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AGH University of Science and Technology

AGH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

AGH University of Science and Technology is one of the best and most renowned modern Polish universities. For many years it has been ranked in the top of the list of institutions of higher education. AGH UST is a leading Polish university in modern technologies, and belongs to a group of prestigious international educational centres.

MISSION OF THE UNIVERSITY

The AGH University of Science and Technology, established on 20th October, 1919, until 1949 known as the Academy of Mining, founded after long-lasting endeavours which had started in 1782, the date when the Ore Commission was established, has been continuing the traditions of the Academy of Mining in Kielce (1816-1827), inaugurated by Stanisław Staszic. The university, being a technical school, serves science and industry through educating students, the development of academic staff, as well as research and development. The university cherishes its traditions and educates students to be honest, responsible people both at work and as the members of the society, according to its motto: “Labore creata, labori et scientiae servio” (Created in labour, I serve labour and science).

100 YEARS OF THE HISTORY OF THE AGH UST

Establishment of the university
The history of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow dates back to 1912, when a group of outstanding engineers and mining activists, led by Jan Zarański, initiated the process of applying for a consent to establish a school of higher education that would educate mining engineers in Krakow. The endeavours were successful, and in 1913 the Ministry of Public Work in Vienna appointed the Organizing Committee of the Mining Academy, chaired by professor Józef Morozewicz. By force of a Supreme Order issued by Emperor Francis Joseph on 31st May, 1913, the establishment of the Mining Academy in Krakow was approved. The outbreak of World War I prevented the Academy from beginning its activity in 1914.

Opening and development in interwar period
When Poland regained its independence in 1918, the Organising Committee recommenced its work, and on 8th April, 1919, the Polish Government brought the Mining Academy into being. The first professors were nominated on 1st May, 1919. On 20th October, 1919, Józef Piłsudski, Head of the State, inaugurated the Mining Academy in the main hall of the Jagiellonian University. On 15th June, 1923, the cornerstone for the future university building was laid. Two years later, the project of the Academy emblem (to be seen in the AGH UST History Museum) signed B.T. – Bogdan Treter – was created; it is believed that the emblem was approved by the General Assembly of Professors. Soon, the Academy reached a very high educational standard, and became one of the best European mining schools. Since its early days, the university has collaborated closely with industry, and retained close links with the Polish economy.

World War II The outbreak of World War II stopped the development of the Academy. Professors of the Mining Academy were arrested by the Gestapo during “Sonderaktion Krakau”. The science and research elite was deported to the Nazi Germany’s con – centration camps in Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg and Dachau. Between 1939 and 1945, the main Academy building was occupied by the German General Government. The property of the Academy was completely devastated and plundered, and the sculpture of St Barbara was broken by an act of throwing it from the roof of the main building. Thanks to the dedication of the staff, part of the library was saved. The Academy started to act in conspiracy, and the authorities tried to regain or create provisional teaching facilities.

Contemporary history
At the beginning of 1945, the Mining Academy was the only technical university in Poland which was able to operate. It became a support centre for other technical universities in Poland. The Cracow University of Technology came into being within the walls of the Academy; it acted under the name of the Polytechnic Faculties of the Mining Academy until 1954. The Academy also played a major role in the establishment of the Silesian University of Technology (23 Mining Academy graduates were professors the re), and Częstochowa University of Technology, and it also contributed to the reconstruction of Warsaw University of Technology, and the organisation of Wrocław University of Technology and Gdańsk University of Technology. In 1947, an internal decision was made to rename the university the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy. However, a formal approval of the decision by superior authorities took place only in 1949. In 1969, Stanisław Staszic was chosen the patron statesman of the Academy. At the same time, the university received its standard. On 14th December, 1981, the AGH UST academic community, under the flag of “Solidarność”, had courage to protest against suppressing – by an act of imposing Martial Law – the retrieved feeling of freedom and solidarity. The Independent Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarność” at AGH UST was a student organisation, the only one in Krakow, and one of only three in Poland, which organised sit-down strikes in the first days of Martial Law. In 1999, the sculpture of St Barbara was returned to the roof of the main university building A-0.

 

THE AGH UST UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

The AGH UST campus is located in the centre of Krakow. The distance between the AGH UST Main Building and the Main Market Square is only 1 kilometre, hence it is possible to walk the distance in a few minutes. Getting to the Main Railway Station in Krakow, thanks to an extensive network of trams and buses, takes only 10 minutes, and getting to the Krakow Airport in Balice – about 30 minutes.

