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University of Silesia, also called Silesian University (pl:Uniwersytet Śląski), is an autonomous state university in Silesian Voivodship, Silesia, Poland. Its campuses are located mostly in Katowice. Silesian University is the second largest in Poland as far as the number of students is concerned.

University of Silesia should not be confused with a similarly named university in Opava, Czech Republic (Slezská univerzita v Opavě).

University of Silesia conducts education and research. It offers undergraduate and Master's programs, PhD studies, as well as various postgraduate, continuous education and training programs.

University of Silesia in Katowice
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Established 1968
Rector Prof. zw. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś
Students 45,655
Location Katowice, Poland (EU)
Location of Silesian University campuses on the map of Poland



The University of Silesia has its origins in the Higher School of Education, which was founded in 1928 - at that time it was the only institution of higher education in the part of Silesia belonging to Poland. Later, the school became a branch of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. In 1968, the University of Silesia was established in its current form as the ninth university in Poland.


Building of the Department of Law, Katowice
Faculty of Computer and Materials Science, Sosnowiec
Main building of the Institute of Chemistry in downtown Katowice
Building of Department of Earth Sciences, Sosnowiec

University of Silesia currently has campuses in six cities in the region: Katowice, Sosnowiec, Rybnik, Chorzów, Cieszyn and Jastrzębie Zdrój. The majority of faculties are located in Katowice. The main campus is located in downtown Katowice.

The University is located in the center of a highly urbanized and ethnically complex region (Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union). Heavy industry exerts a significant influence, and ecological challenges are formidable. The University tries to maintain close links with local industries and Silesian tradition.

Facts and Figures

  • Total number of teachers - 1,903
  • Total number of students - 45,655
  • Number of faculties - 12
  • Number of institutes - 23
  • Number of departments - 75
  • Number of inter-faculty units - 15

International Agreements

University signed Agreements of Cooperation with 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, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, and others.

International Teaching Units

  • Silesian International Business School - set up 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. The main idea behind its establishment was to provide the most gifted students with an opportunity to carve out a career suitable to their potential capabilities.
  • International School of Political Science - set up 10 years ago, its main objective being education in the field. The institution also plays a significant role in the academic cooperation between Poland and France. The system of instruction in the School is modeled on institutes of political science in France. It is the first undertaking of this kind in Central Europe.

Departments of the Silesian University

The University of Silesia has schools of modern languages, natural science, technology and a language teacher training college.

It is divided into the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Earth Science
  • Faculty of Computer and Materials Science
  • Faculty of Philology
  • Faculty of Mathematics Physics and Chemistry
  • Faculty of Law and Administration
  • Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Pedagogics & Psychology
  • Faculty of Radio and Television
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Ethnology and Sciences of Education
  • Faculty of Management

List of Rectors

  • prof. dr hab. Kazimierz Popiołek (1968-07-02 - 1972-09-30)
  • prof. dr hab. Henryk Rechowicz (1972-10-01 - 1980-07-05)
  • prof. dr hab. Sędzimir Klimaszewski (1980-12-05 - 1980-12-15, 1980-12-16 - 1981-09-30, 1982-06-01 - 1984-09-30, 1984-10-01 - 1987-09-30, 1987-10-01 - 1990-11-30)
  • prof. dr hab. August Chełkowski (1981-10-01 - 1982-01-16)
  • prof. dr hab. Maksymilian Pazdan (1990-12-01 - 1993-08-31, 1993-09-01 - 1996-08-31)
  • prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Sławek (1996-09-01 - 1999-08-31, 1999-09-01 - 2002-08-31)
  • prof. dr hab. Janusz Janeczek(2002-09-01 - 2005-08-31, 2005-09-01 - 2008-08-31)
  • prof. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś (current Rector)

Notable Professors

Notable Students

External links

Coordinates: 50°15′38″N 19°1′41″E / 50.26056°N 19.02806°E / 50.26056; 19.02806



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