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autor: Beata Czechowska-Derkacz, tłumacz: David Malcolm, Tadeusz Z. Wolański, Magdalena Moran
2020, February 18 - 12:50pm

The University of Gdańsk

Kampus oliwskiThe University of Gdańsk is a dynamically developing institution of higher learning, and one that combines respect for tradition with a commitment to the new. It offers education in nearly all fields of academic knowledge, in sought-after professions on the job market and in state-of-the-art facilities in its Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia campuses. It is currently one of the most modern academic centres in Poland. 

The University of Gdańsk was founded on 20 March 1970. It was formed from an amalgamation of two institutions of higher education: the Higher Economics School in Sopot and the Higher Pedagogical School in Gdańsk. Later, it also included the Higher Teacher Training School. The precursor of the Higher Economics School in Sopot was the Higher School of Maritime Trade in Sopot, which opened in 1945 and awarded its first degrees in 1947.

20 March 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Gdańsk, at present the largest university in the Pomeranian region, which has had an indisputable influence on the development of modern Poland, science and higher education. We have eleven faculties with almost twenty six thousand students, doctoral students and post-graduates, who are taught by more than one thousand seven hundred academic staff. In such fields of study as Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Oceanography, Quantum Physics, Pedagogy, Psychology, Law  and Economic Sciences, the University of Gdańsk is one of the best institutions in Poland. 

Academic staff 

academic staffThe members of the academic staff of the University of Gdańsk conduct scientific and scholarly research on a world-class level, not only creatively expanding the frontiers of knowledge, but also serving the whole of the Pomerania region with their knowledge and experience, thus aiding its dynamic modern development.

Among the successes of the University of Gdańsk has been its participation in the special programme by the Foundation for Polish Science – International Research Agendas, based on creating innovative centres of excellence in Poland with the co-operation  of the best researchers from the entire world. The University of Gdańsk has won the programme twice, receiving 76 million PLN to create two agendas – the International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science, which will be headed by two world-class researchers, Prof. Ted Hupp and Prof. Robin Fahraeus, and the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies (ICTQT), with Prof. Marek Żukowski as Director.

As an effect of the developing connections between scientific activity and economic practice at the University of Gdańsk, many expert opinions and opinions in the form of studies protected by copyright are being written. Because of the development and the activities of its academic staff, the University of Gdańsk has become an incubator for entrepreneurship in such areas as Biotechnology, Biology and Chemistry.

The University of Gdańsk cooperates with institutions of higher education in most countries in Europe and also with many countries around the world. Research and other activities are conducted within the framework of over one hundred international agreements with foreign partners. A series of  University institutes and departments have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining, the prestigious status of centres of excellence, which is the European certificate and stamp of quality. The numerous foreign placements undertaken by the University’s academic staff  help them to offer students a modern and open education.

University of Gdańsk scholars and scientists are recipients of Polish and international grants and prizes. They have received grants from - among a range of institutions - The National Centre for Research and Development, The National Science Centre, and The Foundation for Polish Science. Two have won the most important scientific prize in Poland, the so-called Polish Nobel Prize, the Foundation for Polish Science Prize, awarded for outstanding scientific achievements and discoveries. This prize was won in 2008 by Professor Ryszard Horodecki and in 2013 by Professor Marek Żukowski for their work in quantum physics.

Researchers from the University of Gdańsk have been laureates of the most important award in the Pomerania region – the City of Gdańsk’s Jan Heweliusz Award for Scholarship – from its very beginning. In Natural Sciences and Pure Sciences the winners have been Professor Dr hab. Maciej Żylicz (1992), Professor Dr hab. Karol Taylor (1995), Professor Dr hab. Zbigniew Grzonka (1999), Professor Dr hab. Grzegorz Węgrzyn (2003), Professor Dr hab. Marcin Pliński (2007), Professor Dr hab. Ryszard Horodecki (2008) and Professor Dr hab. Jerzy Błażejowski (2012), Professor Dr hab. Marek Żukowski (2015), Professor Dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski (2018). In Humanities, this prestigious award has been won by Professor Dr hab. Roman Wapiński (2001), Professor Dr hab. Edmund Kotarski (2002), Professor Dr hab. Józef Bachórz (2003), Professor Dr hab. Bohdan Dziemidok (2004), Professor Dr hab. Józef Borzyszkowski (2005), Professor Dr hab. Jerzy Limon (2006), Professor Dr hab. Małgorzata Czermińska-Książek (2007), Professor Dr hab. Zdzisław Brodecki (2009), Professor Dr hab. Jan Burnewicz (2010), Professor Dr hab. Mirosław Szreder (2011), Professor Dr hab. Brunon Synak (2012), and Professor Dr hab. Stefan Chwin (2013), Professor Dr hab. Mieczysław Nurek (2014), Professor Dr hab. Jerzy Zajadło (2016), Professor Dr hab. Cezary Obracht-Prondzyński (2017).

