The Department of Macroeconomics and Agricultural Economics was separated from the Department of Macroeconomics in the academic year 1999/2000. Its founder was prof. dr hab. Andrzej Czyżewski who is its Head. Currently (2015), the Department employs five independent researchers (prof. zw. dr hab. A. Czyżewski, prof. zw. dr hab. Waldemar Czternasty, dr hab. Aleksander Grzelak, prof. nadzw. UEP, dr hab. Anna Matuszczak, prof. nadzw. UEP, dr hab. Agnieszka Sapa), four doctors of economic sciences (dr Sebastian Stępień, dr Agnieszka Poczta-Wajda dr Katarzyna Smędzik-Ambroży, dr Marta Guth) and three doctoral students. The current Head of the Department of Education and Personnel Development, dr hab. Bazyli Czyżewski, earned his habilitation at DMAE and still closely cooperates with the Department. Former doctoral student of the Department, dr Adam Majchrzak, is now an assistant professor at the Department of Economic and Local Government Policy. Other examples of the students of DMAE are dr hab. Piotr Kułyk from the University of Zielona Góra and dr Agnieszka Brelik from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin.
The Department of Macroeconomics and Agricultural Economics is one of the most prominent departments at the Poznan University of Economics, which has been proved by the fact that it finds its way to the list of 10 most comprehensive PUE departments every year. What's more, it has many scientific and didactic accomplishments, such as winning research grants, PUE Rector's awards, the Minister's scholarship for outstanding students, scientific scholarships of the City of Poznan, cooperation with scientific, governmental and European organizations, including the EU Parliament.
Scientific activity of the Department is focused on macroeconomic issues in relation to various aspects of market adjustments and the contemporary understanding of the "agrarian question". In addition, the research area of the staff also includes issues of bio-economy, international trade, agricultural policy, institutional structures of agribusiness, the problems of small- and medium-sized enterprises, globalization and European integration. The Department implements numerous grants obtained from the SCSR, NSC and the European Union.
The scientific work is complemented by educational activities, for example specialization Food Economy and Biobusiness on first- and second-cycle studies. Another example is functioning of the Food Economy Scientific Student Association.
In the study programme, we place emphasis on subjects highlighting the relation between food economy and the system of functioning of the national economy and agricultural policy.We also want the students to further expand their knowledge of macroeconomics by participating in seminars. Our classes are conducted with the use of innovative didactic methods: workshops, laboratories, meetings with practitioners, implementation of research projects, team work, learning through solving economic problems. We initiated annual trips to the European Commission in Brussels, where students have a chance to participate in trainings on mutual agricultural policy and institution frames of EU functioning. The effects of these trips are internships in the EU institutions and scientific monographs.A distinguished expert-practitioner, who has been teaching for years, is dr Zofia Szalczyk, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.