Wrocław University of Science and Technology

Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Politechnika Wrocławska
Latin: Polytechnica Wratislaviensis
Former names

Königliche Technische Hochschule Breslau (19101918)

Technische Hochschule Breslau (19181945)
Type Public
Established 1910 (former)
1945 (current)
Budget PLN 613 million (2012)[1]
Rector Cezary Madryas
Academic staff
Students 34,104
Location Wrocław, Poland
51°06′25″N 17°03′43″E / 51.107°N 17.062°E / 51.107; 17.062
Campus Urban
Affiliations EUA (European University Association), TIME (Top Industrial Managers for Europe), CRE (Association of European Universities CRE-Columbus), EAIE, PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education)
Website http://www.pwr.edu.pl
University rankings
QS[2] 251-300 in electrical & electronic engineering
Times[3] N/A

Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Polish: Politechnika Wrocławska, founded as German: Technische Hochschule Breslau) is an autonomous technical university in Wrocław, Poland. With buildings dispersed throughout the city, its main facilities are gathered at a central location near Plac Grunwaldzki, alongside the Oder river. It operates three regional branches in Jelenia Góra, Legnica, and Wałbrzych.

Students and staff

Currently the university educates over 32,000 students in almost 50 Bachelor, Master, and PhD programs. Every year over 4,000 degrees are conferred, with over 80,000 graduates since its foundation. The university staff consists of over 2000 academic employees and another 2,000 administration workers.


Today, it belongs to the best technical universities in Poland: It rates high in the annual rankings of Polish universities. In 2006 and 2007, it was announced the best technical university in Poland in the oldest Polish ranking of higher education schools carried out by Wprost magazine and second best in 2013. The university ranked first in the modern technologies group (disciplines: computer science, electronics, materials science) of the Where to study? ranking. It ranked second among the best technical universities in information technology and the most innovative universities by 2012 Computerworld Magazine. In 2015 it ranked 1st in the field of Environmental Engineering according to currently the most popular ranking sites in Poland, Perspektywy.[4]

It ranked 577, in 2016 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, 254 in Europe and sixth in Poland.[5]


The Technische Hochschule Breslau was founded in 1910 with German scientists and engineers, with the support of Emperor Wilhelm II of the German Empire. It was renowned for its accomplishments and innovation and inventions.

In May 1945, the Festung Breslau was overrun by the Red Army of the Soviet Union and the Technical University of Breslau along with the city was ceded to the People's Republic of Poland.

The Polish Wrocław University of Technology was founded 24 August 1945. A group of 27 professors, originating from the University and Technical University of Lwów, arrived in Wrocław and started the Polish academic society in the destroyed or severely damaged buildings of the Technische Hochschule Breslau. The first lecture was given by Kazimierz Idaszewski on 15 November 1945. Since then that day has been celebrated as Wrocław Science Day.

In 1951 the university was divided into two institutions. The first rector of the newly established Wrocław University of Technology was Dionizy Smoleński. From this moment, the polytechnic developed quickly and underwent numerous organisational changes.

Nowadays students of this university take part in several science programmes such as SSETI Program developing communication systems and steering for a satellite launched 5 October 2005.

The university is one of the founder of the International University of Logistics and Transport In Wrocław, with the city of Wrocław and the French university École supérieure internationale de commerce in Metz.[6]


Wroclaw University of Technology is managed by a rector and five vice-rectors: for research, education, students’ affairs, general affairs and development. Rectors and vice-rectors, as well as deans and directors of the departments are elected by the staff for five-year terms and may be re-elected once. The highest governing body within the university is the Senate, which consists of 75 members: rector, 5 vice-rectors, 12 deans, 12 students and 45 eligible staff representatives.


The university offers education in a diverse range of fields at 13 faculties:

1. Faculty of Architecture
2. Faculty of Civil Engineering
3. Faculty of Chemistry
4. Faculty of Electronics
5. Faculty of Electrical Engineering
6. Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology
7. Faculty of Environmental Engineering
8. Faculty of Computer Science and Management
9. Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering
10. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
11. Faculty of Fundamental Problems of Technology
12. Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics
13. Faculty of Mathematics


Student life

Students have their own self-government, which controls most of their affairs. At the university works also the Career Office which helps students in transition process from education to work.[7]

Student organizations

Active organizations

European cooperation networks

International cooperation


Networking and Supercomputing services for local universities
to increase the efficiency and the competitiveness of industry through innovation
promotion of clean technologies, hydrogen and fuel cells, food safety
GaN devices, delta-doped structures, scanning probe microscopy, polymers
The goal of the Hugo Steinhaus Center is to organize, encourage and support research on and education in stochastic techniques as applied in science and technology


Notable faculty and alumni

See also


Coordinates: 51°06′31.72″N 17°03′35.53″E / 51.1088111°N 17.0598694°E / 51.1088111; 17.0598694

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