In 2003, a new scientific award was inaugurated in Gdańsk for young scientists – the “Young Heweliusz” – which since 2006 has been known as the City of Gdańsk’s Jan Uphagen Scientific Award for Young Scientists. Among the winners of this award have been young researchers from the University of Gdańsk: Dr Sławomir Antkiewicz (2003), Dr Oktawian Nawrot (2004), Dr Karol Horodecki and Dr Monika Bokiniec (2006), Dr Kamil Zeidler (2007), Dr Michał Harciarek (2008), Dr Paweł Antonowicz and Dr Robert Łyżeń (2009), Dr Sylwia Freza and Dr Magdalena Giers (2011), Jakub Szlachetko (2012), Piotr Kitowski (2013), Dr Anna Klimaszewska i Dr Marta Kolanowska (2014), Wacław Kulczykowski (2016), Piotr Zieliński (2017), Marta Skowron Volponi (2018).

Range of courses 

radio-morsThe University offers a wide range of forms of education. Some of these are interdisciplinary, and several can be undertaken in cooperation with other academic centres in Poland and abroad (including MOST and ERASMUS student exchanges). Our programmes are directed to a wide range of potential students, irrespective of age, profession, place of residence, or previous education, in accordance with the principle of lifelong learning.

The University of Gdańsk provides education in 80 fields of study, comprising 219 specializations, full-time and part-time studies, at the level of first or second cycle studies, or within comprehensive (long cycle) five-year master’s programmes. A further 8 new courses of study are being considered for the new 2019/2020 academic year. Every year new fields of study are developed, and every effort is made to adapt our educational offer to the needs of the job market and the challenges facing 21st-century society. The syllabuses in the majority of new fields have a general educational or practical orientation, and they are devised in cooperation with experts and those with practical experience in specific areas. In this the University draws on the knowledge and experience of employers. The most recent fields of study and specialities offered by the University include Applied Informatics, Health Care Institution Management, Production of Audio-Visual Forms, Insurance – Interdisciplinary Studies, Physical Geography and Geoinformation, Health Care Technology and Criminology and Criminal Justice. In recent years the UG has also introduced Genetics and Experimental Biology, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Mathematical Modelling and Data Analysis, Chemical Business, Sinology, Neurobiopsychology, Computer Applications in Business and Taxes and Tax Consultancy. In addition, the University of Gdańsk has been expanding its range of courses conducted in English, with the offer currently including International Business, European Business Administration, Financial Analyst, Cultural Communication and, as of the next academic year, Criminology and Criminal Justice.

translation-labThe University’s foreign-language instructors allow students to develop their foreign language skills in 7 languages. Students can choose from a wide range of sporting and physical activities. Students also engage in research as part of their studies. There are 170 student faculty research groups, 11 doctoral research groups and 17 student associations, organisations and interfaculty research groups at the University. Some students undertake their first research activities within the framework of grants won by their teachers. Doctoral studies or postgraduate non-degree studies allow them to continue to pursue their scholarly-scientific interests, and also to enhance their existing qualifications. 

thomson-reutersProjects such as the Open University, in which academic teachers offer instruction via a range of media, are also expanding. New interactive, e-learning courses are emerging and an increasing number of books and journals are being made available in electronic form.

