Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Koninie
(The State School of Higher Professional Education in Konin)

Information on the institution

Name: Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Koninie
(The State School of Higher Professional Education in Konin)

Address: ul. Przyjaźni 1, 62-510 Konin, Poland
Telephone: (48) 63 249 72 00
Fax: (48) 63 249 72 01

General description of the institution (including the type and status)

Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Koninie (PWSZ in Konin), a non-academic higher education institution, was established on the Cabinet decree of 16 June 1998. Principles of the School’s activity area are determined by the Act of Higher Education of 27 July 2005 as well as by the PWSZ Statute of 29 October 2002.
The School offers professional degree programmes in daily and non-daily system studies. The programmes last minimum six semesters and include at least 15 weeks of professional training (internships, teaching practice). Additionally, the School runs post-graduate and special programmes.

Although the Institution targets mainly young people who have no work experience, it also enables working people to improve and develop their knowledge and skills.
The School cooperates with state local authorities and self-government, organisations, companies, small and medium size enterprises. It promotes education, culture, and science in the region.

Academic authorities

  • Rektor (President) - dr hab. prof. nadzw. Wojciech Poznaniak (D. Sc.)
  • Prorektor (Vice President) - dr Marek Naglewski (Ph.D.)
  • Kanclerz (Director of Administration) - mgr Zdzisław Dębowski (M.A.)

Main university regulations

  1. The Statute of Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Koninie , as passed by the Convention and Senate Common Assembly on 29 October 2002
  2. The Studies regulations of Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Koninie, as accepted by the Senate on 25 June 2002.
The Institution is divided into departments as its elementary teaching and academic units. There are 7 departments: Department of Economics, Department of Modern Languages, Department of Physical Education, Department of Political Sciences, Department of School Education, Department of Social Work, Department of Technology, and two interdepartmental units: Foreign Languages Centre and Physical Education and Sports Centre.

PWSZ President, Vice President, and the directors of the departments and centres are one-person authority bodies. The Senate, the Convention, and the departmental councils are collegiate bodies. The Director of Administration is a one-person authority body responsible for the School’s administration and budget management.

The Senate consists of: the President, who is also the chairman of the Senate, the Vice President, the Director of Administration, the departmental directors, representatives of the presidents of Polish universities that PWSZ in Konin collaborates with, representatives of PWSZ in Konin teaching staff, non-teachers, and students’ government. The Senate votes financial plans, elects and dismisses authorities, decides on the rules for preparing the studies’ plans, and approves general degree programmes.

The Convention consists of representatives of state local authorities and self-government, institutions, organisations, companies, and representatives of the presidents of Polish universities that PWSZ in Konin collaborates with. The Convention assesses financial plans, approves degree programmes, decides how many new students should be admitted, judges candidates for the positions of the President and the Vice President of the School.

Partner institutions

In order to provide its students with the opportunity to learn from the best educators and to get magister’s title (equal to master’s degree), PWSZ in Konin cooperates with The Poznań University of Economics, The Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, The Eugeniusz Piasecki University of Physical Education in Poznań, and The Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz.

The Institution collaborates with representations of foreign state authorities and higher education institutions/universities:
  • Alverno College (the USA);
  • Fachhochschule Oldenburg / Ostfiesland / Wilhelmshaven (Germany);
  • Mitthögskolan (Sweden University);
  • School of Business and Management Novo Mesto (Slovenia)
  • The Bryansk State Academician I.G. Petrovsky University (Russia);
  • The Ministry of Education in The Government of Lower Saxony (Germany).

List of study programmes on offer

In academic year 2006/2007 PWSZ in Konin offers daily and non-daily licencjat’s (equivalent to bachelor’s degree) or an engineer’s studies in the following areas:

Faculty: Environmental Engineering 4 years
Specialisations: Technologies and Installations in Environmental Engineering (daily and non-daily study systems)  

Faculty: Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering (undergraduate engineer degree) 4 years
Specialisations: Thermal Technology (daily and non-daily study systems)  
Machine Construction and Technology (daily and non-daily study Systems)  

Faculty: Philology 3 years
Specialisations: English (daily and non-daily study systems)  
  German (daily and non-daily study systems)  

Faculty: Pedagogy 3 years
Specialisations: Primary Education (daily and non-daily study systems)  
  Social Work (daily and non-daily study systems)  

Faculty: Politcal Studies 3 years
Specialisations: Self-government and Local Authorities (daily and non-daily study systems)  
  European Liaison (daily and non-daily study systems)  

Faculty: Tourism and Recreation 3 years
Specialisations: Economics of Tourism (daily and non-daily study systems)  

Faculty: Physical Education 3 years
Specialisations: Physical Education and Corrective Gymnastics (daily and non-daily study systems)  

Faculty: Management and Marketing 3,5 years
Specialisations: Finance and Accountancy in Organisations (daily and non-daily study systems)  
  Real Estate Management (daily and non-daily study systems)  

PWSZ in Konin offers also the following post-graduate programmes:

