ECTS Label and Diploma Supplement Label
Lodz University of Technology was awarded both ECTS Label and DS Label.
ECTS Label is an distinction which proves that the ECTS system is correctly used by the given higher education institution both as far as the information published on the web-site is concerned and in terms of ECTS key documents used for mobility of outgoing and incoming students. ECTS course catalogue can be seen on the following web-site: www.ects.p.lodz.pl
DS Label (Diploma Supplement Label) is also an honorary distinction which proves that the given institution issues the Diploma Supplement correctly following all the guidelines defined by the European Commission.
Lodz University of Technology is the only technical university in Poland which was obtained these honorary distinction. We are even more proud because ECTS Label was awarded to us already for the second time which proves that the level of excellence in education is already very high and it continues to grow.
The establishment of the Lodz University of Technology is strictly associated with the history and development of the industrial Lodz. Thanks to incredibly fast development of textile industry in the second half of the 19th century Lodz became the second largest city in the area of Poland. This situation required highly qualified employees, namely graduates of higher technical schools. A long battle of establishing a technical university in Lodz began. The first actions were taken after the fall of the January Uprising. Appointing a Polytechnic Institute in Lodz was planned. The initiative case was piloted by the General Director of the Government Committee for Public Enlightenment – Witte. The courses were supposed to begin in 1865. Some area within the city was donated to the future university, verdict of the competition for design of the university building was announced, temporary rooms hired and professors recruited. Works on equipping the Institute with teaching aids, machines and books were in progress. A draft of The Act on the Institute was prepared, the final version of The Act was sent to the Tsar for signature on 13 July 1866. Unfortunately the Tsar did not accept the idea of establishing the Polytechnic Institute.
By the end of the seventies of the 19th century the trials to establish a technical university in Lodz began once again. On 31 January 1876 the Town Council sent a letter to the Piotrkow Governor asking for his support in the cause. The industrialists and merchants of Lodz committed themselves to securing a credit from the bank and donated sites for building of the Institute. Unfortunately also these efforts turned out ineffective.
After regaining freedom by Poland, in 1921 a motion was made to establish a Technical University. Yet the government turned out unfavourable to Lodz, and the idea fell through again.
It was no sooner than after the 2nd World War that the idea was brought into existence. After a few months of efforts by the Lodz authorities a decision was made in the Ministry of Education that “the necessity to establish a technical university in Lodz does not demand further justification”. On 8 May 1945 Professor Bohdan Stefanowski from the Warsaw University of Technology came to Lodz. The following day, assisted by his closest associates he started to work intensely on creating the university.
The city authorities granted temporary premises to the university. The starting point of the university’s own premises were the buildings of former Rosenblatt factory situated nearby the downtown of Lodz.
The decree that officially brought the Lodz University of Technology into being was signed on 24 May 1945. The university’s first faculties were Mechanical Engineering with Textile Engineering Unit, Electrical Engineering and Chemistry. 525 enrolees were admitted to the first year of studies, 458 students continued their further years of studies. The university had 33 departments with 33 professors, 15 senior lecturers and 53 assistant professors.
The university developed dynamically. The buildings of Rosenblatt factory were quickly adapted. With every year the premises of the university were improving, the number of students and academics was increasing, and the tasks of the university were more and more challenging.
In the farther years next faculties and units of the university were established:
1947 – Faculty of Textile Engineering – currently of Textile Engineering and Marketing,
1950 – Faculty of Food Chemistry – currently of Biotechnology and Food Sciences,
1956 - Faculty of Civil Engineering – currently of Civil Engineering. Architecture and Environmental Engineering,
1970 – Institute of Chemical Engineering with the rights of a faculty – currently the Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering,
1970 – Non-faculty Institute of Papermaking and Paper Machines – currently Institute of Papermaking and Printing.
1969 – Bielsko-Biała branch of TUL,
1976 – Faculty of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics – currently of Technical Physics, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics,
1981 – Faculty of Organisation and Management,
1991 – Computer Centre,
1992 – Faculty of Textile Engineering and Environmental Protection in Bielsko-Biała branch,
1993 – International Faculty of Engineering,
1994 – Laser Diagnostics and Therapy Centre,
2001 - Bielsko-Biała branch is transformed into a separate university,
2010 r. - Spatial Economy College,
2011 r. - Logistics College,
2011 r. - Commodity Science College.
Lodz University of Technology is a public autonomous higher education institution having legal personality. It operates in compliance with the Law on Higher Education and the Statue of the Lodz University of Technology.
Lodz University of Technology confers the professional degrees of magister inżynier, magister, inżynier architekt, magister, magister sztuki, inżynier, inzynier architekt and licencjat.
The University also confers the degree of doktor and doktor habilitowany and applies for the conferement of scientific titles.
Today Lodz University of Technology, offers 43 fields of studies to over 20 thousand students, including one hundred twenty specializations at nine faculties. Degree programmes are provided as first-cycle or/and second-cycle programmes. Studies based on new study programmes and the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) were introduced at Lodz University of Technology in the academic year 2007/2008. The system enables students to obtain two diplomas in two different fields of studies and gives a possibility of mobility period recognition.
Almost all the faculties offers doctoral programmes and Continous Professional Development together with short-term courses.
International Faculty of Engineering (IFE), founded in 1992, is the unit where all the courses are taught in foreign languages - eleven in English (Mechanical Engineering and Applied Computer Science; Business and Technology; Biomedical Engineering; Biotechnology; Telecommunications and Computer Science; Computer Science; Architecture Engineering; Information Technology; Science and Technology; Mechatronics, Management) and one in French (Gestion et Technology).
The profile of education at TUL combines knowledge of basic sciences, technical sciences, specialist subjects with the issues in the area of organisation and management, economics, banking, marketing, and in arts. Students get acquainted with the latest technologies and compouter applications.
Over 1500 academics work at TUL. They are among the leaders in Polish and international universities in research on numerous areas of science and technology. A large number of the research concerns applications of new technologies and materials as well as working out of new technologies. The best represented areas of science are biotechnology, electronics and telecommunication, computer science, materials engineering, technologies and nanotechnologies applied in technique, medicine, environmental protection, and improvement of food safety and quality. Biomedical engineering and research in new technologies in textile engineering are also dynamically developing areas of science at the university.
Lodz University of Technology coordinates the activities of The Baltic Sea University which include 180 universities from 14 countries of the Baltic Sea region.
The creation of the Laser Diagnostic and Therapy Centre - a future medicine institution is regarded to be a remarkable achievement of TUL. The main objective to create this unit was to do research on influence of laser rays on human organism as well as to develop new methods of healing with the use of laser technology.
The Institute of Papermaking and Printing is an interdepartamental unit which educates specialists in papermaking and printing.
The International cooperation includes students exchange and scientific projects. Lodz University of Technology cooperates with over 300 institutions in 40 countries. It provides several dozen of international research projects, and also takes part in EU Frame Work programs.
The contacts with the universities from all over the world have been developed thanks to Lodz University of Technology international students associations such as BEST, European Youth Exchange, AEGEE and AIESEC. TUL is also the leader in summer practical placements coordinated by IAESTE and realizes 40% of national student exchange within the program.
The university covers the area of about 30 hectares and is located in a few dozen buildings. Besides new structures built in the recent years the Lodz Univeristy of Technology adapted and revitalized a few historic 19th century villas and factory buildings, adjusting them to its needs.
Lodz University of Technology administers nine halls of residence, only five to ten minutes from all faculties. The University cannot guarantee placement in the university dormitory because the accommodation possibilities are very limited. But international students should notify in advance the International Office of their intention to live in the halls of residence.