Krakow, a city with over 800,000 inhabitants, is located at Vistula river in Malopolska Region, Poland. For five centuries it was a capital of Poland; today it’s the second largest city in the country. Present image of the city is created by art and science. Krakow is not only the administrative centre of the Malopolska Region, but also a European scientific and economic centre.
25% of Poland’s museum resources can be found in Krakow. In 1978 Krakow’s Old City along with the Wawel Hill and the district of Kazimierz was entered into UNESCO World Heritage list of 13 most precious venues in the world, alongside with the Egyptian pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Today, the list includes over 900 names.
Krakow is a dynamic scientific centre. The intellectual potential of Krakow includes 24 universities, with almost 22,000 employees (including about 1,800 professors), and over 200,000 students (including also those attending post-graduate, PhD and extramural studies) as well as numerous scientific and research units working for the modern industry, running investment projects and producing qualified labour force. Krakow is also Poland’s unquestionable leader in BPO/SSC services with over 40 such companies giving jobs to over 20 000 people.