The student campus has its own sports fields (including a modern football pitch, and volleyball and basketball courts with artificial surfaces), and tennis courts. A very modern AGH UST Swimming Pool is another great asset. Close proximity of the Krakow Błonia Park and Park Jordana allows runners, joggers, cyclists, and roller skaters to spend time actively in picturesque and green areas of the city.

AGH UST DORMITORIES

  • In 20 dormitories lives over 7000 students – that makes AGH UST Student Campus the biggest student estate in Poland
  • At the campus area you can find: eating establishments, shops and service-providing facilities, student clubs, a health centre, a nursery school, a crèche, a chemist’s;
  • All residents have free access to laundry and sport objects (volleyball court, basketball court, football field, gyms and tennis courts) reservations.
  • 1,5 km distance to the Main Square, 25 minutes by feet to the furthest AGH faculty, dozens of tram and bus connections to every part of Cracow – everything is close when you live with us
  • 360 cultural events during the academic year, in 5 student clubs in our Campus – we are the heart of student culture in Cracow
  • 340 pln/month – the lowest dormitory rate in Cracow with a relatively highest room standard

Registration and login to the central dorm placement system at AGH UST Student Campus is available HERE.
AGH UST Campus Web Site.

AGH UST dormitories – rooms

EDUCATION AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

The university educates nearly 35,000 students. The educational offer encompasses 57 fields of study, including 200 specialisations, which are offered by 16 faculties. The university also offers doctoral studies in 23 scientific disciplines, and over 100 postgraduate courses.
The AGH University of Science and Technology offers studies at three levels (cycles) of education:

  • bachelor’s degree (6–7 semesters),
  • master’s degree (3–4 semesters),
  • doctoral studies – prepares students to teach and conduct independent research, and leads to awarding a doctor’s degree.

The AGH University of Science and Technology main assets are:

  • huge scientific potential,
  • recognition by employers,
  • close links with industry and business world,
  • possibility to do practical trainings and internships,
  • modern teaching and research facilities,
  • good social conditions,
  • possibilities to develop interests (special interest groups, student organisations, Academic Sports Association),
  • university campus with the largest student accommodation area in Poland.

AGH UST offers unique, often interdisciplinary studies which can be tailored to individual needs. Every year, the university launches new fields of study whose programmes take into account the needs of the labour market, which arise from the economic transformations and the demand for highly-qualified specialists. A high demand for engineers is a reason why the university graduates are often competed for by employers who offer them excellent conditions of employment. Our graduates are recognised as professionals both in Poland and around the world.
Some faculties at the university are unique in Poland, i.e. the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, the Faculty of Non-Ferrous Metals, the Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, and also the only in Europe Faculty of Foundry Engineering; all of them help students gain expert, engineering knowledge, and educate professionals in their selected, specialist fields and branches of science.
In line with the mission of the university, we place a lot of emphasis on the quality of education by taking steps in many different directions.
One of the elements of the AGH UST employees’ appraisal system are questionnaires completed by students. All activities which aim at maintaining high standards of the educational process are coordinated by the University Board for Quality of Education. An excellent evaluation of the educational activity of the university is reflected in the reports of the Polish Accreditation Committee.

It is worth emphasizing that in the course of the recent years all fields of study at AGH UST have received positive evaluation of the Polish Accreditation Committee, and some have also been distinguished. Additionally, all AGH UST faculties have been awarded top scores in the parametric evaluation of research units conducted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The highest grade – category “A+” – was awarded to the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science.

Receiving education at the highest level, which is recognisable all over the world, is possible thanks to:

  • intensified learning of foreign languages,
  • integrated studies with double diplomas (of AGH UST and a foreign university),
  • possibility to do practical trainings and internships abroad,
  • tailored programmes of study,
  • constantly modernised methods and content of education (for example, distance education),
  • well-developed teaching and social facilities,
  • possibility to gain teaching qualifications.

Students are supported by learning materials available on the portal Open AGH UST (the first in Poland university repository of Open Educational Resources, understood as learning materials which are made available freely, without any charges, and with a right of further distribution), and the portal Open AGH UST e-Textbooks. Open AGH UST is an innovative project whose innovativeness lies in the fact of developing standards for creating open academic e-textbooks in accordance with the National Qualifications Framework. Open AGH UST does not just mean e-learning courses, but it means high quality, open, digital academic textbooks adapted to the AGH UST educational offer.