- Post-graduate School of Teaching English to Young Learners
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Education Management and Organisation
- Pedagogical Teacher Training
- Information Technology
- Taxation
- Polish and International Balance Law
- School Military Training
- Social Self-Government In Civil and Regional Economy

All undergraduate (first-cycle degree) programmes allow students to get a licencjat’s (equivalent to bachelor’s degree) or an engineer’s title. The School’s graduates obtain a graduation diploma, which documents professional higher education completion.
For more information about post-graduate programmes:

Admission / registration procedures

Studying in the daily study system is free of charge. Studying in the non-daily study systems is paid for. Foreigners willing to study at PWSZ in Konin, except for students from The European Community and The European Economic Area countries and partner institutions, are obliged to pay the tuition fee, regardless of the system.
If foreign citizens want to study programmes other than English Language Teacher Training and German Language Teacher Training, they need to speak Polish fluently.
In order to become first year students at the Institution, all foreigners are required to have a high school final exam certificate (secondary school diploma) which entitles them to continue into higher education institutions/universities in their country of origin/where the diploma was issued. They also need to meet the requirements of Polish law and the School regulations.

Candidates for the first year of study are obliged to submit to the School’s Enrolment Office the following documents:
  • an application form, including a curriculum vitae (available from the School);
  • a secondary school final exam certificate (an original or a duplicate with the force of an original);
  • secondary school diploma (an original or a duplicate with the force of an original);
  • a medical certificate confirming that the applicant’s physical condition is adequate for studying in the chosen field;
  • four passport-size photographs (3 cm x 4.2 cm, matt, signed);
  • enrolment fee receipt (in the academic year 2006/2007: 85 zł )
  • photocopy of the applicant’s ID (passport);
  • information concerning the foreign language course choice;
  • two envelopes with stamps;
  • other relevant documents.

Candidates are admitted on the basis of the recruitment indicator. Recruitment indicator is a point equivalent of a „new matura” exam percentage result, where number of points equals percentage. In the case of „old matura” exam results or the final grade are interpreted into points. Students of foreign partner institutions willing to study at PWSZ in Konin, also within SOCRATES/Erasmus programme, should contact the International Relations Office. They have to post the application form, accompanied by a transcript of records (filled in by their home university), before 30 June for the winter semester, and 30 November for the summer semester.

Teaching methods and system

Curricula of all programmes are a combination of classes, lectures, seminars and independent study. Class attendance is obligatory.
Each course is graded, either by passing an exam or a continuous evaluation (mid-term written tests, projects, reports, etc). Getting grades for a course which is conducted only by means of lecture is based on the positive continuous evaluation throughout a semester (year).
An exam may be oral or written and is to check student’s knowledge of the material covered in classes or lectures. A failed exam can be re-taken.
In order to pass a semester, a student has to obtain minimum satisfactory grades for all courses, including professional training (internships, teaching practice), which is an integral part of the curriculum. Plan of internship or teaching practice is worked out by the commission of professional training in cooperation with management of institutions in which the professional training is to be done and in cooperation with students.
To be awarded the licencjat’s or engineer’s title the student must complete all courses (lectures, classes, seminars etc.) and other teaching forms (fieldwork, training camps, etc.), pass all examinations and professional training included in the curriculum of study, and obtain minimum satisfactory grades for the diploma thesis and a diploma examination. Diploma examination consists of testing of specialized knowledge from a period of studies and a defence of a diploma thesis.
The final result presented on the diploma is a sum of: ½ of the arithmetic average of all examinations and grades (including the failed ones), ¼ of the grade for the diploma thesis, and ¼ of the grade for the diploma examination. On the diploma, the total up to 3.75 is written as a satisfactory grade (3), the total 3.76-4.50 is written as a good grade (4), the total above 4.50 is written as a very good grade (5).
Holders of a professional licencjat’s title can enter the job market or continue their education for 2-2.5 years at collaborating universities and obtain the magister’s title (equivalent to master’s degree).

Professional training (internships and teaching practice)

Obligatory 15-week long internships in companies and institutions, teaching practice at schools and kindergartens are a great way of gaining professional experience in a particular field. Moreover, it is a way of promoting the students on the job market. The programmes of the internships/teaching practice are created by departmental committees for professional training.
The students may suggest the institution they would like to undergo professional training or they can use the School’s offer.
The training can be taken either in the place where the student comes from, in another region, or abroad.

Foreign languages

PWSZ in Konin emphasizes the need to promote the knowledge of foreign languages among its students. All programmes include compulsory foreign language courses (English, French, German, or Russian). Students of Department of Economics take part in foreign languages courses which consist of 630 hours during the 3.5-year programme. Additionally, since the academic year 2000/2001, courses of English as a Foreign Language for European Integration, Human Resources Management, Marketing and Public Relations have been offered to the more advanced 3rd-year students of the Finance and Accountancy in Organisations and Real Estate Management programmes.
The Department of Modern Languages stimulates the development of ICT-assisted teaching (e.g. online “American History and Culture Trivia Quiz”, “e-Landeskunde” programme, e-learning “Collaborative Project”).

