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    Uniwersytet Warszawski
    Latin: Universitas Varsoviensis
    November 19, 1816
    PLN 1,132,000,000 (approx. USD 373,000,000)
    Professor Marcin Pałys
    56,858 (November 2005)
    Warsaw, Poland
    EUA, Socrates-Erasmus, EAIE, UNICA
    University rankings National Global ARWU QS Times
    University of Warsaw, main gate, on Krakowskie Przedmieście

    The University of Warsaw (Polish: Uniwersytet Warszawski) is the largest university in Poland, established in 1816. It employs over 6,000 staff including over 3,100 academic educators. It provides graduate courses for 56,000 students (on top of over 9,200 postgraduate and doctoral candidates). The University offers some 37 different fields of study, and over 100 specializations in humanities, technical as well as natural sciences.



    In 1795 the partitions of Poland left Warsaw with access only to the Academy of Vilnius; the oldest and most influential Polish academic center, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, became part of Habsburg Austria. In 1815, the newly established autonomous Congress Poland found itself without a university at all, as Vilnius was incorporated into Russia. The first to be established in Congress Poland were the Law School and the Medical School. In 1816 Tsar Alexander I permitted the Polish authorities to create a university, comprising five departments: Law and Administration, Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, and Art and Humanities. The university soon grew to 800 students and 50 professors. After most of the students and professors took part in the November 1830 Uprising the university was closed down. After the Crimean War, Russia entered a brief period of liberalization, and the permission was given to create a Polish medical and surgical academy (Akademia Medyko-Chirurgiczna) in Warsaw. In 1862 departments of Law and Administration, Philology and History, and Mathematics and Physics were opened. The newly established academy gained importance and was soon renamed the "Main School" (Szkoła Główna). However, after the January 1863 Uprising the liberal period ended and all Polish-language schools were closed down again. During its short existence, the Main School educated over 3,000 students, many of whom became part of the backbone of the Polish intelligentsia.

    The Main School was replaced with a Russian-language "Imperial University of Warsaw". Its purpose was to provide education for the Russian military garrison of Warsaw, the majority of students (up to 70% out of an average of 1,500 to 2,000 students) were Poles. The tsarist authorities believed that the Russian university would become a perfect way to Russify Polish society and spent a significant sum on building a new university campus. However, various underground organizations soon started to grow and the students became their leaders in Warsaw. Most notable of these groups (the supporters of Polish revival and the socialists) joined the ranks of the 1905 Revolution. Afterwards a boycott of Russian educational facilities was proclaimed and the number of Polish students dropped to below 10%. Most of the students who wanted to continue their education left for Galicia and Western Europe.

    After the fall of the January Uprising (1863–1864), the Tsarist authorities'' decided to convert the Main School into a Russian-language university, which functioned under the name of Imperial University for 46 years. There were two times when the question of moving the university into Russia was considered. During the 1905–1907 revolution, such a proposal was made by some of the professors, in the face of a boycott of the university by Polish students. Talks on that subject were conducted with a number of Russian cities, including Voronezh and Saratov. The Russian government finally decided to keep a university in Warsaw, but as a result of the boycott, the university was Russian not only in the sense of the language used, but also of the nationality of its professors and students.

    For the second time the question emerged during the First World War, when the military and political situation forced the Russian authorities to evacuate. Beginning from the autumn of 1915, there were two Universities of Warsaw: one Polish, in Warsaw, and another Russian, in Rostov-on-Don which functioned until 1917. On 5 May 1917 the Russian Provisional Government decided to close the University of Warsaw. The decision took effect on 1 July 1917; on the same day, the University of the Don, now called Rostov State University (Southern Federal University since 2006), was inaugurated.

    During World War I Warsaw was seized by Germany in 1915. In order to win the Poles for their case and secure the Polish area behind the front lines the governments of Germany and Austria-Hungary allowed for a certain liberalization of life in Poland. In accordance with the concept of Mitteleuropa, German military authorities permitted several Polish social and educational societies to be recreated. One of these was Warsaw University. The Polish language was reintroduced, and the professors were allowed to return to work. In order not to let the Polish patriotic movement out of control the number of lecturers was kept low (usually not more than 50), but there were no limits on the number of students. Until 1918 their number rose from a mere 1,000 to over 4,500.

