General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military University of Land Forces, hereinafter referred to as the University, is a public institution of higher education supervised by the Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Science and Higher Education. It is building on the glorious traditions of the Polish Army, the achievements of military education, and the heritage of generations fighting for the sovereignty and independence of their Homeland, and is also developing new military and technical concepts. The University is one of the military universities which train highly qualified commanders for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.

The challenges faced by the Armed Forces require important changes in terms of the curriculum, and organising the process of educating future officers of the Polish Armed Forces. These changes will lead to a modernised system of educating officer cadets, to make them better prepared for various challenges and able to adapt to the changing social and technological environments. To this end, the University cooperates with non-military institutions operating in security and state defence. It trains highly qualified personnel for non-military institutions, which cooperate with the military system in respect of state security. The University also educates civilian students in the spirit of patriotism.

The current and prospective needs of the state security system serve as the basic guideline for education at the University. Given the dynamic development of civilisation and technologies, research in the fields of new technologies, and their application on the modern battlefield form the essential components of the University’s development. Research is conducted in cooperation with research centres located in Poland and with those headquartered in the Member States of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

As the University has obtained the right to confer the degrees of doktor (PhD) at two faculties, in the fields of social sciences, engineering sciences, management sciences, and safety sciences, and, as a target, environmental engineering, this makes it possible to obtain the rights to confer the academic degree of doktor habilitowany (DSc).



The strategic objective of General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military University of Land Forces is to achieve educational competitiveness on the international market, and to create the best university training commanders in Europe (at the tactical level) based on the following foundations:

  1. The incorporation of the best solutions from military universities in the world into the education and training processes at AWL.
  2. The interaction of AWL with the military units of the Polish Armed Forces and other NATO countries.
  3. The knowledge of eminent scientists and commanders from Poland and abroad, including Nobel Prize winners and representatives of renowned universities (e.g. USMA in West Point and Harvard University) including through:
    • conferences and seminars
    • guest lectures
    • meetings with veterans.
  4. Specialist laboratories:
    • building a leadership laboratory
    • building a laboratory for drone management in tactical activities
    • building a knowledge base – big data (experiences from military training and scientific research)
    • building a technical system modelling laboratory.
  5. Fields of study for improving the professional competences of graduates (Command – the leading field of study at AWL).
  6. A system for motivating and shaping the morale of graduates based on patriotic and defence-oriented values, and broad educational ambitions, thus preparing for an active professional life and performing future social functions.
  7. A high level of physical fitness (focused especially on martial arts). The aforementioned objectives are implemented within activities in which specific objectives have been distinguished, taking into account the specificity of military education and training, and the needs of the research and expert resources of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.


Scientific and research activities

General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military University of Land Forces carries out its statutory activities under which scientific research and development work is conducted. The University conducts development work in line with the recommendations of The priority directions of scientific research in the Ministry of National Defence 2013-2022.

The specific objectives of the University’s scientific and research activities are as follows:

  • Developing the scientific potential of individuals and scientific staff, enabling basic organisational units to be granted the right to confer the higher academic degrees of doktor habilitowany (DSc) in disciplines related to defence and management.
  • Expanding scientific contacts with military and civilian centres which operate in defence-related research and management and security, located in Poland and abroad.
  • Supporting the development of scientific staff, especially young members of academia who stand out in terms of their skills and commitment, as well as helping to raise the research qualifications of all academics.
  • Extending cooperation with outstanding people of science, renowned at the international level.
  • Increasing the quality and number of publications, especially in the top-ranked journals.
  • Organising scientific conferences, seminars and symposia promoting the University’s research achievements and their publication in peer-reviewed post-conference materials published on Web of Science.
  • Introducing the scientific journal of the Military University of Land Forces onto the “A” list of journals of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.


Analytic and expert activities

In the face of new and previously unknown challenges, the scientific and research activities of a military university must be closely related to its analytical and expert activities. General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military University of Land Forces should become a strong analytical and expert centre working for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.

