Jesteśmy Polskim Uniwersytetem Na Obczyźnie w Londynie
od 1939 roku


The Polish University Abroad in London


[ Polski Uniwersytet Na Obczyźnie ]

Polish University Abroad

Polish British Strategic Partnership
in the EU and NATO

=> Our Mission and tasks

=> Taught Courses

=> Professors from Polish universities at PUNO

=> Young researchers and lecturers

=> Outstanding academics, renowned professors in the annals of PUNO

=> 55 honorary doctorates awarded since 1969

=> Research programmes

=> Psychological counselling, psychotherapy, social work and help in cases of individual problems

=> PUNO Open Days

=> Examples of recent conferences


The Polish University Abroad
[ PUNO ]
238-246 King Street
London W6 0RF
United Kingdom


Office open:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
16:00 - 19:00

Tel.: +44 (0)20 8846 9305


                  Chancellor for the Polish University Abroad: prof. dr
                  hab. Halina Taborska

Our Mission and tasks

Our mission is to serve all generations of Poles who, outside their mother country or the land of their forebears, wish to continue their academic studies, broaden their knowledge of the contemporary world and maintain contact with Polish science and culture.

"...PUNO has a special symbolic and emotional significance for me: it stood out for several decades as the only authentically free expression of Poland’s intellectual tradition. Your voice was a constant reminder that free thought is the essential component of political freedom. And I also know how much effort and sacrifice were required to keep PUNO alive so that its voice would be heard. I am honoured now to be part of you, knowing as I do now how much Poland owes to PUNO...

Prof. Zbigniew Brzezinski 2005
Acceptance speech, Ph.D. honoris causa

Our tasks:

1. Building scientific and cultural bridges between academic communities of the Polish Diaspora, Poland and the UK.

2. Furthering academic and cultural cooperation of ethnic minorities with institutions in their country of settlement.

3. Enabling persons of limited finacial means to take the fullest advantage of PUNO’s teaching and research programmes.


Taught Courses

Post-graduate studies:
One- or two-year postgraduate courses for students with at least a Bachelor’s degree. We offer:
- Applied Psychology
- Sexual Health and Social Studies
- Mediations and Negotiations
- Teaching Polish Language and Culture

Ph.D. seminars:
These comprise mixed aged groups and various disciplines: psychology, sociology, pedagogy, history, Polish language and literature, philosophy, international relations and cultural studies.

Lecture cycles and individual open talks:
These focus mainly on Polish science and culture, and their European and world contexts. Covering a wide range of subjects, they are often delivered by prominent academics from Poland.

University of the Third Age and of Other Ages:
PUNO subscribes to the European Lifelong Learning Programme. Its three-year courses range from international relations, contemporary history, philosophy, sociology, literature and the arts to applied psychology, modern town planning, architecture and public art in contemporary Europe.

Course in Polish Culture:
This can be attended, free of charge, by members of all generations who wish to maintain contact with Polish science and culture. The most frequent subject area of lectures in the last three years was Polish-British relations.


Professors from Polish universities at PUNO

Including: Prof. Dr. hab. Władysław Miodunka, Jagiellonian University; Prof. Dr. hab. Maria Beisert, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan; Prof. Magdalena Sroda, Warsaw University; Prof. Dr. hab. Ewa Lewandowska-Tarasiuk, Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Pedagogy, Warsaw.


Young researchers and lecturers

Including: Dr. Joanna Pyłat (contemporary history, research on Polish migration), Prof. Michael Fleming (political sciences, twentieth century history), Dr. Katarzyna Zechenter (Polish philology, literary studies).


Outstanding academics, renowned professors in the annals of PUNO

Including: co-founder, first rector, historian Oskar Halecki; dean of the Law Faculty, lawyer, social reformer Bolesław Hełczyński; rector of PUNO, archeologist Prof. Tadeusz Sulimirski. Advisers to the academic team have also included members of the military, among them General Prof. Dr. hab. Marian Kukiel, historian, Chair of Modern History, PUNO.


55 honorary doctorates awarded since 1969

The recipients have included outstanding professors, politicians, social reformers, members of the Church, writers and two Nobel prize-winners. 48 of them are Poles or persons with Polish roots – among them Sir Leszek Borysiewicz (2005), immunologist, vice-chancellor University of Cambridge; Prof. Karol Sikora (2008), oncologist; Prof. Jack Lohman (2009), director, Museum of London.


Research programmes

Examples of current projects:
- Polish education abroad (3 year programme)
- Dysfunction in the family and the system of resocialisation in Poland and Great Britain
- Multiculturalism in the UK and the world. Indian and Polish immigration - a comparative study
- Knowledge and experience in the sexual life of young Polish economic immigrants in Great Britain
- Migration and adaptation of Polish youth in EU countries between 2004 and 2012
- A historical perspective of linguistic changes among Polish immigrants settled in Britain
- after World War II and the new emigration after 2004
- The organisation and activity of the Friends of Poland charity, 1982 - 2009


Psychological counselling, psychotherapy, social work, help in cases of individual problems

Among the most recent initiatives undertaken jointly by the Centre for Sexual Health and the Academic Society of Students and Graduates of PUNO was the drafting and distribution of three leaflets targeted at different age groups entitled ‘Healthy Loving’, as part of a campaign of assistance for émigrés, linked with World AIDS Day.


