The Jagiellonian University opens its 660th academic year
‘The world around us is full of unsettling events, and so we look to the future with fear. But on this special day, the opening of the academic year, let our hearts and minds be filled with joy and hope for a better tomorrow, with mutual respect for everyone. The history of the oldest university in Poland reminds us that if we remain steadfast in defence of the fundamental values that were passed on to us by the previous generations, we can be optimistic as we enter this new academic year 2023/2024’, said JU Rector Prof. Jacek Popiel.
JU MCB scientist to run a Polish-Swiss research project
Dr Tomasz Kościółek from the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University (JU MCB) will carry out research into human gut mirobiome in collaboration with partners from the University of Basel. His project has received funding from Weave-UNISONO scheme. The JU MCB team will receive nearly 2.4 million zlotys for their four-year project.
JU tops the list of Polish Universities in THE ranking
According to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2024, published on 27 September 2023, the Jagiellonian University is ranked in the range 601-800, achieving the highest score among 37 Polish higher education institutions taken into account, and maintaining the top position from the previous year.
JU chemists published in Molecular Cancer
A research team from the JU Faculty of Chemistry working under the supervision of Dr Katarzyna Magiera-Mularz in collaboration with researchers from other institutions has published a paper in which they describe a macrocyclic peptide that blocks the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway (programmed cell death) crucial for the development of cancer. The paper was featured in the prestigious journal Molecular Cancer.
Extraordinary surgery at University Children's Hospital in Kraków
A team of doctors from the Clinic of Cardiac Surgery of the University Children's Hospital in Kraków led by Prof. Tomasz Mroczek has carried out a surgical procedure which involved a complete restructuring of the heart of a one-and-a-half-year-old. The complex procedure, which for the first time was performed outside of the United States, was compared by the surgical team to the Moon landing.
Prof. Grażyna Jasieńska becomes the secretary of ISEMPH
Prof. Grażyna Jasieńska, head of the JU MC Institute of Public Health Department of Health and Environment, has become the secretary of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine and Public Health for the 2023–2027 term. The aim of the organisation is to promote and support the exchange of ideas between researchers, students, clinicians and public health experts.
Newly discovered butterfly named after Nicolaus Copernicus
Researchers from the Jagiellonian University have announced the discovery of a new species of butterfly. The insect endemic to the Peruvian Andes received the Latin name Catasticta copernicus. In this way, scientists are paying homage to the great astronomer and polymath Nicolaus Copernicus to mark the 550th anniversary of his birth.
Student of the Jagiellonian University joins EMBL Heidelberg
Jakub Jeżowski, student of a joint programme of the the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MCB) and the Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, has been awarded an EMBL fellowship for predoctoral researchers, allowing him to join the EMBL International PhD Programme and conduct his PhD thesis at EMBL Heidelberg.
JU MC graduate enters Jules Allemand Trophy finals
On 12 July 2023, the JU Institute of Dentistry hosted the national finals of the international restorative dentistry contest Jules Allemand Trophy. The winner was Agnieszka Słania, a graduate of the Dental Medicine programme at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. She will now represent Poland during the international finals, which will take place in September in D’Annunzio University of Chieti in Italy.
JU MCB researchers know to make a protein from methylated mRNA
The latest work of scientists from the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology of the Jagiellonian University revealed the mechanistic effects of a specific mRNA modification, namely N6 adenine methylation, on the translation process. The results were obtained in collaboration with a group at Max Planck Institute in Göttingen and recently published in Nature Communications.
JU once again becomes one of two of the best universities in Poland
In the latest, 21st edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking, there are nine Polish higher education institutions – two fewer than in the previous year. Amongst them, the Jagiellonian University and the University of Warsaw have received the highest notes. Harvard University remains at the top of the list.
JU students take 2nd place in the International Mathematics Competition
Sunday, 9 August 2023 saw the conclusion of the 30th International Mathematics Competition for University Students, which fully returned to the in-person mode after a three-year-long pandemic-related break. Nearly 400 young mathematicians from all over the world competed in the Bulgarian town of Blagoevgrad.
Prof. Stanisław Kistryn becomes the coordinator of the Polish branch of CoARA
Rector's Proxy for Cooperation within the Framework of Una Europa Prof. Stanisław Kistryn has become the coordinator of the Polish branch of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA). The Coalition, numbering more than 350 organisations from over 40 countries, was established last year in order to change the method of evaluation of research.
ECAI 2023 in Kraków
The European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI) is undoubtedly one of the most important events related to AI in Europe and the world. Organised for more than 40 years by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), the conference is a meeting place of leading researchers and experts in the area.
Take part in the latest edition of 'Camera Jagellonica'!
For the seventh time, the Jagiellonian University invites you to participate in 'Camera Jagellonica' – a photo competition which aims to integrate the academic community, bring closer the history of the university and highlight its current achievements. We encourage students, PhD students, graduates and everyone interested in the University to submit their photos.
Nicolaus Copernicus and the Jagiellonian University on Kraków postcards and postage stamps from Poland and around the world
To mark the 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Jagiellonian University Museum hosts an exhibition of postcards and stamps related to the great astronomer from the collection of Prof. Aleksander B. Skotnicki.