    Independent Poland

    After Poland regained its independence in 1918, the University of Warsaw began to grow very quickly. It was reformed; all the important posts (the rector, senate, deans and councils) became democratically elected, and the state spent considerable amounts of money to modernize and equip it. Many professors returned from exile and cooperated in the effort. By the late 1920s the level of education in Warsaw had reached that of western Europe.

    By the beginning of the 1930s the University of Warsaw had become the largest university in Poland, with over 250 lecturers and 10,000 students. However, the financial problems of the newly reborn state did not allow for free education, and students had to pay a tuition fee for their studies (an average monthly salary, for a year). Also, the number of scholarships was very limited, and only approximately 3% of students were able to get one. Despite these economic problems, the University of Warsaw grew rapidly. New departments were opened, and the main campus was expanded. After the death of Józef Piłsudski the senate of the University of Warsaw changed its name to "Józef Piłsudski University of Warsaw" (Uniwersytet Warszawski im. Józefa Piłsudskiego). The Sanacja government proceeded to limit the autonomy of the universities. Professors and students remained divided for the rest of the 1930s as the system of segregated seating for Jewish students, known as ghetto benches, was implemented customarily, not institutionally, which should be noted; comparable to the era of the Civil rights movement in the United States.

    World War IIFor more details on this period see: Underground Education in Poland During World War IIUniversity main gate, July 1944, when campus served as German military barracks

    After the Polish Defensive War of 1939 the German authorities of the General Government closed all the institutions of higher education in Poland. The equipment and most of the laboratories were taken to Germany and divided amongst the German universities while the main campus of the University of Warsaw was turned into military barracks.

    German racist theories assumed that no education of Poles was needed and the whole nation was to be turned into uneducated serfs of the German race. Education in Polish was banned and punished with death. However, many professors organized the so-called "Secret University of Warsaw" (Tajny Uniwersytet Warszawski). The lectures were held in small groups in private apartments and the attendants were constantly risking discovery and death. However, the net of underground faculties spread rapidly and by 1944 there were more than 300 lecturers and 3,500 students at various courses.

    Many students took part in the Warsaw Uprising as soldiers of the Armia Krajowa and Szare Szeregi. The German-held campus of the University was turned into a fortified area with bunkers and machine gun nests. It was located close to the buildings occupied by the German garrison of Warsaw. Heavy fights for the campus started on the first day of the Uprising, but the partisans were not able to break through the gates. Several assaults were bloodily repelled and the campus remained in German hands until the end of the fights. During the uprising and the occupation 63 professors were killed, either during fights or as an effect of German policy of extermination of Polish intelligentsia. The University lost 60% of its buildings during the fighting in 1944. Up to 80% of the collections (including priceless works of art and books donated to the University) were either destroyed or transported to Germany, never to return.

    In the People''s RepublicKazimierz Palace, the University rectorate

    After World War II it was not clear whether the university would be restored or whether Warsaw itself would be rebuilt. However, many professors who had survived the war returned, and began organizing the university from scratch. In December 1945, lectures resumed for almost 4,000 students in the ruins of the campus, and the buildings were gradually rebuilt. Until the late 1940s the university remained relatively independent. However, soon the communist authorities started to impose political controls, and the period of Stalinism started. Many professors were arrested by the Urząd Bezpieczeństwa (Secret Police), the books were censored and ideological criteria in employment of new lecturers and admission of students were introduced. On the other hand, education in Poland became free of charge and the number of young people to receive the state scholarships reached 60% of all the students. After Władysław Gomułka''s rise to power in 1956, a brief period of liberalization ensued, though communist ideology still played a major role in most faculties (especially in such faculties as history, law, economics and political science). International cooperation was resumed and the level of education rose.

    By mid-1960s the government started to suppress freedom of thought, which led to increasing unrest among the students. A political struggle within the communist party prompted Zenon Kliszko to ban the production of Dziady by Mickiewicz at the Polish Theatre, leading to 1968 Polish political crisis coupled with anti-Zionist and anti-democratic campaign and the outbreak of student demonstrations in Warsaw, which were brutally crushed – not by police, but by the ORMO reserve militia squads of plain-clothed workers. As a result, a large number of students and professors were expelled from the university. Nonetheless, the University remained the centre of free thought and education. What professors could not say during lectures, they expressed during informal meetings with their students. Many of them became leaders and prominent members of the Solidarity movement and other societies of the democratic opposition which led to the collapse of communism. The scientists working at the University of Warsaw were also among the most prominent printers of books forbidden by censorship.

