The University College of Tourism and Ecology in Sucha Beskidzka (UCTE) is a stable and recognized brand among universities on the European educational market. In accordance with its mission, the university guarantees a high level of education supported by reliable practice in order to make its graduates more attractive on the labour market. It conducts research, contributing to the development of science and the socio-economic environment. For many years it has occupied the highest position among tourist universities in Poland, confirmed by numerous awards and a place on the highest podium in prestigious rankings.
The university runs the following faculties: Tourism and Recreation, Information Technology and Social Sciences. The faculties provide education in European standards, creating attractive career prospects based on up-to-date knowledge, latest research and industry experience. Undergraduate, engineering and graduate courses as well as postgraduate and other forms of education at UCTE are characterised by the highest quality, innovation and adjustment to the current needs of the European labour market. The University provides highly qualified teaching and research staff, innovative study programs, attractive internships and placements organized all over the world and support of the best specialists from the business world. UCTE guarantees very good preparation of graduates to enter the demanding job market.
The University College of Tourism and Ecology has educated thousands of students. Many of them have achieved spectacular professional success, occupying top positions in companies representing various branches of the economy. UCTE constantly develops its educational offer by creating innovative programs, such as the first in Poland specialized postgraduate studies for managers MBA in Tourism. It also provides certified courses and trainings, developing competences sought by companies and increasing competitiveness on the labour market.
The basis of the UCTE strategy is the student, the development and the educational and professional success of the student. The university’s motto: closer to the student, closer to the economy and closer to the world, guides its development and describes its philosophy of functioning.
Students are the foundation of the academic community. Rector and Senate of the university are open to creative cooperation, encourage students to participate in the decision-making process and academic activity. The University cares for optimum conditions for the development of students, enabling them not only to acquire knowledge, but also to pursue various passions and scientific interests, as well as a wide range of personal development. A priority is the practical preparation of graduates for entry into the European labour market.
The University achieves these goals through:
The university runs an innovative project called the Business Academy – a programme of cooperation between the university and the environment, where dedicated teams consisting of experienced lecturers, practitioners and managers and the best students participate in real business ventures. The Business Academy carries out specialised projects for entrepreneurs, the education sector and public administration. It also provides advice and support in designing one’s own company, creating business plans and development strategies, as well as assistance in negotiating and signing business contracts. An important segment is also the implementation of international EU projects serving the development of entrepreneurship, including academic entrepreneurship.
Within the framework of cooperation with the business environment, the university offers:
The strategic element of UCTE’s development is internationalization, which involves comprehensive cooperation with foreign research and teaching centres, public institutions, associations, and businesses. A high position in national rankings enables cooperation with leading educational centres from all over the world and joint implementation of ambitious projects, staff and student exchange, as well as creation of programmes of global importance, including Polish-American MBA studies. A good example of wide-ranging international cooperation is the SUMCULA project partnership involving several entities – European universities and educational institutions, as well as the HoReCa project implemented in a transnational consortium.
The international character of the university means:
The University College of Tourism and Ecology has formulated its core values as follows: