Wroc-love: UK’s Coventry Uni moving to Wrocław

“For the first time in history, a renowned foreign university has decided to make such a significant commitment to the life of a Polish city and to open a campus with us,” said Wrocław’s mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz. Jar.ciurus (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Poland)

Coventry University is preparing to open its first campus abroad – in Wrocław, south-western Poland.

Students will be able to obtain degrees in sought-after subjects from IT to engineering from a leading British university – without the upheaval and high living costs often associated with moving abroad to study. 

The decision further cements Wrocław’s reputation as a thriving academic city, home to several higher education institutions, including Wrocław University, Wrocław University of Technology and Wrocław University of Economics.

With 29,000 students, Coventry University is ranked 13th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Located in Coventry, a city in central England, the University has its roots in the Coventry School of Design, which was founded in 1843. In 1987, it became Coventry Polytechnic, before being established as a university in 1992. It symbol is the phoenix, a reference to how Coventry was rebuilt after being destroyed during the Second World War — just like Wrocław, after its incorporation into Poland in 1945.

In Wrocław, the University will offer undergraduate degrees taught in English in subjects including IT, cybersecurity, business, engineering and hotel management. These subjects are all in demanding in the surrounding region of Lower Silesia, the University highlights. In this vein, it wants to cooperate with local employers on its programmes to produce “work ready” graduates.

In addition to its base in Coventry, the University already owns campuses in London and Scarborough, Yorkshire. The new campus will not be Coventry University’s first encounter with Wrocław: it already offers an MSc European Systems and Control with Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, which is taught between both campuses.

“Students from Poland and central Europe place a great deal of value on a UK education, and we’d want to emphasise that they will be more welcome than ever at British universities, including our own,” said John Latham, Vice-Chancellor of the Coventry University, in a statement. “Our message with the new campus is that we’ll also be offering them a flexible and career-friendly local alternative, which will provide a new way to earn a British degree in a subject that is in demand by employers.”

Wrocław has welcomed the news. The decision fits the city’s long-term strategy of building a knowledge-based economy, emphasised Rafał Dutkiewicz, its mayor.

“For the first time in history, a renowned foreign university has decided to make such a significant commitment to the life of a Polish city and to open a campus with us,” he said in a statement published on the University’s website. “We are convinced that both Wrocław residents, as well as Coventry University – recognised as one of the best and most innovative in Europe – will benefit from this.”

The campus in Wrocław will open in September 2019, with a planned initial intake of around 300 students.