    Rankings University rankings (overall)
    ARWU (2011/12, national) 1-2
    ARWU (2011/12, world) 301-400
    QS (2012/13, national) 1
    QS (2012/13, world) 398
    THE (2012/13, national) 1
    THE (2012/13, world) 351-400 Webometrics (January 2013, world) 234

    University of Warsaw is one of the top Polish universities. It was ranked by Perspektywy magazine as best Polish university in 2010, 2011 and 2014. International rankings such as ARWU and University Web Ranking rank the university as the best Polish higher level institution. On the list of 100 best European universities compiled by University Web Ranking, the University of Warsaw was placed as 61st. QS World University Rankings positioned the University of Warsaw as the best higher level institution among the world''s top 400.

    CampusWarsaw University Library, on Dobra street

    The main campus of the University of Warsaw is in Warsaw city center, in Krakowskie Przedmieście. It comprises several historic palaces, most of which had been nationalized in the 19th century. The chief buildings include:

    There is also the New Library (Nowy BUW) – an impressive new building with spectacular roof gardens as well as several smaller campuses elsewhere in the city, most notably so called Ochota Campus at Banacha Street (ulica Banacha) where a number of science departments are located: the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Mechanics (MIM), the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biology, the Department of Geology, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, the Heavy Ion Laboratory, the Institute of Experimental Physics (as part of the Department of Physics).

    The University of Warsaw owns a total of 126 buildings. Further construction and a vigorous renovation program is underway at the main campus.

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  • Other institutesInstitutions Notable alumniFrédéric ChopinBolesław PrusDavid Ben-GurionMaria OssowskaAlfred TarskiJosef RotblatLeonid HurwiczKrzysztof Kamil BaczyńskiYitzhak Shamir Notable staff Professors Rectors
  • Wojciech Szweykowski (1818–1831)
  • Józef Karol Skrodzki (1831)
  • Józef Mianowski (1862–1869)
  • Piotr Ławrowski (1869–1873)
  • Nikołaj Błagowieszczański (1874–1884)
  • Nikołaj Ławrowski (1884–1890)
  • Michaił Szałfiejew (1895)
  • Pawieł Kowalewski (1896)
  • Grigorij Zenger (1896)
  • Michaił Szałfiejew (1898)
  • Grigorij Uljanow (1899–1903)
  • Piotr Ziłow (1904)
  • Yefim Karskiy (1905–1911)
  • Wasilij Kudrewiecki (1911–1912)
  • Iwan Trepicyn (1913)
  • Siergiej Wiechow (1914–1915)
  • Józef Brudziński (1915–1917)
  • Antoni Kostanecki (1917–1919)
  • Stanisław Józef Thugutt (1919–1920)
  • Jan Karol Kochanowski (1920–1921)
  • Jan Mazurkiewicz (1921–1922)
  • Jan Łukasiewicz (1922–1923)
  • Ignacy Koschembahr-Łyskowski (1923–1924)
  • Franciszek Krzyształowicz (1924–1925)
  • Stefan Pieńkowski (1925–1926)
  • Bolesław Hryniewiecki (1926–1927)
  • Antoni Szlagowski (1927–1928)
  • Gustaw Przychocki (1928–1929)
  • Tadeusz Brzeski (1929–1930)
  • Mieczysław Michałowicz (1930–1931)
  • Jan Łukasiewicz (1931–1932)
  • Józef Ujejski (1932–1933)
  • Stefan Pieńkowski (1933–1936)
  • Włodzimierz Antoniewicz (1936–1939)
  • Jerzy Modrakowski (1939)
  • Stefan Pieńkowski (1945–1947)
  • Franciszek Czubalski (1947–1949)
  • Jan Wasilkowski (1949–1952)
  • Stanisław Turski (1952–1969)
  • Zygmunt Rybicki (1969–1980)
  • Henryk Samsonowicz (1980–1982)
  • Kazimierz Albin Dobrowolski (1982–1985)
  • Rector electus Klemens Szaniawski (1984)
  • Grzegorz Białkowski (1985–1989)
  • Andrzej Kajetan Wróblewski (1989–1993)
  • Włodzimierz Siwiński (1993–1999)
  • Piotr Węgleński (1999–2005)
  • Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow (2005–2012)
  • Marcin Pałys (2012-)
  • StaffCzesław Miłosz

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