The University of Silesia in Katowice, established in 1968, is one of the biggest public universities in Poland which currently educates 25.000 students. It contains 12 faculties and several university-wide didactic units spread into four cities of the Silesian region: Katowice, Sosnowiec, Chorzów and Cieszyn. The University of Silesia in Katowice was created through a merger of the branch of the Jagiellonian University that had existed in Katowice since 1963 and the Higher School of Pedagogy, the only school in the region with a history dating back to 1928. The University of Silesia has signed over 600 international agreements with over 300 institutions from all over the world. Our partners are universities, research centres and enterprises from Germany, France, Italy, Russia, USA, Spain, China and many others. Cooperation agreements enable student and academic staff exchanges as well as joint educational and research projects. The University of Silesia actively participates in LLP/Erasmus programme and other European Commission initiatives focused both on educational and scientific development. The University is focused on internationalisation of teaching and research and enhancing links between the University and Society.