The Warsaw School of Economics (SGH.) is the oldest business school in Poland. It is ranked first amongst Polish business schools in the Perspektywy ranking.
The Warsaw School of Economics was founded in 1906 as a private school under the name August Zieliński Private Trade Courses for Men. On 30 July 1919 it became a separate legal entity and was granted the status of an institution of higher education. The school was renamed Szkoła Główna Handlowa (SGH) in 1933. Following World War II SGH was nationalized and its name changed to Szkoła Główna Planowania i Statystyki (Main School of Planning and Statistics). The school regained its pre-war name after the fall of communism in 1991.
The Warsaw School of Economics offers courses leading to bachelor's or master's degrees to both full-time and extramural students. It also offers programs for doctoral and postgraduate degrees. Its Finance and Accounting program was ranked among the Top 40 European Masters in Management by the Financial Times, 2008.
The Warsaw School of Economics cooperates with around 200 higher education institutions around the world within student and staff exchange areas. It is also a member of the CEMS, the LLP Erasmus, the Partnership in International Management network (PIM) and the European University Association EUA.
It is located at the northern edge of the Mokotów district of Warsaw. Bus and tram stops as well as the Pole Mokotowskie metro station are nearby.
The Warsaw School of Economics abandoned the traditional departmental structure segregating students on the basis of their major.
Professors as well as research and teaching programmes are grouped in five Colleges (Collegiums) as well as a number of extra-collegial units, such as the foreign language teaching center.
SGH is a university with no departments. Within full-time and part-time studies, they are conducted in two levels. Bachelor studies, which last for 6 semesters, lead to a Bachelor's professional title. Holders of such a title may apply for a place and begin Master studies which last for 4 semesters. To obtain a diploma (as well as credit terms) it is necessary to gather the required minimum points. Individual subjects are divided into mandatory sections for particular fields, optional for those subjects, additional items which help develop the knowledge unrelated to specific subjects, and objects of education common to all economists. Different subjects can have different minimum points for each of these types of items.
SGH full-time students are offered the following fields of study in Polish:Economics,
European Master in Law and Economics,
Finance and Accounting,
Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems,
Management (Business Administration),
Public Sector Economics (Public Administration),
Spatial Economic Policy,
From 2006/2007 Academic Year SGH Studies are divided into:Bachelor's Studies (undergraduate) – 6-semester
Master's Studies (graduate) – 4-semester
Doctoral Studies – 6-semester
System based on ECTS credits
All SGH students study basic macro- and micro- economics, mathematics, statistics, philosophy, social science, law, history, geography, and languages during the first three semesters. After having passed the required examinations for the first three semesters, they then must register for one out of the six offered areas of studies. The BA degree is granted after completing a required amount of credits (about seven semesters of studies) and the MA (MSc) degree is granted after completing about eight to ten semesters (including six semesters for the BA) which is the maximum period of tuition free study at SGH. It is worth mentioning that students do not have to get the BA before applying for the master's degree, and the time span required for the degree in the given specialisation(s) depends mostly on students themselves, due to the free choice of courses (some limitations apply), professors, and the maximum work load per semester.
SGH is currently working with over 250 foreign universities, as well as with many international organizations. Main partners are universities from the European Union, North America and Asia. Every year, an international students' exchange involves about 500 students of the Warsaw School of Economics and the university hosts over 300 students from foreign universities.
Among important international cooperation programs are: LLP Erasmus, CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education), Polish-German Academic Forum at SGH, Partnership in International Management (PIM), double diploma programmes (i.e. with Technical University Berlin), bilateral agreements and others.
The Student Union, elective body representing all SGH students in the School’s Senate and participating in setting all study regulations, provides students with housing and financial aid as well as organizes a wide range of cultural events.
Along with over 20 local associations and 100 science clubs, all the most important international organizations are present at SGH. AEGEE, AIESEC or ESN give students a possibility to experience real teamwork, participate in project realization and events management.Collegium of Economic Analysis (Kolegium Analiz Ekonomicznych)
Collegium of Socio-Economic Policy (Kolegium Ekonomiczno-Społeczne)
Collegium of World Economy (Kolegium Gospodarki Światowej)
Collegium of Business Administration (Kolegium Nauk o Przedsiębiorstwie)
Collegium of Management and Finance (Kolegium Zarządzania i Finansów)
The Library of Warsaw School of Economics is the largest economics library in Poland with its 786 334 volumes of monographs; 216 778 volumes of serials; 983 titles of subscribed periodicals – Polish and foreign, and ca. 30 000 titles of foreign journals in electronic form. The SGH Library holdings are organized in several collections. Each collection is available in different departments, on precisely defined conditions: by free access, by library order slips, or by borrowing. Students are allowed to borrow books exclusively from the Students’ Lending Library.
There are two gyms, a fitness room, a swimming pool and a sauna available for students on the SGH campus. One may sign up for either Physical Education (PE) class or varsity team activities, neither of which is compulsory. PE classes include: soccer, basketball, volleyball, callanetics, aerobics, swimming and dancing. Varsity team activities offered are: karate, skiing, aerobics, rock climbing, tennis, table tennis, track and field sports, sailing, soccer, swimming, volleyball and basketball.Leszek Balcerowicz – former Chairman of the National Bank of Poland, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland, architect of the free market reforms in Poland
Marek Góra – co-author of the pension system reform in Poland
Danuta Hübner – European Commissioner for Regional Policy
Michał Kalecki – called: "one of the most distinguished economists of the 20th century"
Stanisław Kluza – former Minister of Finance of Poland, former Chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission
Oskar Lange – economist, econometrician, President of the UN Security Council (1946), and Member of Parliament
Dariusz Rosati – former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, member of the European Parliament
The majority of Ministers of Finance in the governments of the III Republic of Poland were SGH alumni, including all from 1988 to 1997.Leszek Balcerowicz – see above
Elżbieta Bieńkowska - current Minister of Regional Development of Poland.
Marek Borowski – former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland, former Speaker of Sejm
Danuta Hübner – European Commissioner for Regional Policy
Stanisław Kluza – see above
Grzegorz Kołodko – former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland
Józef Oleksy – former Polish Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration
Marek Rocki – former Rector (1999–2005), since 2005 member of the Senate of Poland
Dariusz Rosati – see above
Wiesław Rozłucki – founder and former President of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (1991–2006)
Michał Rutkowski – economist, co-author of the pension system reform in Poland, director in the World Bank in Washington, DC
Stefan Starzyński – president of Warsaw from 1934 to the fall of the city in World War II in 1939
Edward Szczepanik – last Prime Minister of the Polish government in exile