From June 6-10, 2016, the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago presented a special exhibit documenting the 200-year long history of the University of Warsaw, Poland at the James R. Thompson Center Atrium.
On November 19, 1816, Emperor of Russia and King of Poland Alexander I signed the Royal University of Warsaw Foundation Act, which the University officially launched one and a half years later, on May 14, 1818. Throughout 2016 the University of Warsaw celebrates the 200th anniversary of its inception.
On February 19, 2014, the University of Warsaw’s Senate passed a special resolution on the forthcoming 200th anniversary of UW. “The University of Warsaw is the leader among Poland’s universities. We want and are able to lead among universities in Europe, to play an active part in the international academic and research community. Our ambition is to further consolidate our standing, attract the smartest students and create a forum for international dialogue,” reads the resolution.
Chicago’s large Polish American community has many University of Warsaw alumni, many of whom continue to contribute to Chicago’s vibrant academic, business and cultural life.