|The University of Gdansk
Founded in 1970, the University of Gdansk is the largest institution of higher education in the Pomeranian region. It offers the opportunity to study in almost thirty different fields with over a hundred specialisations. There are almost 33,300 students in the nine faculties and at the Foreign Language Teacher Training College.
Recently the University of Gdansk has created new fields of study, such as Cultural Studies, Journalism, European Studies, International Relations, Modern Library Studies, Archaeology and Scientific and Technical Information, to cater for the needs of the modern labour market. In order to meet the increasing demand for knowledge, the university offers over sixty postgraduate programmes, as well as studies at doctoral level.
The great advantage of the University of Gdansk is its focus on subjects relating to the sea. The university’s position as an authority on marine matters rests on its excellent research stations of worldwide acclaim, where research is conducted into marine and maritime topics, particularly concerning the Baltic coast. This especially applies to fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Protection or Oceanography (the only department of this kind in Poland) and also the Faculty of Law and Administration
The development of international cooperation is one of the university’s priorities, and it works together with universities, institutions of higher education, and scientific and research institutes from virtually every country in the world.
Among its development plans is the construction of the Baltic Campus, where, alongside the existing Faculties of Law and Administration, Mathematics, Physics and Information Technology, Philology and History, space will be found for new ones, including the Faculties of Social Sciences, Biology, Geography, Chemistry, and Neophilology. The Main Library, Sports and Recreation Centre and University Archives will also be located there. Aware of its potential, the University of Gdansk is keen to promote the initiative of linking the countries and institutions situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea.
When Gdansk celebrated its 1000th birthday in 1997, the city looked back upon an eventful past. Thanks to its favourable position on the southern side of the Gdansk Bay, the city prospered due to extensive trading connections - from 1361 it was a member of the Hanseatic League - that covered most of the Baltic Sea. Although Gdansk has been afflicted by numerous military conflicts over the centuries, many remnants of the glorious Hanseatic period can still be seen throughout the whole city - even though vast parts of the Old City had to be rebuilt in the 1950s and 1960s due to the massive destruction of the Second World War.
In the 1980s Gdansk and its shipyards were the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, whose resistance to the government eventually led to the end of the Communist party rule, and marked the beginning of the end of the post-war world order. In spite of its historical importance, however, Gdansk does not live in the past: some of its approximately 450,000 inhabitants are still engaged in such traditional economic branches as amber-processing and ship-building, but in the last ten years or so the city has also experienced a significant rise in the number of IT-companies opening there. Visitors who come to Gdansk will undoubtedly be most impressed by Gdansk’s maritime flair that breathes the spirit of several centuries.