Prof. Marcin Pałys has served as the University of Warsaw Rector since 2012. Soon, his second term will come to an end. “These last eight years were filled with hard work, challenges, achievements and satisfaction, as well as lively discussions on the university’s vision and future,” says Prof. Marcin Pałys in a letter to the UW community.
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
In a few days, my second term as the Rector of the University of Warsaw will come to an end.
Leading our university was the greatest distinction, an adventure, and at the same time, the greatest challenge in my professional career. I have believed it was my duty to fulfil this honourable and responsible function in the most ethical way. When making decisions I have always been guided by the best interests of the university and its community.
I want to express my gratitude to all whose work and engagement, over the last eight years, contributed to the development of our university and strengthening its international recognition: vice-rectors during my first and second term, members of the Senate, heads of faculties and units, academics, administrative employees, librarians, doctoral candidates and students.
I want to thank all those colleagues who made it possible to implement key university initiatives, such as the Multi-annual Development Plan, the Integrated Development Programme of the University of Warsaw (ZIP), the 4EU+ Alliance that brings together six European research-intensive universities and granting the Research University status (IDUB). In all these activities, at every stage, many people from various units and areas were involved.
These last eight years were filled with hard work, challenges, achievements and satisfaction, as well as lively discussions on the university’s vision and future. It was a time spent on building a sense of community and creating shared responsibility for our university. With great pleasure, I observed the mobilisation and involvement of our community. Those, who followed university-wide activities with some hesitation, began to see a deep sense in them. They started to believe, that when working together we can achieve much more than individually and that the invested time and energy pay back.
Today, our university is well prepared to implement the next ambitious projects. The course of its development in the coming years will be set out by the Rector-elect, Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak and his team. I wish him a lot of success in fulfilling this role so that our university could continue its excellent development.
With very best wishes,
UW Rector 2012-2020