The quality of education
Studies at the University of Warsaw hold high positions in international rankings, such as the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as the Shanghai Ranking). Taking into account the total number of research universities that reaches 20 thousand, the University of Warsaw is among the top two per cent of the world’s best universities. According to international rankings, it also is the best university in Poland and one of the leading ones in this region of Europe. In addition, the University of Warsaw holds very good positions in comparative evaluations of the quality of education, in particular study programmes, such as the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking and Eduniversal Best Masters and MBA Worldwide. Out of thousands of courses worldwide, these rankings select the 200 best universities in a given discipline. Nineteen courses of study at the University of Warsaw were included in 2015.
The quality of education at the University of Warsaw is confirmed by the annual appraisals conducted by the university itself 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,
- the study environment.
The highest quality of education is also confirmed by research conducted with the University’s graduates. The University of Warsaw conducts the largest research enterprise of its kind in Europe by monitoring the careers of former students. Results demonstrate that having a diploma from the University of Warsaw is a definite asset in the job market; 94% of respondents have found employment after graduation.
The broad offer
Approximately 51,500 people study at the University of Warsaw every year. The candidates are offered a very broad range of courses in the fields of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as many interdisciplinary courses combining knowledge and skills of many disciplines. In addition to the modern languages curriculum, the University of Warsaw offers twenty study programmes in English. In Polish-language courses, students are offered the selection of some 2,000 subjects taught in foreign languages. Offering courses in 36 languages, the University System of Language Provision is a model to other European institutions of higher education. It has been awarded the “European Language Label” innovation sign by the European Commission.
The leading concepts of 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 3,700 scholars, ¼ of whom hold professorial titles. Their scientific enquiry extends over 3,400 research topics; students who they concurrently teach have the opportunity of joining in their research projects.
The University’s research teams have won worldwide recognition in many areas of knowledge and have joined international research programmes; the University participates in over 150 programmes per year financed by EU funds and grants of international foundations and research institutes. Having discovered several new planets and the birth of a black hole, the University’s astronomers have won firm renown in the academic community, and are also world leaders in large-scale space observation. The University’s archaeologists, who conduct excavations in 20 countries over five continents, also achieved considerable successes. Their discoveries in Egypt, Sudan and Peru are of fundamental importance to broadening our knowledge of the history of those regions and contribute to the protection of their cultural heritage.
In the heart of Europe
The University of Warsaw community includes 4,200 foreigners: students, doctoral students, employees and grantees of, among others, the Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programmes. With respect to academic exchanges, the University of Warsaw stands out not only in Poland, but also internationally, being one of the leaders of the European Commission ranking issued as part its assessment of student exchange at over 3,000 institutions of higher education in the entire Europe. The University of Warsaw is most popular among students from Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Turkey. Thanks to Poland’s membership in the European Union and the Polish universities’ participation in the European Higher Education Area, foreigners may feel at home at the University of Warsaw. The ECTS system and other solutions of the Bologna process guarantee full student mobility and make it possible to pursue education in any member state.
The academic city
The University is located in the capital of Poland, one of the most dynamically developing European cities. Warsaw is the centre of political and economic life and has a lively social and cultural scene. It is climbing steadily in world rankings of the most attractive places to live; it is in the top fifty of the City Brand Index and ranks 19th in the UN prosperity ranking. Warsaw is also an unchallenged leader considering Poland’s academic life: it is host to more than 200,000 students per year. Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2016, the University of Warsaw is the oldest of the capital’s colleges. Three of its other educational institutions, namely the medical university, the academy of music and the academy of fine arts, have their origin in the University’s structures.
The University’s historical Main Campus, located in the very heart of Warsaw, is renowned for its splendid architecture. Its imposing buildings, some going back to the 17th century, are one of the city’s main tourist attractions. The opening of the nearby University Library building, which took place at the very end of the millennium, marked a new chapter in the history of the University’s architecture. New buildings, completed in the following years, are modern, functional and moreover architecturally interesting. The Natural Sciences campus consists of imposing structures with state-of-the-art laboratories. The University Halls of Residence provide their guests with comfortable places for work and study, as well as interestingly arranged common spaces in which to relax.