The Silesian University of Technology (SUT) was established in 1945 as the scientific and didactic base of Upper Silesia, the most industrialized region in Poland and one of the most in Europe. Its rich, 70-year-old tradition makes it the oldest university in Upper Silesia and one of the oldest in the country.
The inauguration ceremony of the first academic year was held in Gliwice on October 29, 1945. At the time there were 2,750 students. Didactic curricula and plans were based on the standards from Lvov Technical University. The academic staff of the SUT comprised almost solely of the former academics from Lvov.
In 1945 there were four faculties with almost 200 academic teachers.
- Faculty of Chemistry,
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering,
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Faculty of Civil Engineering
The excellent teaching staff were one of the strongest assets of the university from the very beginning.
In 2015, the Silesian University of Technology celebrated its 70th anniversary. Seven decades in the history of the university is the period of successive rectors and deans of various faculties, as well as professors, academics, administrative staff and, above all, crowds of students and graduates.
Without talent, creative work and commitment of a wide range of people we would not be able to create and develop one of the largest technical universities in the country.
Silesian University of Technology, as an important opinion-forming institution, from the very beginning was making a significant contribution to the economy of the region and the whole country, providing innovative solutions and improving the competitiveness of Polish companies. The Silesian University of Technology is located in the centre part of the Upper-Silesia province, not far from Europe’s well-known capitals like Prague, Berlin and Vienna, which makes SUT a perfect place to meet people from all around the world to share experience and exchange ideas.
The main strength of the University is a wide range of courses and the outstanding quality of training it provides. SUT has invariably been the top of Polish technical universities and it has ranked high in national higher education rankings. Almost 10 percent of top-managers in Poland graduated from SUT. Recently, we have also ranked 4th among higher education schools whose graduates are most sought after by employers.
In addition to teaching and research activities, the Silesian University of Technology has become an important business partner to respond to the challenges of a knowledge-based economy. SUT is a key player in the fields of new technologies and innovations. New ideas and solutions, brought to life at the University, are important factors that help boosting the competitiveness of Polish companies.
Today, Silesian University of Technology is a modern institution renowned in Polish and international scientific communities. 15 Faculties currently educate approx. 22 thousand students, who will soon join the engineering staff of companies operating not only in Upper Silesia, but also outside of the region. The graduates of the Silesian University of Technology are very successful both at home and abroad, taking employment in sectors of key importance to the knowledge-based economy.