The strengths of the Lubelskie voivodeship are: qualified staff, significant academic capital, and research facilities. The voivodeship’s capital, Lublin, is the largest and most dynamically growing academic centre on the eastern side of the Vistula river, and it plays the role of an important centre offering high quality university education on the map of Poland.
In the academic year 2015/2016 18 schools of higher education (8 public and 10 private institutions) based in the Lubelskie voivodeship gathered 77,562 students (one of the highest numbers in Poland).
The main academic centre is Lublin, which in the academic year 2015/2016, had 9 institutions of higher education with 88% of the overall number of students in the voivodeship.
These institutions include:
• Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
• John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
• University of Life Sciences in Lublin
• Medical University of Lublin (one out of nine in the country)
• Lublin University of Technology
In the voivodeship, there are many Ph.D. students
– in this respect, the Lublin Region occupies fourth place in Poland (14.4 Ph.D. students per 10,000 people). Moreover, the share of foreign students in the overall number of students is growing with each year – at present the region, with its share of 6.7% in 2015/2016, takes first position among all Polish voivodeships.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
In the Lubelskie Voivodeship, there are 6 business incubators, a dozen or so research and development centres, and
Science and technology parks:
• Lublin Science and Technology Park
• Science and Technology Park in Puławy,
• South-Eastern Science and Technology Park in Zamość
• Regional Industry Park in Świdnik – established on the area of PZL Świdnik
• Industrial Park in Puławy – established by the City of Puławy and Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy” S.A., partially the area of the subzone of “Starachowice” S.A. SEZ
INDUSTRIAL & SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARKS
These are places which bring together investors, who can receive both tax allowances and technical and administrative assistance. They are set up in order to promote the regional economy and to support entrepreneurship and innovation. Such parks offer technical infrastructure and consulting services in terms of forming and developing enterprises, the transfer of technology, and the commercialisation of research results. They constitute a platform for cooperation between the worlds of science and business. They also host business incubators and contribute to the creation of new jobs.
Institutions of higher education in Lublin cooperate with Polish and foreign universities and research and development centres, in order for their research to serve industrial needs and to be directly applied in the local and national economies. These efforts are also manifested in the institutions’ cooperation with entrepreneurs.
This cooperation often takes place through science and technology parks or business environment institutions. Research institutes more and more often join the networks of business cooperation, thereby facilitating the transfer of technology.