The University of Bielsko-Biala (Akademia
Techniczno-Humanistyczna w Bielsku-Bialej) was founded in October 2001
as an independent governmental academic institution. Previously, since
1969, it had been a branch of the Technical University of Lodz
(Politechnika Lódzka). The machine-design, electrical and textile
industries are traditional for the region so the main education areas
have been long established. With the change in the economy, there have
also developed other fields of study including management, humanities,
environmental and computer sciences. At present there are about
8,000 students studying at five departments of the University which
employ experienced academic staff embracing professors and other
specialists. Their number is constantly growing and currently there work
about 400 people, with 200 professors and doctors. There are also
several independent units at the University: the Department of Foreign
Languages, the Department of Physical Education and Sport, the Main
Library and the Centre of Postgraduate Studies and Vocational Training.
The University of Bielsko-Biala is open to new ideas and opportunities
to improve modern educational tools. Internationalization has become
here the most important objective of the University being constantly
promoted through its participation in various European network projects.
The University cooperates with institutions from all over the world
and the number of agreements is growing rapidly each year - nowadays
the University of Bielsko-Biala has agreements with over 100
institutions in more than 25 countries.