University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

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The University of Silesia in Katowice (US) is one of the largest public universities in Poland. It serves over 35,000 intramural and extramural students and it already has more than 250,000 proud alumni. The University of Silesia provides over 70 degree programmes and over 200 specialisations on Bachelor, Master and Doctoral levels. The study programmes cover Art, Humanities, Social Sciences, as well as Natural and Hard Sciences. US is internationally oriented and continuously develops quality of education and research.
The Institute of Mathematics, which runs the InterMaths project at US, in engaged in many national and international projects, which provide students with skills and qualification required at the European labor market. InterMaths and Mathematics as a code of modernity are flag initiatives allowing students to conduct professional internships abroad. Student taking part in InterMaths project can choose from the following specialisations: Mathematics in Finance and Economics, Mathematical Modeling, and Theoretical Mathematics.
The University of Silesia has signed over 600 international agreements with over 300 institutions from all over the world. US collaborates with universities, research centres and enterprises from Germany, France, Italy, Russia, USA, Spain, China, Brazil and many others. Cooperation agreements enable student and academic staff exchanges as well as joint educational and research projects.

 

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gackiProf. Henryk Gacki
Head of Section of Mathematical Methods in Economy and Finances

University of Silesia in Katowice
Institute of Mathematics
Department of Probability Theory
Bankowa 14
40-007 Katowice, Poland
phone (+48) (32) 359-2188
room 545
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Study Paths available at US

Year 2 in Katowice :: Mathematics in finance and economics

Year 2 in Katowice - Mathematics in finance and economics

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List of course units

Semester 1

  • Computational mathematics (3 credits)

    • ECTS credits 3
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      The aim of Computational mathematics course is to teach students how to use computational (both numerical and symbolic) methods in applications coming from various branches of mathematics.

      The course covers the following subjects:

      1. Polynomial algorithms: square-free factorization, polynomial factorization over finite fields, factorization of rational polynomials, monomial orders and Groebner bases;

      2. Elimination theory: elimination with Groebner bases, classical elimination with resultants;

      3. Inifinite summation and Gosper's algorithm;

      4. Numerical integration: Monte-Carlo algorithm.


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  • Mathematical methods in physics (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Prerequisites

      Basic linear algebra is enough. A bit of number theory can be useful but not necessary.

    • Objectives

      My aim is to present mathematical methods for quantum information processing. As in most applications it is enough to work with qubits and systems of qubits, mathematical methods originate from linear algebra, which is usually one of first curses taught. It makes quantum information accessible for very 'fresh' students. I would like to convince students that quantum information processing is useful, interesting, counter-intuitive, sometimes seemingly as mysterious as the Schroedinger cat.

    • Topics

      Mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics.

      Postulates of quantum mechanics.

      Quantum information: quantum gates, no-go theorems, measurement.

      Quantum entanglement: mathematical basis.

      Selected applications: teleportation, dense coding.

      Quantum cloning and applications.

      Basic protocols for quantum cryptography: BB84, B92.

      Quantum nonlocality: Bell and Leggett-Garg inequalities, contextuality.

      Dynamics of quantum systems, open quantum systems.

      Quantum error correction.

    • Books

      Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Michael A. Nielsen & Isaac L. Chuang

      Lecture notes by John Preskill http://www.theory.caltech.edu/people/preskill/ph229/


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  • Decision Making Techniques and Tools (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice

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  • Statistics (3 credits)

    • ECTS credits 3
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      The aim of the Statistics unit is to get a deep knowledge on constructing statistical models and making statistical analysis, and to improve the skills of using statistical computer packages.

      The contents of this unit are the following:

      1. Organising statistical analysis: collecting and data, their analysis and graphical description.

      2. Linear and non-linear statistical models – estimation theory and statistical hypotheses testing.

      3. Applications of linear and non-linear statistical models in econometrics and financial mathematics.

      4. Parametric tests of significance involving two or more samples.

      5. Conformity tests.

      6. Non-parametric tests of significance involving two or more samples.

      7. Applications of statistical computer software to estimation and statistical testing


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  • Wavelet transforms (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      The main goal of the lecture is to present basic properties of wavelet transforms and some methods of construction of wavelet bases. We will pay special attention to these wavelet transforms which have used to the analysis and the synthesis of sound signals. We also will pay special attention to structures of bases with special properties which have used to the data compression in digital transmissions.

    • Books

      [1] C.K. Chui, An Introduction to Wavelets, Academic Press, Boston, 1992.

