The bestowal of the title of doctor honoris causa of the Opole University to Prof. Andrzej Antoszewski will be the main item on the agenda of this year’s celebrations of the University Day on 10 March 2023.

The celebrations will begin the day before, i.e. on 9 March 2023, with a Holy Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows and St Adalbert in Opole. The Mass will be presided by Bishop Prof. Jan Kopec.

The main celebrations of the University Day will be held on 10 March 2023 at 11.00 a.m. in the Auditorium Hall of the University of Opole (Opole, Oleska 48).


The agenda includes the welcoming of guests and the opening of the ceremony by the Rector of the University of Opole, Prof. Marek Masnyk, the presentation of the proceedings on the conferment of the honorary doctorate of the University of Opole to Prof. Andrzej Antoszewski by the Director of the Institute of Political Science and Administration, Lech Rubisz, PhD, DSc, Assoc. Prof., and the laudation speech delivered by Prof. Krzysztof Zuba.

Afterwards, the doctoral diploma will be read by Prof. Rubisz and presented to Prof. Andrzej Antoszewski by the Rector of the UO, accompanied by the reviewers of the doctorate: Prof. Krzysztof Pałecki of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Prof. Tadeusz Wallas of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Next, Prof. Antoszewski will deliver his speech.

The musical setting of the ceremony will be provided by the university choir Dramma per Musica.

Prof. Andrzej Antoszewski is a doyen of political science in Poland, and creator of the scientific school of comparative research on democratic transformation of states and societies. Throughout his academic career, he was affiliated with the Institute of Political Science at the University of Wrocław, starting from the position of assistant (1972) and becoming full professor in 1999. He is the author (or co-author) of 16 monographs, editor of more than 10 collective works and almost 200 academic papers on the theory and practice of contemporary political systems. He has supervised about 500 master’s and bachelor’s theses, 22 doctoral dissertations, participated as a reviewer in the promotion of more than 60 doctoral degrees and 40 habilitations.

Prof. Andrzej Antoszewski belongs to a group of prominent Polish political scientists who have made an acclaimed contribution to the institutional development of the discipline and the shaping of its scientific identity. Since the 1990s he has been a member of the Committee for Political Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in the years 2006-2020 (4 terms) he was a
member of the Central Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles, in the years 1996-1999 he was the director of the Institute of Political Science at the University of Wrocław.