About the school
Founded in 1906, SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Szkoła Główna Handlowa w Warszawie, SGH) is the oldest and the most prestigious university of economics and business in Poland.
SGH Warsaw School of Economics offers many opportunities to study economics and business. Besides our Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD programmes we also offer post-graduate studies and executive studies for people interested in life-long learning.
Our educational system complies with the Bologna Declaration, which assumes:
- a system of academic grades which are easy to read and compare internationally, including the introduction of the diploma supplement,
- a system based on three cycles: a first cycle (Bachelor) geared to the employment market and lasting at least three years; a second cycle (Master); and a third cycle – doctoral studies,
- a system of accumulation and transfer of credits (ECTS),
- mobility of students, teachers and researchers,
- cooperation with regard to quality assurance,
- the European dimension of higher education.
Postgraduate studies & MBA programme
Postgraduate studies, with abundance of faculties and courses, are addressed to graduates of various universities. Our candidates can select from over 130 programmes in Polish and English including the prestigious Canadian Executive MBA programme.
Traditionally, SGH Warsaw School of Economics has been a centre for scientific research in economics and management science. Research projects are carried out by five collegia. Each year, our research results in over 1,5 thousand published books, monographies, scripts, coursebooks, articles and research papers. Every year, SGH publishes a bilingual, Polish & English report on the competitiveness of the country’s economy and around 150 expertises.
SGH takes part in a wide range of international student exchange programmes. The School has student exchange agreements with over 270 universities around the globe. SGH is involved in several international programmes for faculty and students. As the only university from Poland SGH is a member of CEMS. It offers a prestigious Master in International Management programme which is conducted jointly by 29 top business universities around the world.
SGH has traditionally been open to exchange of knowledge, educational and research experience with foreign academic centres. The School maintains international contacts cooperating with almost 300 foreign universities, and takes part in research activities conducted in collaboration with foreign centres. Each year foreign academics visit the School to attend seminars and conferences, give lectures and participate in joint research projects.
The history of the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) begins in 1906 with the foundation of the Private Courses of Commerce for Men.
In the XX century the School underwent numerous changes in its structure and teaching programme. It changed its name a few times, too. The School’s present name (Szkoła Główna Handlowa, literally meaning Main School of Commerce) emerged for the first time in 1933. The outbreak of World War II did not stop the School’s activity, which, under conspiracy, continued with its pre-war programme.
After World War II, under the pressure of the new political system the School Senate approved its nationalisation, trying, however, to maintain the independent teaching programme. In 1949 Polish authorities changed the name into Central School of Planning and Statistics and announced it the first socialist university in Poland, with centrally established programme and organisational principles.
It was not until the political change in 1989 that the School was in a position to officially carry out new programme and organisational reforms in order to comply with market economy requirements. The milestone of this process was the return to the traditional name of the School – Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in 1991 and a reform of the education system, so that all our students can now pursue individual courses of study.
In 2006 we introduced the new Statue, which declares that our educational system is based on the Bologna Declaration.
Among the famous pre-war alumni was Stefan Starzyński, an economist and politician, a mayor of Warsaw from 1934 till World War II. One of the most renowned SGH graduates is Professor Leszek Balcerowicz – Deputy Prime Minister in the first non-communist government and the president of the National Bank of Poland. The long list of graduates includes member of the European Commission professor Danuta Hübner, former speaker of the Sejm cabinet of the Polish Parliament Marek Borowski, president of Business Center Club Marek Goliszewski, former Minister of Finance Grzegorz Kołodko, former Prime Minister Józef Oleksy, former Ministers of Foreign Affairs Dariusz Rosati and Andrzej Olechowski, diplomat Jan Truszczyński and co-founder of the Warsaw Stock Exchange Wiesław Rozłucki. Artists: Sława Przybylska, Jeremi Przybora, Stanisław Dygat and Maciej Niesiołowski. Athletes: Teresa Sukniewicz, Ewa Kłobukowska and Grażyna Rabsztyn.
Studies, business and fun
There are over 40 students’ organizations at SGH – among them clubs focused on coaching, real estate, sport management, marketing, IT, negotiations… There is also a choir, dance club, sport association, tourist organization, movie club and many more. They make the university teem with life and activity almost incessantly. Warsaw School of Economics offers its students a possibility to gain professional experience by cooperating with multiple companies and organizations gathered in SGH Corporate Partners Club – among them are Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, L’OREAL, Mastercard, UniCredit and many other. Every student has a chance to complete an internship at these companies.
Students of SGH tend to win regularly international competitions organized by companies and institutions which cooperate with the School. In 2009-2011 students won the European edition of Google Online Marketing Challenge, while in 2012 they became the world champions by beating over 2000 teams from all over the world. In 2014 students won The Negotiation Challenge, the only international negotiation competition in Europe. They left behind teams from Iceland, Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Danmark, and United States. Team SGH also won prestigious KPMG International Case Competition and EY Financial Challenger.
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