• Talent pool
  • Academic potential
Katowice is a dynamically developing city which only recently have been really perceived not as a city of 300,000 citizens, but as the central city of a Metropolis* of over 2 million inhabitants (Metropolis GZM). Access to this large labor market, Katowice’s strong position as an economic, administrative and educational center, have attracted a lot of interest from both current and new investors.

  • 2.2 M people in the range of 25 km & 8.5 M citizens in the range of 100 km from Katowice
  • 1,788 people/sq km in Katowice & 879 people/sq km – population density for Metropolis – significantly higher than the average for Poland (123 people/sq km)
  • 18 universities (26 including affiliates) and 85,655 students and 22,757 graduates annually in Metropolis
  • Over 90% students can speak English and over 7,500 students participate in foreign philology studies programs
  • 32 different foreign languages are used in business service centers
  • over 250,000 companies in Metropolis, 50,305 in Katowice where work well-educated people
  • 27,500 people employed in business services sector in 116 centers BPO, SSC/GBS, IT and R&D

*The Metropolis is composed of Katowice and 40 towns and municipalities: Będzin, Bieruń, Bobrowniki, Bojszowy, Bytom, Chełm Śląski, Chorzów, Czeladź, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Gierałtowice, Gliwice, Imielin, Knurów, Kobiór, Lędziny, Łaziska Górne, Mierzęcice, Mikołów, Mysłowice, Ożarowice, Piekary Śląskie, Pilchowice, Psary, Pyskowice, Radzionków, Ruda Śląska, Rudziniec, Siemianowice Śląskie, Siewierz, Sławków, Sosnowiec, Sośnicowice, Świerklaniec, Świętochłowice, Tarnowskie Góry, Tychy, Wojkowice, Wyry, Zabrze, Zbrosławice.

Talent pool

Potential of the Metropolis is based on over 85,600 students, including 52,476 in Katowice, studying at 18 universities. The dominant categories of studies are business & administration (alomst 18,000 students), ICT technology – broad approach (over 6,000 students) and technical & engineering subgroup (over 10,000 students). The most active Silesian universities are: Silesian University, University of Economics in Katowice, Silesian University of Technology or University of Medicine.

List of universities

Fields of study

At universities, many faculties are created to educate students/graduates in faculties that respond to the needs of ITO, BPO, SSC, R&D sectors, e.g. IT with Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Cyber-Physical Systems, Mobile application development, Analysis of Large Data Sets, Gaming, etc., finance and accounting, finance and accounting with Finance and Accounting for Business – in English, business logistics or philology: English, German, etc. In addition, universities carry out various types of cooperation with investors, which aims to acquire new knowledge and gain practical skills. An example of such cooperation is the Corporate Readiness Certificate educational program run since 2014, in which partners are IBM, Accenture, ING Tech Poland.

University of Silesia

University of Silesia in Katowice (US), one of the largest and most dynamically evolving Polish higher education institutions, offers innovative solutions in the field of education and a friendly space for conducting research. The education process is tailored to current market trends and responds to its demand through functioning of Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Law and Administration, Faculty of Arts and Educational Science, Faculty of Theology and Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School. At 79 fields of study (incl. 4 in English) and 229 specializations (incl. 14 in English) are educated over 23,000 students (in 2020). US cooperates with many companies, scientific units, business environment institutions and local governments within over 1,600 contracts, agreements, and letters of intent.

Silesian University of Technology

The Silesian University of Technology (SUT), is the oldest technical university in the region and one of the most prestigious in Poland. 15 educational units of the University – 13 faculties, one college and a scientific-didactic centre – currently offer over 50 study programmes and about 200 specializations, including the whole spectrum of engineering studies. Aside from technical programmes, candidates may also study business analytics, mathematics, sociology and management – including project management, etc. Nowadays, SUT educates almost 19,000 students and offers 20 programmes conducted in English. SUT was ranked 7th among technical universities and 15th among all universities in Poland in the “Perspektywy” Educational Ranking.

University of Economics in Katowice

University of Economics in Katowice (UE) is one of the oldest universities in Upper Silesia. It is also one of the five public economic universities in the country and the largest university in the region educating over 8,000 students in the field of socio-economic sciences. Each year Polish and international students follow their degree programs at over 60 fields of study in such areas: Business, Finance and Administration, Economics, Finance and Insurance, Informatics and Communication, Econometrics and Management. UE cooperates on an ongoing basis in various areas with more than 400 companies and institutions. In 2019 edition of the ranking of economic universities “Rzeczpospolita” UE took 3rd place in the country.