Logowanie

History of the University

The Eugeniusz Piasecki University School of Physical Education in Poznan is the oldest school of physical education in Poland and one of the oldest schools in Europe. The University School educates specialists in physical culture and tourism: PE teachers, trainers, specialists in motor recreation, tourism and recreation managers. The University is also a respected research institution, carrying out research on the natural science and humanistic foundations of physical culture and rehabilitation.
The history of the University School of Physical Education goes back to 1919 and the Department of School Hygiene and Theory of Physical Education at the newly created Poznan University. The Department was the first academic centre in Poland to train physical education specialists. The first head of the Department was professor Eugeniusz Piasecki. In 1922 the Department was included in the Medical Faculty of the University. It soon gained autonomy and became the College of Physical Education with the right to confer masters degrees.
After the Second World War, on the 15th of April 1945, the College inaugurated a new academic year. At the turn of 1949 the higher School of Physical Education was established. Its development led to organisational changes and on the 1st January 1973 the school was granted the status of the University School of Physical Education. In June 1982 the Senate of the University decided to name the University after professor Eugeniusz Piasecki, the "father of the theoretic sciences in the field of physical education".

Historia AWF2  Historia AWF

Notes from the history

1919 - The foundation of the Department of Physical Education at the newly created Poznań University. Professor Eugeniusz Piasecki was appointed the head of the Department.
1922 - The department, a part of the Medical Faculty of the University, gains autonomy and becomes the College of Physical Education.    
1924 - The college is granted the permission to confer masters degrees.    
1945 - The first inauguration of the new academic year after the war takes place on the 15th of August.
1950 - The establishment of the Higher School of Physical Education supervised by the Chief Committee of Physical Culture.
1954 - The opening of four-year masters degree courses.
Since 1968 the University has had the right to confer doctoral degrees and since 1993 the degrees of associate professor.
1960 - The opening of a teaching centre in Chycina near Międzyrzecz Wielkopolski. The centre serves as the summer camp-site for students, vacation camp for children and youth and a venue of conferences and graduate conventions.
1971 - The Higher School of Physical Education opens its branch in Gorzów Wielkopolski.
1973 - The school is granted the status of the University School of Physical Education and moves in to a new building in Królowej Jadwigi Street.    
1974 - The establishment of the first in Poland Tourism and Recreation Faculty.
1982 - The University is named after professor Eugeniusz Piasecki, the creator of the theoretic sciences in the field of physical education.
2012 – opening of a new building.

The University has been active in the field of sport at all stages of its development with students engaging in gymnastics, athletics, swimming, team sports, water sports, martial arts and many other sports as part of academic sport and in the University Sports Association club.
The University staff who represented a very high sports level included:

Mieczysław Balcer, MA athletics and football
Karol Hoffmann, PhD athletics
Zdobysław Stawczyk, Prof. athletics
Eugeniusz Wachowski,Prof. athletics









The students of the University included many excellent athletes, participants of the Olympic Games and Olympic medallists:

Gold medallists:
Władysław Komar athletics Munich 1972
Tadeusz Ślusarski athletics Montreal 1976
Bronisław Malinowski athletics Moscow 1980
Władysław Kozakiewicz athletics Moscow 1980
Andrzej Wroński wrestling Atlanta 1996
Ryszard Wolny wrestling Atlanta 1996
Włodzimierz Zawadzki wrestling Atlanta 1996
Tomasz Kucharski rowing Sydney, Athens 2000, 2004
Michał Jeliński rowing Beijing 2008



Silver medallists:
Wiesław Maniak athletics Tokyo 1964
Andrzej Głąb wrestling Seoul 1988
Piotr Stępień wrestling Barcelona 1992
Rafał Szukała swimming Barcelona 1992
Jerzy Brzęczek football Barcelona 1992
Jacek Fafiński wrestling Atlanta 1996
Anita Włodarczyk athletics London 2012



