My Alma Mater - University of Wroclaw
The oldest mention of the university in Wroclaw as Generale Litterarum Gymnasium comes from 1505 when the city was under Bohemian rule.
The formal founding deed was signed in 1702 by the Holy Roman Emperor, Leopold I, who named the university after himself, the Leopoldine Academy. The other, older existing school of higher education in Poland is Krakow University, dating back to 1364.
In the last hundred years, UW has produced 9 Nobel Prize winners, and 9 out of 10 faculties were recognized by the European Union as representing the highest scholastic standards.
The total number of students in Wroclaw is close to 140,000. One third of them receive education at the university. With the city population of 670,000, students have an important impact on cultural life. Since most of the colleges are located in the heart of the city, our education extended far beyond classrooms. We became part of this city and the city became part of us. The calendar was and still is packed with festivals, concerts, and other events. Theaters and cinemas cater to young viewers’ taste presenting avant-garde repertoire. Museums and galleries flourish. Night life is equally stimulating to say the least.
The Faculty of History where I got my master’s degree is organized into seven institutes offering sophisticated courses in general history, history of art, psychology, archaeology, ethnography, cultural studies, and anthropology. Our teachers covered quite a lot. I am particularly grateful to Professor Wladyslaw Misiak, sociologist, for how he shaped my vision of the world.
University’s splendid baroque building right in the heart of the Old Town.
Beautifully decorated historic baroque hall Aula Leopoldina.
Leopold I, university’s founder, was known for the encouragement extended to learning. His reign also saw flourishing of culture. That spirit is very much alive in Wroclaw.