MILITARY UNIVERSITY OF LAND FORCES  


AWL1The tradition of the Military Academy of Land Forces named after General Tadeusz Kościuszko dates back to the First Republic of Poland, when in 1765 King Stanisław August Poniatowski established a Knight's School in Warsaw. Among its graduates there were later eminent sons of the Polish nation, among them General Tadeusz Kościuszko, who was particularly close to the academic community. Patriotism and numerous military talents developed thanks to the careful education of the Patron and his later engineering, command and leadership achievements, determined by deep patriotism, are invariably exemplary and influence the contemporary identity and ambitions of the Academy. The Academy's identity is emphasized by its motto placed in the emblem, which refers to the tradition of the pre-war Infantry Cadet School in Komorów.

VERITAS HONOR PATRIA, these words are not only a moral signpost for soldiers and employees, but also a binder for the academic community.

Defined in 2016 by the Rector-Commander Gen. Brig. Gen DSc. Eng. Dariusz Skorupka, the main objective of the University's development consisting in achieving educational competitiveness on the international market and building the best university in Europe educating future commanders - leaders is visible in the new strategy shaping the contemporary image of the Academy.

The Academy, as the only university of the largest type of weapon, took up the challenge of optimising the education and training process in a number of specialisations in 2016.

In the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, nine officer colleges and one academy were abolished, with the MULF taking over the training of candidates for professional soldiers, seven from each of them. Despite previous, not always successful, attempts to combine education and training in nearly thirty corpses and personal groups, as well as military specialties at one university, a number of key decisions were made in 2016 to put this state in order. Intensive preparations began the launch of new undergraduate courses in the specialties of command and logistics, which took place as early as 2017 in the case of command course. Military logisticians started their education a year later. The Command course became an excellent starting point for the implementation of the Leader Development System, which aims to prepare the graduates to effectively perform tasks on the contemporary battlefield. The Leader Development System, which is implemented at the Academy, is based on an intentional integration of the development of individual personality traits and substantive, physical and social competences acquired by cadets during their studies. This system is based on the American experience. Currently, under the name West Point Leader Development System, it is being implemented with great success by USMA at West Point.

Further steps that were taken to optimize the education and training process were resigning from an excessive number of theoretical classes in favor of increasing by about 10% the number of teaching hours devoted to highly cognitive and skill-shaping practical classes. The time devoted to the implementation of the commanding practices, which the cadets carry out in military units, has also been extended almost twice. The orientation on increasing the level of practical cadet competence resulted in the fact that the University developed a system of cooperation with commanders and military units within which they are directed to participate in command, staff and tactical trainings with the army organized by units subordinate to the Armed Forces General Command. Thanks to these decisions, the Academy effectively responded to the needs of commanders of military units and thus constantly contributes to the increase in the level of professionalism of future platoon leaders. The University also responded to a different type of demand.

This year, the Security in Cyberspace course has been launched and preparatory works for the launch of the IT course have been initiated.

Between 2016 and 2019, the number of people in education and training increased by two and a half times. Since 2016, the Academy has been implementing the process of education and training at the highest level of efficiency, not only of increased number of cadets in the basic segments of military specialties, but also has achieved competences and trains future officers for the needs of the Territorial Defence Force. Moreover, in 2017 the University actively participated in the project of the Academic Legion and achieved significant successes in this field.

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In 2016, the Central Commission for Degrees and Titles entitled the Faculty of Management to confer the degree of doctor of economic sciences in the discipline of management science, and the Department of Security Sciences of the doctor of social sciences in the discipline of security science what constituted further activities which, thanks to good planning and hard work were successful. This undoubted achievement was transformed by the University authorities into another breakthrough. The inauguration of the 2017/2018 academic year initiated the functioning of the University as an Academy of Land Forces. A high level of motivation and commitment of the staff and cadets combined with new challenges, which were focused, among others, on research, contributed to the achievement of further successes.

The scientists of the Academy were appreciated for their achievements at prestigious international festivals and exhibitions. The most important ones are: Gold Medal of the Silicon Valley International Inventions Festival, Silver Medal of The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Gold Medal of Hong Kong International Invention and Design Competition.AWL2

Since 2016, the scientific development of the staff has become one of the key challenges for the University authorities. An effective incentive system, organizational and financial support and the possibility to use the research facilities of the Academy resulted in the fact that within three years, twenty teachers were awarded the academic degree of doctor and five of habilitated doctor. One of the very important pillars of the University's development defined in its strategy is to learn, analyze and implement to the education and training process the best solutions practiced by leading military universities in the world.  Constantly expanding international cooperation with renowned military universities from around the world, implementation of international projects, participation in international trainings and exercises, and the implementation of guest lectures at the Academy by eminent foreign scientists and commanders should help to achieve this goal.

