University of Silesia in Katowice

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The University of Silesia in Katowice
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
US, Katowice Logo 2.png
Latin: Universitas Silesiensis
Type Public
Established 8 June 1968
Rector prof. dr hab. Andrzej Kowalczyk
Academic staff
2,082[1]
Students 27,395[2]
Postgraduates 1,614
Address ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007, Katowice, Poland (EU)
Campus Katowice, Sosnowiec, Cieszyn, Chorzów
Affiliations Erasmus+, CEEPUS,[3] EUA, EUPEN, ELFA[disambiguation needed], AUF, EASSW, EUNIS, EPSO, CERN, ECTN[4]
Website www.us.edu.pl
University of Silesia in Katowice is located in Poland
University of Silesia in Katowice
University of Silesia in Katowice
Location of University of Silesia in Katowice within Poland.

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 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.

History[edit]

The roots of the University of Silesia date back to 1928, when the Institute of Education was established in Katowice.[6] The institute was later reformed to National Pedagogical University in 1950,[7] however, first preparations to formation of what would later become the University of Silesia 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 National Pedagogical University, these are the foundations of what came to life on June 8, 1968, as the University of Silesia.[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 reformed branch of the University in Cieszyn.[13]

Location[edit]

Building of the Department of Law and Administration, Katowice
Faculty of Computer and Materials Science, Sosnowiec
Main building of the Institute of Chemistry, (part of Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), Katowice
Institute of Physics, (part of Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), Katowice
Building of Department of Earth Sciences, Sosnowiec
Department of Biology and Environmental Protection, Katowice
Centre for Scientific Information and Academic Library (CINiBA)

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]

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 figures[edit]

  • Number of teachers: 2,082
  • Number of students: 27,395
  • Number of faculties: 12
  • Number of programmes: 71
  • Number of specializations: 234 [15]

International agreements[edit]

The University of Silesia has signed over 600 bilateral agreements with partner institutions in countries all over the world.[16] 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[17] 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.[18]

Faculties[edit]

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:

Rectors[edit]

Libraries[edit]

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.[32]

Notable professors[edit]

Notable students[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheet with Facts and Figures on University of Silesia
  2. ^ Sheet with Facts and Figures on University of Silesia
  3. ^ CEEPUS
  4. ^ Rector's Report 2015, p. 142
  5. ^ History on University of Silesia. (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. ^ Sheet with Facts and Figures on University of Silesia
  16. ^ Academic Cooperation on University of Silesia
  17. ^ Bilateral Agreements on University of Silesia
  18. ^ Bilateral Erasmus Agreements - University of Silesia
  19. ^ Faculty of Fine Arts and Music website
  20. ^ Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection website
  21. ^ Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Science website
  22. ^ Faculty of Philology website
  23. ^ Faculty of Computer Science and Materials Science website
  24. ^ Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry website
  25. ^ Faculty of Earth Sciences website
  26. ^ Faculty of Social Sciences website
  27. ^ Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology website
  28. ^ Faculty of Law and Administration website
  29. ^ Faculty of Radio and Television website
  30. ^ Faculty of Theology website
  31. ^ prof. A. Kowalczyk as a Rector of the University of Silesia
  32. ^ CINiBA

External links[edit]

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