      [2] I. Daubechies, The wavelet transform, Time-frequency localization and signal analysis, IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory 36 (1990), 961-1005.

      [3] I. Daubechies, Ten Lectures on Wavelets, SIAM, Philidelphia, 1992.

      [4] C. Heil, D. Walnut, Continuous and discrete wavelet transforms, SIAM Review 31 (1989), 628-666.

      [5] G. Kaiser, A Friendly Guide to Wavelets, Birkhauser, Boston, 1994.

      [6] D. Kozlow, Wavelets. A tutorial and a bibliography, Rendiconti dell’Instituto di Matematica dell’Universita di Trieste, 26, supplemento (1994).


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  • Workshop on Problem solving (2 credits)

    • ECTS credits 2
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics The main aim of the module Problem Workshops is to acquaint students with chosen branches of mathematics with applications to knowledge domains such as: economics, biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science. Additional aims are: training analytical skills (for example, constructing mathematical models of chosen problems from applied sciences), training methodological skills (for example, use of available technology to prepare a project or analysis), training cognitive skills (for example, an analysis of data or source content given in a form of articles or manuals, also in a foreign language) and training skills of team-work (for example, work in small groups during and outside the workshop).

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  • Polish language and culture for foreigners (level A1) (3 credits)

    • ECTS credits 3
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics The aim of the module is to develope all language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and to prepare students for quite easy communication in Polish, necessary while studying in Poland. Students acquire not only linguistic and communicative competence, but also sociocultural: they get to know selected aspects of Polish culture, basic habits and holidays celebrated in Poland, taking into account the pragmatic and sociolinguistic efficiency. Programme includes basic communication situations: greetings and farewells, shopping, ordering food, traveling, etc.

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Semester 2

  • Applications of the theory of functional equations (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      Applications in Geometry:

      1. Joint characterization of Euclidean, hyperbolic and elliptic geometries.

      2. Characterizations of the cross ratio.

      3. A description of certain subsemigroups of some Lie groups.

       

      Applications in Functional Analysis:

      1. Analytic form of linear-multiplicative functionals in the Banach algebra of integrable functions on the real line.

      2. A characterization of strictly convex spaces.

      3. Some new characterizations of inner product spaces.

      4. Birkhoff-James orthogonality.

      5. Addition theorems in Banach algebras; operator semigroups.

    • Books

      1. J. Aczel & J. Dhombres, Functional equations in several variables, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989. 2. J. Aczel & S. Gołąb, Funktionalgleichungen der Theorie der Geometrischen Objekte, PWN, Warszawa, 1960. 3. J. Dhombres, Some aspects of functional equations, Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok, 1979. 4. D. Ilse, I. Lehman and W. Schulz, Gruppoide und Funktionalgleichungen, VEB Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften, Berlin, 1984. 5. M. Kuczma, An introduction to the theory of functional equations and inequalities, Polish Scientific Publishers & Silesian University, Warszawa-Kraków-Katowice, 1985.


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  • Mathematics of finance, discrete models (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics In our lecture we present an introduction to the mathematics of finance, and in particular the models with discrete time. We are going to discuss, among others, the following questions: mathematical finance in one period, the fundamental theorem of asset pricing, the multi-period market model, arbitrage opportunities and martingale measures, binomial trees and the CRR model, introduction to optimal stopping and American options, risk measures, indifference valuation and optimal derivative design, optimal risk transfer in principal agent games, bonds and contracts for bonds, contracts swap and swaptions, contracts cap and floor, models with infinite set of simple events.
    • Books The lecture will be based on a book by Stanley R. Pliska Introduction to Mathematical Finance: Disrete Time Models Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford 2004.

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  • Collective project (4 credits)

    • ECTS credits 4
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Objectives

      In this module the students, divided into teams consisting of several people, implement projects associated with the given problem.

    • Topics

      The project consists of several phases:

      1. Planning for the project. The allocation of roles and responsibilities in the team.

      2. Review of available literature on the given matter.

      3. Analysis of the problem, seeking methods of its solution.

      4. Implementation of the solution. This phase, depending on the project, should include elements such as the analysis of empirical data, calibration, simulation and testing of the solution.

      5. Preparation of the final report and presentation of results. Both the final effect and the individual phases of the project are assessed. Laboratory classes serve to current reporting and discussing work progress, and give the opportunity of obtaining assistance in the project implementation.


