The Poznań University of Life Sciences is a leading university of life sciences in Poland. It may boast of rich traditions, as its beginnings date back to the year 1870 and are connected with the activity of an outstanding philosopher, a patron of agricultural science and education, August Cieszkowski.
When the University of Poznań was established in 1919 after Poland regained its independence following First World War, the university comprised also the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, based partly on the traditions and scientific output of the Higher School of Agriculture in Żabikowo near Poznań.
The period of World War II was marked by the tragic loss of many scientists killed then, but also by the continuing process of educating future specialists for agriculture within the framework of the Underground University of Western Poland. In 1951 the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry separated from the Poznań University and the Higher School of Agriculture was established, which continued both education activities at the university level and conducted research. In 1972 the name was changed to the Agricultural University and from 1996 it was named the August Cieszkowski Agricultural University. On the power of article 3 of the Act of 7 February 2008 it was transformed into the Poznań University of Life Sciences.
In the course of all these years a total of 8 faculties have been established and 22 fields of regular studies (30 specialisations) and 18 fields of studies (20 specialisations) for extramural students have been developed, over 80 thousand graduates of different specialisations have been educated, at present working in numerous locations worldwide, hundreds of doctoral students and post-doctoral students have received their degrees, contacts have been established with numerous scientific centres in Europe and the other continents. At present 849 academic teachers are involved in teaching and scientific activities, of which 143 are full professors. Together with scientific and technical workers, librarians and the administrative and service staff our University employs over 1 600 people.