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Professor Przemysław Wiszewski, a historian, has been elected the new Rector of the University of Wrocław. For the next four years, he will be deciding about the development of the biggest academic institution in the Lower Silesian District.

On 25 May 2020, 200 electors voted for the following four candidates: Professor Karol Kiczka, Professor Bogusław Pawłowski, Dr Leszek Pułka, and Professor Przemysłam Wiszewski.

The last candidate received 104 votes, which made him the new Rector of the UWr. Congratulations!

Przemysław Wiszewski
Photo Magdalena Marcula/UWr/CC BY 2.0

Przemysław Wiszewski – born in 1974 in Szprotawa, husband of Agnieszka and father of Natalia, Jakub and Antoni.

Education and career

  • 1993-1998 – studied History at the Institute of History at the UWr;
  • 200 – Ph.D. in History (Prime Minister’s award for Ph.D. dissertation);
  • 2009 – Habilitation (MNiSW’s award for habilitation dissertation);
  • 2015 – the title of Professor bestowed by the then President Bronisław Komorowski;


Managerial experience

  • 2008-2012 – Associate director at the Institute of History at the UWr;
  • 2012-2016 – Associate dean at the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences;
  • 2016-2020 – Dean at the Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences;
  • Member of a number of teams and advisory bodies ;
  • The initiator and director of the team that devised UWr’s application in the ‘Excellence Initiative – Research University’ programme;

Scholarly areas of interest

My main areas of research revolve around the functioning of societies divided by ethnicity or religion. I am also a keen regionalist, Silesian history enthusiast, and a popularizer of historical knowledge.

I partook in a great number of international projects, including:

  • as a coordinator of a Polish team in theEuropean Science Foundation programme called ‘Cuius regio. An analysis of the cohesive and disruptive forces determining the attachment and commitment of (groups of) persons to and the cohesion within regions;’
  • as a member of ‘Deutsch-Polnische Geschichte;’
  • as a member of ‘Origins of nobility in Central and Northern Europe;’


 Author of more than 200 publications, including monogaphs

– Domus Bolezlai : values and social identity in dynastic traditions of medieval Poland (c. 966-1138) / Przemysław Wiszewski; Leiden : Boston : BRILL, 2010. – 592 s.

– Central Europe in the high Middle Ages : Bohemia, Hungary and Poland c.900-c.1300 / Nora Berend, Przemysław Urbańczyk and Przemysław Wiszewski. – Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013;

– Neue Nachbarn in der Mitte Europas. Polen und das Reich im Mittelalter, / Norbert Kersken, Przemysław Wiszewski, – Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2019, ss. 270.


 Active and reliable – the University of Wrocław in the XXI c.’

I believe in strength, potential, and energy of our university. This belief is based on knowledge and experience.

For the past twelve years, I managed university’s units at different levels, starting from the lowest ones, ending as the dean of a big and complex faculty. At the same time, I was observing the functioning of researchers abroad. When preparing the application for ‘Excellence Initiative – Research university’ (IDUB), I had an opportunity to see the potential of our community as well as the barriers that are blocking this potential. All this let me recognise our strengths and identify weaknesses.

Therefore, during the next four years, I would like to radically improve the work in our university, support all those who aim at developing advanced research or conducting high-quality teaching. My wish is to modernize our university, transform it from a good high school to a highest-quality innovation centre for students, for global science, and for our community.

The new, research university will enforce and bolster everything that is creative in the relationship between science and community. Subsidy from the IDUB project will enable external visits of our staff and will attract world-renowned specialists, support our best students from the first year and facilitate internationalization.

However, basing solely on IDUB project is not enough in order to ensure fast and balanced growth of the university. I will build a coherent, pro-quality funding system for engaged researchers, teachers and administrative staff. I will be financing interdisciplinary research centres. I want to help creating new laboratories – research groups that will undertake new and daring research paths. I am determined to drastically improve the administrative management of gaining and managing research projects financed by external sources.

I am not afraid of changes and I think that none of us should be. The changes that I am planning to implement do not mean sacrifice. Quite the contrary – they are supposed to unleash the potential, lower the level of bureaucracy, increase the budget in order to support creative work and research by our students, increase employees’ salary, develop collaboration with our business and social environment, not least with our graduates. We have to give an opportunity to our students to learn from the best and in a world top standard. In order to do so, my colleagues researchers and teachers should not be burdened with an unnecessary administrative and organizational work. Only a free university where everyone fully focuses on their passion can be a source of impulses for the surrounding community.

In the near future, our university will be an element of the knowledge industry in our city and region. What sort of place will it be? – that depends on the creativity of our management staff. The potential of our university needs to be recognized. Today, people tend to look at an academic institution through its place in national and international rankings. Recently, the University of Wrocław has been placed in much lower ranking-positions than its potential would allow it to be. To be highly ranked is not our sole goal. But we have to become recognizable if we want to build an international brand of our university and our city.

The challenges we are facing are at the same time our great opportunity. Our maladies are different but we share the common wish to work in an innovative environment that is open, and supporting its students and staff.

All the additional information about my programme is to be found on:

Published by: Dariusz Tomaszczyk

27 May 2020

last modification: 23 Jun 2020