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Master's Thesis at US

  • Master’s Thesis (US) (18 credits)

    • ECTS credits 18
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Objectives
      The topic of the thesis can be proposed to the student by the local InterMaths coordinator or by the student him/herself. In any case, the InterMaths executive committee is the responsible to approve the thesis project before its formal start. The taste and expectations of the students are respected whenever possible. The local InterMaths coordinator in the hosting institution is the responsible to provide an academic advisor to the student, although proposals from the students will always be heard in this respect.

      In some cases, after the agreement with the local InterMaths coordinator, the thesis topic can be related to a problem proposed by a private company. In this case, a tutor will be designated by the company as responsible person of the work of the student, especially if he/she is eventually working in the facilities of the company; however, the academic advisor is, in any case, the responsible to ensure the progress, adequacy and scientific quality of the thesis. The necessary agreements between the university and the company will be signed in due time, according to the local rules, in order that academic credits could be legally obtained during an internship, and the students be covered by the insurance against accidents outside the university.

      NOTE: Although the thesis is scheduled for the 4th semester, some preliminary work may be anticipated due to the local rules - such as preliminary local courses in the 3rd semester, ensuring that the student can follow the main courses of the 3rd semester without problems. In this point, the personalised attention to the students has to be intensified, and decisions taken case by case.

    • More information
      In addition to previously mentioned, inludes the Master's Thesis at University of Silesia in Katowice also following two local courses: Seminar 1 (1st semester, 4 credits) and Seminar 2 (2nd semester, 14 credits).

      Seminar 1 (1st semester, 4 credits): The module is aimed for skills, both spoken and written, precise mathematical language, to formulate and justify mathematical content of the topic related to the Master’s theses. Due to the nature of the module is expected that the curriculum will be closely related to the topics of the Master’s theses.

      Seminar 2 (2nd semester, 14 credits): The module is aimed for skills, both spoken and written, precise mathematical language, including understanding the role of proof in mathematics. Due to the nature of the module is expected that the curriculum will be closely related to the module content Seminar 1.

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Year 2 in Katowice :: Mathematical modelling

Year 2 in Katowice - Mathematical modeling

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List of course units

Semester 1

  • Computational mathematics (3 credits)

    • ECTS credits 3
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      The aim of Computational mathematics course is to teach students how to use computational (both numerical and symbolic) methods in applications coming from various branches of mathematics.

      The course covers the following subjects:

      1. Polynomial algorithms: square-free factorization, polynomial factorization over finite fields, factorization of rational polynomials, monomial orders and Groebner bases;

      2. Elimination theory: elimination with Groebner bases, classical elimination with resultants;

      3. Inifinite summation and Gosper's algorithm;

      4. Numerical integration: Monte-Carlo algorithm.


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  • Applied Graph Theory (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      The course establishes the fundamental concepts of the graph theory and shows several applications in various topics. In particular, the famous problems of the graph theory will be discussed: Minimum Connector Problem, Hall's Marriage Theorem, the Assignment Problem, the Network Flow Problem, the Committee Scheduling Problem, the Four Color Problem, the Traveling Salesman Problem.

    • Books

      1. Bollobas B., Modern Graph Theory, Springer-Verlag, 2001.
      2. Diestel G. T., Graph Theory, Springer-Verlag, 1997, 2000.
      3. Foulds L. R., Graph Theory Applications, Springer-Verlag, 1992
      4. Hartland G., Zhang P., A First Course in Graph Theory (Dover Books on Mathematics), 2012.
      5. Matousek J., Nesetril J., An invitation to discrete mathematics, Oxford, 2008.


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  • Mathematical methods in physics (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Prerequisites

      Basic linear algebra is enough. A bit of number theory can be useful but not necessary.

    • Objectives

      My aim is to present mathematical methods for quantum information processing. As in most applications it is enough to work with qubits and systems of qubits, mathematical methods originate from linear algebra, which is usually one of first curses taught. It makes quantum information accessible for very 'fresh' students. I would like to convince students that quantum information processing is useful, interesting, counter-intuitive, sometimes seemingly as mysterious as the Schroedinger cat.

    • Topics

      Mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics.

      Postulates of quantum mechanics.

      Quantum information: quantum gates, no-go theorems, measurement.

      Quantum entanglement: mathematical basis.

      Selected applications: teleportation, dense coding.

      Quantum cloning and applications.

      Basic protocols for quantum cryptography: BB84, B92.

      Quantum nonlocality: Bell and Leggett-Garg inequalities, contextuality.

