Wrocław University of Technology

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Wroclaw University of Technology
Politechnika Wrocławska
Main building
Latin: Polytechnica Wratislaviensis
Established 1910,1945
Type Public
Budget PLN 613 million (2012)[1]
Rector Tadeusz Więckowski
Academic staff 1,904
Students 35,252
Doctoral students 1,114
Location Wrocław, Poland
51°06′25″N 17°03′43″E / 51.107°N 17.062°E / 51.107; 17.062
Campus Urban
Former names Technische Hochschule Breslau
Affiliations EUA (European University Association), TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe), CRE (Association of European Universities CRE-Columbus), EAIE, PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education)
Website http://www.pwr.edu.pl
Wroclaw University of Technology logo.jpg
University rankings
National
Global
QS[2] 342 (Engineering & Technology)
Times[3] N/A

Wrocław University of Technology (Polish: Politechnika Wrocławska, founded as German: Technische Hochschule Breslau) is an autonomous technical university in Wrocław, Poland. With buildings dispersed throughout the city, its main facilities are gathered at a central location near Plac Grunwaldzki, alongside the Oder River. It operates three regional branches in Jelenia Góra, Legnica, and Wałbrzych.

Students and staff[edit]

Currently the university educates over 32,000 students in almost 50 Bachelor, Master, and PhD programs. Every year over 4,000 degrees are conferred, with over 80,000 graduates since its foundation. The university staff consists of over 2000 academic employees and another 2,000 administration workers.

Rankings[edit]

Today, it belongs to the best technical universities in Poland: It rates high in the annual rankings of Polish universities. In 2006 and 2007, it was announced the best technical university in Poland in the oldest Polish ranking of higher education schools carried out by Wprost magazine and second best in 2013. The university ranked first in the modern technologies group (disciplines: computer science, electronics, materials science) of the Where to study? ranking. It ranked second among the best technical universities in information technology and the most innovative universities by 2012 Computerworld Magazine.

It ranked 593, in 2013 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, 249 in Europe and seventh in Poland.[4]

History[edit]

The Technische Hochschule Breslau was founded in 1910 with German scientists and engineers, with the support of Emperor Wilhelm II of the German Empire. It was renowned for its accomplishments and innovation and inventions.

In May 1945, the Festung Breslau was overrun by the Red Army of the Soviet Union and the Technical University of Breslau along with the city was ceded to the People's Republic of Poland.

The Polish Wrocław University of Technology was founded 24 August 1945. A group of 27 professors, originating from the University and Technical University of Lwów, arrived in Wrocław and started the Polish academic society in the destroyed or severely damaged buildings of the Technische Hochschule Breslau. The first lecture was given by Kazimierz Idaszewski on 15 November 1945. Since then that day has been celebrated as Wrocław Science Day.

In 1951 the university was divided into two institutions. The first rector of the newly established Wrocław University of Technology was Dionizy Smoleński. From this moment, the polytechnic developed quickly and underwent numerous organisational changes.

Nowadays students of this university take part in several science programmes such as SSETI Program — developing communication systems and steering for a satellite launched 5 October 2005.

The university is one of the founder of the International University of Logistics and Transport In Wrocław, with the city of Wrocław and the French university École supérieure internationale de commerce in Metz.[5]

Organisation[edit]

Wroclaw University of Technology is managed by a rector and five vice-rectors: for research, education, students’ affairs, general affairs and development. Rectors and vice-rectors, as well as deans and directors of the departments are elected by the staff for five-year terms and may be re-elected once. The highest governing body within the university is the Senate, which consists of 75 members: rector, 5 vice-rectors, 12 deans, 12 students and 45 eligible staff representatives.

