Katowice Logo 2.png
Latin: Universitas Silesiensis
TypePublic
Established8 June 1968
RectorRyszard Koziołek
Academic staff
2,082[1]
Students27,395[1]
Postgraduates1,614
Address
ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007
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CampusKatowice, Sosnowiec, Cieszyn, Chorzów
AffiliationsErasmus+, CEEPUS,[2] EUA, European Physics Education Network (EUPEN), European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) AUF, European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW), EUNIS,[3] EPSO, CERN, European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN)[4]
Websiteus.edu.pl/en/

The university offers higher education and research facilities. It offers undergraduate, masters, and PhD degree programs, as well as postgraduate, postdoctoral research, habilitation, and continuous education and training programs.

HistoryEdit

 
 
University of Silesia in Katowice
Location of University of Silesia in Katowice within Poland.

The roots of the University of Silesia in Katowice date back to 1928, when the Instytut Pedagogiczny w Katowicach (Pedagogical Institute in Katowice) was established in Katowice which exist till 1939.[6] In 1950 Higher Pedagogical School in Katowice is established,[7] however, first preparations to formation of what would later become the University of Silesia in Katowice were taken just after the finish of Second World War.

In June 1962, a branch of Jagiellonian University was settled in Katowice, which concentrated, apart from humanities, on mathematics, physics and law.[8] Together with the Higher Pedagogical School in Katowice, these are the foundations of what came to life on June 8, 1968, as the University of Silesia in Katowice.[9] And so on October 1, 1968, the University (composed of four faculties) had its first academic year inaugurated, providing almost 6,000 students with twelve programmes, such as philology, pedagogics, psychology, history, law, administration, mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical education, electrotechnics and mechanics.[10] Three years later, the branch of the University in Cieszyn was established,[11] and in following years (1974-1978) six new faculties were opened.[12] In the years of 2002 and 2003, last two faculties were established, which had their roots in a reformed branch of the University in Cieszyn.[13]

LocationEdit

 
Main University building, Katowice
 
Building of the Faculty of Law and Administration, Katowice

Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach has facilities in four cities in the region: Katowice, Sosnowiec, Cieszyn and Chorzów. The majority of facilities are in Katowice; the main campus is in the city center.[14]

 
Campus in Sosnowiec

The university is in the center of a highly urbanized and ethnically complex region, the Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia. Heavy industry is a significant influence, and ecological challenges are formidable. The university tries to maintain close links with local industries and Silesian traditions.

Facts and figuresEdit

  • Number of teachers: 2,082
  • Number of students: 27,395
  • Number of faculties: 8 (since 2019)
  • Number of programmes: 71
  • Number of specializations: 234 [1]

International agreementsEdit

The University of Silesia has signed over 600 bilateral agreements with partner institutions in countries all over the world.[15] Among the others University of Silesia cooperates with: Saint Petersburg State University, University of Buenos Aires, University of Alberta, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies[16] and in the frame of programme Erasmus+ with: University of Vienna, University of Helsinki, Charles University in Prague, University of Birmingham, University of Strasbourg, University of Bologna, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Verona, University of Lisbon, Stockholm University, University of Oslo, Paris-Sorbonne University, University of Zurich, University of Valencia, University of Barcelona.[17]

FacultiesEdit

 
Main building of the Institute of Chemistry, (part of Faculty of Science and Technology), Katowice
 
Faculty of Arts and Education Sciences, Cieszyn

The University of Silesia in Katowice has schools of modern languages, natural science, and technology, and a language teacher training college.

It is divided into the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Law and Administration
  • Faculty of Arts and Education Sciences

RectorsEdit

  • prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Popiołek (1968-07-02 – 1972-09-30)
  • prof. dr hab. Henryk Rechowicz (1972-10-01 – 1980-07-05)
  • prof. dr hab. Sędzimir Klimaszewski (1980-12-05 – 1980-12-15, 1980-12-16 – 1981-09-30, 1982-06-01 – 1984-09-30, 1984-10-01 – 1987-09-30, 1987-10-01 – 1990-11-30)
  • prof. dr hab. August Chełkowski (1981-10-01 – 1982-01-16)
  • prof. dr hab. Maksymilian Pazdan (1990-12-01 – 1993-08-31, 1993-09-01 – 1996-08-31)
  • prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Sławek (1996-09-01 – 1999-08-31, 1999-09-01 – 2002-08-31)
  • prof. dr hab. Janusz Janeczek(2002-09-01 – 2005-08-31, 2005-09-01 – 2008-08-31)
  • prof. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś (2008-09-01 – 2012-08-31, 2012-09-01 – 2016-08-31)
  • prof. dr hab. Andrzej Kowalczyk[19]
  • prof. dr hab. Ryszard Koziołek

LibrariesEdit

 
Centre for Scientific Information and Academic Library (CINiBA), Katowice

Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library (Polish Acronym: CINiBA), opened in 2012, is a modern scientific library open for students and researchers, but also people unrelated to university or academic activities. Being a joint project of the University of Silesia and University of Economics in Katowice, most of the materials are freely available in the open space to which users have free access. The library is equipped with modern technologies and information tools, and is adapted to meet the expectations people with disabilities.[20]

In 2015 it was nominated for European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture award.

RankingsEdit

University rankings
Global – Overall
THE World[21]801-1000

In 2017, Times Higher Education ranked the university within the 801-1000 band globally.[21]

Notable professorsEdit

 
Krzysztof Kieślowski

Notable studentsEdit

 
Szczepan Twardoch, Silesian writer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Sheet with Facts and Figures on University of Silesia
  2. ^ CEEPUS
  3. ^ "Regular Members – Eunis". EUNIS. European University Information Systems Organization. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ Rector's Report 2015, p. 142
  5. ^ History on University of Silesia. (in English)
  6. ^ p.30, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  7. ^ p.44, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  8. ^ p.47, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  9. ^ p.62, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  10. ^ p.64, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  11. ^ p.91, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  12. ^ p.92, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  13. ^ p.207, „Mądrość zbudowała sobie dom...”, UNIWERSYTET ŚLĄSKI 1968—2008, A. Barciak, Katowice 2008
  14. ^ Location on University of Silesia
  15. ^ Academic Cooperation on University of Silesia
  16. ^ Bilateral Agreements on University of Silesia
  17. ^ Bilateral Erasmus Agreements - University of Silesia
  18. ^ Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School website
  19. ^ prof. A. Kowalczyk as a Rector of the University of Silesia
  20. ^ CINiBA
  21. ^ a b World University Rankings 2017-2018

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 50°15′38″N 19°1′41″E / 50.26056°N 19.02806°E / 50.26056; 19.02806