The history of the Jan Kochanowski University started in 1969 with the establishment of Teachers College in Kielce.
In 1973 the College was transformed into the Higher Teachers‘ Training School, which offered full time and part time Master degrees in fourteen fields. In 1979 it received the name of Jan Kochanowski. Its external branch in Piotrków Trybunalski was opened in 1980.
On 1 September 2000 the College acquired the status of academy and received the name of Akademia Świętokrzyska im. J. Kochanowskiego.
Its continuous development resulted in searching the status of the university in 2008 which is reflected in the name of the Jan Kochanowski University of Humanities and Sciences in Kielce.
Due to still development the Jan Kochanowski University of Humanities and Sciences in Kielce from 1st October 2010 has changed its name to the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.
The establishment of the University in Kielce has a great impact on the development of the Świętokrzyski administrative district. The University in Kielce contributes greatly to the activation of the city environment and village communities in the Świętokrzyski region from which most of the young students come.
University in numbers
At present there are more than seventeen thousand students at five Faculties in Kielce and a branch in Piotrków Trybunalski. In the 2012/13 academic year the university offers 35 majors in about 130 specialisations in the pedagogical, medical, artistic, humanity and science fields.
Students can develop their scientific interests in almost sixty student societies and the Academic Sport Association.
The University is authorised to give doctoral degree in eleven fields including: history and linguistics (Faculty of Humanities), physics, geography, biology, chemistry (Faculty of Mathematics and Science), health science (Faculty of Health Sciences), pedagogy and fine arts (Faculty of Pedagogy and Arts) and political sciences (Faculty of Management and Administration). With apart from that the Faculty of Humanities is allowed to give the academic habilitation qualification.
The total number of staff employed at the University amounts to over one thousand seven hundred people including nine hundred ninety five teachers.