Jagiellonian University

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Jagiellonian University
Coat of Arms of the Jagiellonian University
Motto Plus ratio quam vis
(Reason means more than power)
Polish Uniwersytet Jagielloński
Latin Universitas Jagiellonica Cracoviensis
Established 1364
Location Kraków, Poland (EU)
Enrolment 41 086 (November 30, 2004)
Rector Professor Karol Musioł
Address Collegium Novum, ul. Gołębia 24
31-007 Kraków
Phone (+48 12) 422-10-33
E-mail rektor@adm.uj.edu.pl
Homepage www.uj.edu.pl
Membership EUA, Coimbra Group, Europaeum
Kraków in Poland
Kraków in Poland

Jagiellonian University (Polish: Uniwersytet Jagielloński, often shortened to UJ) is a university in Krakow, Poland. It was founded in 1364 by Casimir III of Poland as Akademia Krakowska.


Its development was stalled by the death of the king, and later the university was re-established (1400) by King Wladislaus Jagiello and his wife Jadwiga. The queen donated all of her personal jewelry to the university. In the 19th century the university was named Jagiellonian to commemorate this dynasty of Polish kings.

Throughout the history of the University, thousands of students from all over Poland, from Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bohemia, Germany and Spain have studied there. In the second half of the 15th century, over 40% of university students came from the countries other than the Kingdom of Poland. For several centuries, virtually the entire intellectual elite of Poland was educated at the University.

The first chancellor of the university was Peter Wysz and the first professors were Czechs, Germans and Poles, many of them trained at the University of Prague in Bohemia. The university and the chancellors were partisans of the Council of Basel. Of the students attending about one third were Poles.

Haller established a printing press in Krakow before 1500. By 1520 Greek philology was introduced by Constanzo Claretti, Wenzel von Hirschberg and Libanus; Hebrew was also taught.


File:Kopernikus nikolaus krakau.jpg
Monument to Nicolaus Copernicus next to the Jagiellonian University's Collegium Novum (New College) in Kraków.

Famous historical figures connected with the University:



With 41,086 (2004) students and 3407 scientists it is one of the leading universities in Poland.


The university library is one of the largest in the country, with almost 5.5 million volumes. It has a large collection of medieval manuscripts [1], for example Copernicus' De Revolutionibus or Balthasar Behem's Codex.

It also gathered the underground literature (so called drugi obieg) from the period of communist rule (1945-1989).


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Globus Jagiellonicus - made in 1510 is the first known globe to mention the name of America.

The university is divided in 14 faculties:

  • Law and Administration
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy and Medical Analysis
  • Health Care
  • Philosophy
  • History ([2])
  • Philology
  • Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Chemistry
  • Biology and Earth Sciences
  • Management and Social Communication
  • International and Political Studies
  • Biotechnology

Since 2000 the university is building a new complex of university buildings, the so-called Third Campus.

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