Medical University of Łódź was established in 2002 from Akademia Medyczna w Łodzi and Wojskowa Akademia Medyczna. MU has 8 faculties. In 2005//2006 full-time student enrolment amounted to 3876 students, part time - 2519, doctoral studies - 361. The number of full-time academic staff was 1299, part time academic staff - 88. The overall student/faculty ratio was 4,92. Major material resources included 7 University hospitals with the total of 1648 beds, 4 dormitories for 1100 students and a faculty hotel. The Main Library holds about 300 000 volumes.
The main underlying idea of University's policy expressed in the last European Policy Statement was preparing the school for the accession of Poland to the E U.
During last years MU extended its educational offers by:
Social mission of the MU is to guarantee people from small towns the access to studies. In order to meet their needs MU has set up a Teaching Centre Branch in Piotrków Trybunalski and Sieradz.
Social situation of the students is one of top priorities. In 2006 MU spent 8 800 000 PLN on scholarships. Among the benefitients were students in poor social conditions (1074) and disabled students (59).During the next years the rector of MU will appoint a plenipotentiary to prepare the adjustment of the university buildings to the needs of the disabled and to raise awareness of disability issues among the academic society.
MU joined Erasmus Program in 1999. The number of partner institution increased from 4 in 1999 to 18 in 2006, and that of outgoing students rose from 11 in 1999 to 30 in 2006 and of incoming students form 0 in 1999 to 10 in 2006. MU supported financially Erasmus activities: 50000 zlotys from its own resources were spent on students and teachers mobility each year and additional 20 000-25 000 per year on supporting the organization of mobility (preparing and publishing ECTS guide in Polish and English, organizing language courses for outgoing and incoming students).
MU has recently undergone a restructuring process. A major goal within the current University's strategy is internationalisation through:
All the activities developed in MU are based on equal opportunities for women and men, integration of disabled students and teachers, enhancement of social and economic cohesion and combating xenophobia and racism.
MU will give visibility to the Erasmus University Charter and the Erasmus Policy Statement by publishing all activities in the field of Erasmus on the University web site and by delivering information to all the members of MU community.
The Erasmus activities are supervised by the Vice-Rector for Research. He receives support and feedback from the Senate Committee for International Cooperation and Scientific Exchange, from institutional SOCRATES coordinator and from Faculty coordinators. Administrative support for the activities comes from the International Relations Office. Mobility of students and teachers may be carried only within prior inter-institutional Bilateral Agreement.
MU is committed to the best practice in student and staff exchange and aims to maintain and improve the quality of service through the following means:
During the recent years medical students from our University have taken part in student mobility placement mostly within the SCOPE Program, organized by the IFMSA-POLAND with the co-operation of the IFMSA-LODZ (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations. In 2004/2005 year 22 students participated in one month placement in international hospitals while 29 in the year 2005/2006
That activity is a good example which could be developed into MU's system of organizing and providing placement mobility. The University is also open to good examples which already exist in Europe, such as Leeds University.
MU will implement the plan of establishing placement mobility within the Erasmus Program based on such principles as: