The University of Łódź is a public research university founded in 1945 in Łódź, Poland, as a continuation of educational institutions functioning in Łódź during the interwar period — the Teacher Training Institute, the Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences and a division of the Free Polish University . The university provides undergraduate and postgraduate education to more than 47,000 students among 2,600 instructors. Its international cooperation includes 385 partner institutions from all over the world, and a number of programmes in English as the language of instruction.Łódź offers dual-degree programmes with Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Université François-Rabelais, University of Texas at Austin, Westfälische Wilhelms – Universität Münster, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, College Park, Centria University of Applied Sciences, and Towson University.OriginsThe University of Łódź was decreed on May 24, 1945 under Professor Teodor Vieweger, rector of the Free University of Poland. At its founding, the university operated three faculties: humanities, mathematical & natural sciences, and law & economics. By 1946 study expanded into pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. The first rectors were Tadeusz Kotarbiński, Józef Chałasiński, Jan Szczepański, prominent Polish thinkers. Over time the university developed new departments. By 1949 Łódź ran an executive council of ministers and the medical academy separated to become the independent Medical University of Łódź.