Faculties[edit]

The university offers education in a diverse range of fields at 12 faculties:

  • Faculty of Architecture
Architecture and Urban Planning, Spatial Management
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemistry
Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Chemical Technology
  • Faculty of Electronics
Control Engineering and Robotics, Electronics and Telecommunications, Computer Science, Teleinformatics
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Control Engineering and Robotics, Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy
  • Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology
Mining and Geology
  • Faculty of Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering, Environmental Protection
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Management
Computer Science, Management and Marketing
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Machine Building, Power Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Control Engineering and Robotics, Mechanical Engineering and Machine Building, Transport, Management and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology
Mathematics, Physics, Materials Engineering, Technical Physics, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics
Electronics and Telecommunications

Rectors[edit]

  • Rudolf Schenck (1910–1914)
  • Gerhard Hessenberg (1914–1916)
  • Carl Heinel (1916–1918)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Semmler (1918–1920)
  • Ludwig Mann (1920–1924)
  • Werner Schmeidler (1924–1926)
  • Wilhelm Tafel (1926–1928)
  • Karl Gottwein (1928–1930)
  • Erich Waetzmann (1930–1932)
  • Bernhard Neumann (1932–1933)
  • Wilhelm Rein (1933–1937)
  • Erwin Ferber (1937–1944)
  • Heinrich Blecken (1944–1945)
  • Stanisław Kulczyński (1945–1951)
  • Dionizy Smoleński (1951–1960)
  • Zygmunt Szparkowski (1960–1969)
  • Tadeusz Porębski (1969–1980)
  • Bogusław Kędzia (1 XII 1980-31 VIII 1981)
  • Tadeusz Zipser (1 IX-29 XII 1981)
  • Jerzy Schroeder (6 I-31 VII 1982)
  • Wacław Kasprzak (1982–1984)
  • Jan Kmita (1984–1990)
  • Andrzej Wiszniewski (1990–1996)
  • Andrzej Mulak (1996–2002)
  • Tadeusz Luty (2002–2008)
  • Tadeusz Więckowski (2008–)

Student life[edit]

Students have their own self-government, which controls most of their affairs.

Student organizations[edit]

Active organizations

  • ASI – University Computer Science Association
  • AZS – University Sport Association
  • AIESEC – International Association of the Economy and Commerce Students’
  • BEST – Board of European Students of Technology
  • ESN – Erasmus Student Network
  • IAESTE – The International Association for the Exchange of Students for the Technical Experience
  • IACES – International Association of Civil Engineering Students
  • NZS – Independent Students’ Union
  • AKM Apanonar – Academic Motors Club

European cooperation networks[edit]

International cooperation[edit]

Centres[edit]

  • Wroclaw Centre for Networking and Supercomputing
Networking and Supercomputing services for local universities
  • Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer
to increase the efficiency and the competitiveness of industry through innovation
  • Lower Silesia Centre for Advanced Technology
promotion of clean technologies, hydrogen and fuel cells, food safety
  • Centre of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
GaN devices, delta-doped structures, scanning probe microscopy, polymers
  • Centre of Biomedical Engineering
The goal of the Hugo Steinhaus Center is to organize, encourage and support research on and education in stochastic techniques as applied in science and technology
  • Centre of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (CAMT)
  • Center of Biomonitoring, Biotechnology and Ecosystems Protection in Lower Silesia

Conferences[edit]

  • The 7th European Meeting coinciding with the 1st World Meeting in Visual and Physiological Optics, VPOptics 2014
  • Modern Electric Power Systems MEPS 2010
  • International Conference "Experimental Vibration Analysis for Civil Engineering Structures" – EVACES
  • Energy Efficiency and Air Pollutants Control Conference

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.imsig.pl/pdf/2013/181/13193.pdf
  2. ^ "University Rankings". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "World University Rankings". THE Education Ltd. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ World Universities' ranking on the Web http://www.webometrics.info/en/detalles/pwr.wroc.pl
  5. ^ Official site International University of Logistics and Transport in Wrocław

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°06′31.72″N 17°03′35.53″E / 51.1088111°N 17.0598694°E / 51.1088111; 17.0598694