Społeczna Akademia Nauk (University of Social Sciences) is one of the leading private universities in Poland having 15.000 students and over 700 academic staff. There are 18 departments, including Language Studies, Culture Studies, Management, Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology and IT studies. Some of specializations at Management and Pedagogics faculties are Psychology of Management and Vocational Counselling, Human Resource Strategies etc. SAN offers PhD, MA and BA studies, post-graduate courses as well as specialized training courses on daily, evening and weekend and extramural basis. SAN is also very active in scientific research, organisation of national and international conferences and publishing scientific books.
Apart from main activity the University is a significant institution of persistent adult education (LLL) offering different courses for adults. A lot of our activities are based on close collaboration with actors of the VET sector, for whom we organize trainings and studies.
SAN has a dedicated unit responsible for creation and providing e-learning courses (as whole studies and short courses) – Polish Open Academy. The platform is Moddle. The University is experienced in creation of new e-learning courses in many fields.
The university employs top class academic staff and renowned practitioners and specialists to provide high quality study programmes in both Polish and English languages. Our educational programmes reflect the needs of the rapidly changing world.
SAN cooperates with more than 30 universities and numerous organisations abroad. Since 2004, on the basis of bilateral agreement between SAN and Clark University (USA), a range of degree programs delivered in English has been offered in Łódź and Warsaw. Cooperation between these universities has become an excellent example of a Polish-American transfer of knowledge and skills both on academic level and on the institutional arena.
Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Research Institute (EEDRI) is an independent research unit operating at the Lodz AM since 2004. The Institute focuses on applied research in the field of innovation, entrepreneurship and support policy for small and medium-sized enterprises. The undertaken research aims to increase the economic competitiveness of the Lodz region through fostering innovation performance of local SMEs.
Since June 2005, EEDRI has been the sole representative of Polish scientific institutions dealing with economic research, and particularly of those addressing issues of SMEs in the European Network for Social and Economic Research (ENSR).
Almost all of our 18 departments have been involved in EU projects, and that’s why the target group of our organisation is very broad. Since 2005 at SAN a specialized Department of International Projects has been established entirely responsible for development and management of EU projects. Since then, our experts from various departments have been involved in more than 90 projects.
We have key expertise in developing and implementing successful EU projects as well as in elaborating high quality materials (trainings, curricula, analysis, compendia etc.)
As an educational organization our SAN promotes a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together researchers from a diversity of backgrounds (economics, humanities, engineering, etc.). Due to 18 diversified departments, our University has potential to provide support (according to specific roles and tasks assigned within the consortium) to project’s activities having an immense expertise and experienced staff in respective field.
Almost all of our 18 departments have been involved in EU projects; and that’s why the target group of our organisation is very broad.
The key target groups that have been at our focus in recent years are:
– People with migrational background (both from the perspective of adults, schools and children)
– Persons aged 50+
– Teachers, trainers, vocational advisors
– Entrepreneurs (including social entrepreneurs)
– The unemployed and other defavourised groups
– Handicapped people (mentally and physically)
Main areas of interest:
– Multilingualism, multicultural aspects
– Employment and entrepreneurship
– Age management
– Sustainable development
– Innovative education (eg. gaming, commixes in education, robotics etc.)
– Improvement of teaching & learning skills (improving support for teachers, school leaders, and teacher educators)
– Inclusive education
– Parents’ skills (eg. emotional intelligence, vocational guidance towards their children etc.)
– Coaching, career learning
– Improvement of Key Competences.