Gdańsk University of Technology becomes a research university. It ranks second among the 10 best academic centers in Poland

During a gala at the Royal Castle in Warsaw Jarosław Gowin, deputy prime minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education announced the results of the first competition under the ‘Excellence Initiative - Research University’ (IDUB) program. Gdańsk University of Technology was among the 10 winners - the so-called research universities that educate students and conduct research at the highest level. Our university was ranked on the second place in Poland in the competition!

 

- ‘The status of a research university is a huge prestige but also a challenge. Thank you to all members of the academic community who have contributed to the fact that our university was in such an elite group, in particular to scientists and doctoral students, former university authorities and my colleagues’ - says prof. Krzysztof Wilde, rector of Gdańsk University of Technology.

It is worth emphasizing that the ‘Excellence Initiative - Research University’ program implemented by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education is a breakthrough in building competitiveness among Polish universities. It enables academic centers to concentrate their scientific potential around the most promising research areas.

- ‘Taking such a high, second place in the competition is an obligation as well. Gdańsk University of Technology will definitely use its chance’ - emphasizes Rector Krzysztof Wilde.

‘Excellence Initiative - Research University’ Program

This is one of the most important initiatives envisaged under the new law on science and higher education - Act 2.0. The aim of the competition was to select and support universities that will strive to achieve the status of a research university, and will be able to successfully compete with the best academic centers in Europe and around the world.

Development plans, which are a key element of the applications submitted by universities, included goals and activities that will increase the level of scientific research and the quality of education, and as a result contribute to the international status of the institution. Universities were evaluated by an international team of experts related to the science and higher education sector.

The universities have presented an action plan for the coming years. According to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the implementation of this plan will be subject to evaluation. The first mid-term evaluation will be carried out in 2023 and the final evaluation will take place in 2026. After this date, universities will be able to extend funding for the following years (2027-2032). However, not all of them. At least two universities that receive a negative result or are in the lowest places in the ranking list after evaluation will not receive further funding. The places freed in this way will be taken by universities or federations that will win another competition under the ‘Excellence Initiative - Research University’ program. It will take place in 2026 and will be directed to those academic centers that were not financed under the first competition.

in the picture form the left: prof. Krzysztof Wilde, rector of Gdańsk University of Technology and Jarosław Gowin, deputy prime minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education