University of Silesia in Katowice

The University of Silesia in Katowice
Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach
Latin: Universitas Silesiensis
Type Public
Established 8 June 1968
Rector Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś
Academic staff
Students 40,000[2]
Postgraduates 3,789
Address ul. Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice, 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.[3] 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.


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 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 facilities. Today it is 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 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

International agreements

The university signed Agreements of Cooperation with 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 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


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

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