June 4, 2014
The Wrocław University of Technology, one of the organizers of the European Technology Congress, is the most innovative university in Poland, according to an annual league table compiled by the country’s Perspektywy monthly and Rzeczpospolita daily.
The university accounts for the largest number of inventions developed at Polish institutions in the last three years. In 2012, the university obtained 137 patents and utility model protection rights, according to a report by the Polish Patent Office.
The Wrocław University of Technology offers congenial conditions for scientists to conduct research and put research results into practice. Wrocław is an academic city with more than 100,000 students pursuing an education in all possible areas. It is also a city with more than 10,000 scientists. The Wrocław University of Technology is the largest institution of higher education in Wrocław. It has more than 35,000 students enrolled in dozens of courses, nearly 1,100 Ph.D. candidates, and 4,800 employees. The university’s staff conducts advanced scientific and technical research and its alumni include engineers well prepared to meet future professional challenges. Many talented young people undertake scientific research during their doctoral studies.
The university can meet contemporary challenges because it has a well trained scientific staff, modern educational and research facilities, a number of accredited laboratories, and experience in working outside the academic environment. Modernity and innovativeness are its hallmarks. Every year brings new patents, partnerships and proposals of collaboration between the university’s units and various other institutions in Poland and abroad.
The university’s academics receive grants, pursue projects, publish articles in renowned scientific journals, and secure patents for their work. The university maintains continuous and lively dialogue with local businesses as well as global corporations. It also works with regional governments and other institutions. This makes it possible to gain information about their needs, expectations and development trends.
The Wrocław University of Technology is home to the Wrocław Center for Networking and Computing and the Wrocław Center for Technology Transfer, both of which provide services to the city’s academic community and to partners across the southwestern Lower Silesia region.
Every year the university produces new well-educated graduates specializing in new technologies. Thanks to its cutting-edge research facilities, the university has attracted a crowd of business partners, among them global giants such as LG Electronics, Nokia, IBM and 3M.
To better meet the needs of modern economics, in 2007, the Wrocław University of Technology established a business cluster called the Knowledge and Innovation Community for Information and Communication Technologies. Today the cluster brings together more than 70 businesses and institutions representing key sectors of the economy. The cluster seeks to build an integrated platform to conduct joint projects. The results of this work have contributed to the development of an information society and the overall development of Lower Silesia.
Special “technology platforms” have also been launched to draw up development strategies for key sectors of the European economy and future technologies. These are joint undertakings with industry, scientific and financial institutions as well various decision-making bodies, including the European Commission.
The Wrocław University of Technology was the first Polish scientific institution to become a member of the Knowledge for Innovation Platform, an advisory body for the European Parliament for matters related to financing scientific research and cooperation between science and business. The Platform brings together members from various environments, including large organizations supporting research and development in Europe, companies, engineering associations, expert teams, universities and research institutes.
The Wrocław University of Technology offers excellent conditions for not only research but also international debate on new technology. The European Technology Congress, which will be held at the university’s premises, perfectly fits into the strategy for the development of the Wrocław University of Technology and the city of Wrocław as a whole as a hotbed of innovation. It is also an excellent opportunity to promote new technology, enhance innovation and foster science-business collaboration.
Prof. Tadeusz Więckowski
, Rector of the Wrocław University of Technology