The University of Lodz was founded on the 24th May, 1945. The University of Lodz at present educates over 42890 students in 28 subject areas under didactic supervision of 2173 academic teachers, of whom 446 are professors (214 full professors) and 45 visiting professors. There are 863 PhD students, both from Poland and foreign countries. The forms of education vary - there are college studies, vocational studies, M.A. and PH.D. programmes. The highest ranking academic achievements are in sociology and economics, biology, followed by chemistry, physics, the philologies, philosophy and history, geography, mathematics, law.
According to assessments conducted by the Ministry of Science & Information, the University of Lodz belongs to the forefront of Polish universities.
The University of Lodz is well established in the world academic network on a basis of 92 bilateral co-operation agreements covering 33 countries throughout the world and such international programmes as SOCRATES, Jean Monnet, CEEPUS, TEMPRA, ACE, INCO-COPERNICUS, etc. Under the 5th EC Framework Programme the University of Lodz participates in 18 projects. There are two Centres of Excellence: KNOWBASE Centre of Excellence in Knowledge-based Economy based on three faculties of: Management, Economics and Sociology and International and Political Studies; ROSREBIOS Reactive Oxygen Species-Reactions in Biological Systems Centre of Competence leaded by the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection.
The Institute of Sociology is a unit of the Faculty of Economics and Sociology. In 2001 and 2002 the Institute was ranked on 3rd position among 17 Institutes of Sociology in Poland. It is authorized to award doctoral and higher doctoral degrees in sociology. Among the staff members there are 7 full-professors, 13 associate professors, 13 senior researchers and 14 researchers. There are 9 technical and 1 administrative employees. The sociological library, possessing more than 70000 books and subscribing annually more than 20 international periodicals in social sciences as well as the Centre of Continuing Education for Social Services Workers are linked with the Institute of Sociology.
Institute of Sociology offers Bachelor, Master, post-graduate and PhD programs in sociology and social sciences. Slightly more than 1000 students are concurrently covered by degree programs and 100 by post-graduate courses. Institute of Sociology was evaluated in 2000 receiving the highest rank for research and study quality assurance by the Inter-university Accreditation Commission.
Institute of Sociology is involved in European Commission programs aimed at integration of the CEE universities with EU higher education institutions. Beginning with 1993 three Joint European Projects within the TEMPUS program were implemented among them two were contracted by the University of Lodz and in a case of all of them the IS served as a coordinator. The Institute of Sociology is an excellence centre in a field of research having long-lasting and strong links with universities in EU, USA and other countries. Among 15 research projects carried out by the IS in co-operation with foreign universities and research institutions in the 1990s, ten were concern on different aspects of social problems undertaken by the PROFIT project.