The University of Warsaw Annual Report 2020 is out. It includes significant data on UW, e.g. research and teaching activities, international collaboration, academic exchange, relations with the socio-economic environment, finances and university investments. The UW Executive Summary and annexes are available in English. The Senate of the University of Warsaw adopted the document.

On 2nd July, the Senate of the University of Warsaw unanimously adopted the report featuring UW’s operation under special conditions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The report covers the perspective of two terms of office: Prof. Marcin Pałys, who managed the university from 2012 to 2020, and Prof. Alojzy Z. Nowak, who on 1st September 2020 took up the position of Rector of the University of Warsaw.



The most important statistics

In 2020, the university community comprised 40 247 students and 2 435 doctoral candidates, including 3 810 from abroad, and diplomas were awarded to 8 933 graduates. The University of Warsaw employs 7 678 people, including 3 894 academic teachers (531 professors). 32 900 candidates, including 2 440 from abroad, applied for admission to 1st, 2nd and uniform Master’s degree studies.


Researchers participated in 96 projects financed by the Horizon 2020 programme (including European Research Grants: six ongoing and three newly awarded to UW academ[1]ics; 26 grants from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology) and 1 339 projects financed from national research grants. In 2020, university revenues amounted to PLN 1,7 billion.


The university worked together with over 580 international entities from over 80 countries under direct bilateral cooperation agreements.


An exceptional year

The entire academic community was involved to ensure the continuity of education and operation of UW. With a few exceptions, until the end of 2020, university staff and students worked online. The summer exam session, the end of the academic year, admissions, and the commencement of teaching activities in the 2020/2021 academic year were all postponed. Due to the pandemic, support schemes for the academic community were introduced at the university, including teaching, remote education, and the development of IT tools for management of the university, as well as psychological support. Since June 2020, employees and doctoral candidates of the University of Warsaw have been offered free tests for the presence of coronavirus antibodies and for active infection with SARS-CoV-2.

Executive Summary and annexes

View the Annual Report 2020 (in Polish)