During their studies, UG students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories which help to hone their  professional skills. These include the Laboratory for the Simulation of Television Recordings and Film Documentation of the University of Gdańsk, opened in 2018, the most modern of its kind  in Poland,  used by students of practical fields of study, as well as a cutting-edge, fully equipped radio studio. Students can use modern workshops such as the Thomson Reuters Data Suite, which provides free access to financial data relating to firms, a unique dealing room (in which they may practice stock-market operations in real time), a trading lab, IT workshop with mobile technologies, a modern translation laboratory for teaching oral translation, a physics laboratory with measuring equipment unique in Poland and a workshop for applied work in medical physics and for medical imaging.

Student practical work and placements, including those abroad, play an important part in studies at the University of Gdańsk. The University of Gdańsk Careers Office is a leader among professional advisory bodies in the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It helps graduates to find work and to make decisions concerning their professional development.

All these initiatives are part of our aim to combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills. This expands the opportunities of University of Gdańsk graduates in the job market, and it has won the University a leading place among Polish universities in terms of the level of graduate employment and salaries.

UG students 

choirApart from acquiring knowledge, students can realise their passions and broaden their interests in faculty and interfaculty scientific research groups and student organisations operating at the University of Gdańsk. They can participate in the Academic Choir of the University of Gdańsk, which has won many prizes at international festivals, the Jantar Song and Dance Ensemble, or the Alternator Academic Cultural Centre, which organises cultural projects and events that are important for the whole Pomerania region. Another important part of academic life is sport, and the teams of the UG Academic Sports Union and of the Physical Education and Sports Department regularly win medals and awards in the most important sporting competitions in Poland and abroad.

piotr-kulaStudents active in research groups and student organisations achieve spectacular successes. Every year they win prizes in international competitions in the USA, Europe and Asia for their innovative ideas, inventions and IT applications. They have also distinguished themselves in research and organisational activity. Students from the University ENACTUS group have for the last several years, with great interest from the local community, been successfully implementing social and ecological projects across the Tri-City, for which they have been named Enactus Polish National Champions and have represented Poland each year in the finals of the ENACTUS World Cup. The Academic Enterprise Incubator has enjoyed considerable success, helping students to achieve professional independence by setting up their own businesses. In 2014, the University of Gdańsk was placed among the top ten Polish tertiary institutions designated most friendly toward young entrepreneurs. It was awarded the title by AIP of TOP 10 Startup Friendly.

 

In mari via tua

OceanografOne of the assets of the University of Gdańsk is its relationship with the sea. The  reputation of the  university in marine matters is built  on its excellent research stations with their international reputations: the Hel Marine Station of the Institute of Oceanography, the Bird Migration Research Station and the Biology Station. The marine image of the university is also enhanced by  its fields of study, specialisations and scientific research connected with the sea and with the Baltic coast in particular. This concerns, above all, the Faculties of Biology, Oceanography and Geography, and such subjects as Biology, Geography, Environmental Protection and  Oceanography. It also concerns  the Faculty of Chemistry, where research is conducted into protection of the marine environment, and the Faculty of Law and Administration,   which  carries out  important research into maritime law, international maritime law, the laws and systems of towns in Pomerania and maritime criminology.

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The Faculty of Economics includes the Institute of Maritime Transport and Trade, the members of whose staff conduct research into the economic aspects of the functioning of transport and trade at sea.  They also offer the speciality of International Maritime Transport and Trade, educating specialists in this field.

The interests of the University’s literary scholars are focussed on the city and the region. Long-term research is being conducted into the connections between the literatures of various epochs and maritime issues in Pomerania. Works are also being prepared on the folklore of north-eastern Poland and on Balto-Slavic mythology. In their research, historians concentrate on the problems of the Baltic Sea region and the history of Gdańsk and Pomerania.

The University has been actively involved in Baltic cooperation through the implementation of numerous scientific projects such as Assemble Plus as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme, Alliance as part of the Interreg-BSR Programme or the EcoMap project as part of the Bonus-185 Programme. It is also leader of the National Centre for Baltic Research Consortium which comprises Pomeranian universities and research institutes.

The University of Gdańsk implements its motto of in mari via tua, and serves the development of the Pomerania region, whose wealth is the very sea itself.

