University of Gdańsk

Coordinates: 54°23′58″N 18°34′7″E / 54.39944°N 18.56861°E / 54.39944; 18.56861
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University of Gdańsk
Uniwersytet Gdański
Latin: Universitas Gedanensis
MottoIn mari via tua (In sea your way)
Established20 March 1970
RectorProf. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski
Academic staff
Location, ,
54°23′58″N 18°34′7″E / 54.39944°N 18.56861°E / 54.39944; 18.56861
Building details
Social Sciences building
University rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[1]77 (2022)

The University of Gdańsk (Polish: Uniwersytet Gdański, UG) is a public research university located in Gdańsk, Poland. It is one of the top 10 universities in Poland and is also an important centre for the studies of the Kashubian language.


The University of Gdańsk was established in 1970 by a merger of the Higher School of Economics in Sopot (in existence since 1945) and Gdańsk College of Education (formed in 1946).[2] Nowadays, the University of Gdańsk is the largest institution of higher learning in Poland's northern region of Pomerania. The University of Gdańsk boasts significant scientific achievement which enforces its leading position, particularly through activity and research connected with the sea. In this regard, the university has been involved in cooperation with scientific research centres from nearly all corners of the globe.[3]

The University of Gdańsk is involved in the creation of a network of European universities selected in the ‘European Universities’ competition organised by the European Commission in conjunction with its partners, the University of Cádiz (Spain), the University of Split (Croatia), the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France), Kiel University (Germany) and the University of Malta (Malta), the University of Gdańsk forms a consortium of the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU).[4]

In 2020, the university became a member of the Daniel Fahrenheit Association of Gdańsk Universities (Polish: Związek Uczelni w Gdańsku im. Daniela Fahrenheita) which brings together the city's major institutions of higher education including the Gdańsk University of Technology and the Medical University of Gdańsk. The objective of the newly established organization is to work on projects aimed at further federalization of the universities, to bolster the scientific cooperation between them and to pursue a common promotional and ranking policy.[5]


The University of Gdańsk has been listed in the most important world rankings, thus joining the ranks of the best Polish universities. Its presence in such international rankings as the QS World University Ranking or the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking is a reflection of the high quality of education, scientific research conducted and increasing international standing as well as a high level of knowledge transfer to the economy. The dynamic development of the University of Gdańsk is reflected in its presence amongst the world's 200 best young universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2019 in which the University of Gdańsk was the only Polish university to feature.

Faculty of Management, University of Gdańsk
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Law and Administration
Faculty of Biology
University Library
Faculty of Biology
Historic Building of the Faculty of Chemistry
New Building of the Faculty of Chemistry

School authorities[edit]

  • Rector: Prof. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski
  • Vice-Rector for International Cooperation: dr hab. Anna Jurkowska-Zeidler
  • Vice-Rector for Research: Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Laskowski
  • Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Teaching Quality: dr hab.. Arnold Kłonczyński
  • Vice-Rector for Innovations and Cooperation with Business and Industry: Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Bielawski
  • Director of Administration: mgr Jacek Jętczak


  • Professors: 282
  • Habilitation doctors: 171
  • Senior lecturers: 640
  • Teachers (total): 1,700
  • Total staff: 2,964

Notable professors and lecturers affiliated with the University of Gdańsk:

Number of students[edit]

  • Day studies: 15,151
  • Evening studies: 3,753
  • Extramural studies: 10,884
  • Doctoral studies: 1,609
  • Total: 27,233

Levels of study offered by institution[edit]

  • Shorter/intermediate university level qualifications
  • First main university level final qualifications
  • Advanced/postgraduate study
  • Doctorate
  • Higher/post doctorate

Diplomas and degrees[edit]

  • Bachelor – B.A.
  • Master of Arts – M.A.
  • Doctor – Dr
  • Doctor Habilitated – Dr hab.

International cooperation[edit]


Notable alumni[edit]

Other notable alumni include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  2. ^ "University of Gdańsk - Studies in Poland". Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  3. ^ "University of Gdańsk - Studies in Poland". Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Uniwersytet Gdański w elitarnym konsorcjum Europejskich Uniwersytetów Nadmorskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Trzy gdańskie szkoły wyższe utworzyły Związek Uczelni im. Daniela Fahrenheita" (in Polish). Retrieved 16 September 2022.