The State University of Applied Sciences (PWSZ in Elbląg) was established on July 1, 1998, and since its foundation our University has granted over 10 000 graduation diplomas and 3200 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 a limited access to higher education.
Currently, the PWSZ in Elbląg provides education to 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 2nd cycle education in seven fields of studies. All of the study programmes comply with the Polish legislative acts concerning higher education and with the Bologna Process, which comprises 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 in order to ensure cooperation as regards the quality of education and teaching programmes compatibility.
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 internships financed by the European Union. Every year, they have both the possibility to study in over 30 chosen countries and to complete their student internships in the European Union companies of their choice. For several years now, the PWSZ in Elbląg has been accepting foreign students from countries such as Spain, Portugal, Latvia, Hungary, Turkey, Republic of North Macedonia, Slovakia, Lithuania and many more.
The theoretical knowledge which the students acquire in the course of their studies at the University is complemented by skills referring to its application during student internships which take place at the best companies. The technical fields of study of our vocational university are traditionally supported by the turbine and foundry plants located in our city. 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.