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University of Łódź

University of Łódź
Latin: Universitas Lodziensis
MottoVeritas et libertas
Motto in English
Truth and freedom
EstablishedMay 24, 1945; 78 years ago (1945-05-24)
RectorProf. dr hab. Elżbieta Żądzińska, Ph.D.
Students25,986 (31 December 2018)[1]
ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 68
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Website(Polish), (English), (Chinese), (Russian), (Ukrainian)
Building details
University rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[5]76 (2022)

The University of Łódź (Polish: Uniwersytet Łódzki, Latin: Universitas Lodziensis) is a public research university founded in 1945[6] in Łódź, Poland, as a continuation of three higher education 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 the local division of the Free Polish University of Warsaw (1928–1939).

The University of Łódź is a fully accredited, state-owned, traditional university. It is one of 18 institutions of its type in Poland.[7]

It has more than 25,000 students[1] and 2,600 teachers. Its international cooperation includes 385 partner institutions from all over the world.[8] A range of BA, MA, and postgraduate courses held in English as a language of instruction are offered to Polish and overseas students.[9]

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


University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[10]801-1000 (2022)
THE World[11]1001+ (2020)

The university 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)[12]
  • 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[13]
  • 4th place among Polish higher education institutions of international prestige, as concluded from the outcomes of QS and Webometrics rankings of 2010[14]


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.[15] 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.[16]

International cooperation

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 can graduate with dual diplomas.[17]


Current term (2016–2020):[18][19][20]

  • Rector of the University of Łódź (President) – Prof. Elżbieta Żądzińska
  • Vice-Rector for International Co-operation – Prof. Łukasz Bogucki
  • Vice-Rector for Scientific Research – Prof. Zbigniew Kmieciak
  • Vice-Rector for Student Affairs – dr hab. Robert Zakrzewski, prof. UŁ
  • Vice-Rector for External Relations – dr hab. Agnieszka Kurczewska, prof. UŁ


  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 – 2016-2020
  18. Elżbieta Żądzińska – 2020-


Name Foundation Colours[21]
Biology and Environmental Protection 2001   Olive
Chemistry 2007   Cyan
Economics and Sociology 1965   Magenta
Philology 1952   Navy
Philosophy and History 1952   Teal Green
Physics and Applied Informatics 2007   Brown
Mathematics and Computer Science 2007   Teal
Geographical Sciences 2001   Green
Educational Sciences 1991   Yellow
Law and Administration 1945   Crimson
Management 1994   Blue
International and Political Studies 2000   Azure

Notable alumni

Other notable alumni include:

Other units


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 Łódź 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[24]), which were later divided into the present 12 Faculties. In 1998, a branch campus of the University of Łódź was created in Tomaszów Mazowiecki.[25]



  1. ^ a b "Higher Education Institutions and their Finances in 2018" (PDF). Szkoły Wyższe I Ich Finanse W ... R. Warszawa: Statistics Poland: 65. 2019. ISSN 1506-2163.
  2. ^ "UL Official Website (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  3. ^ "Brandbook of the UŁ". Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  4. ^ "Biuro Wspó³pracy z Zagranic± - Uniwersytet £ódzki". Archived from the original on November 9, 2006.
  5. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Uniwersytet Łódzki". 2014-10-13. Archived from the original on 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  7. ^ "Ministerstwo Edukacji i Nauki - Portal". Archived from the original on January 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "International Relations Office » Academic Agreements". 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  9. ^ "International Relations Office » Study in English". Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2022".
  11. ^ "World University Rankings". 20 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Uniwersytet Łódzki". 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  13. ^ "Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości". Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  14. ^ "Portal edukacyjny Perspektywy". 2011-12-16. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  15. ^ "Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w £odzi". Archived from the original on May 20, 2012.
  16. ^ "International Relations Office". 2015-08-24. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  17. ^ "International Relations Office". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  18. ^ "International Relations Office". Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  19. ^ "UL Official Website (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  20. ^ "RECTOR'S BOARD". Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  21. ^ "Branding". University of Łódź. 8 September 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Marcin Tybura | UFC". 14 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Alexis de Tocqueville Center for Political and Legal Thought". Atlas Network. Retrieved 29 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ "Website of Medical University of Łódź (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-03-30.
  25. ^ "UL Official Website (Polish)". Retrieved 2018-03-30.

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