Academic calendar

Every academic year is divided into two semesters: the winter semester (from the end of September to the end of January), and the summer semester (from mid-February to mid-June).
Exams are taken in February and June.
July, August, and September are holiday months (or the time for internships/teaching practice).

I. Winter semester: 23/09/2006 – 11/02/2007

  • 26/09/2006 – the beginning of winter semester
  • 10/10/2006 – official Opening Ceremony of Academic Year 2006/2007
  • 22/01/2007 – the end of winter semester
  • 23/12/2006 – 01/01/2007 – Christmas Break
  • 23/01/2007 – 04/02/2007 – exams
  • 05/02/2007 – 11/02/2007 – winter break
  • 05/02/2007 – 18/02/2007 – exams re-take
II. Summer semester: 12/02/2007 – 20/09/2007

  • 12/02/2007 – the beginning of summer semester
  • 06/04/2007 – 10/04/2007 – Easter break
  • 05/06/2007 – the end of summer semester
  • 06/06/2007 – 20/06/2007 – exams
  • 21/06/2007 – 31/08/2007 – summer holidays
  • 01/09/2007 – 14/09/2007 – exams re-take
  • 15/09/2007 – 20/09/2007 – inter-semester break
III. Camps, fieldwork, professional training, etc. take place according to the departments’ agendas

IV. First year students adaptation day

  • 22/09/2006
V. Days off::

  • 01/11/2006 – All Saints’ Day
  • 11/11/2006 – National Independence Day
  • 23/12/2006 – 01/01/2007 – Christmas
  • 06-10/04/2007 – Easter
  • 01/05/2007 – Labour Day
  • 03/05/2007 – 3rd May Constitution Day
VI. Extra days off (President-awarded):

  • 02/11/06
  • 02/01/07
  • 02/05/07
  • 03/11/07
  • 30/04/07

ECTS Institutional Coordinator

dr Tomasz Olejniczak prof. PWSZ (Ph.D.), the Vice President
ul.  Przyjaźni 1 Street, room 100 (first floor), 62-510 Konin, Poland
tel.: (48 63) 249 72 10; fax (48 63) 249 72 11

International programmes

PWSZ in Konin participates the resolutions of the Bologna Declaration in the following areas:
  • Student and Teaching staff mobility
  • ECTS Introduction
  • Diploma Supplement
Since the academic year 2001/2002 the School has been a beneficiary of the European Community Action Programme SOCRATES/Erasmus.
In 1999-2001 representatives of the Department of School Education participated in SOCRATES/Comenius project “The Idea of Context Connected Learning Based on Story-Line Approach”, which was coordinated by Hogeschool in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
In the academic year 2001/2002 a student of German Language Teacher Training Programme received SOCRATES/Comenius Language Assistantship.
In the academic year 1999/2000 two teachers of English benefited from a project entitled “EU-Compliant Project Development Methodology and Practical Training”. The project was coordinated by the Regional Development Agency in Konin and ALMI Företagspartner Västernorrland AB Härnösand in Sweden and was co-financed by the European Community Vocational Training Action Programme LEONARDO DA VINCI.
In the field of teaching staff exchange and student professional training (for the students of the German Language Teacher Training Programme), the School cooperates with the Ministry of Education in the Government of Lower Saxony, Germany.

PWSZ in Konin students participated in the following e-learning courses:
  • “Perspectives on Tourism” of 7.5 ECTS credits value, run in English by Mid Sweden University in the academic year 2000/2001. It was completed by a written exam, taken in Sweden and followed by a sightseeing tour in Västernorrland;
  • “Perspectives on Sweden” of 7.5 ECTS credits value, run in intermediate English by Swedish teachers in the academic year 2002/2003;
Owing to Ms Ursula Söderberg’s kindness, in the academic year 2000/2001, Lennart Wikström minnesfond enabled two students of Finance and Business Administration to undergo 3-week long professional training in the institutions of Härnösand, Sweden.
Students of Economics of Tourism received professional training in Petersburg, and Herne which is Konin’s partner town.
In the last few years teachers and students of foreign higher education institutions and universities, particularly of Alverno College, the USA, have delivered lectures and run workshops for the PWSZ in Konin community.
The School starts the implementation of the ECTS system for all study programmes in the academic year 2005/2006.
Since the academic year 2000/2001, when PWSZ in Konin participated in the Diploma Supplement Polish pilot project (coordinated by the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange in Warsaw – Polish ENIC/NARIC), over than 500 Diploma Supplements in Polish and English have been issued by the School at the request of graduates. Since 2005/2006 all PWSZ graduates have been entitled to Diploma Suplement in Polish.

Information about international programmes

mgr Patrycja Herman (M.A.)
SOCRATES/Erasmus and Diploma Supplement Institutional Coordinator
ul. Przyjaźni 1 Street, room 217 (second floor), 62-510 Konin, Poland
tel.: (48 63) 249 72 06; fax (48 63) 249 72 01