University of Bialystok was created in 1997 by transforming the former 29 – year old Branch of Warsaw University. Over the fifteen years the University has become a dynamically growing institution of higher education, the largest in Podlasie, both in respect of the number of research workers, fields of study and forms of education offered as well as the number of students and graduates. In the year 2014 the construction of a modern and well-equipped campus for the students of natural and mathematical sciences will be completed.
The University consists of nine faculties, including one located abroad in Vilnius. Classes and lectures are delivered by app. 900 academic teachers including more than 200 university and tenured professors. At present the University offers courses in 27 fields of study and over 70 specializations for app. 17.000 students. The major fields of study offer unique and inter-faculty courses created to meet the social demand. The University offers as many as 100 different postgraduate courses. About 70 student scientific groups and organizations are active at the University.
In 2010 and 2011 the UwB was awarded III place whereas in 2012 it was one of five laureates and received a certificate “Good School – Good Job” in the contest for “The most innovative and creative university in Poland”. In 2011 the UwB was awarded the certificate “University of Leaders” by the Foundation for the Development of Education and Higher Learning.
The University is entitled to confer the university degree of doctor in economic, legal, physical, biological and chemical sciences as well as in humanities, that is in history, language studies, literature and pedagogy, and the postdoctoral degree of doctor habilitatus in law, economics, biology and history.
The scientific staff at the University conduct scientific research at international level, both in natural and exact sciences as well as in humanities and social sciences, not only expanding the boundaries of knowledge by making discoveries, but also by providing expertise and experience to the whole region of Podlasie. The works connected with the unique nature and cultural diversity of the region should be especially emphasized.
The University is currently realizing about 60 agreements on scientific cooperation with partner foreign universities in: the Russian Federation, the USA, China, Great Britain, Romania, Japan, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Italy.
Our University guarantees a high level of didactic classes, a possibility of spending free time creatively by taking advantage of all University resources and participating in a widely understood student life.