University of Lodz is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Poland. It was established in 1945 as a successor of educational institutions active in Lodz in earlier times. The 13 faculties of the University provide programmes in 75 fields of study and 196 specializations. In addition, the University offers doctoral programmes, more than 100 postgraduate curricula including an MBA programme, and programmes financed by the ESF. The 40,000 students that attend classes at different faculties of the University are taught by 2,280 academic teachers, 579 of whom bear the highest academic rank.
The University treats international cooperation as a way to foster its development and continue the city’s tradition. The University is repeatedly ranked among the top higher education institutions in Poland, and it especially excels in such fields of study as eucational science, management, law, and economics. UL is one of only four Polish Universities which gained a place in the QS World University Rankings. International relations of the University are visible in various areas. Currently, within direct cooperation agreements, the school cooperates with 190 partner institutions from all over the world. Within the Erasmus Programme, the University has so far signed 600 agreements with 300 partner institutions.
The Faculty of Educational Sciences offers degrees in numerous pedagogical and psychological specialties. Faculty’s major research areas include topics such as: processes of educating children and young people at all levels of education; the conditions, disturbances and results of the process of education; school leadership. Another important subject of research concerns the development of man throughout his life cycle: his somatic, intellectual, emotional, motivational, individual and social growth, taking into account the conditions of the environment i.e. family, school, peers, and his work conditions – the process of socialization and its influence on the individual. The research, which is both of a theoretical and practical character, concern the regularities and perturbations in this process, its optimization, prevention, rehabilitation and psychotherapy.
The Faculty also organizes numerous conferences and publishes books and articles in the domain of education.