At first, in 1999, there were 12 faculties, 32 branches of study, and 24.500 students at UWM. The University also had a right to grant doctoral degrees in 13 scientific disciplines, and postdoctoral degrees in 6 branches. According to the University’s Act of Establishment, the position of the first Rector of UWM was taken by Prof. Ryszard Górecki, PhD.
Research activities carried out at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn comprise: statutory activities of scientific bodies, including activities that enhance the development of young scientists and doctoral candidates, funded by the internal competitive procedure; basic research and other assignments funded by the National Science Centre.
The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn is situated in a picturesque part of city - Kortowo campus, the unquestionable pride of the University. Learning, leisure and recreation - all these needs are satisfied at the campus. Kortowo occupies an area of 230 hectares and is surrounded by forest and 4 lakes, the biggest one - Kortowskie Lake creates great conditions for leisure activities.