University of Łódź

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University of Łódź
Uniwersytet Łódzki
University of Lodz 2017 Arrow Style Logo.jpg
Latin: Universitas Lodziensis
Motto Veritas et libertas
(Truth and freedom)
Type Public
Established May 24, 1945 (72 years ago)
Rector Antoni Różalski
Students 47,000
Address Narutowicza 68, 90-136, Łódź, Poland
Campus Urban
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 during 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 provides undergraduate and postgraduate education to more than 47,000 students among 2,600 instructors. Its international cooperation includes 385 partner institutions from all over the world,[2] and a number of programmes in English as the language of instruction.[3]

Łódź offers dual-degree programmes with Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Université François-Rabelais, University of Texas at Austin, Westfälische Wilhelms – Universität Münster, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, College Park, Centria University of Applied Sciences (Kokkola, Finland), and Towson University.[4]

Alfred Biedermann's Palace, seat of the Institute of Contemporary Culture, University of Lodz


The University of Łódź was decreed on May 24, 1945 under Professor Teodor Vieweger, rector of the Free University of Poland. At its founding, the university operated three faculties: humanities, mathematical & natural sciences, and law & economics. By 1946 study expanded into pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry. The first rectors were Tadeusz Kotarbiński, Józef Chałasiński, Jan Szczepański, prominent Polish thinkers. Over time the university developed new departments. By 1949 Łódź ran an executive council of ministers and the medical academy separated to become the independent Medical University of Łódź.

The university entered a new phase of development following political change in Poland. In 1991, the university merged the Institute of Physical Education and Sport from Warsaw. Three years later, the university established the faculty of management, the Institute of International Studies, and in 1996 mathematics, physics, and chemistry were separated into their own faculties. Instruction also evolved long-distance learning centres at Kutno, Ostrołęka, Piotrków Trybunalski, Sieradz and in Skierniewice.


The library of the University of Łódź is one of the biggest and most modern academic libraries in Central Europe.

A bookshelf in the open access area in the University of Lodz Library

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.[5] 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.[6]


  • President of the University of Łódź (Rector) - Professor Włodzimierz Nykiel Ph.D.
  • Pro-Rector in Charge of Economic Affairs – Professor Bogdan Gregor Ph.D.
  • Pro-Rector in Charge of International Affairs – Professor Zofia Wysokińska Ph.D.
  • Pro-Rector in Charge of Curricula and Teaching – Professor Jarosław Płuciennik Ph.D.
  • Pro-Rector in Charge of Research – Professor Antoni Różalski Ph.D.
  • Pro-Rector in Charge of Students’ Affairs – Professor Zbigniew Góral Ph.D.


  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 -



Murale at Lumumbowo, academic campus of 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)[7]
  • 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[8]
  • 4th place among Polish higher education institutions of international prestige, as concluded from the outcomes of QS and Webometrics rankings of 2010[9]

Famous alumni[edit]

Other units[edit]



  1. ^ [1] Archived November 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "International Relations Office » Academic Agreements". 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  3. ^ "International Relations Office » Study in English". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  4. ^ "International Relations Office". Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  5. ^ [2] Archived May 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "International Relations Office". 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Uniwersytet Łódzki". 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Portal edukacyjny Perspektywy". 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Alexis de Tocqueville Center for Political and Legal Thought". Atlas Network. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 51°46′18″N 19°28′23″E / 51.77167°N 19.47306°E / 51.77167; 19.47306