      Dynamics of quantum systems, open quantum systems.

      Quantum error correction.

    • Books

      Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Michael A. Nielsen & Isaac L. Chuang

      Lecture notes by John Preskill http://www.theory.caltech.edu/people/preskill/ph229/


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  • Statistics (3 credits)

    • ECTS credits 3
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      The aim of the Statistics unit is to get a deep knowledge on constructing statistical models and making statistical analysis, and to improve the skills of using statistical computer packages.

      The contents of this unit are the following:

      1. Organising statistical analysis: collecting and data, their analysis and graphical description.

      2. Linear and non-linear statistical models – estimation theory and statistical hypotheses testing.

      3. Applications of linear and non-linear statistical models in econometrics and financial mathematics.

      4. Parametric tests of significance involving two or more samples.

      5. Conformity tests.

      6. Non-parametric tests of significance involving two or more samples.

      7. Applications of statistical computer software to estimation and statistical testing


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  • Wavelet transforms (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      The main goal of the lecture is to present basic properties of wavelet transforms and some methods of construction of wavelet bases. We will pay special attention to these wavelet transforms which have used to the analysis and the synthesis of sound signals. We also will pay special attention to structures of bases with special properties which have used to the data compression in digital transmissions.

    • Books

      [1] C.K. Chui, An Introduction to Wavelets, Academic Press, Boston, 1992.

      [2] I. Daubechies, The wavelet transform, Time-frequency localization and signal analysis, IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory 36 (1990), 961-1005.

      [3] I. Daubechies, Ten Lectures on Wavelets, SIAM, Philidelphia, 1992.

      [4] C. Heil, D. Walnut, Continuous and discrete wavelet transforms, SIAM Review 31 (1989), 628-666.

      [5] G. Kaiser, A Friendly Guide to Wavelets, Birkhauser, Boston, 1994.

      [6] D. Kozlow, Wavelets. A tutorial and a bibliography, Rendiconti dell’Instituto di Matematica dell’Universita di Trieste, 26, supplemento (1994).


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  • Workshop on Problem solving (2 credits)

    • ECTS credits 2
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics The main aim of the module Problem Workshops is to acquaint students with chosen branches of mathematics with applications to knowledge domains such as: economics, biology, physics, chemistry, and computer science. Additional aims are: training analytical skills (for example, constructing mathematical models of chosen problems from applied sciences), training methodological skills (for example, use of available technology to prepare a project or analysis), training cognitive skills (for example, an analysis of data or source content given in a form of articles or manuals, also in a foreign language) and training skills of team-work (for example, work in small groups during and outside the workshop).

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  • Polish language and culture for foreigners (level A1) (3 credits)

    • ECTS credits 3
    • Semester 1
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics The aim of the module is to develope all language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and to prepare students for quite easy communication in Polish, necessary while studying in Poland. Students acquire not only linguistic and communicative competence, but also sociocultural: they get to know selected aspects of Polish culture, basic habits and holidays celebrated in Poland, taking into account the pragmatic and sociolinguistic efficiency. Programme includes basic communication situations: greetings and farewells, shopping, ordering food, traveling, etc.

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Semester 2

  • Applications of the theory of functional equations (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Topics

      Applications in Geometry:

      1. Joint characterization of Euclidean, hyperbolic and elliptic geometries.

      2. Characterizations of the cross ratio.

      3. A description of certain subsemigroups of some Lie groups.

       

      Applications in Functional Analysis:

      1. Analytic form of linear-multiplicative functionals in the Banach algebra of integrable functions on the real line.

      2. A characterization of strictly convex spaces.

      3. Some new characterizations of inner product spaces.

      4. Birkhoff-James orthogonality.

      5. Addition theorems in Banach algebras; operator semigroups.

    • Books

      1. J. Aczel & J. Dhombres, Functional equations in several variables, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989. 2. J. Aczel & S. Gołąb, Funktionalgleichungen der Theorie der Geometrischen Objekte, PWN, Warszawa, 1960. 3. J. Dhombres, Some aspects of functional equations, Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok, 1979. 4. D. Ilse, I. Lehman and W. Schulz, Gruppoide und Funktionalgleichungen, VEB Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften, Berlin, 1984. 5. M. Kuczma, An introduction to the theory of functional equations and inequalities, Polish Scientific Publishers & Silesian University, Warszawa-Kraków-Katowice, 1985.


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  • Dynamical systems on measures - physical and biological models (6 credits)

    • ECTS credits 6
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice

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  • Collective project (4 credits)

    • ECTS credits 4
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Objectives

      In this module the students, divided into teams consisting of several people, implement projects associated with the given problem.

    • Topics

      The project consists of several phases:

      1. Planning for the project. The allocation of roles and responsibilities in the team.

      2. Review of available literature on the given matter.

      3. Analysis of the problem, seeking methods of its solution.

      4. Implementation of the solution. This phase, depending on the project, should include elements such as the analysis of empirical data, calibration, simulation and testing of the solution.

      5. Preparation of the final report and presentation of results. Both the final effect and the individual phases of the project are assessed. Laboratory classes serve to current reporting and discussing work progress, and give the opportunity of obtaining assistance in the project implementation.


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Master's Thesis at US

  • Master’s Thesis (US) (18 credits)

    • ECTS credits 18
    • Semester 2
    • University University of Silesia in Katowice
    • Objectives
      The topic of the thesis can be proposed to the student by the local InterMaths coordinator or by the student him/herself. In any case, the InterMaths executive committee is the responsible to approve the thesis project before its formal start. The taste and expectations of the students are respected whenever possible. The local InterMaths coordinator in the hosting institution is the responsible to provide an academic advisor to the student, although proposals from the students will always be heard in this respect.

      In some cases, after the agreement with the local InterMaths coordinator, the thesis topic can be related to a problem proposed by a private company. In this case, a tutor will be designated by the company as responsible person of the work of the student, especially if he/she is eventually working in the facilities of the company; however, the academic advisor is, in any case, the responsible to ensure the progress, adequacy and scientific quality of the thesis. The necessary agreements between the university and the company will be signed in due time, according to the local rules, in order that academic credits could be legally obtained during an internship, and the students be covered by the insurance against accidents outside the university.

      NOTE: Although the thesis is scheduled for the 4th semester, some preliminary work may be anticipated due to the local rules - such as preliminary local courses in the 3rd semester, ensuring that the student can follow the main courses of the 3rd semester without problems. In this point, the personalised attention to the students has to be intensified, and decisions taken case by case.

    • More information
      In addition to previously mentioned, inludes the Master's Thesis at University of Silesia in Katowice also following two local courses: Seminar 1 (1st semester, 4 credits) and Seminar 2 (2nd semester, 14 credits).

      Seminar 1 (1st semester, 4 credits): The module is aimed for skills, both spoken and written, precise mathematical language, to formulate and justify mathematical content of the topic related to the Master’s theses. Due to the nature of the module is expected that the curriculum will be closely related to the topics of the Master’s theses.

      Seminar 2 (2nd semester, 14 credits): The module is aimed for skills, both spoken and written, precise mathematical language, including understanding the role of proof in mathematics. Due to the nature of the module is expected that the curriculum will be closely related to the module content Seminar 1.

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University Overview

Overview: University of Silesia in Katowice

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If you’re like most students who choose University of Silesia, you’re looking for more. Of course, you’re out to acquire a competitive edge in the post-graduate job market, academic qualifications, and the kind of sought-after professional skills employers look for and that our students leave here armed with. But you’ll also want to take priceless memories of your experience with you, right? If so, University of Silesia is your perfect fit!

University of Silesia - Established in 1968, it offers over 50 fields of study and serves over 35,000 students. Academic campuses are located in 5 key cities of the region, with the hub in Katowice. To promote international exchanges of scholars, students, and ideas, the University of Silesia has signed some 450 Erasmus bilateral agreements of cooperation with 29 other European countries. Students are offered accommodation in dormitories near their lecture halls and have access to well-equipped libraries, cafeterias, and over 160 student clubs emphasizing science, sports, media, music, drama, art, you name it. The Student Union works closely with the university leadership and has a great impact on enriching the academic cultural life students thrive on. Every year, during the summer semester, two remarkable events are organized: Juwenalia, a festival where students actually seize control of cities from their mayors and have a blast at countless concerts and parties, and a Festival of Science during which students carry out experiments in the streets and have colorful parades. Such fun recharges students’ batteries so that they excel at their studies.

