Adoption of the University's Strategic Plan

During the extraordinary meeting of the Senate of the University of Economics in

Katowice, which took place on Thursday, July 1, 2021, two resolutions were adopted:

resolution amending the Development Strategy of the University of Economics in

Katowice for 2018-2025 and resolution on the adoption of the Strategic Plan of the

University of Economics in Katowice.

From the very beginning, the University of Economics in Katowice has served and acted for the benefit of the highly urbanized and industrialized Silesian Metropolis and the entire country.

Throughout the 85 years since its establishment, the University has played an important role in educating human resources for the business and society, as well as in conducting research in the field of economic sciences. During this time, the University has developed its own brand, recognizable not only in Poland, but also abroad - a brand that is now associated with a modern education, innovative research, close cooperation with the environment and responsibility for the sustainable development of the region.

Bearing in mind that the coming years will bring significant changes resulting from the postulates of sustainable development, which will affect not only the development of higher education, but also the entire economy and the labor market, we face the need to adapt the Development Strategy of UE Katowice for 2018-2025. This will allow us to meet the new requirements and challenges posed by the Green Economy and the Digital Economy.

The UEKat 2025 Strategic Plan elaborates the provisions of the Development Strategy of UE Katowice for 2018-2025, including outlining the University’s operational objectives and projects for the next 5 years. 

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the University's mission, values and vision, as well as its priorities and strategic objectives:

The UE Katowice 2025 mission refers directly to the mission adopted in the Development Strategy of UE Katowice for 2018-2025 and reads as follows:

The University of Economics in Katowice has a responsibility to conduct relevant research and business-oriented education to provide top professionals in the field of economics, management, finance, logistics, administration, as well as IT and communication. As an academic community, we identify ourselves with the dynamically developing region and our surroundings. We offer lifelong learning opportunities in order to support entrepreneurship, business and the public sector. The University is open to international and expert cooperation. We create a community based on shared values and trust, enable equal opportunities and counteract all forms of exclusion.  

The UE Katowice 2025 mission is based on six values:

  1. Excellence (E): we provide our students with a high level of knowledge and competence, using modern tools and technologies; we care about the continuous and responsible professional development of our staff; we modernize the infrastructure and adapt to the individual needs of our stakeholders.
  2. Innovation (I): we engage in innovative research and discover new knowledge, disseminate it and, above all, create useful value from it; we develop centers of scientific excellence and zones for learning and teaching; we offer attractive forms of education, contributing to the creative and sustainable development of the region and the world.
  3. Openness (O): we seek new ideas and ambitious challenges, with a focus on diversity and flexibility; we aim to expand knowledge and share our achievements.
  4. Cooperation (C): we operate in a region undergoing dynamic transformation and initiate, as well as co-create, partnerships and strategic relationships with domestic and foreign stakeholders; we evaluate ourselves through the prism of the successes of our partners, employees and students.
  5. Commitment (C): we contribute to regional and national development, actively support the development of socially significant projects and listen to the voice of the environment; we contribute to building a knowledge society, that is prepared to live in a rapidly changing environment and a digital world open to the challenges of the green economy.
  6. Sensitivity (S): we are aware of the needs of the environment and counteract all forms of exclusion; we support the development of civic attitudes and remain ethical and transparent in our actions.  

The UE Katowice 2025 vision refers directly to the vision presented in the Development Strategy of UE Katowice for 2018-2025 and is formulated as follows:

The University of Economics in Katowice is the center of student, scientific and business life. It is an academic community open to cooperation with the environment, which creates and implements economic and managerial knowledge for the development of the region, the country and abroad.

The realization of the UE Katowice 2025 vision involves in particular:

  • strengthening the prestige/position of the University, both in Southern Poland and among economic universities in the country; 
  • modernization and individualization of the University's teaching offer, including the establishment of broader cooperation with business practice, the use of modern teaching tools and personalization of the student's education process; 
  • focusing research on key scientific specializations developed within faculties, departments and centers of scientific excellence, which create the potential to be a leader in the country and to excel internationally; 
  • internationalization of the teaching offer and scientific activity, including increasing openness to comprehensive relations with students, lecturers and scientists from abroad;
  • initiating and developing expert and didactic cooperation with the business sector and public institutions, as well as transferring research results to business practice;
  • creating a friendly environment for working, studying and conducting project and consulting activities, as well as increasing awareness of the challenges facing the local community and the region;
  • ensuring effective administrative and organizational support in teaching and research processes, as well as in activities related to providing expertise, including offering an attractive career path combined with an appealing system of motivation and rewards; 
  • modernization of infrastructure, including modernization and development of the existing premises and adjusting them to the needs of people with special needs, as well as increasing the access to friendly ICT solutions, e-learning platforms and various databases, portals and knowledge repositories. 

