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University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw

Founded in 1816, the University of Warsaw is the largest university in Poland and a top research centre in the country.

The University of Wasaw (UW) is a public, comprehensive and research-oriented university. It provides education and carries out research in the fields of the humanities, social and natural sciences, as well as in numerous interdisciplinary projects, including subjects in medical or technical sciences. The UW has 25 faculties, 30 academic and research units, and 4 doctoral schools.

On 29th June 2022, following the approval of the University of Warsaw Senate, Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak, UW Rector, signed the ordinance on establishing the Faculty of Medicine. After 70 years, the University of Warsaw will once again provide education in the medical field. The first students of medicine will commence their education in October 2023.

The quality of education at the University of Warsaw is confirmed by annual appraisals, which show that the majority of students are satisfied with their selection of the university and the education programme. The University’s strongest points are its prestige, development opportunities and the study environment. The quality of education is also reflected in the graduates’ surveys. The results demonstrate that having a diploma from the UW is a definite asset on the job market; 94% of the respondents have found employment within a year after graduation.

The principles guiding the University’s activity are the unity of teaching and research and the harmonious development of all branches of knowledge represented in its curriculum. The University employs nearly 4,000 scholars. Their scientific enquiry extends over 1,400 research topics; students who they concurrently teach have the opportunity to join their research projects. The University’s research teams have won worldwide recognition in many areas of knowledge, including Physics (particularly Astronomy), Mathematics, Instruments Science and Technology. UW researchers participate in international research programmes: until June 2023, researchers affiliated with UW received 28 ERC grants, including the first Proof-of-Concept Grant in Polish humanities (Professor Katarzyna Marciniak).

Following the competition of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (currently Ministry of Education and Science) entitled “Excellence Initiative – Research University”, the University of Warsaw was granted research university status for 2020–2026. The additional funding has boosted the development of 5 priority research areas and the execution of 70 strategic initiatives, including programmes supporting the development of employees, doctoral candidates and students.