The academic traditions of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań date back to 1870. In that year, thanks to August Cieszkowski’s efforts, the Halina Higher School of Agriculture in Żabikowo near Poznań was established. At that time, it was the only institution of higher education within the territory of the Prussian partition. Although it operated only for seven years, it had a significant impact on the level of agriculture in Wielkopolska and contributed to spreading the idea of establishing a strong academic school in Poznań.
Not only did it provide human resources for the dynamically developing Polish agriculture at the time, but also became a center for research and scientific activities. It pursued its own scientific goals in the field of agriculture and forestry as well as prepared graduates for professional work. Following numerous years of efforts, finally a Polish university in Poznań was established. It was originally named the Piast University (Wszechnica Piastowska) and renamed the University of Poznań in the year 1920. At that time, the university had three faculties, namely the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The latter employed some of the teaching staff from the Higher School of Agriculture in Żabikowo.
Nowadays, with its almost 100 years of tradition in agricultural and forestry studies and 65 years of tradition as an autonomous school, the Poznań University of Life Sciences (PULS) is one of the most important university schools of agriculture in the country. The school offers 30 majors and its enrolment is nearly 11,000 a year. The university employs over 1,400 staff, including 775 academic teachers.
PULS has qualified research and teaching staff and modern laboratories as well as teaching and research facilities which are conducive to combining science with practice. It has eight faculties which offer a total of 30 attractive majors and 20 specializations. PULS offers B.A. and B.Sc. programs, M.A. programs (including veterinary studies) and Ph.D. programs.
The university’s mission is to continuously improve its curricula, maintain high standards of research, provide high-quality teaching facilities, and respect its tradition and history while seeking recognition and earning the respect of the society. PULS offers a variety of financially-supported practice training programs for students and job opportunities for its graduates.