For over six hundred years, the Jagiellonian University has carried out the mission for which it was created by its great founders: Casimir III the Great, Saint Queen Jadwiga and Władysław II Jagiełło. From the moment of the establishment of Studium Generale in 1364, academics and graduates of the University have been expanding the horizons of knowledge, in search of the truth, and passing their achievements on to the following generations. The motto: Plus ratio quam vis (“Let reason prevail over force”) has underpinned the entirety of the activities of the oldest Polish university.
Over the centuries, the Jagiellonian University – as the only university in Poland – influenced the cultural life of the country and its neighbours, educated many generations of prominent academics, writers, and social activists. In the history of the University, there are moments of glory, decline, restoration and cessation of its activities. The academic community of Krakow was not discouraged from realising their academic aspirations, even in the most difficult times of Hitler’s occupation, and educational activities continued in the underground. The history of the Polish nation is closely connected with the rich past of Krakow’s Alma Mater.
Today, about 4 thousand researchers work at the Jagiellonian University, teaching over 50 thousand students who came to Krakow from all over Poland and from abroad. The University has a diverse educational offer, which can easily compete with the educational programmes of world’s best academic centres. The development of science has been accompanied by a dynamic expansion of university infrastructure: for instance, the development of the Conference Centre in Krakow, the Technology Park, the National Synchrotron Radiation Centre, and the University’s own vineyard.
The University owes its success to highly qualified academic staff and students, who win numerous awards in Poland and abroad. The Jagiellonian University strives to meet the needs and expectations of the contemporary world and cooperates with leading world research and scientific institutions, as well as prestigious Polish and international enterprises, who view the University’s graduates as prospective employees.