The rector is the head of the university. Together with the vice-rectors, he oversees UW administration and finances, makes key decisions, represents the University externally, and is in charge of the staff as well as undergraduates and postgraduates.
The Senate is the University’s most important governing body. It has the authority to pass documents which are of key importance to the University, such as bylaws, the mission statement and strategy for development, as set out by the Rector, financial and investment plans, and course regulations.
Rector of the University of Warsaw
Prof. Marcin Pałys is the 44th Rector of the University of Warsaw. On 20th April 2016, he was re-elected as UW Rector for a second term in office. Rector Marcin Pałys is a professor at the Faculty of Chemistry. Before he became UW Rector, Prof. Pałys was Vice-Rector for the Development and Financial Policy in the period 2008-2012, and Vice-Dean for Finances at the Faculty of Chemistry in the period 2005-2008. As Vice-Rector, Prof. Pałys facilitated strategic planning and initiatives such as the development of the UW Centre of New Technologies and the UW Biological and Chemical Research Centre. He was also responsible for the university budgetary policy.
Prof. Marcin Pałys graduated from the University of Warsaw (M.Sc. in 1987) and received his doctoral degree at the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands, 1992). He became professor in 2010. Professor Pałys’s field of expertise covers inorganic and physical chemistry, in particular: transport phenomena in electrochemical systems, chemical process modelling and supramolecular systems.
Vice-Rectors of the University of Warsaw
Professor Anna Giza-Poleszczuk, Vice-Rector for Development
Prof. Anna Giza-Poleszczuk is the only vice-rector re-elected for the 2016-2020 term. In the previous term, she was involved in, among others, the establishment of the Digital Economy Lab and the Digital Humanities Lab. She has been asociated with the Institute of Sociology of UW where she was Director for Science and Research. Also, Prof. Anna Giza-Poleszczuk was Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of UW in the period 2008-2012. Prof. Anna Giza-Poleszczuk’s research interests: theoretical sociology.
Professor Jolanta Choińska-Mika, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Teaching
Prof. Jolanta Choińska-Mika has been associated with the Institute of History of UW. She was Deputy Director for Student affairs there (2005-2012). The scholar has been taking part in the UW Senate Committee for Students, Doctoral Students and Quality of Teaching since 2008. Prof. Jolanta Choińska-Mika’s research interests: old Polish political culture and the history of Great Britain.
Professor Maciej Duszczyk, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations
Prof. Maciej Duszczyk has been associated with the Institute of Social Policy of UW. He was Deputy Director for Research and International Programmes there. Prof Duszczyk. has been leading the Migration Policy Team in the Centre of Migration Research of UW for 10 years. Prof. Maciej Duszczyk’s research interests: migration policy in Poland and social policy.
Professor Andrzej Tarlecki, Vice-Rector for Human Resources and Financial Policy
Prof. Andrzej Tarlecki has been associated with the Institute of Informatics of UW. He was Director of the Institute in the period 1996-2005. Prof. Andrzej Tarlecki was a member of the UW Senate Committee for Employment Policy since 2008. The scientist was also Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics (2012-2016). Prof. Andrzej Tarlecki’s research interests: mathematical fundamentals of information technology.