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About the Institution

Official name: Podhalańska Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Nowym Targu (The Podhale State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Targ)

The Podhale State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Targ (PPWSZ) was founded in 2001 as the first higher education institution established following the initiative of the province's self-government. It came under the auspices of Krakow’s Jagiellonian University and Bronisław Czech Academy of Physical Education. To ensure the highest teaching standards at the facility, its comprehensive development and a bright future for its graduates, the PPWSZ has also signed an agreement of collaboration with some of Krakow’s renowned higher education institutions. These include the University of Economics, the Krakow University of Technology and the Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Krakow Academy.

In October 2001, the Institution started undertaking academic disciplines in four fields: Polish philology, physiotherapy, nursing, and recreation and tourism management. During the decade the academic disciplines have been subsequently enriched with the following: architecture and urban planning, emergency medical technician studies, and environmental protection. While establishing every new field of study we always bear in mind the needs and specific character of the local region.

In December 2009, the European Commission decided to award the Erasmus Charter to the Podhale State Higher Vocational School (PPWSZ) entitling PPWSZ’s students to benefit from both the educational opportunities offered by other EU higher education institutions and to pursue an internship placement abroad.

The Podhale State Higher Vocational School (PPWSZ) has developed cooperation with a number of partners in the region. With suitable agreements in place, the PPWSZ cooperates with the Nowy Targ County and the Tatra County, upper secondary schools, the University of the Third Age, Zwiazek Podhalan (the Polish Highlanders Alliance), ZEW Niedzica (the Niedzica Hydroelectric Power Plant), Termy Podhalańskie (a thermal swimming pool and spa complex), health care centres, and many other institutions.

Students at the Podhale State Higher Vocational School (PPWSZ) can be involved in a variety of activities. They pursue their passions in numerous student scientific associations which operate in every department of the Institution. International student scientific conferences are also organized and held. The students are actively involved in the development of the Academic Chaplaincy, being part of the John Paul II's Days every year. Every year in May the Students’ Union organizes the Podhalańskie Juwenalia Student Festival – a celebration of youth and joy. Nowy Targ, which comes under the rule of the students for a short period, becomes aware that it has become an academic town due to the loud and colourful celebrations. The Institution provides facilities for RECREO Academic Sports Association, KUSZ Winter Sports Association, MARION dance formation, and, not until recently, a student cabaret.

The Institution’s perfect venue and facilities are its strength. Lectures, classes, seminars and laboratories are held in spacious and modern rooms. The current venue, including classrooms, laboratories, foreign language rooms, specialist rooms, a lecture room and a library, covers a total area of 14,000 m2 (approx. 151 sq ft).

Another advantage of the school is its picturesque location. It is closely situated to the surrounding  national parks. The students may enjoy beautiful views while looking through the school windows.

The Institution currently provides education in the following fields of study:

  • Architecture and Urban Planning – engineering studies (4 years), started 2005/06;
  • Polish Philology (specialties: teaching, journalism, cultural/regional studies in the EU context) – bachelor studies (3 years), started 2001/02;
  • Physiotherapy – bachelor studies (3 years), started 2001/02;
  • Environmental Protection – engineering studies (4 years), started 2008/09;
  • Nursing – bachelor studies (3 years), started 2001/02;
  • Emergency Medical Technician Studies – bachelor studies (3 years), started 2008/09;
  • Tourism and Recreation – bachelor studies (3 years), started 2001/02.