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The AHFE 2014 Conference will be held at the new Jagiellonian University Campus.
Special conference transportation will be available for AHFE 2014 participants from hotels area to conference venue. More information will be posted soon.
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AHFE 2014 Conference Venue
AHFE 2014 will be held at the new campus of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the most popular in Poland.
To celebrate the 600th anniversary of this institution, the construction of a new campus of 100,000m² was launched in 2001. This new site, known as the Third Campus is situated 4km from the city centre and borders the Krakow Technology Park and the Krakow Special Economic Zone, which enables close relationships between higher education and business.
The Jagiellonian University is a modern research and teaching centre which provides outstanding conditions for students and academic researchers to develop their skills and interests. The Jagiellonian University is made of 15 faculties located in both historic medieval buildings in the city centre as well as in modern sites constructed on Campus in the last few years. To take a virtual tour of the Jagiellonian University new campus Click here.
The new campus of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
The Foundation of the Jagiellonian University
The Jagiellonian University was founded by Casimir III the Great (1310-1370) on May 12th 1364 in Krakow and was initially called Studium Generale. It was the second school of this type in Central Europe (following the Prague University). In the first years of its activity the university had three faculties: law, medicine and philosophy. After Casimir III the Great had died, this newly founded institution faced a deep crisis. In 1400 Jogaila (Wladyslaw Jagiello) restored the greatness of the university thanks to his wife’s legacy (Jadwiga d’Anjou). The university then expanded and a new faculty was established – the faculty of theology. Jogaila also acquired independent buildings and houses for the Krakow Academy – as it was called in the Middle Ages. Due to the generosity of its restorers the university has been called the Jagiellonian University in their honor since 1817. The Middle Ages was a period of great prosperity for the university which used to be a meeting point for students of all social groups and different nationalities.
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473- 1543)
Nicolaus Copernicus – the creator of the heliocentric system – is the most famous student of the Jagiellonian University. Born in Torun, Copernicus enrolled at the university together with his brother, Andrzej, in 1491. He studied at the faculty of philosophy for three years. He also engrossed into astronomy and mathematics (taught as a part of artes liberales) under the supervision of distinguished scholars at the Krakow Academy. Needless to say the university excelled at the sciences and provided all of the necessary newest scientific instruments for students of that time. In the following years, Copernicus’ theory was lectured at the Academy and in 17th century Jan Brożek, a philosopher and mathematician, initiated collecting Copernicus memorabilia.
The monument of Nicolaus Copernicus, Witkowski Collegium
Famous buildings of the Jagiellonian University
The oldest edifice of the university is Collegium Maius built in 1300. It was purchased by Jogaila in 1390s as a facility for the institution. In the Middle Ages it held the biggest auditorium used by the university. Today its function is more of a representative character – it houses the Museum of the Jagiellonian University and its offices. Currently, the most popular building is Collegium Novum, where one can find the dean’s offices and, above all, rector’s office. The edifice was constructed in the second half of 19th century and is a great example of the Gothic Revival style in architecture. Another sight worth discovering is Witkowski Collegium which was erected in the early 20th century. Its Gothic and Romanesque Revival elements of design create a perfect match for Collegium Novum. In front of the building we can see the monument of Nicolaus Copernicus.
Witkowski Collegium (on the left) and Collegium Novum (on the right)
The Jagiellonian University today
Today the former Krakow Academy is considered the best university in Poland. Undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral courses are lead at the Jagiellonian University. The university features 15 faculties, spread around three main areas of Krakow which together make up Campus I, Campus II and Campus III. There are also many interdepartmental and academic institutions which include Teaching College, the Jagiellonian Library, Centre of Innovation, Technology Transfer and University Development. The university is engaged in numerous scholarship programs and cooperates with many academic institutions all over the world. The Jagiellonian University has 10 museums and issues many periodicals, both scientific and student-oriented. Currently, an important undertaking is supporting the modernization and development of the university, that is one of the major centers of academic life in Poland.