University of Economics in Katowice
|University of Economics
|Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Katowicach|
|Latin: Universitas Oeconomicae Catoviciensis|
|Rector||Prof. Leszek Żabiński, Ph.D.|
|Undergraduates||7301 (30 XI 2013)|
|Postgraduates||4842 (30 XI 2013)|
University of Economics in Katowice is a higher education institution in Katowice, Poland. The university was founded as Wyższe Studium Nauk Społeczno-Gospodarczych (College of Social and Economic Sciences) and first classes started on January 11, 1937. In 1946 the school moved to its current location.
Currently it has over 11 thousand students located on two campuses: Katowice (main campus) and Rybnik.
University of Economics - then the College of Social and Economic Sciences - was opened to students on January 11, 1937 when first lectures at the Faculty of Industrial Organisation took place. The first Rector of the University was Dr. Józef Lisak. Not long after the foundation of the University, the World War II began and the school was closed between September 1939 and February 1945.
After the war, the number of students increased very quickly and the University authorities decided to move both the academic and administrative sections from the Śląskie Techniczne Zakłady Naukowe (Silesian School of Technology) buildings to the old city hall in Katowice-Zawodzie (Rector's Office) and Building A at Bogucicka street. The academic year 1946/1947 was inaugurated in the new buildings.
In 1950 the Polish government decided to standardize economic education in the whole country. At that time, the name of the University was changed to State College of Economic Administration. In 1972, to mark its 35th anniversary, the University was given the name of Karol Adamiecki and two years later the school gained its present name.
Latest changes include modernization of the old buildings, as well as the opening of new didactic-accommodation facilities. The organization of the University has also undergone some changes related to the growing number of faculties and specializations, such as the foundation of the Faculty of Finance and Insurance in 2002 and the Faculty of Informatics and Communication in 2009.
By the decision of the Polish Parliament, since 1 October 2010 the name of the institution in Polish changes from "Akademia Ekonomiczna im. Karola Adamieckiego w Katowicach" to "Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Katowicach".
In academic year 2013/14 university had 12,185 students, of which 7,301 were undergraduates and 4,842 were graduates. Among undergraduates, 491 were pursuing Bachelor of Science title (Inżynier) and 6,810 were pursuing Bachelor of Arts (Licencjat).
The university is divided into four faculties:
- Faculty of Economy
- Faculty of Finance and Insurance
- Faculty of Informatics and Communication
- Faculty of Management
Additionally, there are two cross-faculty institutions: Department of Foreign Languages and Department of Physical Education and Sports. Department of Foreign Languages offers languages courses in nine languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian and Ukrainian, each at six different levels. There is also Polish course for foreigners available. Department of Physical Education and Sports offers various sporting activities such as soccer, volleyball, tennis, swimming classes, yoga and a gym. Students talented in arts and music could also join Academic Choir or dancing group Silesianie.
University of Economics offers Doctoral Studies in economics, management and finance, as well.
Another department of the university of Silesian School of Business and Administration, which offers postgraduate courses as well as practical trainings in areas of management, finance and information technology.
University of Economics in Katowice has two student halls, both in Ligota neighborhood - a residential, affluent area of Katowice, located approximately 30 minutes from the main campus. Student halls offer recreational facilities, laundry rooms and a parking lot for students. There is no student residences in Rybnik campus.
Dozens of student organizations operate on University of Economics in Katowice. Student organizations could be divided into general organizations (which are more casual) and scientific organizations (called koła naukowe in Polish) which are more formal and have a faculty supervisor. There are thirteen general organizations and around forty scientific organizations. A student government, called Parlament studencki, is also present.
Religious services for Catholics are provided by Academic Ministry (Duszpasterstwo Akademickie). A prayer is held each Tuesday on 7:15 pm in a nearby church.
There is also a student club that operates on main campus (building F).
University of Economics in Katowice operates on two campuses: in Katowice and in Rybnik.
Katowice is the main campus, located in Zawodzie neighborhood, approximately 3 kilometers (2 miles) from city center. The university moved to this location in 1946 and since then numerous investments have been completed. Building A is the original building of the university and still remains the main one, with the largest auditorium - Aula Maior - that can host up to 400 people. Building C is dedicated to sports and contains a swimming pool and a gym. CNTI building (CNTI stands for Centrum Nowoczesnych Technologii Informatycznych - Center of New Informatic Technologies) is the newest addition to main campus, being completed in 2013.
The academic library, called CINiBA (an acronym of Centrum Informacji Naukowej i Biblioteka Akademicka - Center of Scientific Information and Academic Library), is located in a walking distance from main campus. CINiBA was not located on the campus because it is a joint investment with the University of Silesia, which has campus about 1 kilometer west of UEK.
There are also two building located outside of the main campus site: the N and the P building. The N building serves to Department of Foreign Languages while the P building is used almost exclusively by the Silesian School of Business and Administration.
Rybnik campus is much smaller, as it consists of just two buildings. This campus is shared with the Silesian University of Technology and the Akademia Lospuma Training Instituteit is a revitalized and adapted old hospital site.
Katowice University of Economics has some notable alumni, including:
- Maria Nowicka-Skowron - dean of Częstochowa University of Technology
- Sabina Klimek - Consul of the Republic of Poland in New York City
- Łukasz Komoniewski - mayor of Będzin
- Dawid Kostempski - mayor of Świętochłowice
- Zbigniew Gieleciak - mayor of Tychy
- Jacek Pastuszka - president of Amplico Life
- Artur Bałdys, Piotr Kołodziej, Krzysztof Zamasz, Grzegorz Kinelski, Joanna Schmid - vice-presidents of Tauron Group
- Bolesław Piecha - member of the European Parliament, former senator, member of the Polish parliament, vice-minister of health
- Adam Matusiewicz - former Marshall of Silesian Voivodeship
- Jacek Kalisz - vice-president of the board at Nordea Bank Polska
- Eugeniusz Gatnar - member of the board at National Bank of Poland
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