The University of Zielona Góra was founded on the basis of the Parliamentary Law of June 07th, 2001. However, the date may be misleading. The academic tradition of the city goes back to 1965, when the Higher School of Engineering was founded, subsequently transformed into the Technical University. In 1971 the academic offer of Zielona Góra was extended to prospective teachers, when the Teacher Training College was founded, in 1973 transformed into Tadeusz Kotarbi?ski Pedagogical University. The University of Zielona Góra was founded through a merger of the Technical University and the Pedagogical University, thus becoming the biggest state institution of higher education in the Lubuskie Province. In the academic year 2012/2013, the University offered undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses to 15,500 of intramural and extramural students.