Pedagogical University of Cracow
|Pedagogical University of Cracow|
|Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej
|Rector||Prof. Dr hab. Michał Śliwa|
Pedagogical University of Kraków, named after the Commission of National Education created by King Stanisław August Poniatowski (Polish: Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie, often shortened to Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny), is a public university located in Kraków, Poland. It was founded on May 11, 1946, soon after the conclusion of World War II, as the National Higher College of Teacher Training. Its aim is the training of highly-qualified teaching staff for the Polish educational system.
At the beginning, the Pedagogical Academy trained elementary school teachers; with the curriculum spanning over a period of 3 years. As early as in 1949, it began training secondary school teachers and was split into a new organizational structure based on departments. The academic posts were appointed, including those of the Senate, the Department Councils, the Rector, Vice-Rectors and the Deans.
In 1954 the college received the title of a Higher College. Curriculum increased to 4 years and students graduated with a Master's degree. The Polish October political transformations of 1956 resulted in the college gaining significant autonomy. For the first time the Rector was elected and not nominated. The first elected Rector was Prof. dr Wincenty Danek. Under his administration, the Higher College of Teacher Training rapidly developed and earned even more reputation. From the academic year 1958/1959 studies were extended to 5 years.
In 1959 the University received the right to offer doctorate degree programs and in 1967 the right to confer the degree of habilitated doctor.
In 1989 a period of political and social transformations resulted in the Academy receiving complete independence and self-government. On October 1, 1999, the college was renamed to the Pedagogical Academy of Cracow of the National Education Commission (Akademia Pedagogiczna im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie). On October 3, 2008, the college was renamed to the Pedagogical University of Cracow of the National Education Commission (Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie).
Organizational structure 
- Faculty of Humanities - about 9000 students
- Faculty of Pedagogy - about 6000 students
- Faculty of Geography and Biology - about 2000 students
- Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Technical Skills - about 3000 students
- Faculty of Art - about 300 students
For the academic year of 2006/2007 Pedagogical University had around 5800 placements available in the first year of full-time and external studies.
- Faculty of Humanities - 2300 students
- Faculty of Pedagogy - 1380 students
- Faculty of Geography and Biology - 570 students
- Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Technical Science - 1550 students
- Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny (2012). "Introduction and organizational structure" (in Polish and English). Pedagogical University of Kraków. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- Pedagogical University of Cracow. General information, homepage in English. Retrieved December 3, 2012.