PUNO Open Days

These events offer the Polish community a chance to participate at workshops on psychological topics, while for teachers there are seminars on active methods of teaching Polish as a foreign language, history, geography and social studies.


Examples of recent conferences

- EuroEmigranci.PL - New migrations from Poland: psychological, sociological and cultural perspectives (2013).

- The Presidents and Governments of the Polish Republic in Exile in the struggle for an independent Poland in the years 1939-1990 (2011).

The first in a series of PUNO April Conferences dedicated to the memory of the last President of the Polish Republic in Exile, Ryszard Kaczorowski, who died in the Smolensk air disaster on 10 April 2010.

- Cross-cultural bridges - the achievements of the young Polish generation in British universities (2011)

- Young Polish emigration - a subject of psychological and sociological research (2010)

Participants of the latter two conferences included young Polish psychologists resident in the British Isles, psychologists from Poland and British psychologists. Topics included the return of Polish migrants to Poland after 2004, processes of acculturation of Polish immigrants in British society, and migrations in the context of a multicultural society.

Conference output is recorded in book publications in Polish or English, e.g.:

- Rola dawnej i nowej emigracji polskiej w warunkach Unii Europejskiej (Kraków 2006)
- General Władysław Anders soldier and leader of the free Poles in exile (London 2008)
- Wkład wychodźstwa polskiego w naukę i kulturę Wielkiej Brytanii (Kraków 2010)

The  Jagiellonian  University
& The  Polish Uniwersity Abroad

The Jagiellonian University & The Polish University Abroad are pleased to invite applications for a London-based postgraduate course:

"Polish - British Strategic Partnership in the EU and NATO"

Recent years have brought an increase in the importance of Polish-British economic, cultural, political and military relations. The close cooperation within NATO and the EU, as well as the ever significant role of Poland in the international arena, are accompanied by the continued presence of the Polish community in Great Britain and the growing number of Britons visiting Poland. As the Polish-British partnership will be increasingly gaining on significance, the Jagiellonian University and the Polish University Abroad (PUNO) would like to invite applications to an interdisciplinary postgraduate course at the highest level.

The aim of the course is to equip students with in-depth and up-to-date knowledge that will constitute an important asset in finding employment in Polish and British institutions which build partnership between the two countries in various fields. The course is an interesting educational offer for holders of a bachelor’s (or higher) degree wishing to develop their competences.

The course is organized by the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, one of the oldest universities in Europe, in cooperation with the Polish University Abroad, established in 1939.

The lectures and discussion classes will be conducted mainly by Polish and British lecturers, among them eminent academics from the JU and PUNO, politicians, diplomats and experts in particular fields.

The course consists of 10 sessions (15 teaching hours each), with the total course load of 150 hours of lectures, discussion classes and seminars.

Successful students will receive a certificate of completion of postgraduate studies at the Jagiellonian University and the Polish University Abroad. Obtaining the certificate requires receiving credits for all subjects and for the final project (prepared individually or in team).

Most of the classes will take place in the seat of PUNO (the buildings of the Polish Social & Cultural Association, 238-246 King Street, London W6 0RF). Selected lectures will also take place in other venues, e.g. in Sikorski Institute, the Museum of London.

Upon the completion of the course students will be equipped with state-of-the-art and in-depth knowledge about the Republic of Poland and the United Kingdom pertaining to the strategic aims of the Polish and British diplomacy, presented in a broad historical, cultural and economic context.

The course will prepare graduates for participation in various Polish-British projects in the fields of:

- diplomacy
- culture
- trade
- expert work
- tourism

Successful students will gain a thorough understanding of Polish-British relations and will be well-acquainted with the following areas:

- diplomacy
- the most important institutions
- politics
- national security

They will be well-prepared for working in Polish, British and European institutions specializing in Polish-British relations (including, among others, governmental institutions, think-tanks, socio-cultural institutions, media, NGOs). The course will focus both on theory and practice, incorporating group work on case studies. It will also provide graduates with a number of valuable contacts.

The most important elements of the course content:

1. Poland over the centuries: a historical and geopolitical outline.
2. The history of Polish-British relations.
3. Poland after the 1989 Autumn of Nations.
4. Great Britain over the centuries: a historical and geopolitical outline.
5. The United Kingdom today.
6. Poland and Great Britain in the EU.
7. Poland and Great Britain in NATO.
8. Central and Eastern Europe – geopolitical significance.
9. Strategic aims in the contemporary Polish and British foreign policy.



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