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Celebrate with us the first ever


July 8, 2022

July 8, 2022, marks the first “SWPS University Day”. On this day in 1996, the then Minister of National Education approved an application to establish a new higher education institution—Szkoła Wyższa Psychologii Społecznej (SWPS; Warsaw School of Social Psychology), which later became SWPS University.

On SWPS University Day—July 8th—we will celebrate by participating in special events that bring our academic community closer together, for example we will award doctoral and postdoctoral (habilitacja) degrees. However, SWPS University Day will mainly be an opportunity to spend some time together and enjoy each other’s company. All communities need these kinds of celebrations. So do we.

Professor Roman Cieślak

rektor prof. Roman Cieślak


  1. July 8th, SWPS University Day
    – opening address by Professor Roman Cieślak, Rector of SWPS University
  2. Dedication of Auditorium S305 in honor of Professor Jan Strelau
    – address by Professor Dariusz Doliński, Chairman of the Honorary Degrees and Recognition Committee
    – address by Professor Andrzej Eliasz, the first Rector of SWPS University (1996- 2016)
    – unveiling of the memorial plaque
    – speech by Professor Strelau's family member
  3. Ceremony of awarding doctoral and postdoctoral (habilitacja) degrees
  4. Ceremony of awarding the first SWPS University professorial title to an academic in the teaching path
rector speaking

Dedication of Auditorium S305 in honor of Professor Jan Strelau

On our first “SWPS University Day”, we would like to honor the achievements of Professor Jan Strelau by naming Auditorium S305 after him. The family of Professor Strelau will join us in this symbolic commemoration of Professor Strealau’s numerous contributions to SWPS University.

Professor Jan Strelau passed away in 2020.He was a world-renowned psychologist, researcher, and author of the Regulative Theory of Temperament. He made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the development of science in the field of psychology. His research results, published both in Poland and abroad, have contributed significantly to the understanding of the role of individual differences in human behavior.

He has authored, co-authored and edited close to 300 scientific publications, including 44 books. He was also the author and editor of two academic handbooks, which are used by students all over the country.

Professor Strelau was associated with SWPS University for close to 20 years, and it would be hard to overestimate his contributions to our University. Professor Strelau joined SWPS University after retiring from the University of Warsaw. He became the first Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and for many years held the position of Vice-Rector for Research. Professor Strelau was also the Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Chair of the Honorary Degrees and Recognition Committee at SWPS University. Professor Strelau had a significant impact on the achievements and academic culture of our University. Since the inception of SWPS University, which initially was founded as the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Professor Strelau worked tirelessly to set the highest standards of education at our institution, which helped us to become the University that we are today.

“Professor Strelau was not only one of the greatest Polish researchers in the field of social sciences, but he was also a good spirit behind a variety of scientific initiatives,” reminisces Professor Dariusz Doliński.

Ceremony of awarding doctoral and postdoctoral degrees

“SWPS University Day” is an excellent opportunity to celebrate all those who in the past few years completed their doctorates and postdoctoral degrees. Between 2019 and 2022, we granted 107 doctoral (Ph.D.) and 30 post-doctoral (doktor habilitowany) degrees; 62 of these alumni will join us on July 8th. Our sincere congratulations!

To date, SWPS University has granted a total of 393 doctoral and 96 post-doctoral (doktor habilitowany) degrees. Additionally, the University successfully conducted 11 proceedings for the conferment of professorial titles.

First professor of SWPS University (profesor Uniwersytetu SWPS) in a teaching path
Anna Ziółkowska, Ph.D.

The Polish Law on Higher Education and Science allows a holder of an extended Ph.D. degree (habilitacja) to be granted a title of a university professor. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education stipulates that the title should be awarded based on merit, including the candidate’s experience, and research, teaching or artistic achievements, which will contribute to the university’s quality of education—the chief responsibility of any university.

This year, for the very first time, SWPS University announced a competition for a position of a university professor in the teaching track. A total of 12 candidates, from our 5 psychology departments, submitted their applications. After careful consideration, the competition committee awarded the position of professor at SWPS University to Anna Ziółowska, Ph.D. from the Faculty of Psychology and Law in Poznań.

Anna Ziółkowska

Join us online

If you would like to join us in our celebrations, you can watch a special session of SWPS University’s Senate online.

Register for our September 20th free webinar 
to learn how the first days at SWPS University look like
and meet our Ambassador Chenay