Over the last few years, there have been very visible changes in the area of higher education in the Lubuskie Voivodeship. The number of higher education institutions has decreased, especially in the case of non-public universities and out-of-town departments of universities from other voivodeships.
Taking into account, inter alia, the number of students, research and teaching staff and fields of study, the dominant role of the University of Zielona Góra (UZ) among other universities in Lubuskie should be indicated. Over 70% of Lubuskie students study there and the vast majority of the regional research and teaching staff work there. At the same time, after merging in 2017 with the State Higher Vocational School in Sulechów (PWSZ), it became the only public university in the Zielona Góra subregion.
There are several smaller institutions of higher education in the Gorzowski subregion. The largest university in Gorzów Wielkopolski is Akademia im. Jakub of Paradyż (AJP), which until the academic year 2016/2017 functioned as the State Higher Vocational School. In Gorzów Wielkopolski there are also: E. Piasecki in Poznań, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Szczecin, the University of Business in Gorzów Wielkopolski and the University of Applied Sciences in Gorzów Wielkopolski.
Collegium Polonicum (CP) operates in Słubice as a joint unit of the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). In addition, there is one more private university - Łużycka Szkoła Wyższa im. Jana Benedykta Solfy based in Żary.
To sum up, there are two public universities in Lubuskie, the so-called home universities, ie UZ and AJP, three non-local university units from outside the voivodeship and three non-public higher education institutions providing education only in extramural mode.