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Why study at University of Gdansk

2016, February 19 - 8:05am



A world-class faculty, winners of many prestigious prizes, inventors, professionals linking the worlds of research and business

The teaching and research staff of the University is 1,700 strong. In such fields as biology, bio-technology, chemistry, oceanography, quantum physics, pedagogy, psychology, law, and economics, the University is among the leading institutions in Poland, and also enjoys recognition at an international level. A vital aspect of our scientific and scholarly research is the practical application of the ideas and projects developed by our staff. They are regularly commissioned to write expert opinions. The University is an incubator for enterprises in areas such as biotechnology, biology, and chemistry.

University of Gdańsk scientists have won the “Polish Nobel Prize,” the Foundation for Polish Science Prize. Quantum physicists have taken the prize twice: Professor Ryszard Horodecki in 2008, and Professor Marek Żukowski in 2013. Members of our staff have been awarded grants by the National Center for Research and Development, the National Science Center, and also the Foundation for Polish Science.

One of the most important scientific successes achieved by researchers from the University of Gdańsk is the development, by a team led by Professor dr hab. Grzegorz Węgrzyn from the Faculty of Biology, of a method of treating Sanfilippo syndrome, previously thought incurable. Work on the treatment has now entered the third phase of clinical trials. In addition, a team led by Professor Franciszek Kasprzykowski (of the Faculty of Chemistry) has developed the antimicrobial agent Cystapep 1.

Scientists from the University of Gdańsk have helped to build many international research consortia, for example:

- “Industrial Crops producing added value Oils for Novel chemicals” (ICON), - the aim of this project is to apply genetic engineering to “improve” the oils of selected industrial plants.

- “Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems (E)” – the aim of this project is to determine risks connected with storing CO2 under the seabed.

- “ The Center for the biotechnology of medical products. A Packet of innovative bio-pharmeceuticals for therapeutic and profilactic use with humans and animals” – the aim of this project is to develop the production of innovative phramaceutical products – medicines and vaccines for humans and animals. 

- The University of Gdańsk has also signed an agreement with the European Council for Scientific research to implement a project under the direction of Professor dr hab. Ryszard Horodecki, entitled “Quantum resOurces: conceptuaLs and APplicationS – QOLAPS” within the IDEAS – Advanced Grant Program.

- The project MOBI4Health aims to expand the research potential of MWB UG and GUMed in the field of molecular biotechnology. It is largely based on the spectrum analysis of the masses of biological particles, which will make it possible to develop innovations in the field of biotechnology serving the life and health of humans and the environment.

The University of Gdańsk co-operates  with  some 120 university-level institutions in most of the countries of Europe and the world.

A modern campus – for many years the University has been carefully investing in infrastructure development in order to ensure appropriate conditions for students and the highest possible quality of education

The available space in all University buildings for teaching, research, and administration comprises some 137,000 square meters. The largest University campus is the Oliwa Campus which has almost 98,000 square meters for teaching and research.

In the last few years, the infrastructure of the University of Gdańsk has been transformed. Its dynamic development has meant a virtual “rebirth” of the University. Most of the University is concentrated on three campuses. The Baltic Campus of the University of Gdańsk is in Gdańsk-Oliwa has dramatically expanded. Buildings dating from the 1970s and housing the Faculties of Languages and Literature, History, and Mathematics and Physics were supplemented in the 1990s by the new Law and Administration Building. Subsequently one of the most modern academic libraries in Poland, the UG Main Library, was opened. Between 2007 and 2013, new buildings were added:

  • The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Institute of Geography Building. This has a surface area of more than 31,000 square meters, and is made up of five connected buildings – a four-story central building, and four wings of four storeys each that house four institutes.
  • The Faculty of Biology Building. This covers more than 28,000 square meters, and consists of modern teaching and research laboratories, seminar and lecture rooms, auditoriums, and a technology hall, where it is possible to conduct classes in chemical and environmental engineering and research.

The University continues to expand.

  • Soon the Neophilogy (Modern Languages and Literature) Building will be opened. It will have a surface area of 11,000 square meters. It will be a dual-purpose building with separate parts: one dedicated to modern languages and literature, and the other to administration. The Rectorate will be based in the latter section of the building. The four floors of the section of the building dedicated to modern languages and literature will huse: the English and American Studies Institute, the German Studies Institute, the Institute of Eastern Slavic Studies, the Department of Classics, the Department of French Language and Literature, the Department of Scandinavian Studies, and the Department of Slavic Studies.
  • The Instiitute of Biotechnology is at present under construction. It will be one of the most up-to-date research and teaching buildings in Poland, and is being built for one of the most outstanding faculties of its type in the country. It will cover almost 8,000 square meters.

Our development plans also call for the construction soon of a building for the Institute of Computer Studies, covering an area of more than 6,800 square meters. A sports complex will also be built, which will hold a sports’ hall, a stadium with running track and jumping area for light athletics, and tennis courts and a tennis hall. It is also planned to open new student dormitories on the Oliwa Campus and in Sopot.

Besides the campus in Gdańsk-Oliwa, the University of Gdańsk also has a presence in Sopot. The Economics and Management Faculties are based there, as are the recently opened Teaching and Conference Center and the Computer Center. A new wing has also been added to the Economics Faculty building. The University also has a site in Gdynia – the recently modernized and substantially expanded Institute of Oceanography.

