The Academy of Agrobusiness was founded on the basis of the Act on the Schools of Higher Education upon the permission of the Minister of National Education, No DNS 3-0145/142/TBM/96 of July 5th 1996(registered number 96 of July 24th 1996).
The Centre of Education and Agrobusiness Limited Company in Marianowo was the initiator and the founder of the Academy. The Chairman of the Centre was Roman Engler, PhD. Organizational activities lasted 1,5 years. Completion of self-reliant academic staff with PhD as well as tutors and assistants, creation of cirriculum for forming subject, working out the statutes and regulations, material base and accomodation and, first of all, the positive decision of the Minister of National Education those were the most essential factors enabled to found the Academy of Agrobusiness then.
In the organizational process the founder experienced the kind attitude from many people and institutions. The role of the professor Mirosław Łaguna, the first Vice-Rector of the Academy, whose experience and knowledge in the range of the organization of didactic process was just invaluable, should be particularly emphasized as well as the role of Marek Kaczanowicz, MSc, Headmaster of Agriculture Secondary School in Marianowo, the host of the first building of the Academy and the first Administrative Manager Henryk Porwisiak, MA.
Having received the Decision of the Minister of National Education, the Senate was elected. Prof. dr hab. Roman Engler became Rector of the Academy of Agrobusiness. Prof. dr hab. Mirosław Łaguna was elected as Vice-Rector of the Academy.
The Academy began its activity in October 1996, inaugurating studies in the field of Agriculture with the extramural mode of study. 261 students began to study that year. In February 1997 119 more students joined the Academy. The building of Agriculture Secondary School became too cramped for the Academy needs.
In 1997 the Academy of Agrobusiness received a new buildng from the local authorities. It was the former Łomża Cotton Factory “Narew” office building in Wojska Polskiego Street. It was possible thanks to the favour and efforts of the then President of Łomża, unfortunately, the deceased Jan Turkowski and the members of the Town Council. Since 24th September the Academy has been based there.
The building needed a thorough redecoration and moderniation. The first classes in the redecorated building started in December 1997.
In the academic year 1998/1999 first 72 students started full time Agriculture studies.
In the academic year 1999/2000 the Academy of Agrobusiness received the permission to start Computer Science studies.
In February 2000 first Agriculture students got a degree. It was a special moment for academic community. 261 students had begun to study. 164 of them graduated.
Under the agreement with Technical University in Białystok 200 of our graduates could get Master’s degree in the Faculty of Management and Marketing.
866 people were the students of postgraduates studies.
In 2004 the State Accreditation Commition gave the positive opinion of education quality on Agriculture and Computer Study Faculties. The same year the Academy of Agrobusiness got the permission to start Nursing studies.
In 2005 the Academy of Agrobusiness got the permission to start Master’s degree studies.
In February 2004 the Academy of Agrobusiness took part in nationwide rankings of universities for the first time. The ranking debut was 44th place, then in the year 2002 34th place in the most important ranking of Polish universities according to ”Perspektywy” magazine and “Rzeczpospolita” newspaper. Since then the Academy has been ranking among the leading Polish institutions of higher education.
The year 2004 was a success. The 3rd position among the leading Polish universities. What is more, the sustained 3rd position the next year in spite of the icreasing number of new powerful universities in rankings.
The Academy of Agrobusiness is based in a seven-storey building which was built in 1978. It is also occupied the former industrial premises of Łomża Cotton factory “Narew” at 161, Wojska Polskiego Street in Łomża and the surrounding area of 6.089m2 used as a car parking. The total area used fof didactic means is 7589 m2.
The Academy can hold about 2300 students at the same time.
The Academy possesses two halls. The first one is on the ground floor. It holds 300 students. It is equipped with audiovisual means such as a computer, a multimedial projector and wireless sound eguipment.
The lecture theatre for 288 seats is equipped in brand new audiovisual means such as computers, multimedia projectors, an electronic visualizer with a zoom, teleconferencing links which enable to have remote-controlled lectures, an alectronic board, wireless sound equipment and air conditioning system.
What is more, there are also 5 auditorius for 120 seats, 10 classrooms for 60 seats, a classroom for 20 seats, 10 classrooms for 30 seats and the following laboratories:
- Microbiology laboratory - 30 seats
- Biology laboratory - 15 seats
- Chemistry laboratory - 15 seats
- 2 Biology laboratories - 30 seats
- 1 Soil Science laboratory - 30 seats
- 1 Electrical-physician laboratory - 8 seats
- 6 Computer Science laboratories - 15 seats
- 1 Computer Science laboratories - 30 seats
There are over 150 computers. Students have unlimited access to the worldwide international information due to computer terminals worked in the Linux system which are situated in the halls on each floor. Linux Server is administered by the students. All the school computers have the Internet.
There is a local Cisco Academy at the Academy of Agrobusiness.
The students of the Academy take part in Authorised Academic Training Program and MSDN Academic Alliance of Microsoft Company. Microsoft Company organises training courses for tutors and provides cutting-edge technologies within the framework of this cooperation. What is more, the cooperation with Microsoft Company enables students to use Microsoft software legally.
We are planning to access the nationwide scientific network within the framework of PIONIER Project.
The Academy of Agrobusiness have a comfortable hall of residence not far from the Academy building. There is a cable television and a computer in every room.
From the very beginning the Academy of Agrobusiness attached importance to publishing. The purpose of the WSA Publishing House is to document the scientific work of didactic staff, publish course books, scripts and didactic material as well as to popularise the scientific work of the didactic staff and the students. Published materials and books are reviewed. What is more, they get an international publishing number, thus they access the international bibliographic databases.
Publications on the web sites enable the wide access and ease in using them in educational activity.