The State University of Applied Sciences (PWSZ) in Elbląg is a young higher education institution, but at the same time one of the oldest and biggest ones among the 35 state universities of applied sciences founded in Poland. The PWSZ in Elbląg was established on July 1, 1998. Since its foundation our School has issued 8787 graduation diplomas (6931 diplomas for graduates of full-time programmes, 1856 diplomas for graduates of part-time programmes) and 1985 post-graduate diplomas. Over a quarter of our students originate from rural areas, which three times exceeds the national rate. In this way our vocational university, similarly to nearly all of the vocational universities, prevents young people living in the rural areas from social exclusion, which may result from limited access to higher education.
Currently, the PWSZ in Elbląg provides education to almost 3000 students in eleven fields of 1st cycle studies (bachelor and engineering), offered by the Institutes of: Applied Informatics, Technology, Pedagogy and Languages, Economics. We also offer a 2nd cycle studies in Pedagogy (M.A.). The study programmes comply with the Polish legislative acts concerning higher education and with the Bologna Process comprising all the countries of the European Higher Education Area.
All of the programmes offered by our University have been accredited by The State Accreditation Committee, which guarantees a high quality of education. We have signed cooperation agreements with Gdańsk University, of Technology, University of Gdańsk and the University of Warmia and Mazury concerning cooperation as regards the quality of education and teaching programmes compatibility.
The university has implemented the European Credit Transfer System. The PWSZ in Elbląg is a member of the Erasmus+ Programme, which gives our students the opportunity to travel abroad in order to study or complete their placements financed by the European Union. Every year they have both the possibility to study in Spain, Romania, Germany, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Turkey, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania or Slovakia and to complete their student placements in large European Union companies of their choice. For several years now the PWSZ in Elbląg has been accepting foreign students from Spain, Latvia, Hungary, Turkey, Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia and Lithuania.
The theoretical knowledge acquired by the students at the university is complemented by skills referring to its application during student placements which take place at the best companies in Elbląg. The technical fields of study of our vocational university are traditionally supported by the turbine and foundry plants of Alstom Power Ltd. Our students gain economic and administrative experience in business enterprises and in financial or local government institutions, while the future teachers polish their skills at the schools in Elbląg.
Our students also have the opportunity to pursue their scientific, artistic and sports interests by participating in the students’ science associations, the academic choir and numerous sports sections of the Academic Sports Organisation.
The graduates of the PWSZ in Elbląg are highly valued by employers. Many establish their own businesses, and those who wish to continue their education are qualified to do so at the second cycle level in all academic institutions in Poland as well as abroad in the European Union countries. The flexibility of the Bologna Process gives them the chance to continue their education in related fields of study.
Dear Candidates, you are now making a life decision concerning the choice of a university where you intend to gain qualifications for the profession you have selected. This must be a responsible and well-considered decision. I am convinced that our University is worth choosing from the wide range of educational offers. The high position which is held by the PWSZ in Elbląg is a guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
Prof. Zbigniew Walczyk, D.Sc., Ph.D., Eng.