The Edward F. Szczepanik State Higher Vocational School in Suwałki is the only public university in the region. It currently offers bachelor's, master's and engineering degrees, both full-time and parttime. In addition, there are a number of postgraduate courses and language classes on offer. Also operating at the University is the Centre for Technology Transfer. This is a unique place that serves both R&D and didactic purposes. At the same time, it provides the opportunity for close cooperation between the scientific community, students and entrepreneurs. It guarantees measurable results of research and development in the form of new technologies and products and, as a consequence, increases the competitiveness of Podlaskie Voivodeship. The CTT offers innovative research laboratories, highly specialised equipment, qualified staff, knowledge and experience, as well as food chemistry and construction laboratories. The Centre for Technology Transfer carries out specialist research for nearly 100 companies.