The Jagiellonian University

The Jagiellonian University in Kraków (JU), founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland and one of the oldest universities in Europe. JU is a leading research institution in Poland, conducting research across a wide range of disciplines.

The Jagiellonian University comprises 15 Faculties, where 4 thousand academic staff conduct research and provide education to almost 50 thousand students, within the framework of more than 80 different fields of study. The eminent researchers and state-of-the-art infrastructure make the JU one of the leading Polish scientific institutions, collaborating with major academic centres from all over the world. The Jagiellonian University is also home to about 150 student societies, where young researchers pursue their academic interests and develop friendships with people who share their passion.

The Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University is now one among the country-leading scientific research and teaching organisations focused on theoretical issues in social sciences, communication processes, population studies, gender analyses, economic and political sociology, social anthropology, social work, public life sphere analyses, and rural sociology issues with a special stress on small and family farms as well as rural development. Concerning the latter in partnership with some people, associations and public institutions our work enhances sustainable human, economic and environmental development delivering various practical proposals for the shared future and influencing the agenda for agricultural and rural development for the 21st century.