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Evolution Of Electrical And Computer Engineering Education In Poland

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.247.1 - 4.247.14

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Brian Manhire

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Roman Z. Morawski

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Andrzej Krasniewski

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Session 3660

Evolution of Electrical and Computer Engineering Education in Poland

Andrzej Krasniewski*, Brian Manhire**, Roman Z. Morawski* *Warsaw University of Technology, **Ohio University


Over the last decade, there have been many changes in engineering programs offered by institutions of higher education in Poland. Many institutions have departed from the traditional model of five-year integrated BS-MS studies and moved to two-stage studies. The changes have also affected the organization of the educational process and the curricula. We illustrate the evolution of engineering education in Poland by characterizing the electrical and computer engineering curricula of the 80’s and 90’s and giving their quantitative comparison.

1. Introduction

The process of deep restructuring of the economy, following the political upheaval of 1989, has radically changed external conditions influencing Polish universities. The essential elements of the new situation are: • growing demand for the graduates in business-related and management-related disciplines, • growing demand for service-oriented professions, • market-driven professional re-orientation of Polish society, • accelerated development of international economic co-operation, • strong pressure on economically efficient education.

The last-mentioned element appeared not only due to the introduction of the mechanisms of market economy, but also because of a substantial increase in the number of students (by about 180% over the period 1989-1998) and a very limited increase of the budget that reduced the real value of the allowance provided by the Ministry of National Education for each student by about 60% over the period 1990-1998. Although all Polish universities suffer from financial constraints, the situation of engineering schools is particularly difficult for two essential reasons: higher costs of running engineering courses, compared to arts and science courses, and the poor condition of Polish industry.

2. Engineering education in Poland

In Poland, a university is an art-and-science-oriented institution and has no engineering college or engineering departments. Programs of study in engineering are offered by other academic institutions: technical universities (also referred to as universities of technology or polytechnic institutes), technical academies, engineering colleges, and some other specialized schools. A vast

Manhire, B., & Morawski, R. Z., & Krasniewski, A. (1999, June), Evolution Of Electrical And Computer Engineering Education In Poland Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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