International cooperation has become the most vulnerable to unfavourable changes. Closing borders, cancelling mobility, fear of going abroad or the obligation to undergo quarantine – these were signals that we had to take into account a clear decline in internationalization indicators. Polish universities reacted to this difficult situation in various ways. Some focused on the promotion of studies and cooperation within the country. Others opted for a specific limitation of activity and waiting out the difficult time of the pandemic. Lodz University of Technology adopted the third type of strategy, consisting in intensifying international promotion, but with the use of new methods and solutions.
Candidates from all over the world
The results of the first round of admission of foreigners in the winter semester of the academic year 2020/2021 proved that the strategy chosen by Lodz University of Technology was the right one. The International Cooperation Centre of TUL recorded as much as 57% increase in the number of applications sent by candidates from 45 countries. As every year, the largest number of applicants are from the East. Over 25 percent of all applications came from Ukraine and 12 percent from Belarus. This year's novelty is a large number of applications from Nigeria – over 8%. Young people from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Togo, Colombia and Sri Lanka also dream about studying at TUL. Despite the increased number of applications, as part of the implementation of the quality of education policy at Lodz University of Technology, a large number of candidates were not admitted to the studies due to failure to meet the requirements (formal and content-related or simply low educational results at the home university).
It might seem that foreign candidates apply only for courses run in English and French, but the truth is that more than 70% of those who were admitted to the first cycle studies and more than 29% of those who got to the second cycle of studies will take up education in Polish.
Applications for first cycle studies
Most foreign students were admitted to: The International Faculty of Engineering (almost 30% of the candidates) and the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering (over 23%). It is not surprising that the candidates were most willing to apply for the fields of Computer Science and Applied Information Technology, but there was also great interest in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Automation and Robot Control.
Applications for second cycle studies
The largest number of candidates, about 50 percent, were admitted to the IFE. More than 13 percent got to the Faculty of Management and Production Engineering, and more than 11 percent were admitted to the Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering. Most people, almost 35%, want to study Computer Science and Information Technology, and 10% of all admitted candidates will study Management, Master of Business Studies and Energy Systems in the Built Environment.
What is important, the above numbers are not the final results of the admission of foreign candidates. This year, especially for TUL graduates, additional recruitment is being conducted for people who are already in Poland and have a Polish visa or residence card. Such persons can apply for vacancies within the set limits.