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October 5, 2021
roman cieślak


Dear Members of SWPS University Community,

The inauguration of the 2021/2022 academic year, while honoring the age-old academic tradition, was also the main event of SWPS University’s 25th Jubilee celebrations.

On this special day, to ensure everyone’s safety, we met virtually in all campuses, on the same day and at the same time, employing the latest technologies enabling us to build and unite our community, despite unfavorable conditions of the pandemic.

The 25th Jubilee of SWPS University was an excellent opportunity for reflecting on our history and expressing thanks to people who had greatly contributed to the development of our institution, and we ensured some time on the agenda for these important activities.

Professor Roman Cieślak
Rector of SWPS University


  1. The national anthem
  2. Rector’s opening address
  3. Announcement of the Rector’s and Director General’s Awards
  4. Matriculation of the first year students and doctoral candidates
  5. Gaudeamus Igitur, performed by SWPS University Choir
  6. Speeches by student and doctoral candidate representatives
  7. Opening lecture
  8. Gaude Mater Polonia performed by SWPS University Choir

Opening Lecture

From freedom in literature to freedom at universities

Professor Jacek Popiel

Professor Jacek Popiel – is a professor of humanities, an expert in theatre and literature studies, professor at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków (until 2020). He is also the current Rector of the Jagiellonian University (2020-2024 term). In the past, he held the position of the Rector of AST National Academy of Theatre Arts (formerly the National Ludwik Solski Theatre Academy), for two consecutive terms (1996-1999 and 1999-2002).

Professor Popiel has written over 200 publications, including 20 books (6 of his own authorship), and several theatre plays. His works have been translated to English, French, Italian, and Spanish. He is the initiator and Artistic Director of the “Dramaty Narodów” Festival (Tragedies of Nations Festival), which was launched in 2005.

He was the Vice-Chair of the Conference of the Rectors of Artistic Academic Schools in Poland (KRUA), and a member of the board of the National Programme for the Development of Humanities. He is a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Learning (PAU), the Committee on Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), and a member of several local and national committees for culture, member of award committees in the discipline of arts and culture, Chair of the Stanisław Wyspiański Theatre Award Board, and the Vice-Chair of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (since 2020).

Medal Ceremony

On the day of the Inauguration ceremony, during a separate 25th Jubilee Medal Gala, we recognized individuals who had made significant contributions to the development of SWPS University. We also remembered and honored people who are no longer with us, but who had made lasting contributions to our University, with special posthumous awards, the “Non Omnis Moriar” Medals, which were presented to the families of our former employees.

Non Omnis Moriar Medals

On the joint initiative of the Rector and the Honorary Degrees and Recognition Committee, the Senate of SWPS University made a decision, to award “Non Omnis Moriar” medals to the following distinguished members of our community, who had made lasting contributions to the university:

  • Professor Wojciech Burszta
  • Grażyna Dulinicz
  • Professor Tedeusz Gałkowski
  • Professor Krzysztof Gawlikowski
  • Professor Tatiana Klonowicz
  • Stanisław Piestrak
  • Professor Zbigniew Pietrasiński
  • Ewa Podbielska
  • Professor Jan Strelau
  • Professor Witold Wołodkiewicz
  • Professor Kazimierz Wrześniewski
  • Professor Anna Zeidler-Janiszewska

See how we inaugurated our 25th Jubilee academic year

Photos from the 2021/2022 Event



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