A wide range of courses: 11 faculties, 71 fields of study, 201 specialized programs. A rich tradition of research and scholarship, the University’s links with the sea, celebrated research stations with an international reputation, like the Marine Station of the Institute of Oceanography in Hel, the Research Station for Bird Migration, and the Biological Research Station.

The University first consisted of six faculties: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences, Humanities, Law and Administration, the Economics of Production and the Economics of Transport. Throughout its history, the University has had ten Rectors: Professor Janusz Sokołowski (1970-1981), Professor Robert Głębocki (1981-1982), Professor Bronisław Rudowicz (1982-1984), Professor Karol Taylor (1984-1985), Professor Mirosław Krzysztofiak (1985-1987), Professor Czesław Jackowiak (1987-1990), Professor Zbigniew Grzonka (1990-1996), Professor Marcin Pliński (1996-2002), Professor Andrzej Ceynowa (2002-2008) and Professor Bernard Lammek (from 2008). At present, the University consists of 11 faculties which offer students courses in 71 fields of study, and more than 200 specialized programs.


Interviews with Artem Petchenko & Dima Antoun

Artem Petchenko

Russia, Kaluga

Gdansk University

Social Work, III year

I Already Feel Somewhat “Local” Here

I came to Poland three years ago and attended a Polish language course in Wrocław first. Later on I visited several academic towns to take the decision on where to start my studies. I fell in love with Gdansk at first sight!

I find here everything I need: an excellent university that takes care of students (I receive answers to my emails straight away, not 5 days later, as it happened to me in other places), friendly people and also what is a great advantage of this city – the sea. A well-developed network of bike lanes makes it possible to reach any part of the Tricity cycling, so I cycle to classes, to work or to meet my friends. There is no problem finding an additional possibility to earn money for students either.

I have a lot of Polish friends and already feel somewhat “local” here.

source: http://www.study-gdansk.com/


Dima Antoun

Syria, Aleppo

Gdansk University

Biotechnology, I year MSc

People Here Are as Open as… in Aleppo

Having done my Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry I was looking for a good university to study Biotechnology. At Gdansk University this field of study has an excellent reputation. I didn’t have any problem covering the academic programme difference either. My professors are very patient and explain difficult matters as long as it is needed for me to comprehend them. Seminars conducted in the English language are attended by Polish students as well, so foreigners do not feel isolated or alien among their local peers.

When I came here, it was the weather that positively surprised me first. It is a lot warmer and sunnier than in Scandinavia where I used to live previously, still much colder than in my home-town – Aleppo, it is a norm there when the temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius. Whatever the weather, people here are as open and friendly as in my motherland.

When in Syria, I used to play basketball in the national team. Here in Gdansk I am also a sports representative: I play in the University team. I am really happy to have this opportunity.

I do think of staying in Gdansk for longer. Why not do my PhD studies here?

source: http://www.study-gdansk.com/


Артём Петченко

Россия, Калуга

Гданьский Университет

Социальная работа, 3 курс

Я уже немного «местный»

Три года назад я приехал в Польшу, сначала на курс польского языка во Вроцлав. Потом я посетил несколько академ-городков, чтобы решить, куда пойти учиться. В Гданьск я просто влюбился с первого взгляда!

Здесь есть все, что мне необходимо: отличный университет, который проявляет заботу о студентах (ответ на свое электронное сообщение я получаю без промедления, а не пять дней спустя, как бывало в других местах), доброжелательные люди, а также то, что является огромным плюсом этого города – море. На занятия, на работу, на встречи с друзьями я предпочитаю ездить на велосипеде, а количество велосипедных дорожек в Тригороде позволяет мне добраться на двух колесах практически везде. Здесь также нет проблем с тем, чтобы найти временный заработок, которым можно залатать студенческий бюджет.

У меня здесь множество польских друзей и я чувствую себя уже немного «местным».

source: http://www.study-gdansk.com/


Дима Антоун

Сирия, Алеппо

Гданьский университет

Биотехнология, 1 курс магистратуры

Люди здесь также доброжелательны как... в Алеппо

Получив степень бакалавра по химии, я решила поступить учиться на специальность Биотехнология и искала хороший университет. В Гданьском университете это направление пользуется большой популярностью и имеет отличные рекомендации. Кроме того, у меня не было проблем со сдачей разницы программ. Наши преподаватели исключительно терпеливы, посвящают нам множество времени и готовы объяснять материал, пока мы его не усвоим. В занятиях и семинарах на английском языке принимают участие также польские студенты, благодаря этому иностранцы не чувствуют себя здесь изолированно.

Когда я приехала, первым приятным сюрпризом для меня была погода. Климат здесь гораздо мягче и теплее, чем в Скандинавии, где я жила раньше, хотя, конечно, нельзя его сравнивать с моим родным городом, Алеппо, где летом температура поднимается выше 40 градусов по Цельсию. Тем не менее, люди здесь не менее открыты и доброжелательны, чем у меня на родине.

В Сирии я играла в национальной сборной страны по баскетболу. В Гданьске я играю в сборной своего университета и очень горжусь этим.

Я серьезно думаю о том, чтобы остаться здесь дольше. Может, пойти в аспирантуру?

source: http://www.study-gdansk.com/