South Association Forum FSA - September 2011
5 - 9 September 2011, Gdańsk, Poland

Gdansk University of Technology

The foundation stone was laid in 1900, and the main university building was completed in 1904. The first rector of the then Royal Prussian Higher School of Technology was the outstanding mathematician Hans von Mangoldt. Up to 1920 the university remained under Prussian control. Next, in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, it was put under the administration of the Free City of Danzig. In that time many of the students were Poles.
The present Gdansk University of Technology (GUT) was created on the basis of a State National Council decree issued on 24th May 1945. Initially it had six faculties: Architecture, Civil and Water Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Shipbuilding and Chemistry. Over the years the organisational structure of GUT underwent changes. New faculties were created, while others were divided or merged to adapt the education to current market needs.

In the first academic year, 1945/1946, in total 1,647 students began their studies at the Gdansk University of Technology. Today there are 26,000. In nine faculties they have the opportunity to obtain engineer, MSc or doctoral diplomas, as well as undertake postgraduate or MBA studies. Studies and various specialisations are also conducted in English. Some of the courses offered by GUT are unique in Poland.
The university has 2,500 staff members, including 1,200 academic teachers to attend to student needs. 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 some 60 scientific and language circles as well as other organisations. Annually, around 300 undergraduates study abroad, many eventually acquiring more than one university diploma.

GUT scientific staff are engaged in numerous projects on the regional, national and international level. They carry out a lot of work that is financed from EU structural funds. In this respect GUT is one of the leaders among technical universities.
GUT willingly cooperates with business and industry, which results in not only creating interesting ventures and implementations but also opportunities for students to obtain scholarships, internships and professional experience. Our solutions and patents are frequently awarded prizes at prestigious, international fairs and competitions.

The Gdansk University of Technology organises many national and international conferences, symposiums and seminars. It is one of the most important centres of science in the country.

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