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Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Engaged University

Adam Mickiewicz University is involved in research that changes the world, both the one immediately around it, and the more distant one, thus responding to the complex challenges of today’s world. Its excellently equipped laboratories attract talented researchers from home and abroad. The researchers from Adam Mickiewicz

University conduct their research responsibly, knowing and understanding the real impact they have on how we live here and now and how the future generations will live. The world can only be changed by people who are innovative, passionate, open, creative, able to work in a team, thinking creatively and unconventionally.

Our History

Goes back to the 16th century when in 1519 a Roman-Catholic Bishop Jan Lubrański founded the first of its kind Academy which back then boasted the status of a higher learning institution. Shortly after, another institution of higher learning was established in Poznań, namely – the Jesuit College (1573) and it continued the academic traditions of its predecessor. The first rector of the Jesuit College – rev.Jakub Wujek – was the first scholar to translate the Bible into Polish. On October 28th, 1611, King Sigismund III Vasa granted the Jesuit College the status of the first University-type school in Poznań. The privilege was confirmed by king John III Sobieski and the university in Poznan lasted until 1773. In the turbulent years of Polish history to follow, science and higher education have always been in one form or another vibrant in Poznań, until the present. Key role in that process was played by the Poznań Society of Friends of Sciences which carried the academic legacy forward during the time of the Polish Partitions period all the way to the official re-establishment of a proper University of Poznan, following the end of the First World War, in 1919. Ever since, the University of Poznań had flourished and it was only once more forced to go underground and provide its services in conspiracy during the Second World War under the name of a clandestine University of the Western Lands (1940-1944). Despite the Nazi German occupation it managed to educate and produce over 2,000 graduates with the help of some 300 academic teachers, risking their lives by offering university courses in Polish which was made illegal during the war. Modern day of the University begins with granting it the name of a new patron-Adam Mickiewicz.

The University in Numbers

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland is the major academic institution in Greater Poland (Wielkopolska region) and one of the top Polish universities. Its 100-year old reputation is founded on long tradition of higher education in the City of Poznań and the outstanding current achievements of its staff, students and graduates.

Our Mission

The Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań carries out its fundamental and unchanging mission, which is to conduct research, educate students and new academic staff on the basis of research as well as to exercise its social responsibilities.