On 1st September, Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak has officially become the 45th University of Warsaw Rector. He has taken office together with four Vice-Rectors: Prof. Sambor Grucza, Prof. Ewa Krogulec, Prof. Zygmunt Lalak and Prof. Sławomir Żółtek.

The Rector leads the university, represents UW externally and is the superior of employees, students and doctoral candidates.


On 17th June, the UW Electoral College elected Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak a new University of Warsaw Rector. On 1st September, he has started his four-year term (2020-2024). Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak has appointed Vice-Rectors. The selection of Vice-Rector responsible for student affairs and quality of teaching is consulted with the representatives of students and doctoral candidates.


Rector’s Team (2020-2024 term)


UW Rector – Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak

Prof. is affiliated to UW as of 1984. He 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.

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Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Human Resources – Prof. Sambor Grucza

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. Prof. Grucza is the 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.

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Vice-Rector for Development – Prof. Ewa Krogulec

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)

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Vice-Rector for Students and Quality of Teaching – Prof. Sławomir Żółtek

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.

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Vice-Rector for Research – Prof. Zygmunt Lalak

Prof. Zygmunt Lalak graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology (M.Sc. in 1985). His scientific career has been associated with the Faculty of Physics 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’s scientific research concern, e.g. Beyond the Standard Model Physics, supersymmetry in four and higher dimensions, 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.

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