International cooperation 

International cooperationThe University of Gdańsk cooperates with universities, tertiary colleges and scientific and research institutions in almost every country around the world. Participation in the European and international programmes allows for the expansion of the University of Gdańsk and has an impact on its research and teaching base. From 2002 to January 2020 the University of Gdańsk signed about 420 agreements to obtain funding for European and international projects.

The University of Gdańsk has great experience in the implementation of projects under the Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020 − 76 projects in total. Among the greatest successes there are three European centres of excellence in the 5th Framework Programme: Research and Education Centre for Urban Socio-Economic Development (RECOURSE), Centre of Excellence for Baltic Development, Education and Research (BALTDER), Centre of Excellence in Bio-safety and Molecular Biomedicine (BioMoBil); the networks of excellence in the 6th Framework Programme: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MARBEF), European Vigilance Network for the Management of Antiviral Drug Resistance (VIRGIL); and the large-scale projects in the 7th Framework Programme: Exploring Marine Resources for Bioactive Compounds: From Discovery to Sustainable Production and Industrial Applications (MAREX) and Quantum Interfaces, Sensors and Communication based on Entanglement (Q-ESSENCE), Quantum resOurces: conceptuaLs and APplicationS (QOLAPS), CENTRE OF MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTHY LIFE Biotech solutions bringing health to living organisms and environment supported by mass spec-focused research platform (MOBI4Health), in the Horizon 2020: Electrification of public transport in cities – ELIPTIC and Development and implementation of Grouping and Safe-by-Design approaches within regulatory frameworks — NanoREG II, Viral Metagenomics for Innovation Value - Virus-X and Structural Transformation to Attain Responsible BIOSciences – STARBIOS2, Assemble Plus (Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Plus), Dating fossils with molecules - innovative approach to determine the age of Baltic amber – AMBER, Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Modelling Platform for NanoInformatics – NanoInformaTIX, Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Rule of Law – RECONNECT, Working Yet Poor – WorkYP, RESponsible research and innovation grounding practices in BIOSciencies – RESBIOS and a prestigious project ERC Dissecting the mechanism of DNA repair in human mitochondria – MitoRepairosome.

Poland’s membership of the European Union has opened up some new possibilities for Polish science and scholarship in the area of financing activities, including the exploitation of structural funds, such as the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and community initiatives.

During the 2007-2013 programming period the University of Gdańsk signed a total of 71 agreements for projects under the following operational programmes: the Innovative Economy Operational Programme, the Regional Operational Programme for the Pomeranian Voivodeship , the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme, the Technical Assistance Operational Programme, the Rural Development Programme, the Human Capital Operational Programme , including 13 projects aimed at enhancing and developing the University’s didactic potential as part of Priority 4 – Higher education and science.

During the 2014-2020 programming period the University of Gdańsk has already signed 63 agreements to obtain funding for projects within the framework of such programmes as the Pomorskie Voivodeship Regional Operational Programme, the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development, the Operational Programme Smart Growth, Operational Programme Digital Poland and the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. There are such innovative projects as: “The International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science” (ICCVS),  “The International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies” (ICTQT) or integrated projects: „Development program of the University of Gdansk” (ProUG), “Accesible UG - a comprehensive program to eliminate barriers to access to education for people with disabilities”.

Scientists from the University of Gdansk also obtain other European and international grants for example within the framework of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, LIFE, the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme, the European Territorial Cooperation,  Bonus, Polonez, Beethoven or Erasmus +. The University of Gdansk has been implementing a prestigious project “European University of the Seas – SEA-EU”, selected in the Erasmus+ pilot action - European Universities.

Investment and Development at the University of Gdańsk

onas10The University of Gdańsk’s investment in development is concentrated in the expansion of the University on three campus sites: in Gdansk Oliwa, in Sopot, and in Gdynia. The University’s infrastructure has been developed mainly due to financial resources obtained from European Union programmes. New faculty buildings, and work units, and laboratories, provided with state-of-the-art equipment, open up new possibilities for scientific and scholarly research, and for cooperation with the economy and with business. They have a significant influence on the development of staff for the administration and economy of Pomerania and the entire Baltic region.