EDUCATIONAL OFFER IN ENGLISH

Caring about the competitiveness of our offer on the international education market we develop teaching in foreign languages.

Currently, education in English is offered at 17 fields of study (bachelor’s degree and master’s degree). Moreover, the university hosts the University Base of Courses in Foreign Languages.

The base encompasses over 100 courses, which are available to all AGH UST students each semester. Students can agree with the Deans of their faculties to include the courses in their plans of study. The programme is also intended as an educational offer for all students coming to AGH UST within the framework of international exchanges programmes.

Bachelor’s degree

  • Electronics and Telecommunications
  • Mechatronics Master’s degree
  • Biomedical Engineering: Emerging Health Care Technologies
  • Chemical Technology: Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy
  • Chemical Technology: Sustainable Fuels Economy
  • Electrical Engineering: Smart Grids Technology Platform
  • Electronics and Telecommunications: Networks and Services
  • Energy Technology: Sustainable Energy Development
  • Geophysics: Applied Geophysics
  • Management: International Management
  • Materials Engineering: Advanced Materials – Processing and Characterization
  • Materials Engineering: Functional Materials ƒ Mechatronics: Mechatronic Design
  • Mining and Geology: Economic Geology
  • Mining and Geology: Mining Engineering
  • Sociology: Technology and Society
  • Virtotechnology: Virtualization of Foundry Engineering

EDUCATIONAL OFFER IN POLISH

Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering
Civil Engineering
Mining and Geology
Environmental Engineering
Management and Production Engineering

Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science
Education in Technology and Computer Science
Heat Engineering
Materials Engineering
Computational Engineering
Applied Computer Science
Metallurgy

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
Automatic Control and Robotics
Electrical Engineering
Computer Science
Biomedical Engineering
Microelectronics in Industry and Medicine

Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications
Electronics
Electronics and Telecommunications
Computer Science
Teleinformatics

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics
Automatic Control and Robotics
Acoustic Engineering
Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics

Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science
Medical Physics
Technical Physics
Applied Computer Science

Faculty of Applied Mathematics
Mathematics

Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection
Geophysics
Mining and Geology
Applied Computer Science
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Protection
Tourism and Recreation
Ecological Sources of Energy

Faculty of Mining Surveying and Environmental Engineering
Geodesy, Surveying and Cartography
Environmental Engineering

Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics
Ceramics
Chemistry of Building Materials
Materials Engineering
Chemical Technology

Faculty of Foundry Engineering
Metallurgy
Virtotechnology

Faculty of Non-Ferrous Metals
Materials Engineering
Metallurgy
Management and Production Engineering

Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas
Mining and Geology
Oil and Gas Engineering

Faculty of Management
Information Technology and Econometrics
Management
Management and Production Engineering

Faculty of Energy and Fuels
Power Engineering
Chemical Technology

Faculty of Humanities
Cultural Studies
Sociology

AGH UST IN RANKINGS

Ranking of Universities “Perspektywy 2015”
In the most prestigious Ranking of Universities “Perspektywy 2015”, AGH UST came third among technical universities. The ranking was based on 31 detailed criteria, which created six main categories, i.e. prestige, scientific potential, scientific effectiveness, innovativeness, conditions of education, and internationalisation. A significant success is the first place in the category “innovativeness”. In this group, the following criteria were evaluated: patents and protection rights, funds obtained from the European Union, sold licences, and spin-off and spin-out businesses operating within the structure of the university.

“Forge of Chairpersons”
Another important ranking is the “Forge of Chairpersons”, in which AGH UST holds the second place. Surveys confirm that 7.29% of the chairpersons of the largest companies operating in Poland are AGH UST graduates. It is worthwhile to mention that our university has been placed among the leaders of the ranking for the seventh time in a row.

“Scientific Ranking of Universities”
AGH UST can also be proud of a high position in the “Scientific Ranking of Universities 2015”, prepared on the basis of the Hirsch index. The AGH University of Science and Technology won the second place among technical universities, and the 8th place in the general ranking of universities.

Ranking “Webometrics”
A wonderful success of the university is the first place among Polish technical universities in the ranking “Webometrics” (July 2015), which encompasses 12,000 schools of higher education from all over the world. In the prestigious group of 500 schools of higher education whose activity is the most noticeable on the Internet, there were only five Polish universities.

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