Silesian Centre for Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ŚMCEBI)

The Silesian Centre for Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ŚMCEBI) was star¬ted in October 2012 as a project under the 13th Priority Axis of the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment.
This is a very modern, dynamic Centre, which allows for implementation of innova¬tive educational projects (including transnational projects).
The ŚMCEBI was developed to:
• improve the quality of education and increase the number of students in the priority areas for the development of the economy,
• build the infrastructure allowing to create an attractive range of educational services, providing education in areas of strategic importance for the country's development,
• increase access for student to modern, unique laboratory equipment centred in modern, certified laboratories,
• improve access for students to modern tools and information/communication techniques used for teaching,
• intensify international mobility of students and academic staff by cooperation with foreign research centres and development of international studies,
• increase young people's interest in natural sciences,
• improve educational opportunities for people with disabilities.

As a result of high quality teaching and research activities, in accordance with the implemented program assumptions, the ŚMCEBI guarantees:
• development of high technology — fields and disciplines of applied sciences desirable from the point of view of economic development of the country,
• strengthening of the human potential in research and technology,
• promotion of knowledge,
• cross-sector cooperation and linking potentials of partner institutions.

http://www.smcebi.us.edu.pl/en

Interview: http://www.nanodiode.eu/news/andrzej-burian-pl/

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About Katowice

About Katowice

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katowice by night

Dynamic, multicultural and open to changes – that is the face of Katowice


Nowadays, Katowice with the population of 300,000 residents is a city of dynamic transformations, open to changes, attracting young people who associate their future with the city. In the first place it is them to who the city authorities address their projects of social and town planning reconstruction.
The city whose origin goes back but to the nineteenth century prides on the possession of numerous objects registered as historical monuments. Among them there are stand out art nouveaux tenements in the city centre, neo-baroque and Neo-Gothic buildings with architectural details restored with reverence, as well as the workers' housing estates in the Giszowiec and Nikiszowiec quarters that constitute examples of unique architecture.

Katowice is the heart of one of the largest population centres in Europe. Along with the neighbouring towns and cities it constitutes a huge market to be developed by economic subjects, and it is from the economic viewpoint that Katowice has a great future ahead. The present authorities of the city take care of developing a favourable background for investments. Katowice is considered to be one of the best developed Polish cities in terms of a modern infrastructure involving traffic systems, preparing land for investments, water supply, sewage disposal system and appropriate environment for economy in the form of housing undergoing the development process, sporting and recreational facilities, commercial facilities, catering industry, modern cinema halls, libraries, museums, etc. It is worth mentioning that 45% of the area in Katowice is covered by forests and greenfields including 2 nature reserves. Everybody can appreciate values of our city's natural environment during a long cycle tour of signposted routes.

Interesting facts about the city
1. Location in the centre of the vast urbanized area, the Katowice Agglomeration with 2 million people, easy access by plane & train
2. The capital city of Silesia
3. Strong academic centre – 29 universities in the Katowice Agglomeration
4. Presence of many foreign investors

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How to get to Katowice

How to get to Katowice

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How to reach Katowice center from the Katowice Pyrzowice airport

In front of the main entrance to the airport cosy, comfortable and modern buses are waiting to take you to  Katowice center. You can book your ticket online or ask the driver for it. The journey is around 50 minutes long. Prices are mostly around 5-8 euro. Keep in mind that you do not have to pay extra for your luggage. You can choose some of the buses mentioned below. Check the website to see more information like the timetable, prices, bus stops etc.

  1. PKM Katowice bus
  2. KZK GOP bus
  3. Matuszek bus 
  4. PyrzowiceEkspres.pl (official Wizzair bus)

How to reach the Katowice center from the Krakow Balice airport?

  1. TigerExpress.eu 
  2. Neobus 

The prices would be around 6-11 euro and the way will take you around 1 hour. To book the ticket and find other information check the websites.
To get to Katowice you can also take a bus from the Krakow Balice to the Krakow center and than take another bus straight to Katowice.