Exhibition: Lusitanians on the Indian Trail
The virtual exhibition on Portuguese literature was inspired by the 450th anniversary of printing the Portuguese national epic Os Lusíadas written by Luís Vaz de Camões. Additionally, it marks the 130th anniversary of establishing of the Jagiellonian University Institute of Romance Studies. The main aim of the exhibition is to present both Portuguese literature and one of its greatest creators to the general audience.
Exhibition: Women, life, freedom
JU Section of Kurdish Studies invites you to attend the exhibition Women, life, freedom - daily life and social involvement of Kurdish women in Kurdistan and the diaspora, which will be hosted in the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology between 8 and 22 October 2023. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of other events which will take place in Manggha Museum, The Ethnographic Museum in Kraków and online.
The Heritage of the D’Anjou Dynasty in Central Europe
The conference will focus on issues related to the presence of the members of the d’Anjou house and heritage linked to it in the cultural landscape and cultural texts of Central and Eastern Europe – both in the past and today. Krakow and Zadar symbolically represent the northernmost and southernmost parts of their dominium.
UK: yesterday, today, tomorrow. International Conference on Contemporary British politics
The JU Polish Research Centre and JU Institute of Political Science and International Relations invite you to attend an event entitled 'UK: yesterday, today, tomorrow. International Conference on Contemporary British Politics', which will be held on 23-24 November 2023.
AI Texts: a Semiotic Perspective. International Online Conference
The JU Institute of Eastern Slavonic Studies will host an online conference entitled 'AI Texts: a Semiotic Perspective', which will be held on 30 November-1 December 2023. The conference will be devoted to the topic of linguistics and artificial intelligence.
Employing researchers from Ukraine in teams funded by the National Science Centre (UPDATED)
Within the framework of the assistance offered by the National Science Centre (NCN) to researchers fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, principal investigators in NCN grants can offer positions in their teams to Ukrainian researchers.
Foundation for Polish Science to fund new grants for Polish-Ukrainian research projects
The programme ‘For Ukraine’ is addressed to researchers who were working at institutions conducting research in Ukraine when the Russian invasion began (on 24 February 2023) and scholars employed at institutions conducting research in Poland. This initiative allows researchers from Ukraine to establish collaboration with their Polish counterparts.
Workshops on mental health and psychological support
The JU Institute of Psychology is organising a number of initiatives to help Ukrainian refugees, which include efforts to help victims of war trauma, including both adults and children. In May, the Institute will host two workshops by the eminent expert in the field: Dr Rony Berger from Tel Aviv University Center for Compassionate Mindful Education.
Financial assistance opportunity for researchers from Ukraine from the ID.UJ programme funds
Responding to an appeal by the staff members of the Jagiellonian University concerning initiatives in support of Ukrainian research community, an opportunity has been created for the funding of projects carried out by researchers from Ukraine from the funds of the ID.UJ programme.
Financial assistance opportunity in the Research Support Module for doctoral students from Ukraine
Addressing the appeal by staff members of our University concerning arrangements for initiatives in support of Ukrainian research community, an opportunity has been created for the funding of projects by doctoral students from Ukraine from the funds of the ID.UJ programme allocated for the implementation of the Research Support Module.
Our programmes in foreign languages
Check the wide range of study programmes in foreign languages offered by the Jagiellonian University: from humanities and social sciences to exact, natural and medical sciences, at different levels of education (first-, long-cycle and second-cycle programmes).
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Learn the general application rules and how to apply for admission to JU study programmes: prepare your application, register online, confirm your registration, take the exam (in the case of some programmes), check the results, and enrol.
You are welcome to take a virtual tour of various Jagiellonian University sites: Collegium Novum, Collegium Maius, Auditorium Maximum, Campus of the 600th Anniversary of the JU Revival, Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS, Jagiellonian Library, Nature Education Centre, selected faculty buildings, and others.
The oldest Polish University possesses rich collections of unique items from different areas, which are exhibited in a number of museums, offering a fascinating journey through the past and present of academia and various fields of science and scholarship.
The Jagiellonian Library together with the Medical College Library and faculty and institute libraries make up the library-information system of the Jagiellonian University. Due to its extensive collection of Polish publications, it has a status of a national library.
The Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Observatory is part of the JU Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science. Founded in 1792 and named after the world-famous Polish astronomer, it is based at Fort Skała, about 10 km (6 miles) west of the centre of Kraków.
Synchrotron Radiation Centre Solaris
The JU National Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS is the first of its kind in Central Eastern Europe. Synchrotrons, sources of a unique type of light known as synchrotron radiation, allow scientists from around the world to achieve breakthroughs in a multitude of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, medicine, archaeology, and art history.
The Jagiellonian University boasts very successful musical ensembles, which include the Słowianki Song and Dance Ensemble, specialising in Slavonic folk dance and music, as well as the JU Academic Choir Camerata Jagellonica.
University Vineyard 'On Manor Brook'
The Jagiellonian University runs its own vineyard and winery. Located at a picturesque spot in the region sometimes referred to as 'Little Tuscany', it produces a number of white and red wine varietals, which have won a number of prizes at international wine contests.