Bronze medallists:
Kazimierz Zimny athletics Rome 1960
Andrzej Badeński athletics Tokyo 1964
Ryszard Katus athletics Munich 1972
Lucyna Langner-Kałek athletics Moscow 1980
Grzegorz Nowak rowing Moscow 1980
Izabela Dylewska kayaking Seoul 1988
Artur Wojdat swimming Barcelona 1992
Józef Tracz wrestling Atlanta 1996
Julia Michalska rowing London 2012



In 1976 AZS AWF (the University Sports Association) Sports Clubs were founded in Poznań and Gorzów Wielkopolski. Members of the clubs have won Olympic medals, become world, European, Universiade and Polish champions and represented the first and second leagues in respective sports. At the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, the University School was represented by 11 students, including seven from the Department of Physical Education, Sport and Rehabilitation in Poznań and four from the Department of Physical Culture at Gorzów Wielkopolski Campus. They were:
from Poznań:
- foilist Sławomir Mocek – 4th place;
- rower Michał Wojciechowski – 8th  place in quadruple sculls;
- kayakers: Elżbieta Urbańczyk – 4th place and Michał Gajownik – 4th place;
- field hockey players: Zbigniew Juszczak, Krzysztof Wybieralski, Maciej Matuszyński,
from Gorzów Wielkopolski:
- rowers Tomasz Kucharski – gold medallist in double sculls; Rafał Głażewski – 4th place in flatwater kayaking;
- Greco-Roman wrestlers: Marek Garmulewicz – 4th place and Dariusz Jabłoński – semi-finalist.
Students of the University School of Physical Education in Poznań represented Poland at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. They were: Tomasz Kucharski (gold medallist), Magdalena Kemnitz and Sławomir Kruszkowski – rowing, Monika Drybulska – marathon.

At the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 our University was represented by:
- Julia Michalska and Patryk Brzeziński in rowing;
- Małgorzata Chojnacka in kayaking;
- Sławomir Mocek in foil fencing;
- Anita Włodarczyk, Monika Drybulska, Kamil Masztak and Tomasz Szymkowiak in athletics.
 
Olimpiada1  Olimpiada2


The Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000 were a success for our students:
- Anna Szymul, who won silver medals in 100 m and 400 m sprints and a bronze medal in 200 m,
- Mirosław Pych, who won a gold medal in javelin throw and a gold medal in modern pentathlon.

Outstanding martial arts athletes were our students Robert Nowak, the 1999 world vice champion in kickboxing and 2000 full-contact world champion and Wojciech Bloch in karate.
In individual sports our University was represented by: Sławomir Mocek, Paweł Najdek, Tomasz Kucharski, Tomasz Ciepły, Magdalena Sendal, Paweł Gulcz, Wojciech Bloch, Wojciech Kondratowicz, Dariusz Jabłoński, Marcin Kotas, Małgorzata Chojnacka, Agnieszka Pawlicka, Julia Michalska, Magdalena Fularczyk  Joanna Gabryelewicz, Patryk Brzeziński, Mateusz Rynkiewicz, Michał Jeliński, Kamil Masztak, Monika Drybulska, Anita Włodarczyk, Tomasz Szymkowiak.
In 2009 at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin our student Anita Włodarczyk broke the world record in hammer throw and won the title of the World Champion. At the World Rowing Championship which took place in Poznań in 2009 our students Julia Michalska and Magdalena Fularczyk won the first gold medal in the history of women rowing in Poland and the titles of the World Champions and in 2010 they won a bronze medal at the World Championships in New Zealand.

The leading sport disciplines popular among students of the University School of Physical Education in Poznań are water sports (kayaking and rowing), martial arts (taekwondo, kickboxing, traditional karate), athletics, field hockey and fencing.The University provides higher education in physical culture and tourism for the purposes of physical education, sport, physiotherapy, tourism and recreation. It is also a leading research centre, which carries out studies in the fields related to the areas of study, mainly in humanistic and natural science foundations of physical culture and tourism. The University School cooperates with many universities abroad, participates in European educational programmes ERASMUS+ and COMENIUS and is a member of international scientific organisations.

