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University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

Uniwersytet Warmińsko-Mazurski w Olsztynie

  address: Oczapowskiego 2 St.
10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
phone: +48 89 523 39 26

The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (UWM) was founded on 1 September 1999. The establishment resulted from merging three institutions of higher education in Olsztyn, i. e. the Academy of Agriculture and Technology, the Higher School of Pedagogy, and Warmian Theological Institute. UWM is the largest academic institution in North- Eastern Poland. The mission of UWM is to carry out diverse activities with the aim of educating highly qualified graduates and scientific staff, to carry out scientific research responding to the needs of the region’s economy and to enrich the national culture. UWM constantly develops and updates research programmes and curricula content, increasing the level of internationalization and the interdisciplinary character of all scientific disciplines and fields. UWM is the first university in Poland implementing the Green University idea.

UWM has undergone an intense transformation since its beginnings. Achieving such a progress would not be possible without funds of the European Union. Educational and scientific bases of the University have been significantly reinforced, for example by purchasing high-tech laboratory equipment.

Over the years, UWM offer was extended to new branches of study, and consequently, new faculties were established. Currently, there are 17 faculties at UWM, 13 of which have full academic rights, namely the right to grant postdoctoral degrees (in 16 disciplines). Furthermore, the doctoral degree can be granted at 16 faculties, within 24 disciplines.

University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn is a member of „Science Without Borders” Programme, and 6 international universities networks: EUA-European University Association, BSRUN – Baltic Sea Region University Network, EAIE – European Association for International Education, CIRCEOS -The Interuniversity Centre for Research and Cooperation of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, GUNI – Global University Network for Innovation, VUA – Visegrad University Association. UWM signed bilateral agreements and letters of intent with 105 institutions from 36 countries.

Our university takes part in Erasmus+ Programme and has signed approximately 270 bilateral agreements with universities from all over the Europe to provide greater opportunities of mobility among students and teaching staff. In academic year 2015/2016 at our University was studying 380 foreign students from 38 countries.

Our University still developing. About 160 research projects have been currently running. Among them there are for examples two big international projects in the field of satellite navigation: IoNospheric Sounding for Identification of Pre-Seismic Activity  (INSPIRE) in which we are a lider and Monitor 2: Ionospheric Monitoring Network  (MONITOR 2).

One of the greatest scientific achievements of UWM is the accreditation of Veterinary Medicine given by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). The accreditation certifies the highest quality of education, in line with EU requirements.

In March 2014, the Faculty of Medical Sciences was included on the list of centers accredited in the United States. American students of this faculty are allowed to request financial compensation from the American government, just as if UWM was an American University. After completing their studies in Poland, they can also take National Medical Exam in the USA, having the same rights as their peers that have graduated from American universities. Owing to the accreditation, the rest of the UWM medicine graduates are also allowed to take such an exam, and to apply for a job in the United States of America. According to the results of Physicians Final Examination (LEK), graduates of Medicine at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn are fourth in Poland. Almost 96% of students from Olsztyn passed the exam successfully. Concerning the passing rate, such a result provides UWM with the second position, right below Medical University of Gdańsk.

UWM is situated in a picturesque part of the city – Kortowo, the unquestionable pride of the University. Learning, leisure and recreation – all these needs are satisfied at one place—the campus. Kortowo occupies an area of 230 hectares and is surrounded by forest and 4 lakes, the biggest one – Kortowskie Lake creates great conditions for leisure activities. Here students have everything they need for life: teaching buildings, laboratories, sports fields and recreation areas, dormitories, shops, services, student clubs, parks, greenery and space. Kortowiada is an annual student festival at UWM and largest event in Olsztyn. It has taken place every May since 1959 on the Kortowo campus. Four days full of events are attended by approximately 120 thousand people – students, citizens of Olsztyn and many guests, also from abroad. This is a spontaneous, joyful, amusing and colorful party. During the whole festival there are numerous of events and concerts including the „MEGA CONCERT” with performances of the greatest Polish and world music stars.

In 2011 Kortowo has been awarded by monthly National Geographic Traveler in the national contest „Polish 7 wonders of nature”. „National Geographic Traveler” decided to award with distinction an academic society for incredible skill in local society integration around the most beautiful academic campus in Poland.

There are no words to describe the atmosphere of Kortowo. The only way to feel it is to visit Olsztyn!

Facts & figures

  • Founded in 1999
  • 17 faculties
  • 23,000 students
  • 615 doctoral candidates
  • 11 research centres


Office for International Cooperation:
phone: +48 89 523 39 26, fax: +48 89 524 04 94