SWPS University

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SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Polish: SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny
University of Social Sciences and Humanities.svg
Former names
Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej
FounderPiotr Voelkel, Andrzej Eliasz, Zbigniew Pietrasiński and Janusz Reykowski
RectorAssociate Professor Roman Cieślak, Ph.D.
Administrative staff
AffiliationsEUA, Socrates-Erasmus

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities or simply SWPS University (Polish: SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny) is a private non-profit university in Poland established in 1996 by three professors of Psychology, Andrzej Eliasz, Zbigniew Pietrasiński and Janusz Reykowski.

SWPS University is one of the largest private universities in Poland with a community of over 14,000 students at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, including over 1,200 international students from more than 60 countries. The university has five campuses, located in major Polish cities, including Warsaw, Wrocław, Sopot, Poznań, and Katowice.[2]

The institution was formerly known as the Warsaw School of Social Psychology (Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej, SWPS). It was granted university status under Polish law in 2015.[3]


In 2008, the position of SWPS University Founder was transferred to the Institute for the Development of Education (Instytut Rozwoju Edukacji) and its President, Piotr Voelkel, who is a Polish businessman and philanthropist Piotr Voelkel.[4] Before 2018, SWPS University was administered by a privately appointed board of trustees. Trustees served four-year terms and met annually. Chairman of the Board of Trustees was Andrzej Eliasz. Other members included Jan Strelau (Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees), Michał Jan Boni (Member of the European Parliament), Magdalena Dziewguć (Google for Work), Robert Firmhofer (Director of Copernicus Science Centre), Aleksander Kutela (Onet.pl S.A.), Przemysław Schmidt, Ewa Voelkel-Krokowicz.[5] After 2018, in compliance with the new higher education law in Poland, the governing body of SWPS University consists of Rector and Director General.


  1. Andrzej Eliasz (from 1996 to 2016)
  2. Roman Cieślak (since 2016)[6]


Building of the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

SWPS University offers 15 undergraduate and graduate programs taught entirely in English and over 30 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral study programs, with over 70 specializations, in Polish. The main study areas are Psychology, Law, Languages, Literature and Culture Studies, Media and Communication, Management, and Design. [7] The University has been ranked by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as the leading higher education institution offering Social Sciences program in Poland.


Seven faculties of SWPS University have the authority to grant doctoral degrees in the following disciplines: cultural studies, literature studies, law, and sociology (in Warsaw) as well as psychology (in Warsaw, Wrocław, and Sopot). The university also has the authority to grant post-doctoral degrees (habilitacja) in cultural studies (Warsaw) and psychology (Warsaw and Wrocław).

  1. Warsaw Faculty of Psychology
  2. Warsaw Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  3. Warsaw Faculty of Law
  4. Sopot Faculty of Psychology
  5. Katowice Faculty of Psychology
  6. Wrocław Faculty of Psychology
  7. Wrocław Faculty of Law and Communication
  8. Poznań Faculty of Social Sciences and Design
SWPS in Poznan
SWPS in Sopot

Notable staff[edit]

Notable alumni[13][edit]

Social engagement[edit]

SWPS University is collaborating with various local and national organizations nurturing the idea of social engagement of its faculty and students. SWPS has a Legal Clinic which offers free legal advice for low-income individuals. The University also supports local craftsmen running their small businesses in the Praga District of Warsaw where the University main campus is located. Much of the research output is devoted to social, business and political issues such as neuroscience, behavioral insights for economy and public policy, health and nutrition, ageing, youth adaptation, or facing EU challenges from Horizon Europe (e.g. migrations, human & technology relations in the digital world). SWPS cooperates with various NGOs and institutions devoted to social causes, are the first European campus with the Ashoka Journey to Changemaking Certificate, and are member of newly-established Engaged Universities Forum, grouping 7 Polish Universities around the UN SDGs.


University rankings
Global – Overall
THE World[14]1001+

SWPS University is ranked second best private higher education institution in Poland according to Perspektywy 2019 Polish University ranking.[15]

SWPS University is ranked 1001+ in the 2020 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE) [16] [17] In the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject SWPS is ranked 401+ in Psychology [18] and 401-500 in Social Sciences. [19] In ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 for Psychology SWPS University is ranked 201-300.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of SWPS University
  2. ^ "University profile". www.studyinpoland.pl. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ www.npc.pl, Net P.C. "SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny - Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego". www.nauka.gov.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  4. ^ "Instytut Rozwoju Edukacji NIP 5213462069 KRS 0000291897 REGON 141190936 | krs-pobierz.pl". krs-pobierz.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  5. ^ Piasecka, Karolina. "Rada Powiernicza". www.swps.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  6. ^ PTWP. "Ustawa 2.0, rektor SWPS: Ustawa o szkolnictwie wyższym daje szanse aktywnym uczelniom - sejm-rząd Społeczeństwo". www.parlamentarny.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  7. ^ http://www.studia.swps.pl/english-site/
  8. ^ Sławski, Rafał. "Profesor Jan Strelau doktorem honoris causa Uniwersytetu SWPS". www.swps.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  9. ^ Piasecka, Karolina. "Honorary Degrees and Recognition Committee". english.swps.pl. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  10. ^ Piasecka, Karolina. "Profesor Cialdini doktorem honoris causa SWPS". swps.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  11. ^ Pluta, Ewa. "Profesor Jan Strelau doktorem honoris causa Uniwersytetu SWPS". swps.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  12. ^ Piasecka, Karolina. "Honorary Degrees and Recognition Committee". english.swps.pl. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  13. ^ THE World University Ranking
  14. ^ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/swps-university-social-sciences-and-humanities
  15. ^ "Ranking Uczelni Niepublicznych - Ranking Szkół Wyższych PERSPEKTYWY 2019". www.perspektywy.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  16. ^ "SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities". Times Higher Education (THE). 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  17. ^ "World University Rankings 2020". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  18. ^ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2020/subject-ranking/psychology#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats
  19. ^ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2020/subject-ranking/social-sciences#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats
  20. ^ http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/psychology.html

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