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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 organisers. The University is also a respected research institution, carrying out research on the natural and humanistic foundations of physical culture and rehabilitation.

The origins of the University School of Physical Education derive from the tradition of 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 prepare PE specialists. The management of the Department was entrusted to Prof. 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 Edcation with the right to confer master's titles.

After the Second World War, on 15 April 1945, the Colege inaugurated its new academic year. At the turn of 1949 the higher School of Physical Education was estabilished. Its development led to organizational changes and on 1 January 1973 the school was granted the status of the University School of Physical Education. In June 1982 the Senate resolved to name the University for Prof. Eugeniusz Pisaecki, the "father of the theoretic sciences in the field of physical education".

Notes from history
1919 - The foundation of the Department of Physical Education at the newly created Poznań University. The management of the department is entrusted to Prof. Eugeniusz Piasecki.
1922 - The department, included in the Medical Faculty of the University, gains autonomy and becomes the College of Physical Education.
1924 - The college is granted the permission to confer master's degrees.
1945 - On the 15th of August the first, after the war, inauguration of the new academic year.
1950 - The establishment of the Higher School of Physical Education supervised by the Chief Committee of Physical Culture.
1954 - The opening of four-year master's degree courses.
Since 1968 the University has 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 as the place of conferences and graduates' 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 given a new, own building in Królowej Jadwigi Street.
1974 - The establishment of the first in Poland Tourism and Recreation Faculty with a seat at 19 Rybaki Street.
1982 - The University is named for Prof. Eugeniusz Piasecki, the originator of the theoretic sciences in the field of physical education.

Faculty of Physical Education
Physical Education major options:
  • Teaching
  • Sports for the disabled
  • Coaching
  • Sports manager
  • Physiotherapy major
Faculty of Tourism and Recreation Tourist and Recreation major options:
  • Organization and management of tourism
  • Tourist policy
  • Hotel industry
  • Recreation

THE FACULTY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION offers two majors: physical education and physiotherapy. Physical education major offers the following options:
  • 4.5-year ful-time master's degree studies in physical education with specialisation in teaching and coaching;
  • 5-year extra-mural master's degree studies with specialization in teaching;
  • 2-year post-graduate studies in physical education;
  • 3-year master's degree studies for graduates of Teachers' Colleges
The following courses are offered to students taking physical education:
  • general education: foreign language, methodology of research, computer science, history of philosophy, enviromental protection, history of physical culture, law in sport;
  • core courses: anatomy, anthropology, biochemistry, physics, biomechanics, biology, physiology, hygiene and nutrition, history of physical culture, pedagogy, psychology, health education, sociology of physical culture, sports medicine;
  • major courses: theory of physical education and methodology of physical education, theory of sport, individual sports, team sports, games and plays, corrective exercises with elements of rehabilitation, anthropomotorics, rythym, music, dance, special physical education, Olympism

THE PHYSIOTHERAPY major offers the following options:

  • 4.5 year full-time master's degree studies;
  • 5-year extra-mural master's degree studies for graduates of post-secondary physiotherapy schools;
  • 2-year post-graduate studies in physiotherapy;

The following courses are offered to students taking physiotherapy:

  • general education: sociology of rehabilitation, computer science with statistics, foreign language, methodology of research;
  • core subjects: pedagogy and special pedagogy, developmental and clinical psychology, correct, functional and x-ray anatomy, medical biology, anthropology, biochemistry, biophysics, clinical biomechanics, hygiene, neurobiology, enviromental protection, pathophysiology, demography and epidemiology, legal aspects of rehabilitation, theory and methods of physical education, anthropomotorics, corrective-compensatory gymnastics, swimming and water rescue in rehabilitation, sports games in rehabilitation, field and track sports in rehabilitation, plays and games in rehabilitation, musiacl and motoric exercices in rehabilitation, sport and tourism of the disabled;
    • vocational courses:general theory of rehabilitation with ethics, kinesic therapy, clinical rehabilitation in (cardiology, neurology, geriatrics, surgical diseases, rhemautology, pulmonology, pediatrics and psychiatry, other specializations);
    • rehabilitation in dysfunctions of movement organs, physicotherapy and massage, traumatology and first aid, active rehabilitation, basics of sports medicine, prosthetics and orthotics;
    • elective courses: sign language, different sports, basics of manual therapy, medical rescue course

The FACULTY OF TOURISM AND RECREATION offers one major: Tourism and Recreation, with the following options:

  • 3-year bachelor studies with specialization in: tourist policy, hotel industry, organization of tourist traffic, recreation;
  • 1,5-year postgraduates studies in the above specializations;
  • 4,5-year extra-mural master's degree studies in the above specializations.

