History of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Brief History of AMU

goes back to the 16th century when in 1519 a Roman-Catholic Bishop Jan Lubrański founded the first of its kind Academy which back then boasted the status of a higher learning institution.

Shortly after, another institution of higher learning was established in Poznań, namely – the Jesuit College (1573) and it continued the academic traditions of its predecessor. The first rector of the Jesuit College – rev.Jakub Wujek –  was the first scholar to translate the Bible into Polish.

On October 28th, 1611, King Sigismund III Vasa granted the Jesuit College the status of the first University-type school in Poznań.

The privilege was confirmed by king John III Sobieski and the university in Poznan lasted until 1773.

In the turbulent years of Polish history to follow, science and higher education have always been in one form or another vibrant in Poznań, until the present. Key role in that process was played by the Poznań Society of Friends of Sciences which carried the academic legacy forward during the time of the Polish Partitions period all the way to the official re-establishment of a proper University of Poznan, following the end of the First World War, in 1919.

Ever since, the University of Poznań had flourished and it was only once more forced to go underground and provide its services in conspiracy during the Second World War under the name of a clandestine University of the Western Lands (1940-1944).  Despite the Nazi German occupation it managed to educate and produce over 2,000 graduates with the help of some 300 academic teachers, risking their lives by offering university courses in Polish which was made illegal during the war.

Modern day of the University begins with granting it the name of a new patron-Adam Mickiewicz.  To learn more about Adam Mickiewicz, click here.

In 2019 Adam Mickiewicz University celebrates it’s 100th Anniversary together with 3 other schools which were created as the result of splitting the University of Poznan into four independent higher educational institutions:  Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), Poznan University of Medical Sciences (PUMS), Poznań University of Life Sciences (PULS) and Poznań University of Physical Education (PUPE).

Painting dated 1886 by Jan Matejko:  Bishop Jan Lubranski founding his Academy in 1519 (original deposited at the Poznan Branch of the National Museum; copy on display at AMU Collegium Minus)

Poznan University headquarters around 1920 on a postcard

Centenary Website for the University of Poznan Jubilee