The Senate is the highest collegiate body of the University. The term of office of the Senate is 4 years; it begins on 1 September in the year of elections and ends on 31 August of the year in which the term of office expires. The Senate deliberates at ordinary and extraordinary meetings. Ordinary meetings of the Senate are convened by the Rector at least once a month, except during periods free from teaching.

Meetings of the Senate are chaired by the Rector. Apart from the Rector, the Senate is composed of representatives of academic staff, representatives of non-academic staff and representatives of students and doctoral students. Meetings are also attended (in an advisory capacity) by vice-rectors and deans (if they are not members of the Senate), the Director General, the Director of Finance, the legal advisor, the internal auditor and representatives of trade unions operating at the University. The Rector may also invite other persons to participate in the meetings.


The competences of the Senate include matters regulated by the Act – Law on Higher Education and Science and the Statutes in particular, i.e.:

  • adopting the Statutes of the University,
  • adopting the Rules of Procedure of the University,
  • adopting the University’s strategy and approving the report on its implementation,
  • appointing and dismissing members of the University Council and electing its president,
  • giving its opinion on candidates for Rector,
  • giving consent to the creation, transformation and liquidation of organisational units of the University,
  • conferring the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University, the University Medal and other badges of honour,
  • determining the conditions, procedure, and date of commencement and termination of admissions to degree programmes,
  • establishing curricula for degree programmes, doctoral school curricula, and post-graduate programmes,
  • adopting regulations for doctoral schools
  • approving a specimen of the degree certificate, doctoral diploma and post-doctoral diploma,
  • adopting regulations for the management of copyright, related rights and industrial property rights, and rules for commercialisation,
  • adopting rules for the use of research infrastructure,
  • approving the establishment of or accession to the capital companies provided for by the Act by the University,
  • identifying candidates for representative institutions of higher education and science,
  • expressing opinions on matters submitted by the Rector, Faculty Council, Scientific Discipline Council or members of the Senate.

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