UTP University of Science and Technology (Bydgoszcz, Poland)

(Uniwersytet Technologiczno - Przyrodniczy – the UTP) in Bydgoszcz has a 60 year-long tradition going back to 1951, when the first school of higher education in Bydgoszcz was created - the Evening School of Engineering. Early in its history, it educated chemical and mechanical engineers. Having been converted into the Engineering School of Higher Education, in 1964, full-time, evening and extramural programmes were offered by 4 technological faculties.

The development of agricultural studies was launched in 1969 by the establishment in Bydgoszcz of the branch of the Agricultural School of Higher Education from Poznań. This branch became independent in 1972 by turning into the Faculty of Agriculture with Animal Production Section. Pursuant to the decree of Prime Minister of August 20, 1974, those two schools were joined into the Jan and Jędrzej Śniadecki’s University of Technology and Agriculture in Bydgoszcz, renamed the University of Technology and Life Sciences in 2006.

The University of Technology and Life Sciences is a multi-profile school of higher education offering technical, agricultural, art and in field of management study programmes.

Throughout the 60 year-history the studies at the University have been completed by over 43 thousand graduates, mostly majoring in civil engineering, mechanical engineering and agriculture sciences. Our graduates include, e.g. the world-famous Sydney Olympic stadium designer, Edmund Obiała, MSc, and a cryptologist, professor Józef Pieprzyk.

Seven faculties, inter-faculty units and administration employ about 1300 people, 680 of which are academics, including almost 140 professors. Six faculties of the University are entitled to award PhD degree, out of which three (the Faculty of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) also to confer the degree of doktor habilitowany equivalent to the Doctor of Science Degree. The scientific and educational activity is based on co-operation with almost all the domestic universities of technology and agriculture and with many foreign universities and scientific centres.

Five academics of the University have been granted the title of Doctor Honoris Causa. The recognition of the University academics of Polish science is very much evidenced by their frequent participation in committees and sections of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, as well as the works of The Polish Accreditation Committee.

UTP contributes with experience from collaboration with local and regional companies regarding broadband implementation, and with experience from lecturers teaching from abroad giving lectures and supervision remotely. A particular benefit is related to development of flexible learning methods, which can support learning for students with full-time jobs.

Further information about UTP can be found at http://www.utp.edu.pl/.