The Mission was accepted by the resolution of the AU University Senate on 20 December 2003.
At the times when so much changes,
The message left us by our predecessors in 1903 is still actual.
Thus may our University
REMAIN A SANCTUARY
OF LOVE OF GOD, HOMELAND AND SCIENCE
University of Agriculture in Krakow derives its experience from intellectual heritage and tradition of the Jagiellonian University. At this very University agronomical and forestry sciences developed since 1890 and young people were educated with particular regard to their patriotic upbringing. From the moment when the Study of Agronomy was founded at the Jagiellonian University, agriculture has been permanently taught at the university level. Over the whole history of these studies the subsequent generations of professors followed a common guiding principle, i.e. bringing up young people in reverence for civil liberties and ethic rules. For such attitude the members of academic staff often suffered repressive measures and some were even deprived of the right to teach.
Today, after fifty years of the University functioning as an independent institution we still recognise the independence of ideas and attitudes as well as protection of commonly accepted academic rules and values as our priorities.
The main objective of the University of Agriculture in Krakow as the institution of higher education is educating experts who would find employment in the widely understood food and forest economies and specialists in environmental protection. The University aims to prepare professionals able to meet the challenges of contemporary sustainable development based on ecological rules of management and utilisation of the Earth resources.
Anticipating the future trends of economy development the University provides modern knowledge and skills in agricultural sciences, in forestry, in biological and economic sciences and engineering. Socio-economic changes which occurred in Poland caused that a new type of qualifications are now expected from the University of Agiculture graduate. In place of a professional prepared to supervise production processes in agriculture, a specialist able to combine his technological expertise with advisory skills and proper economic knowledge is required. The University of Agriculture graduate, highly proficient in his knowledge and communication skills should be properly prepared to work in the areas of widely understood services for agriculture. A growing number of specialists in the EU countries has such profile of professional qualifications. It is due to the fact that beside food manufacturing also concern for its quality, control and sales becomes most important. In this area advisory services at different levels play a vital role.
Due to such defined graduate profile the University constantly modifies and updates its curricula at the same time extending the scope of biological subjects and humanities. The core of these changes should be programmes constructed to enable not only teaching but also stimulating creative thinking in students. Diversification of study programmes may be a chance to reach this objective. However, it requires a new outlook on the role of an academic teacher who should become more a moderator and guide in the teaching process using modern teaching methods.
In order to provide the graduates with skills which would meet the expectations and needs of future labour market, information technologies are implemented as part of curricula in all fields of studies. Also internships realised both outside our University and in its experimental units are changing their character in view of introduced modifications. All members of the academic staff are obliged to do their best to maintain a high quality of teaching.
Research constitutes an inseparable part of the University activities. Two main areas may be distinguished, i.e. research projects realised as grants and the European Union programmes where the objectives are determined the author of a project or by contracting agency. The other comprises projects implemented as the statutory activities. These projects should be strictly connected with a widely understood didactic process and support it. Participation in extensive research programmes also international ones and adopting information technologies to assist the development of agriculture should build up the importance and strengthen the University identity both in Poland and abroad.
Our University should develop in many directions through:
- adjustment of traditional fields of studies to future needs of agriculture and natural environment through modifications of present teaching programmes to meet the expectations of the young generation and match the socio-economic changes in Poland and in the EU;
- seeking new lines of teaching and research which can develop in future;
- concern for dynamic development of staff capable of conducting research on a world level in all disciplines represented at the University;
- organisational changes allowing for successful training of students, conducting research activities and simultaneously properly utilising the University resources.
The Malopolska region has a specific agrarian structure and regional profile. It should be reflected in both didactic and research activities pursued at the University, mainly concerning mountain economy and agritourism, organic farming and natural environment protection.
The University of Agriculture in Krakow boasts a rich tradition of close co-operation with universities in Krakow and with other academic institutions in Poland and abroad. Continuing and strengthening this collaboration will add to and widen our educational and research offer, which will serve to meet the future social and civilisation needs.
On 11 April 2008 the University changed it name into the University of Agriculture in Krakow.