The following courses are offered to students taking tourism and recreation:

  • general education: psychology, sociology, history of culture and art, foreign languages, pedagogy of leisure, philosophy, logic, techniques of mental work;
  • core subjects: physiology of work and rest, health education and health promotion, basics of statistics, anthropomotorics, computer science, law, ecology, social policy, economics, culture vs.nutrition;
  • major subjects: basics of tourism, tourist geography, theory and methodology of recreation, sight-seeing, tourist and recreation management, tourist guide, basics of marketing, organization and management, law in tourism and recreation, methods and techniques of tourism traffic management.

Doctoral Studies
4-year full-time and extra-mural studies

International Cooperation
Students of the Universtiy School of Physical Education can enrol in a one semester or one-year long studies at univeristies in Europe that participate in the European Educational Programmes of International Exchange, i.e. LLP, CEEPUS, DAAD.

Students of the faculty of Physical Education can study at universities in Bulgaria ( Sofia), Czech Republic (Olomouc, Praha, Cz. Budejovice), France (Nantes), Germany (Berlin, Gottingen, Magdeburg), Portugal (Coimbra, Porto, Villa Real), Finland (Mikkeli, Tampere), Greece (Athens, Komotini, Thessalonic), Denmark (Esbjerg), Spain (Granada), Turkey (Eskisehir).

Students of the faculty of Tourism and Recreation can study at universities in cyprus (Nicosia), Germany (Bielefeld, Brema), Finland (Hamme, Savonlinna, Tornio), Latvia ( Valmiere), Sweden (Kalmar), The Netheralnds  (Leeuwarden), Spain (Almeria), France (Marseille).

Students and Graduates
Presently, the University School of Physical Education has around 3,500 students, half of whom are full-time students.
The University has around 10,500 graduates of physical education, 1,200 graduates of physiotherapy and 3,200 graduates of tourism and recreation.

Teaching staff
The University employs around 350 academic teachers, of whom 40 are professors and associate professors. The faculty of physiotherapy also employs specialists in clinical courses loaned from the Medical Academy.

Scientific Research
Departments and institutes conduct scientific research financed by the Ministry of research and supported by other funds, in cooperation with many centres in Poland and abroad. Results are presented at national and international fora. Scientific research is focused on a few basic areas:
Selected features of Polish population, factors determining physical agility and sports result, socio-historical and cultural conditions of physical culture development, the role of movement as a preventive and therapeutic factor in metabolic diseases, pedagogy of leisure, community-detremined 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 two periodicals: "Roczniki Naukowe" (Scientific Annals) and "Studies of Physical Clture and Tourism" (in English), indexed by the Sport Discus and Ulrich's International Periodical Directory. So far the house has published over seven hundred books. University publications are exhibited at least twice a year at exhibitions of scientific books and also at national and international exhibitions.
The university library houses nearly 144 thousand volumes and over 22 thousend periodicals. The library subscribes to a few hundred Polish and a few dozen foreign periodicals and magazines. It offers access to nearly ten computer databases through the Internet, on Cd-Roms and diskettes.
The Scientific Information Centre prepares documentation on scientific achievements of the faculty and reports for the Ministry of Research. The faculty of the University are also involved in the organization of scientific conferences.

The educational and training Centre in Chycina
The Centre is located on the beautiful Lake Chycina, surrounded by pine forests. It is a recreation and sports centre for the students of the University School of Physical Education.

Folk dance  ensemble
"Poznan AWF" Folk Dance Ensemble was estabilished in 1982. Since its estabilishment it has been managed by Dariusz Majchrowicz. Ensemble members are students of the University School of Physical Education and other universities in Poznan, secondary school students and other adults joined by the common 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 performed in many countries of Europe and the world. It has organized folklore festivals and the World Folklore Festival "Integracje 2001" and "Integracje 2002."