2012 nowy TiR 1161 2  DSC07698 1
IMG 1247  hala sportowa


International Exchange

International Relations Office

Wymiana zagrInternational Relations Office at the University School of Physical Education in Poznań promotes the idea of mobility and organises student exchange. Student exchange, both during the studies and practical placements, complements the curriculum of study at our University and provides an opportunity to gain new experience, both academically and in social and cultural aspects.

Every year we offer to our students scholarships and placements abroad as part of various scholarship programmes – Lifelong Learning Programm/Erasmus, Physical Education & Sports Academy Gerlev/Denmark, the Martial Arts Academy of Bosei/Denmark, University of the Fraser Valley/Canada, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and BUWIWM (Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange). Since July 2014 we have taken part in a new European Union programme “Erasmus+” which gives students even greater opportunities of taking part in scholarships in universities and academic centres within the European Union. The University School of Physical Education in Poznań is a leading Polish sport university in terms of Erasmus activity. Students take part in partial studies in 45 most eminent European universities and take part in practical placements abroad in institutions of the profile compatible with the curriculum of studies.
The objective of the international exchange between universities all over the world is to improve the quality of teaching by developing international cooperation and to support  student and staff mobility. The benefits of going abroad foreign not only strengthen the motivation for studying, but also contribute to students’ resourcefulness and independence. On encountering a new reality students gain more self confidence and become more open for new opportunities. At the same time they learn to respect other cultures and traditions, improve their command of foreign languages and become real Europeans.

The Careers Office

Are you looking for a job? Do you want to work as a volunteer? Do you want to take part in workshops, courses or job fairs? Come to the careers office!
An offer for students and graduates includes:
-    permanent, temporary and holiday jobs in Poland and abroad,
-    practical placement, voluntary work,
-    meetings with employers,
-    training courses, workshops on how to write your application, how to prepare to a job interview as well as    
     workshops on self-presentation and self-employment,
-    information materials on the perspectives of professional development, training opportunities.
Contact:
AWF Main Building, ul. Królowej Jadwigi 27/39 entrance A, room 204
tel./fax 61 8355104, Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript. ,
www.biurokarier.awf.poznan.pl
   
Students

StudenciCurrently, the University School of Physical Education has around 4000 students, half of whom are full-time students.
Teaching Staff
The University employs around 350 academic teachers including 61 professors and associate professors. The faculty of physiotherapy also employs specialists in clinical courses from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences.

Scientific Research

The University departments and institutes conduct scientific research financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and supported by other funds, in cooperation with many research centres in Poland and abroad. Scientific research focuses on a few basic areas, including selected features of the Polish population, factors determining physical agility and sports results, socio-historical and cultural conditions of physical culture development, the role of exercise as a preventive and therapeutic factor in metabolic diseases, pedagogy of leisure, community determined development of tourism and recreation.

Scientific Publications

Every year the University publishing house publishes about 30 new titles. These include manuals and academic texts, monographs and periodicals, including “Trends in Sport Sciences” (in English), indexed by the EBSCO Publishing, Inc and Ulrich's International Periodical Directory. So far, over seven hundred books have been published. University publications are presented at least twice a year at science book fairs and also at national and international exhibitions.

The University library

TbIBLIOTEKAhe University library network resources contain more than 80,000 volumes of books, journals, maps and audiovisual materials. The Library also subscribes to 175 current journals and newspapers. The collection focuses on physical culture, sport, physiotherapy, tourism and hospitality.
The library, which since 2004 has been located in a new, modern building, provides also access to bibliographic and full-text databases, containing thousands of electronic books, journals and other documents. Wifi and 34 computers are available in the Reading Room, Research Information Centre and Circulation Desk.