Key achievements in this area include:

  • establishing cooperation and signing bilateral agreements with American universities (US Military Academy West Point, University of North Georgia, University of Charleston and Virginia Military Institute), which result in measurable military and academic exchange,
  • bilateral cooperation with renowned Asian universities (Korea Military Academy and National Defence Academy of Japan),
  • implementation of two international projects of Strategic Partnership in which the MULF was a leader ("Creating international semester regarding military education needs for future officers in Europe" - implemented
    with military universities from Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania and the "International Military Leadership Academy" - implemented with military academies from Portugal and Greece),
  • established cooperation with the Royal Military College of Canada - Saint Jean, which will lead to the exchange of military students from 2020.
  • developing cooperation with the Hetman Piotr Sahajdaczny Military Academy in Lviv.

The Academy currently cooperates with 57 prestigious foreign academic centres. This cooperation resulted in the fact that nearly one hundred cadets took part in studies, internships, other educational paths and the Erasmus + programme in four years.

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As part of the already completed ad hoc Cathedral project, guest lectures at the Academy were conducted by fourteen renowned European and world scientists who carried out a series of lectures, seminars and workshops for staff, listeners and invited guests.

AWL3The Academy has established and continues to expand its cooperation with the Ukrainian army. Thanks to these contacts, officers who were involved in the conflict in the east of their country are invited to the University to give lectures.  Ukrainian officers who give lectures help cadets to get to know the essence of the contemporary hybrid conflict, that may, among other things, characterize the "third world war minus".

The staff of the Academy uses, in the didactic process, many modern simulators and training devices that for many years have been acquired, among others, within the TMP.

Among the most modern of them are:

  • PACAST tactical simulation system,
  • VBS 3 tactical simulation system,
  • "ASTER" a comprehensive tactical simulator,
  • ŚNIEŻNIK training device,
  • Laser Shooting Simulator (LSS),
  • Simulator for driver training KTO Rosomak "JASKIER",
  • BESKID 2M/K trainer (upgraded),
  • ORTLES 3M/Z trainer,
  • Container shooting range,
  • A leadership laboratory equipped with a modern scanning device for thermoregulatory diagnostics to study leader's personality processes and an ophthalmologist to determine commander's predisposition to make decisions.

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A university that pursues its ambitious goals in the field of didactics, science, education and sport must be recognizable in the world. The Academy's recognition is provided by a dynamically developing since 2016 Publishing House, which operates mainly in the area of ​​disseminating scientific research results.AWL4

A special place in the Publishing House's portfolio is occupied by scientific journals published in the open access, such as The Voice of Security Awareness - VoSA, Yearbooks of the Military University of Land Forces or Scientific Journal of the Military University of Land Forces (SJMULF), which has become a beneficiary of the program of support for scientific journals. The project is implemented within the framework of de minimis aid granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Currently, for a publication in SJMULF there are as many as twenty points for the author. Moreover, the journal is indexed in many prestigious foreign databases such as DOAJ, ERIH Plus or EBSCO. The subject matter and high level of readership attractiveness of the publications caused that the titles published by the publishing house are not only very popular among domestic and foreign readers, but were also appreciated by the Committee for the Evaluation of Science and placed on the list of publishing houses that issue reviewed scientific monographs with 80 points for authors for one publication.

Thus, the publishing house was among the most prestigious in the country and is classified among such publishers as PAN, UW or UJ.

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The Military University of Land Forces is a very attractive place for cadets and students, which creates conditions for the development of individual passions and interests such as science, sports and culture. Cadets and students actively use these opportunities and realize themselves in the following areas:

  • scientific: history, diplomacy, protection of human health and life, anti-terrorism, management, leadership and logistics,
  • sports: long-distance running, volleyball, football and martial arts,
  • artistic: academic choir and music band of the academic pastoral ministry.

Since 2016, the University has operated forty university student organizations, including: eleven scientific clubs, thirteen sports sections and sixteen other university interest sections, associating about one thousand cadets and students of civilian studies.

AWL5The most outstanding student organisations include Medical Civil-Military Scientific Club, Scientific Club of War History, Scientific Club of National Remembrance, Mountain Training Section, Representative Choir of the Academy of Physical Education, Reconstruction Group and Battle Activities Section. This year, the Fighting Section has succeded in the "Cambrian Patrol" patrol exercise organized by The 160th Welsh Brigade in Brecon. The exercise, in which more than 130 teams from 34 countries took part, the representation of the Academy took second place. The cadets emphasized their extraordinary skills during the prestigious SANDHURST utility and combat competitions organized by the Military Academy in West Point, taking the leading position last year. The effects of the change of orientation towards increasing the number of practical classes were reflected, among others, in the fact that the cadets took the third place in the areomobile platoon competition in AFRP, defeating the professionals from the 6th Airborne Brigade and 25th Air Cavalry Brigade. The competition is organised by the Armed Forces General Command to assess the combat capability.

