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The University of Krakow (called today the Jagiellonian University) was founded under Casimir the Great of Poland. Its development was stalled by death of the king, and later the university was re-established by Wladislaw Jogaila grand duke of Lithuania and king of Poland and his wife, Jadwiga, queen of Poland (who donated all of her personal jewelry to the university).

The first chancellor of the university was Peter Wysz and the first professors were Czechs, Germans and Poles, many of them trained at the University of Prague in Bohemia. The university and the chancellors were partisans of the Council of Basle[?].

Of the student attending about one third were Poles.

Johannes Longinus (Jan Długosz) and Copernicus attended the University of Krakow. Haller established a printing press in Krakow before 1500. By 1520 Greek was introduced by Constanzo Claretti, Wenzel von Hirschberg and Libanus; Hebrew was also taught.

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the University's own site (http://www.uj.edu.pl/index.en)

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