The largest group of University of Gdańsk students, employees, and buildings is concentrated on the Gdańsk Oliwa Campus. It is home to the Faculty of Biology, the Faculty of Chemistry, the Faculty of Languages and Literatures, the Faculty of History, the Faculty of Mathematics, the Faculty of Physics and Computer Studies, the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Law and Administration. It also contains the Main University Library, student dormitories, and the University Administration. The establishment of the Campus in Gdańsk Oliwa goes back to the 1970s but its intense development, which has led to the emergence of what is currently the largest and most modern academic centre, was initiated by the construction of the new building of the Faculty of Law and Administration (2002). The expansion of the University campus in Gdansk Oliwa, part of the dynamic development of the Three Cities area in general, has entirely changed the appearance of this district of Gdańsk.

The year 2006 marked the construction of the Main Library of the University of Gdańsk, the most modern library in the Pomeranian region, which serves as a university centre for scientific information. Entirely computerized, it offers open access to more than half a million volumes. Its reading rooms fully meet the requirements of the twenty-first century, and its special rooms for individual work are at used by students and the academic community of the whole region.

Recent investments include the Social Sciences Faculty building which also houses the Institute of Geography. The building was opened in 2008. It contains modern lecture halls, with multi-media equipment, special facilities for sociology, observation, therapy, visual arts, and music, a photographic studio, a radio studio, and also a spacious foyer that can host exhibitions and concerts. Since 2019, the Faculty has been home to the Laboratory for the simulation of television recordings and film documentation of the University of Gdańsk. The laboratory boasts a television studio, fully equipped with state-of-the-art devices including virtual set design, a modern studio control room, film editing workstations, and newsrooms, as well as professional computers and specialist software. The cost of the investment was nearly 5.5 million PLN. The University received funding for the project in excess of 4 million PLN as part of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Regional Operational Programme for 2014-2020, in addition to the University’s own contribution of more than 1 million PLN. The project partner is 2Pi Group sp. z o.o. 

The University campus in Gdansk Oliwa is the site of one of the largest investments in Poland, co-financed by the European Union from the resources of the European Regional Development Fund, Infrastructure and Environment Operational Fund (Priority Axis 13). The construction of the faculties of Chemistry and Biology was the largest investment in Poland, co-financed form the EU’s European Regional Development Fund as part of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. The cost of the project entitled “The Construction of the Buildings of the Faculty of Chemistry and the Faculty of Biology of the University of Gdańsk”  amounted to nearly 240 million PLN, of which funding from the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment stood at over 231 million PLN. The total cost of the construction of the Faculty of Biology including equipment was nearly 105 million PLN and over 133 million PLN for the Faculty of Chemistry.

biologiaThe new building of the Faculty of Biology with a total floor space of over 23,000 m² was opened on 1 October 2012 and comprises three parts: two consisting of four-storeys and one of five-storeys which are connected by a spacious hall, impressively equipped with lush greenery. Each wing of the building is devoted to a different specialty: molecular, environmental and experimental biology. It boasts modern auditoriums, lecture rooms and classrooms, as well as scientific and other specialist laboratories fitted with state-of-the-art research equipment. The building is also home to temporary and permanent exhibitions including the Museum of Amber Inclusions, the Malawi Aquarium, bird, reptile and mammal exhibits, large-scale models of predatory arthropods, a collection of carnivorous plants, a formicarium with farmer ants, an exhibition of mammal skeletons including one of the fin whale, the world’s second largest animal, as well as large-scale murals depicting the tree of life from a historical and molecular perspective. All of this puts the building amongst one of the spots most frequently visited by Tri-City residents and pupils.

ChemistryThe Faculty of Chemistry was formally opened on 27 May 2013. This building complex is an integrated collection of buildings designed for teaching, research, workshops, and storage. The surface area is 28,572 square meters. It holds modern research and teaching laboratories, lecture and seminar rooms, and auditoriums. The auditoriums’ modern infrastructure makes it possible to hold multi-session conferences here. There is technological hall, in which research and teaching can be conducted in chemical and environmental engineering. An important aspect of the new building is an area dedicated to a university workshop for physical and chemical measurements, which is made possible by concentrating modern research equipment in one place.

