The University School of Physical Education in Wrocław has three faculties: the Faculty of Physical Education, the Faculty of Physiotherapy and the Faculty of Sports Science. The University offers six programmes, in the form of full-time, extramural, postgraduate and doctoral studies. The Faculties of Physical Education and Physiotherapy are fully authorised to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as confer academic degrees of doctor and habilitated doctor of physical culture sciences.
The Wrocław University School of Physical Education was established in 1946 as the Institute of Physical Education with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Wrocław. Its co-founder and first rector was prof. dr hab. Andrzej Klisiecki. In 1950 the Institute became a separate unit, the Wrocław School of Physical Education, which was granted the right to confer master’s degrees in 1956 and was renamed the University School of Physical Education in 1972. The University is authorised to confer the degrees of doctor as of 1966 and of habilitated doctor as of 1990.
Graduates and employees of the University are members of numerous scientific associations, social and political organisations, Sejm deputies, members of opinion-forming groups in higher education and physical culture. So far, in the history of the University, 17,000 graduates have been awarded the master’s degree.
The Wrocław University School of Physical Education has also considerably contributed to the education of scientific personnel in the field of physical culture. More than 450 doctors, 26 habilitated doctors and 20 professors of physical culture sciences have been promoted here.
Until now, Primo Nebiolo, Zbigniew Drozdowski, Tadeusz Ulatowski, Renne de Lubersac, Władimir Zatsiorski, Kazimierz Denek, Robert M. Malina, George E. Kilian, Tadeusz Luty, Tadeusz Szulc, Krystyna Nazar, Guang H. Yue, Peter Weinberg, Andrzej Wit, Krzysztof Klukowski and Clade-Luis Gallen have been holders of Honorary Doctorates at the University.
The history of famous Polish coaches and sportspeople, Olympic, World and European Championship medallists is linked with the University. Kazimierz Górski, Bogdan Cybulski, Zbigniew Pietrzykowski, Józef Zapędzki, Ryszard Szurkowski, Ryszard Witke, Urszula Włodarczyk, Leszek Antonowicz, Mieczysław Łopatka, Jerzy Światek, Czesław Ptak, Wacław Skarul, Wiesław Błach, Rafał Kubacki, Renata Mauer-Różańska, Tomasz Motyka, Andrzej Piątek, Andrzej Kijowski and many more have graduated from the University.
The mission of the University is to contribute to the improvement of health of Polish people and the quality of their lives by spreading and extending knowledge in the field of physical culture and by increasing skills of professional specialists to apply knowledge in various fields of physical education, motor recreation, sports and physiotherapy for the benefit of individual citizens and the whole society by developing physical culture in Poland. The mission of the University is also to cultivate and develop academic traditions, strengthen the ethos of knowledge, freedom and respect for the European principles of democracy.
The University School of Physical Education in Wrocław carries out its mission by fulfilling the following tasks:
1. In the field of education:
- developing the students’ personality, providing them with the knowledge and skills required in their professional work and in coping with the complexity of the world, improving the ability to acquire and extend their knowledge throughout their entire lives, as well as teaching critical thinking;
- developing the skill of cooperation based on mutual trust and the sense of teamwork
- developing the ability to adapt to changes taking place in our environment, especially on the labour market;
- developing professional and social skills to work and live in the modern Europe without borders;
- forming a rational, ethical and engaged civic attitude;
- overcoming ethnic barriers and prejudices, establishing positive relationships between people of different nationalities, religions and beliefs
- enhancing openness to the world and sensitivity towards culture;
- enhancing sensibility towards the natural environment.
2. In the field of scientific research:
- gaining new knowledge by conducting scientific research motivated by the pursuit of discoveries and the idea of common good;
- acknowledging research findings of studies conducted around the world and bringing them into social use;
- popularising science and building awareness of its importance to the knowledge society;
- active partnership in scientific and research cooperation with other academic centres in Poland and abroad;
- fostering contacts with the social and economic environment, including commercialising research findings.
3. In the field of cooperation with the social environment:
- supporting authorities and public administration with expert knowledge;
- Supporting the development of a civil society, debate and social communication;
- contributing to the regional development and the modernization of the country;
- promoting the idea of European integration in various areas of everyday life;
- promoting the value of the human body and its health;
- cultivation of national heritage;
- cultivation and development of the Polish language and Polish culture.
Within the recent years the University School of Physical Education in Wrocław has been one of the most valued universities of physical education in Poland and has come first in various rankings of physical education universities in Poland. In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017, it was awarded first place in the ranking established by the education foundation “Perspektywy”. It also came first in the ranking “Uczelnia Liderów” (University of Leaders) in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
At present, the University meets the European education requirements, according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Therefore, students of all European Union countries can study at the University without any hindrance.