On 1st October in the Auditorium Maximum building, Prof. Marcin Pałys, rector of the University of Warsaw, inaugurated the new academic year 2018/2019.
Following the tradition, the rector and vice-rectors of the University of Warsaw, members of the Senate and representatives of other universities, all dressed in togas, met in front of the Kazimierzowski Palace, which houses the UW administration offices, and walked to the Auditorium Maximum building where the inauguration of the new academic year took place.
Like in every year, the inauguration has its agenda. In the beginning, members of the UW community and invited guests gathered in the Adam Mickiewicz hall sang the national anthem. Next, Prof. Marcin Pałys, rector of UW welcomed everyone and gave a speech. He summed up the most significant events that happened over the last academic year and presented the university plans for the future. Later, the matriculation which marks the formal admission of a student to membership of the University of Warsaw started. Only first-year students and doctoral students who obtained the best marks in the admission process could take part in it. Both the representative of students and representative of doctoral students had speeches.
The first academic lecture was delivered by Prof. Mikołaj Bojańczyk who works at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of UW. He was speaking about “the things that are unknowable”. The Scientist won two European Research Council grants. In 2009 he was granted the ERC Starting grant for a project entitled “Sosna – Expressive Power of Tree Logics”. The project is an attempt to build logical languages understandable for a computer which would allow for discerning natural properties. In 2015, Prof. Bojańczyk received the ERC Consolidator grant for a project entitled “Lipa – A unified theory of finite-state recognisability”.
The ceremony began on 1st October at 2 pm in the Auditorium Maximum building.