University of Warsaw (UW) is the leading university in Poland and an important, internationally recognized research centre. It belongs to the World-Class Universities and is featured by prestigious international rankings. Founded in 1816, the University of Warsaw has a long tradition to build on, with its graduates including recognized scholars and writers, also Nobel Prize winners. UW strives to combine this tradition with modernity, of which a good example is a growing offer of interdisciplinary programmes, offered also in English and other foreign languages, or the construction of the Centre of New Technologies to support academic research.
Active international cooperation is one of the main objectives of the UW strategy, which makes it actively participate in the Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus programmes through around 1500 bilateral agreements - due to such policy, the European Commission chose UW as an example of the European Success Story in Fostering Internationalisation.
The University of Warsaw consists of 20 faculties and 32 other independent teaching and research units offering a wide rage of programmes covering Humanities, Physical, Life, Social and Computer Sciences. With over 50 000 students and 3500 academic staff, the University of Warsaw is also the biggest Polish higher education institution.