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What is the Excellence Initiative programme?

On 30 October 2019 the Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the list of 10 research universities selected in the first competition of the "Excellence Initiative - Research University" programme. The Jagiellonian University is within that group of prestigious universities, the establishment of which is provided for in “the Law on Higher Education and Science” (the so-called Constitution for Science or Law 2.0).

The aim of the competition was to select and support universities that will strive to achieve the status of a research university, and will be able to successfully compete with the best academic centres in Europe and in the world. 

Each of the participating universities could have received a maximum of 40 points. The Jagiellonian University received 34 points, and as a result took 3rd place in the competition. Therefore, it has become one of the ten universities in Poland that would receive a subsidy increased by 10% every year between 2020–2026. This will allow our university to improve the competences and encourage the professional development of researchers at the Jagiellonian University, to establish valuable international cooperation between universities, and to increase the level of research carried out by the Jagiellonian University’s scientists. 

The "Excellence Initiative - Research University" programme is a strategy implemented by the Jagiellonian University in order to strengthen the university's international recognition. Its efforts to achieve the status of a sustainable research university will primarily revolve around development of its international partnerships, research grants support, innovation of research and education, the advancement of social responsibility, globalization of science, and transfer of knowledge and technology. 

On the basis of the SWOT analysis, reflecting the potential of research development of the Jagiellonian University, it was possible to select 7 Priority Research Areas (PRAs) within which the university will conduct intensified scientific actions: 

  • Heritage 
  • FutureSoc
  • BioS 
  • qLife
  • SciMat
  • DigiWorld
  • Anthropocene

 Detailed information on each of the PRAs can be found in the "PRAs" tab. 

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