About the Faculty
The Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw (FES UW) has existed since 1953. Unity between science and academics is a cornerstone of its activities, and that is why equal importance is attached to high-level research and teaching. This approach is reflected in its leading positions in national and international rankings, as well as compilations that assess the quality of education, research achievements, and potential.
THE BEST RESEARCH UNIT IN POLAND AND A LEADER IN EUROPE
Confirmation of the global-level scientific research conducted by employees of the Faculty is seen in their numerous publications in prestigious Polish and foreign journals, and their leading positions in the RePEc database - which classifies research centres from around the world, according to the number of scientific publications made available and the indicator of works released in the field of economics.
The Faculty of Economic Sciences is the best Polish research institution for economics and is in the top 10% of the best economic research institutions in Europe (as of 2023). According to RePEc IDEAS, a member of our Faculty has consistently been ranked as the number one Professor of Economics in Poland (in September 2023, out of a field of 733 ranked Professors), and among the top 1% of Professors of Economics in the world.
The Faculty currently carries out more than sixty national and international research projects, which are financed by the European Union, the National Centre for Research and Development, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. At the beginning of 2020, the European Research Council (ERC), which awards grants for ground-breaking research conducted in the European Union and associated countries, awarded the prestigious Consolidator Grant to dr hab. Anna Matysiak, whose project "LABFER: Globalisation and changes in the labour market and fertility" is being implemented at the Faculty of Economic Sciences UW.
The academic structure of the Faculty includes twelve departments, as well as eleven research centres. The Faculty employs over a hundred researchers, including eight full professors, one associate professor, and 29 university professors (November 2021).
The Faculty's employees are members of the editorial committees of two scientific monograph series in the field of economics: the English-language "Polish Studies in Economics", published by the prestigious publishing house Peter Lang, and the Polish-language "Badania Ekonomiczne" ("Economic Research"), published in cooperation with the University of Warsaw Press. Since 2008, the Faculty has been running the "Working Papers" series and the "Central European Economic Journal".
For more than 10 years, the Faculty has been the organiser and co-organiser of prestigious, regular conferences, including the Warsaw International Economic Meeting, and Innowacyjna gospodarka (Innovative Economy), and the ICEA Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference.
The Faculty of Economic Sciences, as one of two academic centres dealing with economics in Poland, has the highest category of A+ in the assessment by the Committee for the Evaluation of Scientific Units (KEJN), carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and a positive institutional assessment by the Polish Accreditation Commission (PKA).
LEADER IN NATIONAL AND FOREIGN RANKINGS
Study programmes at the Faculty of Economic Sciences have leading positions in domestic and foreign rankings and compilations.
The programme in economics offered by the University of Warsaw won the ranking of economic studies conducted by universities not dedicated to economics, according to the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita", in 2019. In the 2021 ranking of fields of study by the magazine "Perspektywy", in the classification of the most popular fields of study conducted at Polish universities, the "Economics" programme conducted by the Faculty of Economic Sciences was considered the best in Poland, while the field of "Finance and Accountancy" took second place in the country.
Three fields of study led by the Faculty of Economic Sciences received prestigious Certificates of Excellence from the Polish Accreditation Commission, which testify to good practices in the field of education quality, such as innovation, and documented, regular scientific achievements by students and graduates. The Faculty of Economic Sciences is the only academic centre in Poland that can boast of having three such Certificates of Excellence in Education.
Master's studies conducted at the Faculty of Economic Sciences are highly rated every year in the international Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking. In 2021, three fields of study ("Data Science", "International Economics", and "Computer Science and Econometrics") were recognised as top programmes in Eastern Europe; "Quantitative Finance" was ranked 12th in the world, and "Finance, Investment and Accounting" was ranked 10th globally.
INNOVATIVE AND SPECIALISED FIELDS OF STUDY
Currently, there are over 2,000 students in the first-cycle and second-cycle programmes at the Faculty of Economic Sciences. The Faculty offers three main fields of study: Economics, Finance and Accounting, and Computer Science and Econometrics, and also highly-specialised areas, including unique English-language programmes which are focused on labour market dynamics: Data Science and Business Analytics, Quantitative Finance, and International Economics. In cooperation with the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of the University of Warsaw, the Faculty of Economic Sciences carries out an undergraduate programme called "Interdisciplinary economic-mathematical studies".
The Faculty also conducts postgraduate and doctoral studies, including an innovative, 4-year doctoral programme, "Quantitative psychology and economics", in cooperation with the Faculty of Psychology and the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics at the University of Warsaw.
The courses on offer are constantly updated and enriched, a process which is made possible through dynamic work with the Employers' Council that operates at the Faculty; it is an advisory body in the area of building bridges between the University and business, while adapting the economic sciences curriculum to the needs of the market.
Because of its active international cooperation and its wide range of English-language studies, the Faculty of Economic Sciences has a high degree of internationalisation: nearly 25% of the students are from other countries. Full accreditation from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in all 9 modules ("Finance and Accounting"/ "Finance, Investment and Accounting" and the "Business Economics" specialisation) is yet another confirmation of the high international standards of education implemented at the Faculty.
Our students have been successful in prestigious national and foreign industry competitions for years and have received grants for young researchers. Among the latest distinctions, in 2020, representatives of the Faculty took 5th place in the international Rotman International Trading Competition, a graduate of our bachelor's study programme was awarded the first prize in the 12th edition of the Competition of the President of the National Bank of Poland Award for the best diploma thesis in the field of economic sciences, and a graduate of the Faculty became a scholarship holder of the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding scientific achievements.
EXCELLENT CAREER PROSPECTS
Students at the Faculty are actively involved in academic life and cooperate with leading employers in the Polish and foreign markets in areas of banking, auditing, and tax and business consultancy, such as Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, PWC, PKO BP, PZU, or Citi.
Studies at the Faculty of Economic Sciences UW are a solid basis for professional work, and graduates of the Faculty are recognised as outstanding experts in the scientific and economic world. The results of the 2019 ranking by the newspaper Rzeczpospolita, compiled using Polish Graduate Tracking System (ELA) data, show that graduates of the Faculty achieve the highest average earnings in Poland in the first year after graduation.