The International Airport Katowice Pyrzowice website

katowice map 1 katowice map2 katowice map3 

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Living in Katowice

Living in Katowice

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Useful Polish Words

• Cheers! / Bless you! - Na zdrowie!
• How are You? - Jak się masz?/ Co słychać?
• Hi! / Bye! - Cześć!
• Hello! / Welcome! – Witam!
• Good morning! / Good Afternoon! - Dzień dobry
• Good evening! - Dobry wieczór!
• Good night! – Dobranoc!
• Goodbye! - Do widzenia!
• good - dobrze
• yes - tak
• no - nie
• Please speak more slowly. - Proszę mówić wolniej. (Smile broadly while saying this.)
• I don't understand. - Nie rozumiem.
• I don't speak Polish. - Nie mówię po polsku. (Say this with perfect phonetics and no one will believe you.)
• Do you speak English? - Czy mówisz po angielsku?
• Thank you! - Dziękuję!
• Thanks! - Dzięki!
• Please. - Proszę.
• Excuse me. / I'm sorry. - Przepraszam.
• Congratulations! - Gratuluję!
• How much does it cost? - Ile to kosztuje?
• Dormitory - Akademik / Dom Studenta
• Cafeteria - Stołówka
• Student ID - Legitymacja
• Dean's Office - Dziekanat
• Faculty - Wydział
• Library - Biblioteka
• Bread - Chleb
• Water - Woda
• Beer - Piwo
• Coffee - Kawa
• Tea - Herbata
• Ticket - Bilet

Travel links

1. Bus and tram routes in the Silesia region (KZK GOP)
2. Train routes (PKP)

Food

Polish cuisine

- kiełbasa (sausage)
- a wide variety of delicious breads: white, brown, wholemeal, with raisins, prunes, sesame seeds, poppyseed...
- an essential part of the main Polish meal of the day is soup, e.g., barszcz, żurek, mushroom soup, kapuśniak, krupnik, tomato soup, rosół
- kotlet schabowy (fried pork loin chop coated in breadcrumbs and served with potatoes and cabbage)
- golonka (pork knuckle)
- kaszanka (blood sausage)
- smalec (spreadable bacon lard)
- superb dumplings, especially pierogi (noodle dough stuffed with minced meat, chopped sauerkraut mixed with mushrooms, cottage cheese, or fruit and boiled)
- bigos (sauerkraut with a variety of meats, smoked meat and mushrooms)
- gołąbki (cabbage leaves stuffed with minced meat and rice or barley, served with tomato or mushroom sauce)

Silesian cuisine

- dark dumplings (pyzy sląskie), white and red cabbage
- makówki (ground poppy seads mixed with honey, raisins and nuts and put on thin slices of sweet bread over which milk is poured)

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Free time in Katowice

Free time in Katowice

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Festivals, Cinemas, Theatres, Music

Check this website: http://www.katowice.eu/en/en/things-to-do/festivals to see more

Bar, Restaurants, Pubs & Clubs, Discos
1. https://odkrywajacslask.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/where-to-eat-well-in-katowice 
2. http://katowice.spiz.pl/ 
3. http://klubpomarancza.pl/katowice/ 
4. http://www.klubprime.pl/ 
5. http://www.blackpearl.katowice.pl/ 
6. http://cotton-club.com.pl/www/ 
7. http://coolerclub.pl 
8. http://www.dolce-vita.info.pl 
9. www.highwayclub.pl 
10. www.inq.pl 
11. http://rajzefiber.com 

Green areas and recreation

Check the website http://www.katowice.eu/en/en/tourism/green-areas-recreation to see more

Others

1. The Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library (Centrum Informacji Naukowej i Biblioteka Akademicka) is located in Katowice at Bankowa 11a (http://www.ciniba.us.edu.pl/index.php?lang=en)
2. The biggest library in Katowice at Plac Rady Europy 1 – The Library of Silesia (Biblioteka Śląska) (http://www.bs.katowice.pl/)
3. You may also join the Academic Sports Association (Akademicki Związek Sportowy), which offers over 30 sports including: judo, yoga, ju-jitsu, karate, bridge, chess, skiing, horse riding, volleyball, basketball, and many others. The annual fee including obligatory insurance is about 50 PLN. For details and timetables please contact the Academic Sports Association in Katowice, Bankowa 12 (www.azs.us.edu.pl)
4. The International Congress Centre - The International Congress Centre building in Katowice is a multifunctional, complex service facility, which ranks among public buildings. For the most part, it has been designed for guests who take part in the events organised there. However, it also has an area which is fully available for the public – it is a green passage which goes diagonally through the building's roof where it takes on the shape of a valley, as well as the main foyer – the connecting area between two entrances: from the Honour Square's side (in front of the arena complex called "Spodek" Arena – the "Saucer") and the second from the side of Olimpijska Street (which is under design). Marking these spaces as public is a vital city-forming element for a post-industrial area where the MCK complex was designed. As to the main functions of the building, it is a place for congress, conference, exibition, fair and performance (http://www.icc-katowice.eu/en)
5. Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia z siedzibą w Katowicach - NOSPR), is one of Poland's premier musical institutions (http://www.nospr.org.pl/en/)

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Accommodation

Accommodation in Katowice

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InterMaths students, studying in Katowice, are hosted free of charge in single rooms in the students’ dormitory of the University of Silesia in Katowice.

