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 85 agreements in over 20 countries.