The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) is the oldest Catholic university in Central and Eastern Europe and one of the oldest universities in Poland. Throughout its nearly 100-year history, it has become one of the most important centres of the Catholic thought and it affects the shape of the Polish science and culture, gaining wide recognition both in Poland and abroad.
KUL consists of:
- Faculty of Theology
- Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration
- Faculty of Philosophy
- Faculty of Humanities
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Mathematics, IT and Landscape Architecture
- Faculty of Biotechnology and Environment Sciences
- Off-Campus Faculty of Law and Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola
- College of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
Facts & Figures
- established in 1918
- 1200 academic staff
- 15 000 students
- nearly 600 foreign students
A fundamental mission of the University, as it is stated in more detail in its Statute, involves “conducting research in the spirit of harmony between science and faith, along with teaching and educating Catholic intelligentsia as well as co-creating Christian culture.” Reference to God encoded in the mission of a Catholic university makes it a special community of professors and students, universitas magistrorum et scholarium, united by the same love of wisdom. What they have in common is the joy of seeking the truth in all fields of knowledge, its discovery and its faithful propagation. The University embraces such features as: a certain legal system, an institutional connection with Church and Its teaching, scientific penetration of such areas as faith, religion, philosophy, Church, ethics, Catholic social science, the science of family, and the humanities in their deepest and broadest version.
We are an open university, because within its walls there is also a place for representatives of other religions and for those at the stage of searching for God. The existence of a Catholic university is indispensable for the development of Christian thought, which, as a matter of fact, helps a human being to fulfill his/ her sense of life. A high educational level of the University, which is an achievement of many generations of professors and students, research done at the highest level, combined with the education of the young with regard to moral values, are the priorities of our University.
Relations between science and faith, Christian values and ethics as well as shaping young characters and attitudes are in the scope of the activities of KUL. The memory of our Patron requires from us a constant reflection upon John Paul II’s legacy and teaching.
KUL is one of the fastest developing universities in Poland. Extensive scientific research whose profile is determined by the humanistic traditions of the university is conducted here. It is a sign of the openness of the Catholic university onto the challenges and needs of a modern man. Many excellent professionals comprise research and teaching personnel of the university, whose broad knowledge and excellent methodological preparation combine with passion for research and transfer of knowledge. Among the group of professors at KUL, one could find Rev. Karol Wojtyła whom the world knows as Saint John Paul II.
Being a renowned and respected research centre, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin is a member of many organizations and societies such as International Federation of Catholic Universities, the European Federation of Catholic Universities and also the European University Association. In addition, the university co-operates with nearly 200 foreign universities. Thanks to the signed agreements, joint research projects and guest lectures are carried out. The consequence of the above-mentioned cooperation is also a wide range of international exchanges.