The Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biotechnology consists of over 80 scientists working in 15 departments. Our mission is to educate students in the area of biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology and conduct scientific research aimed at understanding the chemical and physical processes which occur in living organisms.
Currently, 350 students study at the Ist, IInd and IIrd level of higher education, leading to a BSc, MSc o PhD degree. The Faculty offers courses (taught in English) for foreign students, who visit our Faculty in a capacity of Erasmus exchange scholars. Foreign students can also enrol in a two-year Biotechnology in English Programme.
Scientific research conducted at the Faculty concentrates on problems of biochemistry, biophysics and biotechnology, and embraces various aspects microbiology, immunology, virology, cell biology and plant physiology. The Faculty is engaged in scientific collaboration with over eighty Polish and foreign academic centres. In recent years the Faculty has developed collaborative links with pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as with hospitals.
The Jagiellonian University, often shortened to UJ; historical names include Latin: Studium Generale, University of Kraków, Kraków Academy, The Main Crown School, and Main School of Kraków) was established in 1364 by Casimir III the Great in Kazimierz (district of Kraków). It is the oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world. It was positioned by QS World University Rankings as the best Polish university among the world's top 500 and the ARWU as second-best Polish higher-level institution. In 2006, The Times Higher Education Supplement ranked Jagiellonian University as Poland's top university.
The university fell upon hard times when the occupation of Kraków by Austria-Hungary during the Partitions of Poland threatened its existence. In 1817, soon after the creation of the Duchy of Warsaw the university renamed as Jagiellonian University to commemorate Poland's Jagiellonian dynasty, which first revived the Kraków University in the past.
The structure of the Jagiellonian University is unique in Poland. Among the 15 faculties, there are three which comprise the Collegium Medicum: The Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Health Protection. These three were separated from the University in 1950, following the Soviet model, and reincorporated in the Alma Mater in1993. Until recently, the Jagiellonian was the only Polish university with medical faculties, although currently the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń also has them.
The Jagiellonian University educates on the three levels: Ordinary, Masters, and Doctoral, following the principles of the Bologna Process. There are well over a hundred degrees and specialties available in Polish, as well as over a dozen in English. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has been implemented in all courses and specialties, enabling trouble-free linking of studies at UJ with studies in other European countries. Together with the development of co-operation with a number of universities worldwide, this has enabled a great increase in student mobility.
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