University of Lodz
|Latin: Universitas Lodziensis|
|Motto||Veritas et libertas |
(Truth and freedom)
|Established||May 24, 1945|
|Rector||Prof. dr hab. Antoni Różalski, Ph.D.|
Narutowicza 68, 90-136 Łódź 
|Affiliations||Campus Europae,SOCRATES/ERASMUS, TEMPUS, INCO-COPERNICUS, ACE, Jean Monnet,CEEPUS, EUA, AESOP|
|Website||(Polish), (English), (Chinese), (Russian), (Ukrainian)|
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 (1921–1928), the Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (1924–1928) and a division of the Free Polish University (1928–1939).
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.
It has more than 30,000 students and 2,600 teachers.
Its international cooperation includes 385 partner institutions from all over the world.
A range of BA, MA, and postgraduate courses held in English as a language of instruction are offered to Polish and overseas students.
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.
Alfred Biedermann's Palace, seat of the Institute of Contemporary Culture, University of Lodz
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)
- 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
- 4th place among Polish higher education institutions of international prestige, as concluded from the outcomes of QS and Webometrics rankings of 2010
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. 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.
Current term (2016-2020):
- 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.
- Tadeusz Kotarbiński – 1945-1949
- Józef Chałasiński – 1949-1952
- Jan Szczepański – 1952-1956
- Adam Szpunar – 1956-1962
- Stefan Hrabec – 1962-1965
- Józef Stanisław Piątowski – 1965-1968
- Andrzej Nadolski – 1968-1969
- Zdzisław Skwarczyński – 1969-1972
- Janusz Górski – 1972-1975
- Romuald Skowroński – 1975-1981
- Jerzy Wróblewski – 1981-1984
- Leszek Wojtczak – 1984-1990
- Michał Seweryński – 1990-1996
- Stanisław Liszewski – 1996-2002
- Wiesław Puś – 2002-2008
- Włodzimierz Nykiel - 2008-2016
- Antoni Różalski - 2016 -
- Biology and Environmental Protection
- Economics and Sociology
- Philosophy and History
- Physics and Applied Informatics
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Geographical Sciences
- Educational Sciences
- Law and Administration
- International and Political Studies
- Andrzej Sapkowski, fantasy writer, best known for his book series, The Witcher.
- Jerzy Kosiński, novelist and President of the American Chapter of P.E.N., known for novels The Painted Bird and Being There.
- Paweł Edelman, cinematographer, nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award, won the César Award for Best Cinematography.
- Antonina Kłoskowska, sociologist, member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), president of the Polish Sociological Association.
- Władysław Pasikowski, film director and screenwriter, known for movies Pigs, Aftermath, Jack Strong, Operacja Samum.
- Jarosław Marek Rymkiewicz, poet, essayist, dramatist and literary critic.
- Krzysztof Skiba, musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, essayist and actor; member of the rock band, Big Cyc.
- Piotr Trzaskalski, film director and screenwriter, known for movies Edi, My Father's Bike.
- Anita Werner, television journalist, and former actress.
- Tatiana Okupnik, singer, composer and songwriter.
- Aleksandra Ziolkowska-Boehm, writer, author of biogrpahic books.
- Marek Belka, professor of Economics, a former Prime Minister and current head of National Bank of Poland.
- Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, politician, Minister of Justice of Poland.
- Paweł Rogaliński, journalist, publisher and a blogger.
- Jerzy Kropiwnicki, right-wing politician.
- Cezary Grabarczyk, politician, former Minister of Infrastructure.
- Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, diplomat, politician and a MEP: member of the European Parliament (elected on 13 June 2004).
- Joanna Skrzydlewska, politician and a member of the European Parliament.
- John Onyekwere Godson, first black Polish Member of Parliament.
- Jolanta Chełmińska, politician.
- Janusz Wojciechowski, politician and a member of the European Parliament.
- Jacek Zacharewicz, politician.
- Keith White-Hunt, senior international executive in academic, business and government sectors.
- Marcin Tybura, professional Mixed Martial Artist, current UFC Heavyweight
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), which were later divided into the present 12 Faculties. In 1998, a branch campus of the University of Lodz was created in Tomaszów Mazowiecki.
Faculty of Economics and Sociology
The UŁ Museum of Natural History
Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection
Faculty of Philosophy and History
Faculty of Geographical Sciences
Faculty of Law and Administration
Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection