Higher education institutions
Ministry of Education and Science
The Ministry of Education and Science deals with the affairs of students, universities and scientists. He conducts the state policy in the field of science and higher education. It prepares strategic solutions, takes care of the implementation of EU programs and funds. It supports the development of Polish universities, research institutes and scientific institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is responsible for the affairs of the academic community – students, doctoral students and scientists. It cares for the innovative development of Polish science and its active cooperation with the economy. Through programs and initiatives, it supports scientists in their pursuit of scientific excellence, career development and conducting innovative research. The implementation of these plans is also the goal of the Constitution for Science – a reform created at the Ministry of Education and Science in close cooperation with the academic community.
The Central Council of Science and Higher Education
The Central Council of Science and Higher Education represents the higher education and science community. It operates on the basis and within the limits of the law, in particular on the basis of the Act of 20 July 2018 – Law on Higher Education and Science (Journal of Laws of 2018, items 1668, 2024 and 2445 and of 2019, item 276) and the Act of July 3, 2018. Provisions introducing the Act – Law on Higher Education and Science (Journal of Laws of 2018, item 1669) The organization and operation of the Council, its bodies and their powers are defined in the statute adopted by the Council at a plenary session. In its work, the Supervisory Board is guided by the principle of reliability, impartiality and transparency. It cooperates with public authorities in the field of state science policy. The Council expresses opinions on its own initiative on matters relating to higher education, science, culture and education; may also apply to public authorities, scientific units and universities in these matters, including for explanations and information, notifying the minister responsible for higher education and the minister responsible for science as well as other ministers.
Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland
The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (KRASP) was established by Polish higher education institutions authorized to confer doctoral degrees in at least one discipline. CRASP is an institution representing the higher education and science community within the meaning of the Law on Higher Education and Science. Rectors associated in KRASP may act as part of conferences of rectors of particular types of universities. Apart from public universities, members of KRASP are also non-public academic universities, and non-academic (professional) universities authorized to conduct master’s studies may apply for the status of an associated university. Conferences associating vocational higher education institutions may obtain the status of an associated conference. The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland was established on June 7, 1997 by the rectors of 73 universities – members of the conferences of rectors of various types of universities operating at that time. Currently, the Conference is made up of rectors of 110 universities, including 10 non-public universities. Moreover, 8 schools have the status of affiliated universities.
Polish Accreditation Committee
The Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) was established as the State Accreditation Committee on January 1, 2002, pursuant to Art. 38 sec. 1 – amended on July 20, 2001 – the Act of September 12, 1990 on higher education (Journal of Laws No. 65, item 385, as amended).
The Polish Accreditation Committee is an independent institution working to improve the quality of education. In its work, it is guided by the principle of reliability, impartiality and transparency, as well as striving to equalize the participation of women and men in its work. Upon its establishment, it covered all public and non-public universities, both established based on the Act of 26 June 1997 on Higher Vocational Schools and operating on the basis of the Act of 12 September 1990 on Higher Education.