First Private University in Poland

First Private University

First Private University

In Poland, for an educational institution to be called a university, the institution needs to have the right to award PhDs in at least six disciplines. The central commission which grants these rights takes into consideration factors such as lecturers’ scholarly achievements and the number of professors and doctors employed by a given institution. Until recently, there were four universities in Warsaw. Now, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) will join the group, becoming the first private university in Poland. According to Ewa Trzebińska, vice-rector for academic affairs, this evidences the high quality of the educational services provided by the institution. She also hopes that the new status of the school will be both a source of satisfaction and motivation for students, as it will increase the credibility of their diplomas in the eyes of any future employers. SWPS was established in 1996. Lectures were conducted in a high school in Warsaw until, at the beginning of the previous decade, SWPS moved into its own building in the Praga district of Warsaw. Initially, SWPS offered exclusively courses in social psychology; however, over time, the range if studies was broadened and new campuses were established in Wrocław, Poznań, Katowice and Sopot.
Gazeta Wyborcza


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