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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
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Affiliations LLP/Erasmus, Socrates-Lingua, Leonardo da Vinci 2, CEEPUS, CIRCEOS, IAU, CRE, AUDEM, IAUP, CBUR
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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 of Silesia in Katowice offers higher education and research facilities. It offers undergraduate and masters programs, PhD studies, as well as postgraduate, postdoctoral research - habilitation,and continuous education and training programs.


The University of Silesia in Katowice has its origin in the Institute of Education in Katowice (Instytut Pedagogiczny w Katowicach) and it is the only school in region dating back to 1928. It was then the only incorporated Polish institution of higher education in whole of Silesia. The Higher School of Education in Katowice (Wyższa Szkoła Pedagogiczna w Katowicach) was established in 1950. Later, the school merged with the Katowice branch of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków established in 1965. In 1968, the University of Silesia in Katowice was established from these educational facilities and it is one of the most impressive unniversities in Upper Silesia and one of the better public universities in Poland.


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Building of the Department of Law and Administration, Katowice
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Faculty of Computer and Materials Science, Sosnowiec
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Main building of the Institute of Chemistry, (part of Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), Katowice
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Institute of Physics, (part of Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), Katowice
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Building of Department of Earth Sciences, Sosnowiec
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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 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 on 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. The main idea behind its establishment is to provide the most gifted students with an opportunity to carve out a career suitable to their potential capabilities.
  • The International School of Political Science was set up 10 years ago. Its main objective is education in the field. The institution plays a significant role in the 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, technology and a language teacher training college.

It is divided into the following faculties:


Notable professors

Notable students


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