Student Organisations

Student Research Clubs

koa naukoweEach university should stimulate students to do research. For the majority of students however, taking part in lectures, seminars, classes and consultations with their tutors when writing the MA theses are enough to prove that science is not their passion. However, there are students who do not want to be minimalists. They take advantage of their studies to develop their professional competences and gain scientific knowledge. Their research interests are specific and they want to develop them.
Student research movement gives them this opportunity.
The activity in student research clubs can prepare for future research work. Many eminent professors started their careers in student research clubs. Work in a student research movement is also an advantage when writing an MA thesis, applying for doctoral studies, writing scientific articles, gaining new professional experience etc.
Student research movement at the University School of Physical Education in Poznań was initiated in 1967. The authorities of the University fully recognise its significance and thanks to their support and the commitment of the University staff who are coordinators of research clubs, the movement is steadily developing.
At the moment there are fourteen research clubs at the University School of Physical Education. To join them you have to contact a coordinator of a Student Research Club. You can start your activity in a research club as soon as in your first year. Do not waste your chance to spend your free time in a wise and interesting way.

Sport Camps

Summer camp - Chycina

Chycina2The legendary, compulsory summer camp in the University training centre in Chycina, that you will remember years later. During the 12-day camp students become familiar with the principles of organisation and running of camps, children summer camps, school field trips. Excellent location at a lake provides great conditions for students to improve their practical skills in kayaking, rowing, water-skiing, swimming in open water, diving, field games, camping and leisure time organisation.


Winter Camp

Oboz zimowySkiing and snowboarding are the most popular forms of winter sport and recreation. Each graduate of the University School of Physical Education should acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in skiing and snowboarding, as they will certainly become handy in future work and in private life.If you are not a skier or snowboarder yet, you will become one at this camp! The purpose of the camp is to obtain or, for those who have tried it before, to improve basic skiing and snowboarding skills. This paves the way for further training, including acquiring instructor qualifications. During the camp students become familiar with the principles and specificity of organising winter camps.Students can choose their preferred location of camp – the Alps (Austria, Italy) or the Karkonosze mountains (Karpacz) – and the sport they want to do (skiing or snowboarding). Irrespective of your choice, you can start to learn from scratch in a beginner group or improve your skills in an advanced group. All classes are run by experienced University instructors. Students who choose snowboarding will be able to obtain qualifications of the Polish Snowboarding Association (PSZ, level 1, 2, 3). This is your passport to obtaining the PZS qualification of physical recreation instructor specialising in snowboarding.

Zespół Tańca Ludowego AWF Poznań

Zespo tanca“Poznan AWF" Folk Dance Ensemble was established in 1982. Since its establishment it has been managed by Dariusz Majchrowicz. Ensemble members are students of the University School of Physical Education and other universities in Poznań, secondary school students and other adults who share their interest in folklore. The ensemble aims to preserve national traditions and customs. The band is composed of six musicians (violin, clarinet, accordion and double bass).The ensemble has performed in many countries in Europe and worldwide. It has organised folklore festivals and the "Integracje 2001" and "Integracje 2002” World Folklore Festivals. Students work really hard practising their dancing skills. Dancing on the stage in Poland and abroad they prove that folklore can be attractive. The organisation of the “Integracje” World Folklore Festival is how they combine hard work with their passion for dancing. Friendships which started during dancing practice sometimes last for life.
Contact:
Zespół Tańca Ludowego „Poznań”
Akademii Wychowania Fizycznego
Dom Studencki AWF
ul. Św. Rocha 9
61-142 Poznań Zespół Tańca Ludowego AWF Poznań
tel. 61 835 54 34; +48 504 226 408
email: Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.
www.ztl.awf.poznan.pl
videoblog: www.ztlpoznan.blox.pl/html
www ŚPF INTEGRACJE: www.festiwal.awf.poznan.pl
Promotional video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6acKpbv0Yw
Art director: Dariusz Majchrowicz