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.
Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak – Rector of the University of Warsaw
45th Rector of the University of Warsaw
Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak graduated from the SGH Warsaw School of Economics in 1984. He is affiliated to UW as of 1984.
In 1991, he earned his doctoral degree in Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw. He received tenure in Economic Sciences in 1995 there. Between 1996 and 2002, he held the position of an associate professor. By the decision of Poland’s President, he received professor degree in 2002.
Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak has held a variety of leadership roles including Head of the Academic Subunit for International Economics and the Academic Unit for Economics at the Faculty of Management, Director of European Center. In years 1999-2006, Prof. Nowak was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Management, and in 2006-2012 Dean of this unit. Next four years, he spent at UW working as Vice-Rector in charge of research and cooperation. In 2016, he was elected as Dean of the Faculty of Management. During his academic career, he was delivering lectures at universities in France, UK, USA, Russia, China and Korea.
He also studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign (USA), the University of Exeter (UK), in Antwerp and the Free University of Berlin (Germany).
As of 2018, Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak chairs the Academic Sports Association (Akademicki Związek Sportowy, AZS) – a mass students’ sport organisation, one of the biggest sports associations in Poland.
Prof. Sambor Grucza – Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Human Resources
Prof. Grucza graduated in German Philology (Saarland University) and Applied Linguistics (University of Warsaw). He completed his doctorate in 1994. His research interests are metalinguistics, the theory of language and communication for specific purposes, glottodidactics, translatorics and eye tracking research. In years 2008–2012 and 2016–2020, he held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw. Previously, he was a Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Applied Linguistics and Head of the Institute of Specialised and Intercultural Communication. He is also Elector at the University of Warsaw (since 2008). Prof. Grucza is President of the Polish Association of Applied Linguistics, Vice-President of the Polnischer Germanisten Verband, and Executive Board member of the Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik – IVG. He is also a member of Polish Linguistics Society, and Modern Language Association of Poland.
Prof. Ewa Krogulec – Vice-Rector for Development
Prof. Ewa Krogulec is a geologist, her research interest concerns hydrogeology. In years 2012-2016 and 2016-2020, she served as Dean of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Geology. Earlier, Prof. Ewa Krogulec was a Vice-Dean of that unit. Other functions and memberships: Polish Academy of Sciences Committee on Geological Sciences (Chairman), National Council of Water Management (Vice-Chairman), Committee for Hydrogeological Documentations, an advisory body of the Minister of the Environment (Chairman), Ministry of Science and Higher Education Interdisciplinary Team for the Research Infrastructure Support Program within the Science and Polish Technology Fund (Member), Polish Academy of Sciences Committee on Water Management (Member), and many scientific councils including The Scientific Council of Kampinos National Park and Nature Conservation Council (the Mazowieckie Voivodeship).
Prof. Ewa Krogulec is an author or co-author of about 200 scientific papers, articles, books, and other original works, as well as a leader of more than 40 research projects.
Prof. Sławomir Żółtek – Vice-Rector for Students and Quality of Teaching
Prof. Sławomir Żółtek is affiliated to the University of Warsaw as of 1999. He has been working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration since 2008. Professor specialises in the theory of law, criminal business law, and new technologies and blockchain law. In years 2016-2020, he served as Vice-Dean for Student Affairs at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. He is a co-founder and Head of the Research Center on the Legal Aspects of Blockchain Technology. For many years, Professor Żółtek has been working in the central institutions of the judiciary system in Poland. He was a barrister. Currently, he is entered into the list of legal counsels.
Prof. Zygmunt Lalak – Vice-Rector for Research
Prof. Zygmunt Lalak graduated from the Department of Technical Physics and Applied Mathematics of the Warsaw University of Technology (M.Sc. in 1985). His scientific career has been associated with the Department of Physics of the University of Warsaw, where he received his doctoral degree (1990) and habilitation (Dr Sc. 1999). In 2008, he obtained the state-awarded title of the professor. As of 2003, Prof. Zygmunt Lalak is an associate professor and as of 2013 full professor of the University of Warsaw.
In years 2016-2020, he was the Vice-Dean for Research and Development at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw.
Prof. Zygmunt Lalak had been working for many years in the leading research institutions in the area of elementary particle physics: in the laboratory CERN (Switzerland), at the University of Oxford (UK), at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), at the Technical University in Munich and the University of Bonn (both in Germany). He authored more than 120 scientific papers published in the leading international journals and supervised 8 completed PhD degree procedures.
To the focus areas of Prof. Zygmunt Lalak’s scientific research belong: Beyond the Standard Model Physics, supersymmetry in four and higher dimensions, theories with extra-dimensions and branes, metastability of the electroweak vacuum, cosmology – inflationary universe, cosmological particle production, the theory of primordial fluctuations, modifications of Einstein gravity.
He chairs the Scientific Council of the Discipline Physical Sciences. Prof. Zygmunt Lalak is a member of the Coordination Committee of the Priority Research Area POB 2 “Beyond Micro and Macro Worlds” as part of the “Initiative of Excellence – Research University” programme at the University of Warsaw.