Creating proper conditions and skillfully liberating the activity and creativity of young people made the Academy a vibrant place on the academic map of Wrocław.

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At the military university, the sporting activity of cadets, staff and students plays an extremely important role not only in achieving a high level of physical prowess, but also in shaping strong character traits necessary for a future officer. One of the pillars of the Academy's development strategy is aimed at achieving the maximum level of physical prowess by cadets, staff and students, especially in those disciplines that prepare for functioning on the contemporary battlefield. Therefore, a special role among the many sports practised, close contact combat plays a key role. It is perceived as extremely useful in combat and as a discipline having an interdisciplinary character not only in terms of sports, but also integrating key character traits from the soldier's point of view.

The University authorities put particular emphasis on creating appropriate conditions for the sport activity of cadets, staff and students, which result not only in a high level of physical prowess, but are also the source of numerous successes not only for the Polish Armed Forces but also for NATO.AWL6

The Academy's representations in the championships of Higher Military Education for 2016 and 2017 were classified as the first in the general classification. In 2018 it was the second place, and in 2019 it was the first place again. For several years now, the Academy has been organizing the Polish Army Championships in close contact combat, and since 2019 it has been organizing the competition "Close contact fight for the Cup of the Minister of National Defence". The cadets of the Academy are also very successful in the discipline, which like the fight in close contact is particularly supported by the Rector-Commander, i.e. chess. The University of Land Forces at this year's chess competition of the Polish Army was represented, among others, by Sergeant Cadet Kamil Cichy who won the Gold medal. Thanks to this victory, he secured his place in the Polish Army national team, which will take part in chess competitions at the NATO level.

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The Academy authorities put great emphasis on shaping patriotic attitudes of the future young Polish intelligentsia. The perception of didactic, sporting, patriotic and cultural activity as well as empathy of cadets as a unity contributes to the achievement of the intended effect of educational synergy.

AWL7Educational activities were oriented towards shaping committed patriotic attitudes by referring to the historically shaped soldier ethos. The formation of patriotic attitudes and national and cultural identification among cadets takes place through the formation of ties with the homeland. Educational and cultural activities serve to develop the cadets' sense of responsibility and love for their homeland and to broaden their knowledge of the rich cultural heritage of the country, Europe and the world. Developing the sense of one's own national identity takes place through the creation of situations triggering an emotional connection with the Homeland through participation in meetings and patriotic celebrations.

The authorities of the Academy inspire and support numerous initiatives connected with charitable activity, carried out in cooperation with the military ministry. Officers associated in the "Immortal" Academic Ministry actively work for the benefit of those in need by organizing charity collections, such as Countrymen Heroes, Pack for the Hero, and regularly visit those under the care of the Bonifratów Hospice and the Hospice for Children.

The cadets who self-realize themselves in this activity develop one of the most valuable human qualities - empathy.

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The level of cadets' empathy is confirmed by the extraordinary activity of the Honorary Blood Donor Club supported by the Rector-Commander. The cadets donated honorably as much as 542 litres of the most valuable medicine for humans.AWL8

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In 2016, the Rector-Commander initiated a number of actions aimed at improving social, laboratory and training infrastructure. The initiated activities result in the fact, that the processes that prepare several investments which are to be implemented, are currently being finalized.

One of the key facilities that is entering into the implementation phase (tender for the realization) is a new canteen with a capacity fully adapted to the needs of an increasing staff number and a facility that will house modern laboratories. Two facilities are being completed: adaptation of the building to the accommodation needs for more than two hundred beds and a new technology laboratory.

AWL9Action has also been taken to recover 400 hectares of the training ground and shooting range, which are necessary to secure the military training of cadets. In the area of improving the mobility of the education and training process of cadets, in particular with regard to the movement of training groups to training centres, training grounds and other field activities, a significant exchange of transport rolling stock has taken place. Currently, the Academy has a fleet of vehicles renewed in 45%.

The constantly growing prestige of the Academy is confirmed by the large number of young people interested in the educational offer and, as a result, applying for the studies, perceiving the University as a prestigious academic center. Since 2016, despite an increasing number of places within military studies, the University has maintained a very high ratio of candidates for one place among military universities. In the current year, this indicator was the highest among military universities and amounted to nearly five candidates for one place.

The progress of the University of Land Forces development over the past four years, which was outlined in the article, was possible thanks to the belief in the intellectual potential of the staff, a well-defined strategy and the support of the Ministry of National Defence, regional government and local government administration, as well as hard and consistent daily work. With faith in our capabilities and on the basis of our achievements to date, the Academy will certainly set new goals for itself in the near future, not only in the European arena, but also in the world, because it can afford it.

 

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