University of Łódź

The University of Łódź (Polish: Uniwersytet Łódzki, Latin: Universitas Lodziensis) is a public research university founded in 1945 in Łódź, Poland, as a continuation of educational institutions functioning in Łódź in the interwar period the Teacher Training Institute (19211928), the Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (19241928) and a division of the Free Polish University (19281939).

University of Lodz
Uniwersytet Łódzki
Latin: Universitas Lodziensis
MottoVeritas et libertas
(Truth and freedom)
EstablishedMay 24, 1945
RectorProf. dr hab. Antoni Różalski, Ph.D.
Students25,986 (31.12.2018)[1]
Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź [2]
, ,
Website(Polish), (English), (Chinese), (Russian), (Ukrainian)

The University of Łódź (alternative spelling: University of Lodz) is a fully accredited, state-owned, traditional university. It is one of 18 institutions of its type in Poland.[4]

It has more than 25,000 students[1] and 2,600 teachers.

Its international cooperation includes 385 partner institutions from all over the world.[5]

A range of BA, MA, and postgraduate courses held in English as a language of instruction are offered to Polish and overseas students.[6]

As a result of widespread cooperation with universities all over the world, including Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Université François – Rabelais (Tours), University of Texas at Austin, Westfälische Wilhelms – Universität Münster, University of Baltimore, the R. H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, Centria University of Applied Sciences (Kokkola, Finland), and the Towson University, students of the University of Łódź can graduate with dual diplomas.[7]


The University of Łódź strives to maintain its high academics standards, the most recent testimonies of which include:

  • 3rd place among Polish universities for the quality of instruction in Economic Sciences, as shown in the 2011 ranking by the Gazeta Bankowa (a respected Polish finance & banking newspaper)[8]
  • 2nd place among Polish universities for qualifying future lawyers, such as legal counsels, and civil law notaries, as shown in the 2010 ranking by the Polish Ministry of Justice[9]
  • 4th place among Polish higher education institutions of international prestige, as concluded from the outcomes of QS and Webometrics rankings of 2010[10]


The library of the University of Łódź is one of the biggest and most modern academic libraries in Central Europe. Its total collection amounts to 3 million volumes. The main part of the book collection is in library store-rooms. The remaining books and journals are placed in the reference sections: the Main Reading Room and Study Rooms. Registered users can use self checkout machines for lending and returning books in some collections.[11] Apart from the Main University Library there are 106 branch libraries and their collections are adjusted to the scientific and didactic activities of the institutions. The number of registered library card holders is now over 20,000.[12]


Current term (2016-2020)[13][14]:

  • Rector of the University of Łódź (President) – Prof. dr hab. Antoni Różalski
  • Vice-Rector for Domestic and International Co-operation – Dr hab. Paweł Starosta, Assoc. Prof.
  • Vice-Rector for Scientific Research – Prof. dr hab. Elżbieta Żądzińska
  • Vice-Rector for Student Affairs – Dr hab. Tomasz Cieślak, Assoc. Prof.
  • Vice-Rector for Education – Prof. dr hab. Sławomir Cieślak
  • Vice-Rector for Finance – Dr hab. Grzegorz Urbanek, Assoc. Prof.


  1. Tadeusz Kotarbiński – 1945-1949
  2. Józef Chałasiński – 1949-1952
  3. Jan Szczepański – 1952-1956
  4. Adam Szpunar – 1956-1962
  5. Stefan Hrabec – 1962-1965
  6. Józef Stanisław Piątowski – 1965-1968
  7. Andrzej Nadolski – 1968-1969
  8. Zdzisław Skwarczyński – 1969-1972
  9. Janusz Górski – 1972-1975
  10. Romuald Skowroński – 1975-1981
  11. Jerzy Wróblewski – 1981-1984
  12. Leszek Wojtczak – 1984-1990
  13. Michał Seweryński – 1990-1996
  14. Stanisław Liszewski – 1996-2002
  15. Wiesław Puś – 2002-2008
  16. Włodzimierz Nykiel - 2008-2016
  17. Antoni Różalski - 2016 -


  • Biology and Environmental Protection
  • Chemistry
  • Economics and Sociology
  • Philology
  • Philosophy and History
  • Physics and Applied Informatics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Educational Sciences
  • Law and Administration
  • Management
  • International and Political Studies

Famous alumni

Other units


The university was created after the total destruction of Warsaw, during and after the Warsaw Uprising, and after the expulsion of Poles from Lviv. One of its leading founders was Professor Teodor Vieweger of the Free Polish University. During the first year of operation (1945-1946 academic year), the University of Lodz admitted over 7 thousand students and it was divided into 6 Faculties (including the schools of pharmacy, medicine and odontology that formed a separate institution in 1950[17]), which were later divided into the present 12 Faculties. In 1998, a branch campus of the University of Lodz was created in Tomaszów Mazowiecki[18].


  1. Higher Education Institutions and their Finances in 2018 (PDF). Warszawa: Statistics Poland. 2019. p. 65. ISSN 1506-2163.
  2. "UL Official Website (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  3. Archived November 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Archived January 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. "International Relations Office » Academic Agreements". 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  6. "International Relations Office » Study in English". Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  7. "International Relations Office". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  8. "Uniwersytet Łódzki". 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  9. "Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości". Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  10. "Portal edukacyjny Perspektywy". 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  11. Archived May 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  12. "International Relations Office". 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  13. "International Relations Office". Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  14. "UL Official Website (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  16. "Alexis de Tocqueville Center for Political and Legal Thought". Atlas Network. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  17. "Website of Medical University of Lodz (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  18. "UL Official Website (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-03-30.

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.