The specific objectives of the University’s analytical and expert activities are as follows:

  • To create analytical and expert facilities in respect of defence and security, for the purposes of improving the teaching process at the University, and as commissioned by the Ministry of National Defence or other institutions.
  • To develop research activities leading to unique theoretical and practical solutions, with an eye to increasing the level of state defence and security.
  • To actively participate in the establishment of other institutions by the command and management of the Polish Army – analyses and solutions for assessing their operational capacity, consistent with the plans for the development of the Polish Armed Forces.
  • To utilise the Polish Army soldiers’ experience gained while in service on stabilisation and peacekeeping missions and in international bodies, in didactic and training activities.
  • To formulate new concepts of joint operations of various types of Armed Forces on the modern battlefield.
  • To monitor and analyse conflicts and threats to formulate concepts for their prevention.
  • To provide the Polish defence industry with expert opinions related to the determination of the tactical and technical requirements and evaluation of weapon systems, as well as to develop solutions in the field of modern weapon systems.


Teaching activities

General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military University of Land Forces educates officer cadets and trains soldiers, as well as civilian staff, who are being prepared to work in security institutions.

The University’s didactic teaching are focused on the following objectives:

  • To develop military specialisations in “Command” in accordance with the changing needs of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.
  • To expand the educational programme as regards the fields of study, courses and specialist training courses, aimed at ensuring national security.
  • To tap into the potential of experienced commanders and experts by including them in the teaching process.
  • To modernise the University’s teaching and scientific infrastructure, with particular focus on laboratory equipment, trainers, simulators and other apparatus using modern technology.
  • To intensify the exchange of international academics and students, and to internationalise the educational process through the introduction of new specialisations and fields of study taught in English.
  • To popularise our range of educational options by traditional and modern means of communication.
  • To improve the teaching process at the University and the didactic skills of university teachers, thereby supporting the effectiveness of education and training.
  • To create a unique didactic resource at the University for civilian students, to meet the needs of the labour market.\


Other educational activities

Creating the image of the University through the comprehensive training of candidates for officers and the promotion, and implementation of achievements which fit in with the objectives of strengthening position, prestige and defensive skills. The University cultivates the praiseworthy traditions of the Polish Army, as well as ethical and cultural values.

The University’s educational activities are focused on the following objectives:

  • To shape the ethical, moral and patriotic attitudes of students and course participants, as well as their officer ethos and sensitivity to civic duties and openness to modern challenges.
  • To cultivate the praiseworthy traditions of the Polish army and responsibility for the homeland (meetings with veterans).
  • To form attitudes of civic involvement with extended social activity.
  • To actively participate in patriotic events and promoting the soldiers’ ethos in the civilian environment.
  • To improve the motivation system for the university’s staff, students and course participants.
  • To support the activities of scientific clubs, interest groups and sports sections.
  • To strengthen the sense of identification with the university of students and course participants.
  • To integrate the military and civilian students into the activities of the Student Council.


The University’s management and financial activities

The University is a unit of the public-finance sector, which, apart from its main mission – to educate and improve the commanders of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland – manages the assets entrusted to it in a competent and responsible manner, and takes care of obtaining additional funds, as well as the proper management of the funds allocated for the implementation of all the tasks. The University shapes its organisational structure to meet the present, immediate, and prospective needs of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, and improves its management system.

The management of fixed assets and financial resources takes into account the following undertakings:

  • Applying methods and procedures which optimise the use of financial resources allocated for the University’s operations.
  • Consistently modernising research, didactic, training, welfare, recreation and sports infrastructure.


Cooperation between military universities and other institutions

The University fulfils its mission in cooperation with other Polish and foreign universities in the following areas: scientific research, analytical and expert activities, increasing the significance and strength of the Polish Army, continuing the traditions of the Polish Army, and popularising knowledge about security and defence in society.

The specific tasks in this respect are as follows.

  • Engaging in ongoing and close scientific and didactic cooperation with the structures of the Command and Control System of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.
  • Extending cooperation with USMA in West Point and other military universities worldwide.
  • Engaging in international cooperation (IMAF, ISODOMA, EMACS, EMILYO, ERASMUS+).
  • Continuing and extending the joint popularisation and formation of patriotic and defence-oriented attitudes and security education.
  • Engaging in cooperation with military and other scientific centres, local-government institutions, the management of local institutions, especially educational institutions and social organisations.
  • Establishing cooperation with foreign centres in order to launch jointly organised doctoral studies in the field of defence science.
  • Strengthening comprehensive cooperation with the members of the European Union and NATO in respect of increasing national and international security.


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