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Educational potential of the city

Academic Lublin in numbers:

  • more than 70,000 students (about 25% of the city’s population)
  • 9 higher education institutions, including 5 public and 4 private universities
  • 148 undergraduate, master's, and straight-to-master's programmes
  • 40 doctoral programmes
  • 4,500 foreigners from nearly 100 countries
  • more than 20,000 graduates each year.

Lublin is one of 8 main academic centres in Poland, currently the largest one in the eastern part of the country. It is the seat of 5 public universities: the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, the University of Life Sciences, the Lublin University of Technology and the Medical University of Lublin. There are also 4 non-public schools of higher education: the University College of Enterprise and Administration, the University of Economics and Innovation, the College for Social Sciences and the Vincent Pol University in Lublin.

public universities total number of students in the academic year 2014/2015
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University nearly 22,000
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin more than 12,000
Lublin University of Technology more than 10,000
University of Life Sciences more than 9,000
Medical University of Lublin more than 6,800
private universities
University of Economics and Innovation more than 6,500
Vincent Pol University in Lublin nearly 2,000
University College of Enterprise and Administration nearly 1,500
College for Social Sciences  more than 400

Source: In-house study based on data provided by higher education institutions in Lublin, 2015.

Owing to the comfort of living in the city and a high standard of education, students readily choose Lublin. Despite a decline in the number of students, resulting mainly from the population decline in the country, the number of students in Lublin has remained at a similar level. Compared with the previous academic year, it decreased by only about 3%. In total, there are more than 70,000 students in all higher education institutions, including almost 4,500 foreigners, a thousand more than a year earlier.

academic year total of whom foreigners percentage of foreigners
2012/13 75,906 2,314 3,05%
2013/14 73,091 3,034 4,15%
2014/15 70,919 4,395 6,20%

Source: In-house study based on data provided by higher education institutions in Lublin, 2015.

The firm position of Lublin’s universities in the academic community is testified by their presence and very good scores in both national and international rankings (np. Webometrics Ranking of World Universities). At this point it is worth noting that the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) ranks 9th and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) ranks 13th in the national ranking of universities Unirank (http://www.unirank.pl/ranking-uczelni-unirank). Moreover, according to data of the Ministry of Science and High Education, the University of Life Sciences in Lublin ranked among the top ten (9th) most popular high education institutions in Poland in the academic year 2014/2015.

Assets of higher education institutions in Lublin:

  • an expanded and upgraded infrastructure, owing to which knowledge is acquired in a comfortable environment and with the use of high-quality specialised equipment, software and other research facilities,
  • a comprehensive educational and scientific offer (both popular fields of study and those unique to the country, as well as multidisciplinary studies),
  • highly-qualified teaching and research staff appreciated both at home and abroad,
  • well-equipped amenities,
  • extensive and continuously growing library collections.

In  support of students’ multidirectional development, the higher education institutions provide them with opportunities to participate in interesting events and initiatives of both academic and non-academic nature. What attracts young people to Lublin’s high education institutions are the unique academic climate, valued academic staff, and the diversity of fields of study: from technology and life sciences to medicine, the humanities and arts.

Popular groups of study programmes in Lublin include economy related courses, as well as transport, trade and logistics courses. Engineering, technical and medical courses are also willingly chosen by students in Lublin.

Wykres przedstawiający najbardziej popularne grupy kierunków studiów na lubelskich uczelniach

Source: In-house study based on data provided by higher education institutions in Lublin, 2015.

Student exchange

Depending on the school, students are offered student exchange opportunities. The countries involved in the partnership programmes of all the Lublin-based higher education institutions are: Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Indonesia, Latvia, Moldova, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, USA.

Foreign languages

In times of  dynamically changing needs of the labour market, education must be a multidisciplinary process.  What remains one of the key features of graduates of schools of higher learning expected by employers is foreign language competence. Increasingly often, the knowledge of two or even more foreign languages is required. 

Lublin’s leading schools of higher education are aware of this and are continuously expanding the range of the foreign language taught. There are now 4 to 8 different languages to choose from, with two being obligatory at most universities and colleges in Lublin (only the College for Social Sciences, the University of Vincent Pol , the Medical University and the University of Technology requiring 1 language). In addition to modern languages, KUL requires Greek and Latin. UMCS offers courses in Norwegian, Chinese, Portuguese, Ukrainian and Bulgarian. English prevails at private institutions, with Spanish, German or Russian available as options.

In addition to foreign language courses, languages can be learnt in dedicated fields of study. A high standard of education in those fields is noteworthy. Each year many students in Lublin major in foreign languages. These are mainly English, German, French and Russian, but less popular languages, such as Dutch, Bulgarian or Chinese, have been attracting increasing interest.

Doctoral programmes

The opportunity to pursue third-cycle (or doctoral) studies at Lublin’s higher education institutions is another aspect testifying to the high rank of this academic centre. Those interested can find about 40 doctoral fields of study at different public universities. The fields include the humanities, veterinary, medical, legal, engineering, economic, business, IT, and many other areas.  About 6.9% of all doctoral students in Poland study in Lublin, which makes it rank 6th in Poland.

Wykres przedstawiający liczbę doktorantów na lubelskich uczelniach

Source: In-house study based on data provided by higher education institutions in Lublin, 2015.

Postgraduate programmes

As a strong academic centre, Lublin is also a place where education can be continued in postgraduate courses. In the academic year 2014/2015 there were almost 5,000 graduate students, including 40 foreigners. The greatest interest was recorded in the fields categorised under the Pedagogical, Teaching and Medical subgroups.

It is worth noting that postgraduate studies programmes enable acquiring specific competencies and additional qualifications. This form of lifelong learning is perceived as the most flexible due to its potential when it comes to the adjustment to current needs of the labour market.

Wykres przestawiający liczbą słuchaczy studió podyplomowych na lubelskich uczelniach

Source: In-house study based on data provided by higher education institutions in Lublin, 2015.

Staff potential

The quality of education is largely determined by the academic staff potential. Lublin is an academic centre with scientific research staff representing a high standard. Their discoveries are not only known, but also developed and employed by other scientists in Poland and abroad. Representatives of academic staff in Lublin may boast high scientific expertise and reputatin. What is also of great importance is that they are widely known and apprieciated by students as academics. According to young people, staff at universities in Lublin is friendly and encouringing students to meet new challenges and to follow the scientific path.

Science and Business

Scientific research as well as consulting and expert activities are connected mainly with the needs of the region, and they are largely of a general, universal nature. As a result, scientific publications, patents and protective rights are created. Many research teams closely cooperate with foreign and domestic centres (under bilateral agreements in many cases). 

Universities actively support local industry innovations based on their scientific research potential. Successful cooperation between Lublin scientists and local companies and the possibility to apply the results of their joint research in production determines the growth rate of sectors such as biotechnology, pharmacy, information technologies or advanced services.

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