Priorities and strategic objectives

The presented vision and values of UE Katowice 2025 are realized within the framework of 3 domain priorities (P) emphasized in the Development Strategy of UE Katowice for 2018-2025: 

The amendments introduced to this priority include:

  • development of a hybrid POSTCOVID education model focused on the use of virtual learning platforms and modern software on one hand, and the development of creative thinking, as well as adaptive behavior and teamwork on the other hand;
  • developing a grant policy promoting the use of innovative teaching methods and rewarding employees for obtaining high grades from students;
  • strengthening and making the didactic offer more attractive, especially in second-cycle studies, by improving the already existing study programs and creating new ones;
  • creating the basis and conditions for applying for patronage and industry accreditation for study programs;
  • preparing the didactic policy and a system of education quality improvement;
  • providing attractive conditions for the development of student activity;
  • monitoring the needs of the labor market and adjusting educational programs to the needs of the economic practice, including business;
  • implementing the tutoring program, individual student career path program and career support program;
  • updating the scholarship regulations;
  • surveying students' opinions on the education process and the quality of study programs, as well as the satisfaction of graduates;
  • promoting cooperation with secondary schools and running the University of Talents program.  

The amended second priority includes the following:

  • developing the principles of creating and operating centers of scientific excellence (CSE), focused around key and innovative scientific specialties, which initiate the creation of interdisciplinary research teams;
  • developing a coherent and transparent incentive system supporting the development of research and project activities;
  • implementing a rich grant offer for employees, doctoral students and students;
  • involving partners from the business environment in R&D projects and popularizing the scientific and research achievements of UE Katowice;
  • raising the profile of the Journal of Economics and Management and creating conditions for the development of new journals;
  • ensuring access to the University's knowledge base on open access principles, including the creation of a repository of scientific papers produced within UE Katowice.   

The amendments introduced to the last domain priority comprise of:

  • implementing B2B and B2A projects in the area of R&D, expert and consulting projects, including projects financed with a 2021-2027 perspective in mind;
  • developing a model of long-term cooperation with the environment, based on joint projects and initiatives;
  • connecting business partners and students within the framework of the Career and Business Academy;
  • creating the University Convention, that will bring together strategic partners; monitoring the needs of business and administration;
  •  cooperating with business and administration in the area of educational offer – developing postgraduate studies and training, preparing the MBA program and licensed postgraduate study programs.  

In accordance with the provisions of the Development Strategy of UE Katowice for 2018-2025, the domain priorities are reinforced by 3 horizontal priorities (PH): 

After amendment this priority includes:

  • introducing an integrated approach to the internationalization of teaching, research and cooperation with business;
  • implementing global standards and canons of teaching, research, career development and academic promotion in the context of internationalization experiences;
  • creating new spaces designed to support the internationalization process - welcome points;
  • creating basis and conditions for applying for international accreditations;
  • hiring and engaging foreign staff in the area of teaching;
  • inclusion of foreign partners in conducting joint research and development projects or activities;
  • launching a study program conducted in English at the Doctoral School;
  • developing a program to encourage trips and internships abroad, including long-term trips;
  • improving language skills and knowledge of cultural differences among the University staff.  

Amendment of this priority is connected with responsible leadership, which is focused on the participatory style of management and the sustainable development of intellectual capital and material infrastructure, as well as supporting employees in administrative work. It includes:

  • developing a sustainable human resources and incentive policy and a new system of social benefits;
  • modifying the Statute, Personnel Policy, Rules and Regulations of Work and remuneration regulations;
  • creating an attractive recruitment and promotion system for employees;
  • creating new Principles for performance evaluation;
  • carrying out investment works and purchasing equipment, including adapting the University to people with special needs;
  • ensuring a coherent promotional message, including the presence of University experts in the media and the preparation of a Promotion Plan and Communication Strategy;
  • undertaking activities for the development of the University's social capital;
  • strengthening the areas of support for teaching, research and internationalization activities;
  • purchasing and implementing new IT systems to support the Dean's Office and other units;
  • implementing an electronic documentation workflow - PaperLess University;
  • implementing a portal for staff;
  • developing the Business Intelligence system - Pulpit Rektorski (Eng. Rector's Desk) and other applications, which allow for examining the profitability of various study programs, conducting employee evaluations and multidimensional financial analysis;
  • modernizing and expanding the Katowice Campus – Bogucicka, as well as creating new work and recreation spaces, including spaces dedicated to the remote work and collaborative labs.

This priority was amended to include:

  • preparing the Strategy of the Socially Responsible University;
  • developing a new Code of Ethics, including ethical issues and issues related to social responsibility in the Didactic Policy, Personnel Policy, Rules and Regulations of Work and remuneration regulations;
  • conducting research on the needs and expectations of the University's stakeholders and the policy of cooperation with external entities in the area of pro-social activities;
  • undertaking research projects in the field of social responsibility;
  • developing a Policy for sustainable development and functioning of the University.