In 2008, the region was provided with 558 primary schools (96.7 thousand children educated there) and 270 secondary schools (60.8 thousand pupils), out of which 117 (43%) in the rural areas. There were 64.5 thousand pupils studying in high schools,
Demand for personnel with specific professional abilities has recently emerged in the Warminsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship. In 2008, there were 102 vocational schools operating in the Voivodeship (8% of the domestic number) and 216 high schools (5% of the domestic number).
Schoolchildren in the schools of the Warmia and Mazury Region (according to data of the Main Statistical Office):
- 88.6 thousand – in primary schools,
- 52.8 thousand – in secondary schools,
- 9.9 thousand – in vocational schools,
- 24 thousand – in grammar schools,
- 1.6 thousand – in specialised high schools,
- 22.6 thousand. – in technical schools,
- 11.5 thousand. – in post-secondary schools.
Development and modernisation of vocational education facilities are essential according to the development strategy of the Warminsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship.
Olsztyn, the capital of the region, is a significant centre of dairy industry in Europe. There is an academic Institute of Dairy Industry Development, the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of Polish Academy of Sciences, and Headquarters of the Polish Committee of the International Dairy Federation. Academic Institute of Environmental Protection and Fishing Industry, a research station of the Polish Academy of Sciences and fish stocking centres are also a research potential for the inland fishing industry.
There are nine universities in the region with nearly 52.2 thousand students studying there in the 2009/2010 academic year. The University of Warmia and Mazury is the biggest university of the region (photos below) and educates over 30 thousand students. The University has the greatest achievements in implementation of inventions, research and development in Poland and is just behind the Warsaw University of Technology. Biology, biotechnology, geodesy, environmental protection, agriculture, veterinary medicine, machinery mechanics and construction, civil engineering, chemical and process engineering, science of commodities, economics, marketing and management, law and medicine are the prevailing majors at the University.
Over 8% of the Voivodeship’s inhabitants have higher education.
The University also invests in new technologies – construction of the Regional Computer Science Centre was completed in September 2011. The aim of the Centre is to provide employees and students of the University of Warmia and Mazury with an access to domestic and world’s network resources. The Centre of Aquaculture and Environmental Engineering also operates here.