The Silesian University of Technology (SUT) is the oldest technical university in Upper Silesia and one of the largest in the country. It was established in 1945 as a scientific and educational facility for the most industrialised area in Poland, and one of the most industrialised in Europe. For over 75 years it has been an important institution of public life. It plays a significant cultural and opinion-forming role in the region.
The mission of the Silesian University of Technology, as a prestigious European technical university, is to conduct innovative scientific research and development works, as well as to educate highly qualified staff for the benefit of the knowledge-based society and economy, and to actively influence the development of the region and local communities. The university, through continuous improvement of processes and organisation, is a friendly and open place for work and development of the academic community.
The Silesian University of Technology is the only university in Silesia to be included in the prestigious group of 10 Polish universities, winners of the "Excellence Initiative-Research University" competition organised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
The project aimed to identify and support universities that will strive to achieve the status of a research university and will be able to effectively compete with the best academic centres in Europe and in the world. Out of 20 best universities in Poland which were eligible to take part in the competition, the international team of experts selected 10 universities which in 2020-2026 will receive a subsidy increased by 10%. The Silesian University of Technology belongs to this group, which according to the Ministry rules, will receive a total amount of nearly PLN 245,000,000.00 over 7 years.
Science and education
15 educational units of the University – 13 faculties and 2 institutes – currently offer more than 50 study programmes and about 200 specialisations, including the whole spectrum of engineering studies. Aside from technical programmes, candidates may also study business analytics, interior design, applied linguistics, mathematics, pre-school and early childhood pedagogy, sociology, management and project management. Nine faculties, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Education and Communication Research are located in Gliwice, two faculties operate in Katowice and two in Zabrze, thanks to which the Silesian University of Technology covers a significant area of the Silesian Voivodship with its scientific and didactic influence.
Currently, SUT educates over 18,000 students. The University offers first-cycle studies (engineering and bachelor's degree), second-cycle studies - master's degree, education at doctoral school called "Joint Doctoral School" and postgraduate studies. Studies are conducted in full-time and part-time mode. Candidates have also the opportunity to access education in one of the nearly 30 study programmes in English.
Until now, SUT has promoted over 200,000 engineers. Graduates of our university often occupy managerial, directorial and other high positions in industrial corporations, which can be proven by numerous rankings conducted by independent research institutions. According to the report made by Sedlak & Sedlak company, 1 in 12 chairmen in Poland graduated from SUT. Meanwhile, the “Rzeczpospolita” daily states, that the University in Gliwice is ranked fifth in the country in terms of educating future presidents of companies.
For many years now, due to the wide didactic offer and high quality of education, the Silesian University of Technology has been one of the leading Polish technical universities, which is confirmed by its high positions in rankings of higher education institutions. Its strong position is confirmed by the scientific and didactic achievements of outstanding specialists and numerous national and international successes. Studying at the Silesian University of Technology allows cooperating with many companies, which willingly employ university graduates. According to "Wprost" weekly, the university is on the high fourth place among universities in Poland, whose graduates are most wanted on the labour market.