Gdańsk University of Technology
Gdansk University of Technology (GUT) educates 26 000 undergraduate and postgraduate students at nine Faculties: Applied Physics and Mathematics; Architecture; Chemistry; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Control Engineering; Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics; Management and Economics; Mechanical Engineering; Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology. Students have the opportunity to realize first, second and third-cycle programmes, as well as undertake postgraduate or MBA studies. Currently 29 courses are offered, including 3 interdepartmental courses and 1 inter-academic course (in cooperation with Medical University of Gdansk). Some degree courses and various specialisations are taught in English. Moreover, some of the courses offered by GUT are unique in Poland, for instance ones in Building Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Geodesy and Cartography, as well as Engineering of Natural Resources.
Students have access to specialist laboratories, lecture theatres with multimedia facilities, a library with 1.2 million volumes and various sports facilities. Undergraduates can also join one or more of 60 student science or language societies as well as other organisations. Annually, around 300 undergraduates study abroad, many eventually acquiring more than one university diploma.
Student education is provided by over 1200 academic teachers, more than a hundred of whom are full professors. GUT scientific and administrative staff are also engaged in numerous projects at the regional, national and international level. GUT continually modernizes its teaching and research facilities, most recently with the construction of Nanotechnology Center. Great emphasis is placed on maintaining high education quality standards – GUT is the second Polish institution of higher education to hold the prestigious ECTS Label. GUT is also the first and only Polish university to be a member of the CDIO Initiative, founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. CDIO aims to provide an education for engineers that enables them to “Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate” pro-industrial technological systems.
Excellent international cooperation of Gdansk University of Technology includes almost 650 formal and non-formal agreements. Thus GUT students may choose the most suitable European faculty from among 350 offered in their Erasmus study programme. European companies also offer GUT students various internships. Every year over 350 GUT students and almost 150 university staff realize their mobility training. At the same time GUT receives approximately 170 foreign students, more than half from Spain, and some 50 guest staff from partner institutions of higher learning. Our university is an active member of a number of university networks and associations, e.g. Baltic Science Research (coordination of nanotechnology research and education), Baltic University Network (Uppsala Protocol) and the Baltic Sea Region University Network.
GUT conducts research into diverse specialist subjects. The most important of these include: bioengineering (biomaterials and implants, informatics in medicine, nanomedicine) and biotechnology, renewable energy sources, nuclear energy, exploitation of natural resources, food chemistry, revitalization of architecture as well as ICT. The development and transfer of new technologies is performed in collaboration with the Center for Knowledge and Entrepreneurship, Technology Transfer Center, Center of Advanced Technologies. One of the major objectives of GUT is to develop cooperation with business and industry, resulting in not only interesting ventures and implementations, but also opportunities for students to obtain scholarships, internships and professional experience.
GUT provides students with comfortable halls of residence, located close to the university campus. There are many student facilities situated both in the campus and near the halls of residence, including student clubs and shops. The region offers many places of great interest for international students, including Malbork Castle, Kashubian and Mazury lakes, and the Baltic Sea. There are also many activities available for students at the GUT Sports Centre, such as sailing, windsurfing and other sports. All foreign Erasmus students are personally welcomed by Polish students from the Erasmus Student Network, who assist them throughout their stay at GUT.