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Adam Mickiewicz University
Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza
Adam Mickiewicz University.svg
Latin: Universitate Studiorum
Mickiewiczianae Posnaniensis
Established 1919
Type Public university
Rector Prof. Bronisław Marciniak
Students 49,038
Location Poznań, Poland
Collegium Maius
Aula and Collegium Minus
Collegium Iuridicum
Collegium Chemicum
Collegium Historicum
University Library
Panorama of the Morasko site
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Faculty of Physics
Faculty of Geographical and Geological Science
Education Center in Ostrów Wielkopolski
Collegium Polonicum in Słubice

Adam Mickiewicz University (Polish: Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza) is one of the major Polish universities, located in the city of Poznań in western Poland. It opened on May 7, 1919, and since 1955 has carried the name of the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.



The university was ceremonially opened on May 7, 1919 (the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Poznań's Lubrański Academy). It was originally called Wszechnica Piastowska ("University of the Piasts" – wszechnica is a less common Polish word for "university"), and in 1920 was renamed Uniwersytet Poznański ("Poznań University"). For the first 20 years it educated students in law, economy, medicine, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, agriculture and forestry.

Since the moment of its foundation many distinguished scholars from all over the world as well as many outstanding personalities from politics and the fine arts have received the Honorary Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University including Marshall Józef Piłsudski, Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Ignacy Paderewski, Roman Dmowski, and Witold Hensel.

In 1920 famous sociologist Florian Znaniecki founded the first Polish department of sociology at the university. It was one of the first such departments in Europe.

After the invasion of Poland, Poznań was annexed by Germany and the University was closed by the Nazis in 1939. It was reopened as a German university in 1941, which operated until 1944. Staff and students of the Polish university, many of them resettled by Germans to Warsaw, opened an underground Polish "University of the Western Territories" (Uniwersytet Ziem Zachodnich), whose classes met in private apartments (see underground education in Poland). The Polish university reopened, in much smaller form, after the end of World War II. In 1950, the Medical Faculty including the Dentistry section and the Faculty of Pharmacy were split off to form a separate institution, now the Poznań University of Medical Sciences. In 1955 Uniwersytet Poznański adopted a new patron, the 19th-century Polish Romantic poet Adam Mickiewicz, and changed to its current name.

Among the University's most famous graduates are the mathematicians who broke the Enigma machine: Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski, and Jerzy Różycki.

Adam Mickiewicz University continues to use a number of buildings in the city centre and in southern and western districts of Poznań. However it is strongly developing its site at Morasko in the north of the city. As of 2006, the faculties of physics, mathematics and computer science, chemistry, and geographical and geological science had moved to the new location. The university also has external branches in other towns of western Poland, including Kalisz, Ostrów Wielkopolski and Słubice.


List of rectors

  • 1919-1923: Heliodor Święcicki (1854-1923) - doctor and philanthropist
  • 1923-1924: Zygmunt Lisowski (1880-1955) - lawyer
  • 1924-1925: Stanisław Dobrzycki (1875-1931) - Slavic language specialist, philologist
  • 1925-1926: Ludwik Sitowski (1880-1947) - zoologist
  • 1926-1928: Jan Gabriel Grochmalicki (1883-1936) - zoologist
  • 1928-1929: Edward Lubicz-Niezabitowski (1875-1946) - doctor and zoologist
  • 1929-1931: Stanisław Kasznica (1874-1958) - lawyer
  • 1931-1932: Jan Sajdak (1882-1967) - classical philologist
  • 1932-1933: Stanisław Pawłowski (1882-1940) - geographer
  • 1933-1936: Stanisław Runge (1888-1953) - veterinarian
  • 1936-1939: Antoni Peretiatkowicz (1884-1956) - lawyer
  • 1939: Bronisław Niklewski (1879-1961) - plant physiologist
  • 1945-1946: Stefan Tytus Dąbrowski (1877-1947) - doctor and physiologist
  • 1946-1948: Stefan Błachowski (1889-1962) - psychologist
  • 1948-1952: Kazimierz Ajdukiewicz (1890-1963) - philosopher and logician
  • 1952-1956: Jerzy Suszko (1889-1972) - chemist
  • 1956-1962: Alfons Klafkowski (1912-1992) - lawyer
  • 1962-1965: Gerard Labuda (born 1916) - historian
  • 1965-1972: Czesław Łuczak (1922-2002) - historian
  • 1972-1981: Benon Miśkiewicz (1930-2008) - historian
  • 1981-1982: Janusz Ziółkowski (1924-2000) - economist and sociologist
  • 1982-1984: Zbigniew Radwański (born 1924) - lawyer
  • 1984-1985: Franciszek Kaczmarek (born 1928) - physicist and mathematician
  • 1985-1988: Jacek Fisiak (born 1936) - philologist, English language specialist
  • 1988-1990: Bogdan Marciniec (born 1941) - chemist
  • 1990-1996: Jerzy Fedorowski (born. 1934) - geologist
  • 1996-2002: Stefan Jurga (born 1946) - physicist
  • 2002-2009 : Stanisław Lorenc (born 1943) - geologist
  • 2009- : Bronisław Marciniak- chemist

School Authorities

  • Rector: Prof. Bronisław Marciniak
  • Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations: Prof. Jacek Witkoś
  • Vice-Rector for Student Affairs: Prof. Zbigniew Pilarczyk
  • Vice-Rector for Doctoral Programs and University Promotion: Prof. Bogdan Walczak
  • Vice-Rector for Academic Staff and University Development: Prof. Andrzej Lesicki
  • Vice-Rector for Teaching Programs: Prof. Krzysztof Krasowski
  • Director of Administration: Stanisław Wachowiak, M.A.


  • Professors: 681
  • Habilitated doctors: 86
  • Senior lecturers: 396
  • Teachers (total): 1 495
  • Total staff: 2 658

Number of students

  • Daily studies: 26 494
  • Evening studies: 874
  • Extramural studies: 20 921
  • External studies: 749
  • Doctoral studies: 1 164
  • Total: 49 038

Levels of study offered by institution

  • Licentiate (B.A. or B.Sc.)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Sciences (M.Sc.)
  • Advanced/postgraduate study
  • Doctorate
  • Higher/post doctorate (habilitatus)

Diplomas and degrees

  • Licentiate
  • M.A.
  • Dr.
  • Dr. Habil.

International cooperation


External links

Coordinates: 52°24′28″N 16°54′56″E / 52.40778°N 16.91556°E / 52.40778; 16.91556


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