Address: Katowice, ul. Studencka 16.

Each two single rooms have their own bathroom and kitchen. The rooms are available in the last week of September and students can stay there for free for 10 months.

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Excursions around Katowice

Excursions around Katowice

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Welcome to Katowice!

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Tourist Information Centre
Rynek 13, 40-098 Katowice,
Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 9.00 - 18.00, Saturday 9.00 - 16.00
Phone: (+48 32) 259 38 08
Phone/fax (+48 32) 259 33 69
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The biggest tourist attractions in Katowice

Although Katowice is one of the youngest European metropolises, it has an interesting architecture. Among the Art Nouveau buildings we will find elements of eclecticism, modernism and neo – classicism. The one hundred years old workmen's housing estates Nikiszowiec and Giszowiec are unique architectural examples. Despite their primal character, they can make you feel the atmosphere of the early 19th century and move to the time of early – industrial development of Katowice. Those buildings were used in the famous Silesian film triptych directed by Kazimierz Kutz.
Among other architectural monuments in Katowice, the Arch Cathedral of Christ the King and an enormous house of the former Silesian Parliament is worth mentioning. Also the monuments to the Silesian Insurgents Monument like Wojciech Korfanty, Józef Piłsudski, Jerzy Ziętek and also the Parachute Tower in Tadeusz Kościuszko Park.

Close to Katowice

During the stay in Katowice, apart from the city and agglomeration, the whole Silesian region is worth seeing. The Beskids, the most beautiful mountains in Poland which offer plenty of tourist attractions, are only dozens of kilometers to the south of Katowice.
Cracow and Częstochowa Jurassic Upland (Jura Krakowsko – Częstochowska), picturesque place with rocks and castles, is even closer. What is worth seeing is also the Pszczyna Palace Museum, The Immaculate Conception of St. Mary the Virgin Sanctuary in Częstochowa (Jasna Góra) and the Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oświęcim. Furthermore, each city of the region offers its local attractions and that is why it is better to see it than only read about it.

 

Katowice – what to see?

• Spodek (a large sports center / concert hall) and Rondo Sztuki (a gallery)
• Secessionist architecture of old railway station
• Nikiszowiec- famous miner's settlement
• Franciscan Fathers Neo-Roman monastery and church in Panewniki
• Modernistic architecture of Silesian Stanisław Wyspiański's Theater
• Cathedral in Katowice
• Monument to Silesian Insurgents
• Tadeusz Kościuszko Park and Church of St. Michael the Archangel, the oldest church in the city, built in 1510
• Market square and streets: Warszawska, Teatralna, Dyrekcyjna, Staromiejska, Dworcowa, Wawelska, 3 Maja, Stawowa, Mickiewicza
• St. Mary's Church
• Silesian Museum
• BWA Gallery of Modern Art
• Museum of the Smallest Books in Piotrowice
• Museum of the History of Katowice
• Three Ponds Valley
• The Silesian Parliament in Katowice
• Silesian Philharmonic
• CKK - Centrum Kultury Katowice (galleries and concerts)
• Mariacka Street - the center of nightlife in Katowice

 

Sites worth seeing in Silesia

- Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa
- The Black Trout Gallery (Sztolnia Czarnego Pstrąga) in Tarnowskie Góry
- DSD dolomity (Sportowa Dolina) in Bytom - ski and snowboard center, open all year
- Park Kultury i Wypoczynku (the Silesian Culture and Recreation Park) in Chorzów is a center for sports, arts, and recreation. It is the largest city park of this type in all of Europe. It includes: an amusement park, a swimming pool complex, a zoo, a planetarium, an ethnographic park, a stadium, a ropes course, a paintball park, bike paths, a rose gar¬den, tennis courts and more! Check out www.parkslaski.pl to plan your visits.- The Trail of the Eagles' Nests (Szlak Orlich Gniazd) - a marked trail named after a chain of 25 medieval castles which the trail passes by between Częstochowa and Kraków- Aquapark in Dąbrowa Górnicza or in Tarnowskie Góry
- GUIDO mine in Zabrze
- Brewery in Tychy - the biggest brewery in Poland
- Auschwitz-Birkenau (historic Nazi concentration camps)
- Castle Museum in Pszczyna
- Old Town Square and Castle in Cieszyn
- Szczyrk, Ustroń, Wisła, Korbielów - ski and snowboard resorts

 

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