Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 by the Polish king Casimir the Great, is the oldest university in Poland and one of the world’s oldest existing universities in continuous operation. Located in the historic city of Krakow, the prestigious university has a long and important history of “serving as a guardian of Polish culture and identity and educating successive generations of Poles, as well as members of other nations, significantly contributing to the intellectual heritage of Europe.” Being home to international scholars since its early days, JU has established itself as a global institution from the beginning. Today, the university houses 16 faculties that offer more than 150 fields of study for the university’s large student body. Among JU’s most notable alumni are Nicolaus Copernicus and Pope John Paul II.
Jagiellonian University (JU)
650Jagiellonian University celebrated its 650th anniversary in 2014
#1JU Medical College has been repeatedly recognized as the best medical school in Poland
90%Almost 90% of JU students find employment in less than three months after graduation
Thanks to its outstanding researchers and state-of-the-art infrastructure, JU is considered one of Poland’s leading scientific institutions. The university is widely recognized for its research achievements, particularly in medicine, archaeology, astronomy, and biotechnology, and its four flagship projects: the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics, Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology, OMICRON, and Synchrotron Radiation Centre 'Solaris,' which is the first electromagnetic radiation facility of its kind in Poland. JU academic staff are also rewarded for their research efforts with a growing number of patents granted to them – 55 patents in 2017 alone.
Engagement with IU
- Contacts between Indiana University and Jagiellonian University date back to 1985, and the two universities have maintained a partnership since 1997 that involves both faculty and graduate student exchanges. A renewed Agreement of Friendship and Cooperation was signed by former IU President Michael McRobbie during his visit to JU in 2016.
- In 2014, as a result of an IU law faculty member visiting Jagiellonian University on exchange, the IU Maurer School of Law entered into a multi-lateral partnership with Jagiellonian University and Warsaw University.