The Pedagogical University of Cracow, named after the Commission of National Education, is the largest and one of the oldest pedagogical universities in Poland, which has long been prized for a well-deserved reputation. The achievements of numerous generations of the teaching staff and students (over 150 thousand graduates), as well as the efforts the employees, who want to continue modern education responding to the challenges of the twenty-first century, as well as cooperation with the renowned academic institutions in Europe, have formed the present University.

Maintaining a high level of education in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Educational Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Technical Sciences and Fine Arts to the highest European standards, as well as regular extension of the educational offer and making it more attractive, and continuing internationalization of scientific research in various areas of professional interest of the academic staff is at present the main objective of the activity and in the plans of the authorities and the Senate of the Pedagogical University.

Apart from the highest level of education of students – which is and has been our priority – we focus on the continuous development of academics and their cooperation with strong centres, domestic and foreign, as well as raising funds for research grants.

The ultimate goal is to prepare our students and graduates for their future careers and achievements according to their skills and expectations.

The variety of educational programmes on offer at our University – currently being adapted to the needs of the labour market – is truly impressive. It includes dozens of fields of studies at the first and second degree levels, Ph.D. degree studies and postgraduate studies in six faculties (seven in the near future): Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Philology, Faculty of Pedagogy, Faculty of Geography and Biology, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Technical Science and Faculty of Art. Our students and doctoral students truly have a lot to choose from.

For many years we have attached particular importance to the practical learning of foreign languages at the Department of Foreign Languages. Foreign language skills are essential for functioning well in a globalized world in the twenty-first century, and are crucial for students learning under the Erasmus programme, which is connected with departure to foreign partner universities and participation in lectures and courses in the language of the host country.

We have significantly expanded the infrastructure of the University with the construction of another university building at ul. Podchorążych 2, which is ultra-modern, has well-equipped course rooms and laboratories, and has multimedia classrooms and multiple-stand computer rooms, enabling teaching as well as the use of e-learning platforms.

Students have the rich collections of the Main Library, faculty libraries and institute libraries at their disposal. They may participate in scientific circles, become active in organizations and associations, join Students’ Self-Government and Doctoral Students’ Self-Government, practice sports using modern facilities available at the Sports and Recreation Centre, including an indoor swimming pool and fitness room, and pursue musical passions at the Mixed Choir “Educatus” and the symphony orchestra.

Over six thousand students started studying in the academic year 2016/2017, educated by almost one thousand teachers. I am absolutely convinced that it is worth studying and pursuing life aspirations at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, a friendly place for people to work, rest, and live well, in the city of kings, Nobel Prize winners and saints.

Vivat Universitas Paedagogica Cracoviensis!

Professor Kazimierz Karolczak, Ph.D.
Rector of the Pedagogical University of Cracow