University of Bielsko-Biala (UBB) is the only public university in its area of the Podbeskidzie south region of Polad, in Bielsko-Biala city that is called “Little Vienna of Poland”, due to its unique architecture. Established in 1969 as a branch of the Technical University of Lodz, in 2001 it became the University of Bielsko-Biala and from then on has been rapidly growing, now offering its students education at five faculties: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of management and Transport, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Materials, Civil and Environmental Engineering. The university currently employs around 400 teachers/scholars and offers over 21 study programmes to its 7000 undergraduate, master and doctoral students from Poland and all over the world. Among others, it offers programmes dedicated to initial teacher education at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The University of Bielsko-Biala participates in different kinds of projects within European programmes well-known across Europe, such as Erasmus+, Scholarship and Training Fund, 7th Framework Programme, Human Capital Programme and facilitates new ideas and opportunities to improve modern educational tools. Internationalization has become the strategic objective of the University which is being constantly promoted through its participation in various European network projects. It offers additional courses to its students, e.g. Cisco Networking Academy, Laboratory ECDL, Person VUE Centre, Microsoft IT Academy, Polish intensive language and culture courses for foreigners. At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, there are programmes dedicated to initial teacher education.
Withing the scope of PIETe project, UBB will substantially contribute to the creation of all IOs (workload depending on thematic focus and aligned tasks). Furthermore, UBB will team up with UEK to form a regional, inter-institutional tandem that secures an efficient implementation of PIETE resources as well as the achievement of all project objectives within the scope of the Silesian region, Poland. UBB will also host one partner meeting in Bielsko-Biala and support UEK in the realisation of a high-level multiplier event.