Our History

History of The West Pomeranian Business School

1989
The foundation of The West Pomeranian Business School Ltd.

1991
A grand opening of the two-year Business College – 120 students

1993
The WPBS’s official registration as a Higher Education School
The beginning of a cooperation with the British Know-How Fund for Poland
May the 19th – taking over three ex- Soviet army barracks in order to arrange a new campus

1995
The implementation of a series of Tempus projects, aiming to develop the educational offer

1997
Establishing a cooperation with Leeds University Business School in the area of MBA programme

1998
May the 27th – Launching The Business Development Centre
September the 13th – The inauguration of the very first edition of MBA 2000 Programme

1999
Joining the Erasmus-Socrates Programme, offering foreign scholarships for students and staff
July the 13th – Launching the Bachelor Programme in Sociology

2000
The official commissioning of the “B” building at 54 Żołnierska Street
February the 18th – The registration of WPBS in the National Services Network, coordinated by Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
September the 8th – Positive results of the quality audit by University of Leeds Business School
October the 1st – Launching the Bachelor and Master English-speaking programmes in ‘International business’ within the International Business Studies
November the 21st – first MBA programme graduation – 34 students get their diplomas
December the 19th – Obtaining a certificate by Ministry of Economy for the implementation of Quality System accordingly to the National Services Network standards

2002
February the 28th – Moving into the new campus at 53 Żołnierska Street.
April the 3rd – The accreditation for MBA programme in WPBS by ‘FORUM’ – The Association of Management Education
July the 1st – Starting a new, three-year project “Baltic Sea Virtual Campus” in cooperation with our partners from Baltic Sea countries (Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia). The objective of the project, conducted within INTERREG IIIB programme, is a promotion of a distance learning platform.
July the 16th – the „EUROPRODUCT” honourable award for “European Union projects management” postgraduate study

2003
May the 16th – A celebration of the WPBS’s 10th birthday

2004
Opening the satellite faculties in Świnoujście, Gryfice and Kołobrzeg
May the 7th and 8th –The international conference ‘Together in Europe’, organised by WPBS, dedicated to the subject of Central and Eastern Europe Countries – European Union integration

2005
February – The inauguration of the ‘Telework – a prospect for fighting inequalities and discrimination on the labour market’ project, funded by the European Social Fund within EQUAL Social Community Programme
March – Acquiring financing from the European Social Fund for ‘West Pomeranian Managerial Academy – postgraduate studies package for West Pomeranian enterprises’ project
October – Acquiring financing from the European Social Fund for ‘Postgraduate MBA program”

2006
October – The inauguration of the e-learning programme in Economics – Bachelor and Master programmes
October – Opening the satellite faculty of Entrepreneurship in Stargard Szczecińśki
November – The conferment of a professional class range to the WPBS MBA programme in the first national MBA programmes rating

2007
March – The accreditation by the Polish Accreditation Committee

2008
March – Opening a satellite faculty of Management and Financial consulting in BERLIN (the first foreign faculty of WPBS)
May – West Pomeranian Business School’s 15th birthday – Maciej Silski’s concert organised by the School for this occasion
September – WPBS along with nine other schools starts the Academic Union, which aims to institute the first national net university

2009
April – The arrangement of the nationwide conference entitled ‘20 years of Polish transformation’ – the authorities in economics, sociology and political sciences debated on the achievements and failures of the past two decades
June – acquiring over 8 million zł from the European Social Fund for development within ‘E-spectrum’ – an extensive programme of potential and educational offer development’ project

2010
January – Launching the library content digitalisation system, which will soon enable students to access most of the library’s resources electronically
March – WPBS became a member of prestigious American business schools association AACSB
May – 4th position from among 200 schools in the Non-public Higher Schools of Economics rating by WPROST magazine
June the 14th – Professor Władysław Bartoszewski honoured the celebration of WPBS 17th birthday with his lecture ‘Poland in Europe facing the challenges of contemporary times’
June the 15th – WPBS MBA programme rated PROFESSIONAL PLUS class in the third national rating of MBA programmes

2011
June the 20th – A celebratory lecture by the EU commissioner for financial programming and budget – dr Janusz Lewandowski, on the occasion of WPBS 18th birthday
November – ‘E-spectrum’ project becoming a prize-winner of the ‘Funds for Education 2011’ Thematic Network contest in the category of Higher Education Infrastructure

2012
April the 20th – Obtaining a certificate of quality management ISO 9001:2009
May – WPBS on the 18th position in the non-public higher schools national ranking by Rzeczpospolita daily & Perspektywy
May the 17th – An honourable mention award from the Mayor of Szczecin City in the ‘Innovative project 2011’ category of Business Compass contest
June – The ‘Leaders Academy’ certificate for WPBS in the second edition of a nationwide contest for higher schools, organised by the Foundation for Education development and Higher education

2013
May the 25th – Joyful but also reflexive celebration of WPBS’s 20th birthday
October the 5th – Starting a new academic year with the new Rector – professor Aneta Zelek, the longstanding employee of WPBS, the originator of MBA, IBS and many other outstanding projects.