About the University

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The Medical University of Gdańsk (MUG) is a modern academic centre, recognizable in the country and in the world. The University is characterized by high scientific and development potential, which consists in particular of: experienced and renowned research teams, a growing number of prestigious international publications and grants, as well as a wide range and quality of research confirmed by high categorization of units. The MUG is also the only medical university selected to the elite group of 10 best Polish universities awarded in the prestigious competition Excellence Initiative – Research University. The MUG is gradually improving in the lists of leading universities. It is the best medical university in Poland according to the latest Ranking of Academic Universities of the Educational Foundation Perspektywy.

The MUG educates over 6000 students, doctoral students and postgraduate students. There are 1020 foreign students among them, which constitutes over 16% of all students at the University. It is also more than half of all foreigners studying in Gdańsk. Every year, about 180 young people from abroad study at the MUG, which makes it the most internationalized university in Pomerania. Students benefit from a conveniently located student housing estate and a modern research library. They have at their disposal the Medical Simulation Center, a modern Sports Centre and the “Medyk” student club.

The University intensively develops scientific research, as evidenced by its leading positions in the ranking and numerous prestigious awards for employees, students and doctoral students.

Thanks to the funds provided by the Foundation for Polish Science under the International Research Agendas (MAB) program, a research centre specializing in research on genetic aberrations acquired during life as risk factors for cancer and other diseases has been established at the Medical University of Gdańsk. The project leaders are Prof. Arkadiusz Piotrowski from the Department of Biology and Pharmaceutical Botany of the Medical University of Gdańsk and Prof. Jan Dumański from the Faculty of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology of the University of Uppsala.

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The oldest medical university in Northern Poland

October 8th 1945

Akademia Lekarska (Physician’s Academy) was founded in Gdańsk on October 8th 1945. Its history relates to the centuries-long tradition of medicine in Gdańsk, practiced by surgeons associated in the Surgeon’s Guild since 1454 as well as the medical teaching and research conducted at the Academic Gymnasium (Atheneum Gedanense) founded in 1558.


Soon after World War II ended, Akademia Lekarska was founded in Gdańsk and in 1950 it was renamed to Akademia Medyczna (Medical Academy). Among the professors of the newly-established university, there were many exceptional Polish scholars from pre-war Polish academic centers such as the University of Stefan Batory in Vilnius, who resettled in Gdańsk after their cities were incorporated into the Soviet Union.


The Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology was founded in 1993, a joint unit of the Medical University of Gdansk and the University of Gdańsk.


The Nursing Programme began at the Faculty of Medicine. This was the first step towards forming the Faculty of Health Sciences.


English Division of Faculty of Medicine was established.


The Faculty of Health Sciences with Subfaculty of Nursing was established.


The grand construction of the Clinical Hospital began.

May 19th 2009

The Medical Academy of Gdańsk was officially renamed to Medical University of Gdańsk. The new name confirmed ou University’s true rank and status.


Completion of construction of the Invasive Medicine Centre.

July 2012

The Faculty of Pharmacy with Subfaculty of Laboratory Medicine was formally recognized as a Leading National Research Centre (KNOW) for the years 2012-2017.


The cornerstone was set for construction of the Non-Invasive Medicine Centre (NIMC).


Completion of construction of the Non-Invasive Medicine Centre.


The Medical University of Gdańsk received the status of a the Research University.