Central Administration & Modern LanguagesThe year 2015 saw the completion of three more investments, namely the buildings of Neophilology, Central Administration and the Institute of Biotechnology. 

The new Neophilology building of the Faculty of Languages is home to institutes concerned with the study of foreign languages as well as research into and education in the field of language, literature and culture of other countries. The infrastructure of the new building comprises modern lecture rooms, laboratories for the practice of translation and phonetics, computer rooms, a professional theatre hall, an e-learning centre and administration rooms. The building is also equipped with the latest technologies and devices, including simultaneous interpretation systems.  It was constructed as part of the project entitled “The Construction of the Building of Neophilology of the Faculty of Languages as part of the Baltic Campus of the University of Gdańsk in Gdańsk”, co-financed from funds from the Regional Operational Programme for the Pomeranian Voivodeship 2007-2013. The funding amounted to over 37 million PLN.

The Central Administration building is a separate investment. It accommodates a modern archive for the whole University, the IT Centre, the Finance Office, offices for the principal University administrators and officers, and other Central Administration offices, along with training and conference facilities.

BiotechnologyConstruction of the new Institute of Biotechnology was completed in December 2015. The project was part of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. The total value of the investment was more than 60.5 million PLN, of which more than 60.4 million PLN came from Programme funds. The Institute of Biotechnology Building is one of the most modern teaching and research facilities in Poland. It has a surface area of 7,868.18 m² and has four floors above ground and one below. It contains specialised laboratories, for example, for bio-informatics or bio-molecular analyses, a filtron unit, an isotope laboratory, workshops for developmental research, and state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The latter include teaching laboratories, research and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, computer rooms, an auditorium, space for student research groups, and a reading room. There is also a Faculty Council chamber.

The most recent investment is the building of the Institute of Informatics erected as part of the project entitled “The Expansion of the Building of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics of the University of Gdańsk in Gdańsk for the Purposes of Practical Education” (officially opened on 25 November 2019). The building comprises five storeys (one underground and four overground), with a net floor area of circa 3,912 m2 and a cubic capacity of 22,678 m3 and is linked to the existing building of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics. It houses seminar and computer rooms, auditoria as well as research, didactic and office rooms. The didactic rooms have been fitted with modern equipment to assist the education of future IT staff. The investment is a response to the needs of a job market seeking IT specialists and is mainly used by students of Applied Information Technology. The value of the investment is over 39 million PLN. The University of Gdańsk received over 21 million PLN funding as part of the Regional Operational Programme for the Pomeranian Voivodeship for 2014-2020, while the remaining cost of 18 million PLN is the University’s own contribution. The project partner was Kainos Software Poland Sp. z o.o. The investment was completed in the second half of 2019.

A unique place on the UG Campus in Gdańsk Oliwa is the Maciej Płażyński University of Gdańsk EcoPark (officially opened on 7 June 2018) which occupies an area between the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, Physics and Informatics.  It protects and promotes biodiversity while serving educational, scientific and recreational functions. It is here that scientific research into particularly vulnerable species and practical classes for the students of the Faculties of Biology and Chemistry will be conducted. The park will also enhance the ecological merits of Gdańsk by increasing access to green areas which have been appropriately adapted to serve as relaxation spots for UG students as well as Tri-City residents. It is home to a unique collection of rare and endangered indigenous species of plants from the Pomeranian region and provides a basis for scientific research into particularly vulnerable species. The entire cost of the project amounted to nearly 3 million PLN, with the University receiving over 2 million PLN as funding from the Regional Operational Programme for the Pomeranian Voivodeship for 2014-2020, as well as 650,000 PLN from the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

Other plans include the construction of the University Sports and Recreation Centre at the UG Campus in Gdańsk Oliwa.

