Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the upcoming academic year the University of Lodz is celebrating its special jubilee. On 24 May 2015 it will be exactly 70 years since the issue of a decree on the establishment of the University of Lodz — the continuator of the heritage and tradition of the Institute of Teacher Training, College of Social Sciences and Economics and a branch of the Free Polish University, all operating in the interwar period. Today the University of Lodz is one of the largest Polish academic institutions. We are proud to have nearly 40,000 students at twelve faculties studying in more than 120 fields of study and 180 specializations.
Without compromising traditional academic principles the University of Lodz successfully responds to the challenges of the 21st century, meeting the changing demands of today's working environment. On the one hand, we cultivate time-honoured academic values and take proper measures to maintain the established status of all fields of science and education, irrespective of their current popularity; on the other hand, we develop innovative modes of research and modern forms of knowledge communication that are designed to increase graduate employability through a high level of academic education. We are one of the four Polish universities to have been recognized in international rankings for several consecutive years.
The main anniversary events are scheduled for four days (21–24 May 2015) and will be held in the most prestigious locations in Lodz. The celebration will be accompanied by festivities, symposia, concerts, exhibitions and street parades. The program will provide a platform for an intensive academic discussion on condition of universities and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century with a closing lecture by Prof. Umberto Eco (24 May 2015).
I believe that the 70th anniversary of the founding of the University of Lodz will become an excellent opportunity for both graduates and former employees to renew ties with the University and share their valuable experience, thus helping to outline the direction for further development of the University and strengthen its international position. We would like to invite everyone: students, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Lodz, to participate in the celebration of the jubilee.
Prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Nykiel
Rector of the University of Lodz