About the University
Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology is a university with several decades of tradition. Its origins are merged with the inception of the Evening College of Engineering in 1951, the first tertiary education institution in Bydgoszcz. In the initial period of operation, the university educated chemical and mechanical engineers in the evening study system. After the university was transformed into the Undergraduate Engineering School (UES) in 1964, it provided education at four technical faculties in the full-time, evening, and extramural systems.
Creating tertiary agricultural studies in Bydgoszcz was implemented in the second half of the 1960s by establishing a consultation point for Vocational Extramural Studies of the Poznań University of Agriculture. Then, in 1969, a branch of this university. In 1972, simultaneously with the transformation of the University of Agriculture into the Agricultural University in Poznań, the organizational units of the branch became independent through the establishment of the Branch Agricultural Faculty with the Zootechnical Department in Bydgoszcz.
Following a regulation issued by the Prime Minister on August 20, 1974, these two universities were merged into Jan and Jędrzej Śniadecki University of Technology and Agriculture in Bydgoszcz. In 2006, on the University’s fifty-fifth anniversary, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland passed an act to change the name of the University of Technology and Agriculture into the University of Technology and Life Sciences. Last change was transformation into Politechnika Bydgoska - Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology - September 1, 2021.
Bydgoszcz University of Technology is a multi-profile university granting Bachelor’s, Engineer’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees, and the only tertiary education institution in the region merging various realms of study, including technology, natural sciences, agriculture, economy and arts. Over 67 years, the university has had more than 60,000 graduates. Our graduates include mgr inż. Edmund Obiała, a world-famous designer of the Olympic stadium in Sydney and Professor Józef Pieprzyk, a cryptologist.
Currently, eight faculties, interfaculty units and administration employ about 1,065 people, and 565 are the Faculty. This team includes 147 professors and 307 doctors, over 111 assistants, mentors, instructors, and lecturers.
Full-time and part-time and doctoral and postgraduate studies provide education and mentoring for over 8,000 students. The process of educating modern engineering and technical staff has been consistently implemented by launching new fields of study that are I demand in the region. Further, the university has been implementing the development and expanding the individual course of study, the flexibility of the education process, the application of the ETCS system, and the MostAR and MOSTECH programmes enabling the students to complete part of their studies at other Polish and international universities. The PBS receives excellent ratings in the rankings of universities, especially in those where the preparation of graduates to get a good job is assessed. In the 2006 Newsweek ranking, the university came at the top among the agricultural universities and 14th in the group of tertiary education institutions (both public and private).
Six of the PBS faculties are authorized to confer doctoral degrees, and four of them (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; Faculty of Agriculture and Biotechnology; Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biology; Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture) are also authorized to confer the degree of doktor habilitowany with the simultaneous possibility of conducting proceedings for conferring the academic title of professor. The academic, research and didactic activities are based on cooperation with almost all domestic technical and agricultural universities and many international centers. Starting from its fifth edition, we participate in the European programs: Erasmus+, Leonardo da Vinci, CEEPUS, COST and the Framework Programmes. The authorities of the university conduct activities aimed at including the PBS in the system of the European Research Area, the European Higher Education Area and the area of operation of regional and departmental socio-economic programmes.
The University staff are successful in applying the results of their research to practice. This is manifested, among others, by gold and silver medals at the World Fair of Inventions, Scientific Research and New Technologies in Brussels, a distinction for technical and technological solutions at the International Exhibition in Geneva; the Prime Minister of Poland, “Distinguished for Inventions” merit badges, the awards of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivode, President Bydgoszcz and numerous patents, implementations, and author’s certificates.
The research outcomes are published in renowned national and international journals. Every year, the university organizes several dozen scientific conferences.
Seven university employees have been granted the highest academic distinction, the honorary doctorate. The proof of the prestige PBS employees enjoy in the academic community is their abundant participation in the assemblies most significant for Polish science.
The change of the name of the university from the University of Technology and Agriculture to the University of Technology and Life Sciences and then to Bydgoszcz University of Technology and Science is the result of meeting the requirements set out in the new law on tertiary education for profiled universities and an expression of aspirations to set directions for the development of modern technology and agriculture. The change of the name of the university from the University of Technology and Agriculture to the University of Technology and Life Sciences and then to Bydgoszcz University of Technology and Science is the result of meeting the requirements set out in the new law on tertiary education for profiled universities and an expression of aspirations to set directions for the development of modern technology and agriculture.
The recent endeavours of PBS have proven the dynamic development of the university in numerous areas. In 2007, the Regional Innovation Center (RIC) was opened, a complex of information and training units. Thanks to that, it acts as an intermediary center between the research sphere and enterprises. The implementation of the second stage of the RIC included the creation of 28 modern research laboratories within the structures of all university faculties. Thanks to the active acquisition of European funds, it is possible to strengthen the scientific potential of the university gradually. Furthermore, the extension of cooperation with the economic environment of PBS indicates strengthening its position in the region as an institution of significant importance for the economy of Kujawy and Pomerania.
The opening of the Faculty of Management in 2007 initiated the expansion of the university’s educational offer. The same year, Design debuted as the region’s first major of this type. Thanks to broadening its educational opportunities, PBS consistently enriches the offer with new fields of study. Launched in recent years, architecture, biomedical engineering or finance and accounting have enjoyed unflagging popularity. Currently, the university offers about 35 majors.
Studying at PBS guarantees well-used time, a high-level education and landing an attractive job, as evidenced by the university’s first place in the “START on the Labor Market” project.
The Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology runs many initiatives aimed at the local community. Children’s University and the University of the Third Age have enjoyed a tremendous interest in the local community.