Kraków is a historic beautiful city, and rightly viewed by many of visitors as a “magical” one. It is located in the southern part of Poland on the Vistula River in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Plateau. Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is located 300 km to the north and 100 km south are the majestic Tatra Mountains, forming the southern border of the country. Kraków has ca. 800 000 inhabitants and is capital of Lesser Poland Voivodeship (province).

The importance of education and culture to the city origins from its history: the cathedral school, established in 1150, remained the finest educational establishment in Poland for over 200 years before the foundation of the Kraków Academy (later Jagiellonian University) in 1364 by Kazimierz the Great. Now in Kraków there are eighteen state and private universities, which are home to over 130,000 students, making the city a great university centre in Poland and one of the most important in this part of Europe.

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Krakow –due to its demographic, economic, social and scientific-cultural strength –ranks second in Poland among cities. It has unique values that are the basis of its economic development and an increase in the quality of life. It has high-quality human capital at its disposal. It is a city people consciously choose as a place to live, work, study, spend free time in a variety of ways. Sustainable development and the ability to meet specific challenges with the skillful use of own resources arethe main priorities.

The academic center, with its650 year old University , is permanently connected with the city and builds an unrepeated resource of knowledge in a unique way. It is the key to competitiveness and innovation not only of Krakow, but also of the entire region. The intensively developing economy based on knowledge is a completely new process in the economic life of the City, which makes it part of the modern economies of the world.

The overriding goal for Krakow is not only to be a modern city but also to be proud of its historical heritage. It aspires to be an open, rich, friendly and safe metropolis, vibrant with culture. Smart management and strengthening the sphere of modern services and the research and development sector are the foundations for the development of Krakow - a city where innovation and effective cooperation between science and business are the focus.

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