Today’s Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, is a direct continuation of research and teaching traditions initiated by the Lubrański Academy, which operated from 1519 to 1780, and that of the later Jesuit College, raised to the rank of a university by King Sigismund III Vasa in 1611. With rev. Jakub Wujek as its first rector, in those times it was a versatile and innovative university. From the very beginning, the history of the University of Poznań was intertwined with the history of the state. Soon after Poland gained independence, the foundations for a new university were laid and the first academic year of the newly established Piast University (Wszechnica Piastowska) was officially inaugurated on May 7th, 1919. A year later the new university was renamed the University of Poznań. It continued to operate throughout World War II in Warsaw as the secret University of the Western Territories.
In the 1950s, some faculties of the University of Poznań were transformed into three independent university schools focusing on natural sciences, medicine and physical education. In 1955, the new, trimmed-down version of the university was again renamed the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (AMU). Although its structure was compromised, it remained the main university in Poznań and the most important symbol of the academic city which continued gaining importance in the Polish system of higher education. Today, with its comprehensive teaching offer, the dynamically developing Morasko Campus, its own research centers and active cooperation between the university and its social and economic environment, AMU attracts many students from Poland and abroad.
Ranking among the best Polish higher education institutions in terms of the level of research and education, AMU is now significantly developing its research and teaching. It also continues to modernize and further develop its facilities. With 285 majors and specializations covering the entire spectrum from humanities to sciences, AMU’s enrolment is nearly 40 thousand students who study at the B.A., the M.A. and the Ph.D. levels. AMU employs over 3,000 academic teachers and nearly 2,100 other staff.
Graduates of the university include many renowned specialists and an AMU diploma is a valuable asset on the labor market. Further dynamic development of our Almae Matris is stimulated by the Strategy for the Development of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań adopted by AMU Senate. Its implementation guarantees new achievements, new directions of development and a prominent place among universities in Europe and in the world.