For three years now, PCG Academia and Times Higher Education have been collaborating within the LUMEN conference. During this period, the participation of Polish universities in the main and most prestigious ranking by Times – THE World University Rankings, has increased from 19 universities in 2021 to 39 universities in 2023. This statistic reflects the continuously growing awareness and interest of Polish universities in THE ranking, which serves as an excellent tool for building international visibility and reputation for Polish higher education institutions.

During the LUMEN 2023 conference, as is tradition, we awarded all universities from Poland that were classified in this year’s edition of the Ranking. Additionally, this year, we also honored the top 5 higher education institutions from Ukraine. The joint award ceremony was a symbolic gesture emphasizing the friendship and close collaboration between Polish and Ukrainian higher education institutions.

THE World University Rankings is distinguished by a comprehensive methodology that encompasses every aspect of a university’s activities. In the latest edition of the Times Higher Education ranking, 18 indicators were applied, covering teaching, research, knowledge transfer to the economy, and internationalization. The methodology, along with the results of THE World University Rankings 2024, was presented and discussed by Lachyn Italmazova, Commercial Director UK & Europe, and Magdalena Marzec, Regional Manager UK & Europe at Times Higher Education.

The solemn Gala began promptly at 4:00 PM. The ceremony was inaugurated by commemorative speeches from Prof. Łukasz Sułkowski (PCG), Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki (FRP), and Lachyn Italmazova (THE). Subsequently, Rectors and Vice-Rectors of individual universities from Poland and Ukraine were invited to the stage. In a dignified and ceremonial atmosphere, the following universities were honored:


401 – 500 Sumy State University Prof. Vasyl D. Karpusha,
601 – 800 Jagiellonian University prof. dr hab. Jarosław Górniak,
Vice-Rector for Development
601 – 800 Medical University of Silesia in Wrocław dr hab. Tomasz Zatoński, prof. UMW,
Vice-Rector for Building Relations and Cooperation with the Environment
601 – 800 University of Warsaw prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Lalak,
Vice-Rector for Research
801 -1000 Medical University of Lodz mgr Paweł Zawieja,
Deputy Chancellor for Organization and Development
1001 – 1200 AGH University of Science and Technology prof. dr hab. inż Leszek Magalas,
Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Development Strategy
1001 – 1200 Gdańsk Medical University dr hab. Agnieszka Zimmermann, prof. GUMed,
Vice-Rector for Quality of Education
1001 – 1200 Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics Prof. Tatiana  Fesenko,
1001 – 1200 Gdansk University of Technology prof. Dariusz Mikielewicz,
Vice-Rector for Organization and Development
1001 – 1200 Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań mgr Anna Zakrzewska,
Deputy Head of the Office for Science and Rankings
1001 – 1200 Karol Marcinkowski Medical University in Poznań No Representative
1001 – 1200 Medical University of Bialystok prof. dr hab. Tomasz Hryszko,
Rector’s Plenipotentiary for International Cooperation
1001 – 1200 Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń dr hab. Dominik Antonowicz, prof. UMK,
Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Organization and Evaluation of Scientific Research
1001 – 1200 SWPS University in Warsaw prof. Roman Cieślak,
1001 – 1200 University of Wroclaw No Representative
1001 – 1200 Warsaw Medical University prof. dr hab. Paweł Włodarski,
Vice-Rector for Internationalization, Promotion, and Development
1201 – 1500 Ivan Franko National University of Lviv Prof.Vitaliy Kukharskyy,
Vice-rector for Reseach
1201 – 1500 Catholic University of Lublin John Paul II dr hab. Beata Piskorska, prof. KUL,
Vice-Rector for Students, Doctoral Students, and Development
1201 – 1500 National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute Prof. Yevhen Sokol,
1201 – 1500 Lodz University of Technology dr hab. inż. Andrzej Romanowski prof. PŁ,
Vice-Rector for Education
1201 – 1500 Opole University of Technology dr hab. inż. Marcin Lorenc,
1201 – 1500 Poznan University of Technology prof. dr hab. inż. Michał Wieczorowski,
Vice-Rector for Development and Cooperation with the Economy
1201 – 1500 Silesian University of Technology No Representative
1201 – 1500 Warsaw University of Technology Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki,
President of the Board of the Foundation of Rectors of Polish Universities
1201 – 1500 Wroclaw University of Technology dr Jędrzej Leśniewski,
Library Director
1201 – 1500 Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW Piotr Pietrzak,
Plenipotentiary of the Rector for Rankings
1201 – 1500 Medical University of Silesia in Katowice Beata Królikowska,
Head of the Student Affairs Department
1201 – 1500 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Prof. Kseniia Smyrnova,
Vice-rector for International Cooperation
1201 – 1500 University of Gdańsk dr hab. Sylwia Mrozowska, prof. UG,
Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Development
1201 – 1500 Medical University of Lublin prof. dr hab. n. med. Jarosław Dudka,
Vice-Rector for Cooperation with the Socio-Economic Environment
1201 – 1500 Poznan University of Life Sciences prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Szoszkiewicz,
1201 – 1500 Wroclaw University of Life Sciences prof. Anna Chełmońska-Soyta,
Vice-Rector for Internationalization
1501+ Bialystok University of Technology dr hab. inż. Dorota Anna Krawczyk, prof. PB,
Vice-Rector for International Cooperation
1501+ Cracow University of Technology prof. dr hab. inż. Dariusz Bogdał,
Vice-Rector for Science
1501+ Rzeszow University of Technology prof. dr hab Grzegorz Ostasz,
Vice-Rector for Students
1501+ Warsaw School of Economics dr hab. Piotr Wachowiak, prof. SGH,
1501+ Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce prof. dr hab. Stanisław Głuszek,
1501+ University of Lodz prof. dr hab. Łukasz Bogucki,
Vice-Rector for Cooperation with Foreign Countries
1501+ Maria Curie-Skłodowska University No Representative
1501+ University of Life Sciences in Lublin prof. dr hab. Andrzej Marczuk,
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
1501+ University of Silesia in Katowice No Representative
1501+ Warmia and Masuria University in Olsztyn dr hab. Jerzy A. Przyborowski, prof. UWM,
Reporter Academy of WSB dr Sabina Ratajczak,
Vice-Rector for Development
Reporter Maritime University of Szczecin dr hab. inż. kpt. Janusz Uriasz, prof. PM,
Vice-Rector for Innovation and Development


On behalf of the organizers, we sincerely congratulate all the universities awarded in this year’s ranking. We wish you determination in striving for even better results in the THE World University Rankings in the coming years.

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