One of the oldest institutes of higher learning, the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, will be 650 years old this year. Therefore it is declared that 2014 should be a year of celebration of Polish science and academic studies. The university has around 50,000 students and over 3,800 staff, including 540 professors.
The resolution says that the Jagiellonian University, founded by King Casimir the Great in 1364, has for centuries been a breeding ground for Poland’s intellectual and academic elites.
Former alumni of the Jagiellonian University include Nicolas Copernicus, Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II, the playwright Stanislaw Wyspianski, and the poets Jan Kochanowski and Wislawa Szymborska. A wide range of events to mark the anniversary is planned, including academic conferences, concerts, exhibitions and a grand show in the city’s Market Square.