By long tradition, Sopot is the home of economics. The Faculties of Economics and Management are there, and from October 2010 it is also the site of the Computer Centre, which joins the older and the newer part of the Faculty. The project was co-financed from the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Regional Operational Programme for years 2007-2013. The Faculty of Economics was also expanded by a modern five-storey building, with a surface area of 5,550 square meters, which exploits the space between the wings of the Faculty and links them, thus creating an integral whole. In the newly constructed part, there is a modern 400-seat auditorium and a 150-seat lecture hall. It also contains the Faculty Council chamber, 16 teaching rooms, including two computer rooms, seminar and tutorial rooms, recording rooms, and technical and sanitary facilities. The plans for the Sopot Campus also include the construction of a new student dormitory.

OceanografiaIn 2005, on the Gdynia campus, the home of the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, a central building for the Institute of Oceanography was constructed, with modern laboratories and work units, and an exhibition area.

The expansion of the University of Gdańsk Campus has provided an opportunity to create in Pomerania one of the most significant academic and research centres in the Baltic region, currently serving the role of the Pomeranian region’s research, didactic and student centre.

Values, Mission and Vision for the Future

The strategy adopted by the University of Gdańsk Senate in 2010, draws on the institution’s traditions, outlines its core values and mission, and sets out a vision of its development through to 2020. The University’s core values are: the rational pursuance of truth through original scientific and scholarly research, a respect for the best models in world science and scholarship, modern education in the service of the development of civilization and society, mutual respect and trust, tolerance for diversity of views, and solidarity within the entire academic community. The University’s mission is to educate valued graduates who are provided with the broad and many-facetted knowledge, skills, and competences essential in knowledge-based socio-economic life, and to make a lasting contribution to scientific and scholarly knowledge of the world and to the solving of important contemporary problems. The next decade of the University’s development will see the creation of a new level of quality in education, in scientific-scholarly research, and in cooperation with the community.

Conscious of its own potential, the University of Gdańsk strongly promotes bi- and multi-lateral initiatives in support of science and scholarship by scientific-scholarly centres and institutions in the Baltic Region. The expansion of research, the introduction of new fields of study that provide an opportunity for multi-facetted development, and further augmentation of the infrastructure for teaching and research will allow the University of Gdańsk to confirm its leadership position among tertiary-level institutions in Poland.

University of Gdańsk in the Tri-City

University of Gdańsk buildings, along with its scientific research stations, are located on a range of sites from Gdańsk to the Hel Peninsula, thus covering a sizeable portion of the Polish coast. Most of the faculties are concentrated in the three cities of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot. The Trójmiasto, or Tri-City, is one of the most beautiful places in Poland. The three cities have a combined population of over 800,000 inhabitants. The conurbation boasts an efficient transport system, an international airport and ferry connections to Scandinavia. Historic Gdańsk, modern Gdynia and Sopot, the pearl of the Baltic Sea on the very coast itself, each year draw thousands of tourists. The Tri-City's charming location on the coast, as well as its many outstanding theatres, concert halls and museums constitute an additional asset and attraction for students choosing to study here.

The Authorities of the University of Gdańsk 2016-2020

Rector, Professor Jerzy Piotr Gwizdała
tel.: +48 58 523 24 07, fax: +48 58 523 57 00, e-mail: rector@ug.edu.pl

Vice-Rector for IT Development and Internationalisation, Professor Aneta Oniszczuk-Jastrząbek
tel.: +48 58 523 20 36, fax: +48 58 523 25 36, e-mail: rector_it@ug.edu.pl

Vice-Rector for Research, Professor Piotr Stepnowski
tel..: +48 58 523 20 41, fax: +48 58 523 24 37, e-mail: rector_science@ug.edu.pl

Vice-Rector for Students Affairs and Education, Professor Arnold Kłonczyński
tel.: +48 58 523 24 40, fax: +48 58 523 25 36, e-mail: rector_students@ug.edu.pl

Vice-Rector for Development and Cooperation with Business and Industry, Professor Krzysztof Piotr Bielawski
tel.: +48 58 523 20 18, fax: +48 58 523 24 37, e-mail: rector_development@ug.edu.pl

Chancellor, Mgr Marta Mularczyk
tel.: +48 58 523 20 08, fax: +48 58 523 23 07, e-mail: kanclerz@ug.edu.pl