The University of Silesia in Katowice is one of the largest public universities in Poland. Founded in 1968, the University of Silesia quickly established itself a reputation as a vibrant academic institution and an important interdisciplinary research hub. With a tradition of launching new programmes to best meet the needs of rapidly changing labour markets, the University of Silesia offers students a variety of programmes and specialised fields of study. We actively participate in European Commission initiatives focused both on educational and scientific development, and realise projects within the Lifelong Learning Programme, the Research Fund for Coal and Steel and Framework Programmes. Every academic year we offer more than 70 programmes and more than 200 specialisations that are designed to help our students and alumni meet the challenges of a changing labour market. We have signed more than 600 cooperation agreements with academic institutions all over the world, and we are a member of numerous international associations such as the European University Association (EUA), the Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe (HUMANE), the Interuniversity Centre for Research and Cooperation with Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (CIRCEOS).