Wroclaw University of Science and Technology is the leading scientific and educational centre in Poland. Its position among technical universities in both Europe and the rest of the world is increasing every year. Development of the University is confirmed by research potential, didactics at the highest level, innovation and also cooperation with industry. The University educates specialists who are valued and sought after in the labour market.
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology is an inheritor of the tangible property of the German University Königliche Technische Hochschule Breslau, and also the intellectual and scientific heritage of Lviv Polytechnic. The University, as Wroclaw University of Technology, has been operating since 1945. Its creators and organizers were scientists from Lviv and Warsaw. From the very beginning it was an important centre of technical education. Today it is one of the biggest and best technical universities in the country with 34,000 students being educated by 2000 academic teachers in 16 faculties: Architecture; Civil Engineering; Chemistry; Electronics; Electrical Engineering; Geoengineering, Mining and Geology; Environmental Engineering; Computer Science and Management; Mechanical and Power Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Fundamental Problems of Technology; Microsystem Electronics and Photonics; Pure and Applied Mathematics; Technology and Computer Science; Technology and Engineering; Technology and Natural Sciences.
The rating of the University is confirmed by the results that the University achieves in annual rankings, such as the “Perspektywy”, “Wprost” or “U-Multirank” ranking of Higher Education Institutions, in which it continues to occupy the top position.
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology is a technical university and a research institution. The aim of educating students is to not only provide them with reliable knowledge, but also with creative and critical thinking. The University primarily carries out its mission through the highest standards in scientific research, internationalization and also through the high quality of education which is adapted to labour market requirements. Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, as an academic community, is open and comprehensive, it cherishes university values and traditions and cooperates with other universities and external partners.
Opportunities and potential
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology stands out with its educational offer that allows students to study according to standard programmes, as well as according to their individual educational paths. Moreover, the University maintains contacts with many educational and research institutions in the world and also follows the double diploma procedure. It currently has a cooperation agreement with 205 partners from 49 countries. Students and researchers of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology have an opportunity in both education and participation in joint projects such as: Erasmus+, Student Exchange Programmes, the Double Degree Master Programme T.I.M.E., the Polish and American Fulbright Commission and also DAAD.
Many organizations and student associations operate within the University and among them there are 157 scientific clubs, 22 student organizations and 17 cultural agendas. This is where students have the opportunity to develop their scientific and creative passions. The profile of this activity is very diverse and depends only on the imagination of students. The University also has a non-commercial radio and TV station – Academic Radio LUZ and TV STYK.
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology pursues a strategy that aims to adapt the activity of the University to the needs of the economy. It successfully implements ideas of transferring knowledge to industry, creating innovations and also cooperating with business, local government and scientific-research centres. It promotes activities focused on fostering entrepreneurship and aids students and graduates when searching for a job. Each year the University receives a number of original technical solutions, patents, inventions and technologies that are applicable to industry. In the last five years the University has obtained 758 patents. There are 859 didactic laboratories, 112 research laboratories, 36 didactic and research laboratories and 12 accredited laboratories operating within the University. The world-class level of research conducted by university staff and the well-equipped laboratories result in cooperation with many domestic and foreign companies. Students have the opportunity to participate in internships and carry out their diplomas in the branches of renowned companies around the world, e.g. Nokia, COMARCH, KGHM, NETIA, Volvo, Ryanair.
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology is one of the most dynamically developing technical universities in the country. The most important recent investments of WUST include: Bibliotech – a building that operates on the basis of modern IT infrastructure and is the seat of the Centre of Knowledge and Science and Technology Information and also the location of one of the most powerful computers in the world “BEM” (148th in the ranking of the TOP500, June 2016); Geocentrum – an educational and research complex; and also Technopolis – two modern buildings of the Center of IT and Communication Technologies and the Centre of Education and Technology that act as educational, scientific and laboratory centres. The Student Cultural Zone, in which are located, among others, a multi-storey car park, cafeteria and conference rooms, was founded as an answer to student needs. The cable car across the Odra River, named by students as “Polinka”, is a unique communication solution in Poland. This cable car connects the main campus of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology with the Geocentrum campus, which is located on the opposite side of the Odra River.
The campus of the University was placed among the 15 most beautiful in the world according to a statement published by the prestigious online journal “The Huffington Post” and the American record company Disney (Pixar). Numerous buildings in a modernist style, located mainly by Odra River bank, were especially admired.