Presentation of the University
Jan Długosz University in Czestochowa
Uniwersytet Humanistyczno-Przyrodniczy im. Jana Długosza w Częstochowie
University type: pedagogical
University status: public
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JDU is a public university, with history that traces back to 1971. At
present the University community is created by approx. 10.000 students
and about 800 academic staff members. Our students can choose between 23
specialities at four faculties.
The Alma Mater...
Jan Długosz Academy in Częstochowa is the former Higher Teacher
Education School, which was transformed into an Academy. The event,
which was important for the entire academic community of Częstochowa was
celebrated on the 1st day of October 2004.
history of our Alma Mater reaches back to the year 1971. Following a
decision of the Council of Ministers of the time a Teacher Training
College was established. In 1974 it was transformed into a Higher
Teacher Education School. The employees of the Academy who remember that
historical event for Częstochowa and the region stress that
establishing a graduate school of humanities was of great importance for
the fast developing city. Many people said that it was an unprecedented
decision, because in those days the authorities showed much more
favourable attitudes towards organization of technical universities.
Graduates in engineering science were in demand by dynamically
developing industrial plants of the region. First diplomas for
completion of vocational pedagogical studies were awarded in 1973. The
first Master of Art and Master of Science diplomas were granted by the
school authorities in 1977.
The beginnings of our Alma Mater
were quite modest. The College and the early HTES had only two
faculties: the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the
Faculty of Pedagogy. In 1974, HTES employed 90 academics. The staff
included 12 assistant professors and 10 doctors. During the 35 years of
its existence, the Jan Długosz Academy has developed rapidly and grown
in strength. Now the Academy comprises four faculties: the Faculty of
Philosophy and History, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,
the Faculty of Pedagogy and the Faculty of Art Education. There are
also inter-faculty teaching centres: Foreign Language Study Centre and
Physical Education and Sports Centre.
The Main Library is a real
treasure of the Academy. Its collection comprises almost 300 thousand
items, i.e. books, science journals, documents and a collection of
special items. The librarians are very active in propagating reading.
They organize numerous exhibitions devoted to issues important for the
region, history and art.
Academics can publish results of their
research in the Jan Długosz Academy Publishing House. The Publishing
House is well known not only in the region of Częstochowa. It takes part
in the most important book-fairs in Poland and in Europe. The House
offers publications devoted to different fields of science.
Jan Długosz Academy started its academic year 2006/2007 with 22 fields
of study. 9 of them have the right to offer Master of Arts and Master of
Science degrees and 13 of them offer courses of studies of the first
degree. The Academy has the rights to confer doctor's degrees in two
fields of study: Physics and History. Proceedings are pending to acquire
the right to confer doctor's degrees in other fields of science as well
as for the right to confer habilitation degree in History.
JDA offers over 50 forms of post-graduate studies.
academic year there are over 10 000 students attending full time and
extra-mural courses of study in the JDA. In the years 1973 to 2006 over
37 000 graduates left the Alma Mater.
The JDA is involved in
popularisation of science and its achievements among elderly people.
About 600 students attend courses of study offered by the University of
the Third Age.
The strength of the Alma Mater is in its staff.
At present the JDA employs 500 academic teachers. Nearly 130 of them are
independent research workers. The JDA also employs about 350
administration clerks and service providers.
As a new attraction
for the inhabitants of the region of Częstochowa, students and
school-children the JDA built a planetarium and equipped it with one of
the most technologically advanced projection instruments in the world.
The authorities of Alma Mater endeavour to add more didactic space to
the premises of the Academy. Plans for construction of Academic Sports
Centre are developed. Modern sports facilities will allow organising
sports events and improve didactic base. Erection of a new building
housing the Faculty of Social Science is another important investment.
Completion of the investment and establishing a new organisational unit
will result in organising new research institutes and fields of study.
Cooperation with foreign academic centres is an important element of
recognition and classification of any graduate school. Our Alma Mater
has long and extensive tradition in this field. So far, we have
concluded 35 different agreements concerning cooperation with centres of
science and research from 13 countries. The cooperation has resulted in
exchange of students and academic staff. We have implemented bilateral
agreements and jointly financed research projects. Results of the
research can be applied in practice by civil and military industries.
The JDA of Częstochowa is one of the few universities actively
organising Summer School of Polish Language and Culture. Every year, 50
foreign attend classes and cultural events organised for them. They
learn Polish, visit interesting, historical places, study Polish
language and culture.
Academic sports also develop rapidly.
Sportsmen and sportswomen compete in sports events organised by academic
centres all over the country and abroad. Their trophies include not
only medals and diplomas, but also promotion of healthy lifestyle. Our
student sportsmen are classified among the best sportsmen and
sportswomen of all pedagogical colleges, academies and universities in
Academic authorities of our Alma Mater closely watch the
political and social transformations taking place in Poland and in
Europe especially the fast changing demands of the labour market. It is
important information for planning our future educational offer. Thus,
we plan introducing new systems of education, cooperation with foreign
educational centres not only with member states of the European Union
but also with states outside the Union, e.g. in Eastern Europe. The
authorities of JDA work hard on strengthening and extending the
achievements of the Academy, so that it could be transformed into a
public University in near future.