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Tuesday, 15 March 2011 12:17

The tradition of teaching cadres for physical culture goes back to the beginning of the 19th century. The very first school in this country to undertake such a task was the Jagiellonian University. Documents filed in the university archives prove that such programmes were implemented already in 1918. Towards the end of the 19th century Professor Henryk Jordan, the pioneer of a modern physical education programme for children and youth, was the founding father of the two-year education courses organised under the auspices of the Jagiellonian University.In 1927 the Department of Physical Education of the Jagiellonian University was opened. The Bronisław Czech University School of Physical Education stemmed from that Department. After World War II the training of future teachers of physical education was conducted by the Department of Physical Training within the Faculty of Medicine of the Jagiellonian University. When the Faculty became a separate entity as the Academy of Medicine, the Department continued its programme within that Academy. In 1950 the Department was re-organized into a separate institution of higher education - the College of Physical Education. In 1972 the College was granted the status of an university and has been called since the University School of Physical Education.

The patron of the USPE is Bronisław Czech, a holder of three Olympic titles. He was the most outstanding skier in the history of Polish sport and a great patriot. He also greatly contributed to the launching of a new teaching discipline: theory of skiing training  and a programme of education for skiing instructors and coaches.

University School of Physical Education is a state institution providing at present education to about 4600 young people. In its activity in the field of physical culture the Academy aims at comprehensive and harmonious development of contemporary society. The USPE has the authority to confer the degree of doctor and habilitated doctor of the physical culture sciences. The USPE offers both first level - licentiate (bachelor’s), second level - master’s and third level - doctor`s programmes. The higher education programmes are of four kinds: daily, evening and extramural. They are offered in the following fields:

Physical Education – graduation provides qualifications for being a teacher of physical education with the possibility of obtaining the qualifications of Coach Class II in various sports disciplines. In addition a programme in sports journalism is also offered as well as optional programmes qualifications for instructors in many sports disciplines and recreational activities.

Sport – The graduate will have general knowledge and abilities which can be useful in designing, implementing and controlling the training process of an athlete as well as managing a sports organization. Interdisciplinary knowledge and specialist competences, including those of a second-class coach of a chosen sports discipline and sports manager, will enable the graduate to take active part in the process of creating work places in sport and work in community and public sports institutions.

Physiotherapy – it prepares the graduates to practise physicotherapy and apply different therapeutic procedures in dysfunctions of motor and internal organs.

The occupational therapy - the bachelor’s degree studies prepare participants to increase treated persons’ life quality. The gradates can be employed in rehabilitation institutions and centers, hospital’s units, psychiatrist’s units, occupational therapy centers, withdrawal treatment centers, support centers for people with disabilities, homes for the elderly, as well as in companies producing equipment for the disabled. A planned inception of studies depends on the approval of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Tourism and recreation – it prepares the graduates to work as an operating personnel in hotels and tourist companies, to organize the leisure time and to lead the process of physical and psychological recuperation.

Since 1998 the USPE has offered a programme of doctoral studies in which at the moment 90 people participe.

Didactic and research duties of the USPE are performed by highly qualified teachers. The Academy employs above 300 academic teachers.

The Department of Improvement of Teaching Staff organizes postgraduate programmes, instructor and coach courses in various sports disciplines. Therefore it provides opportunities of enriching students’ education and qualifications.

Modern facilities enable carrying out of teaching process to the highest standard. Besides teaching pavilions housing the library, lecture halls, laboratories, the Academy has at its disposal sports facilities: a track and field athletics stadium with a modern synthetic surfaced track, soccer field, hall for team sports games, two gymnasiums for sports and artistic gymnastics, an artificial climbing wall, indoor swimming pool, hall for corrective and geriatric gymnastics, rifle-range, hall for track and field athletics, hall for combat sports, indoor tennis  courts.

Summer camps designed to expand the academic curriculum are organised at the USPE’s Centre for Water Sports in Załęże at Rożnowskie Lake and winter camps are held in Zakopane.

The USPE runs its own publishing house which systematically publishes Zeszyty Naukowe (Scientific Journals), monographs, and textbooks. The USPE’s Authorities pay a great attention to the social conditions of the employees and students. The USPE owns three residence halls for students which can accommodate 660 people in two-bed rooms each with a private bath. The cafeteria is adjacent to these halls. Within the campus there is an outpatient clinic offering basic medical services.

Students can practice sports for leisure at the sports club run by AZS AWF, (University Sports Association at the University School of Physical Education ).          The club is greatly sponsored by the USPE. Over 125 students participate in activities of such sections as: track and field athletics, fencing, rowing, mountain kayaking, women’s basketball, handball, volleyball. And there is handball and volleyball for men. The best of these students represent Poland in the most prestigious sporting events. Among them are Grzegorz Sudoł, Jakub Jelonek, Rafał Sikora, Wioletta Frankiewicz, Marcin Nowak, Karolina Błażej, Piotr Pytel, Radosław Zawrotniak, Beata Tereba-Zawrotniak, Paweł Serdyński, Bartłomiej Leśniak, Konrad Niedźwiedzki. Worth noting is the close co-operation of two AZS clubs from our Academy and Zakopane, which resulted in formation of the mutual section of alpine and classical skiing. The representatives of these two clubs have won the highest laurels in this country and successfully represent Poland in international sporting events.

There is also a cultural offer for our students - „Krakowiak”, an ensemble performing folk dances since 1972. Mainly students of our USPE who are interested in the folklore belong to it. For the past 30 years „Krakowiak” has staged numerous concerts in Poland, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, Sweden, and Latvia.

Madness” is a club where students can meet at discotheques and it also organizes cultural events.

In the summer holiday the USPE premises can be used for organization of congresses and conferences. The main hall can seat 350 people and provides technical facilities for simultaneous translation and audio-visual presentations. There are six large lecture halls and a spacious lounge along which presentation boards can be lined up. The halls of residence are turned into a summer hotel which can accommodate 330 people.

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