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University of Silesia in Katowice

The University of Silesia in Katowice
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Latin: Universitas Silesiensis
Established 8th of June, 1968
Type Public
Rector Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś
Academic staff
2 057[1]
Students 32,270
Postgraduates 3,789
Location Katowice, Poland (EU)
Campus Katowice, Sosnowiec, Cieszyn, Chorzów, Rybnik
Affiliations LLP/Erasmus, Socrates-Lingua, Leonardo da Vinci 2, CEEPUS, CIRCEOS, IAU, CRE, AUDEM, IAUP, CBUR
Location of campuses on the map of Poland

The University of Silesia in Katowice (Polish: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach, UŚ) is an autonomous state-run university in Silesia Province, Katowice, Poland.[2] 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 1
  • Location 2
  • Facts and figures 3
  • International agreements 4
  • International teaching units 5
  • Faculties 6
  • Rectors 7
  • Notable professors 8
  • Notable students 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The University of Silesia in Katowice has its origins in the Institute of Education in Katowice (Instytut Pedagogiczny w Katowicach). It is the only school in the region that dates back as far as 1928, the only incorporated Polish institution of higher education in all of Silesia at the time. In 1950, The Higher School of Education in Katowice (Wyższa Szkoła Pedagogiczna w Katowicach) was established. In 1965 that school merged with the Katowice branch of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In 1968, the University of Silesia in Katowice was formed by combining these educational facilities, and is now one of the most impressive universities in Upper Silesia, and one of the better public universities in Poland.


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

Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach has facilities in five cities in the region: Katowice, Sosnowiec, Cieszyn, Chorzów, and Rybnik. The majority of facilities are in Katowice; the main campus is in the Katowice city center.

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

  • Number of teachers: 2,052
  • Number of students: 32,268
  • Number of faculty: 13
  • Number of institutes: 23
  • Number of departments: 75
  • Number of inter-faculty units: 15

International agreements

The university signed Agreements of Cooperation with a number of foreign universities, including Free University of Brussels, Karl-Franzens University of Graz, University of Banja Luka, Université du Québec à Montréal, Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, University of Zagreb, Ostravá University, Silesian University in Opava, Masaryk University, Aarhus University, University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, University of Leipzig, University of Dortmund, University of Trieste, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, and others.

International teaching units

  • The Silesian International Business School started in 1991 as a joint enterprise of the Academy of Economics and the University of Silesia, in collaboration with École Supérieure de Commerce in Toulouse, (France), University of Strathclyde (UK), and other European academic institutions. Its main purpose is to provide the most gifted students with opportunities to carve out a career suitable to their potential capabilities.
  • The International School of Political Science was set up ten years ago. Its main objective is education in the field. The institution plays a significant role in academic cooperation between Poland and France. The system of instruction is modeled on institutes of political science in France. It is the first undertaking of its kind in Central Europe.


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:


Notable professors

Notable students


  1. ^ Sheet with Facts and Figures on University of Silesia
  2. ^ University of Silesia history, homepage. (English)

External links

  • (English) University of Silesia in Katowice - website
  • (Polish) Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach - website
  • (Polish) Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach - Rybnik - website

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