The University of Warmia and Mazury (UWM) was founded on 1 September 1999, after merging three educational institutions: the fifty-year-old Academy of Agriculture and Technology, the thirty-year-old Pedagogy College and the 450-year-old Warmian Theological Institute.  The university employs about 3300 people of which 2000 are teachers including 491 professors.

Its seventeen faculties educate almost 31 000 students: 22,600 fulltime, 7,600 part-time, 600 doctoral and 2000 post-graduate. We provide our students with the opportunity to attain a comprehensive education in a wide range of studies: humanities, pedagogy, theology, fine arts, law, veterinary medicine, agriculture, engineering, biology, economics, mathematics and, since the academic year of 2008/2009, medicine. Students have a choice of 59 academic majors and three interdisciplinary studies.  Later on they may pursue doctoral studies in twenty two academic disciplines as well as 138 forms of post-graduate studies.

UWM is subject to evaluation for its curricula and quality of education by the State Accreditation Committee as well as   institutional and specialized accreditation committees.

European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education (EAEVE) granted acreditation to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Out of numbers faculties  of veterinary medicine in Poland, only our Faculty, have received a positive evaluation from EAEVE. 

The university is an autonomous institution. Eleven of the seventeen faculties have full academic rights to confer doctoral and postdoctoral degrees in fourteen disciplines, and sixteen faculties can confer doctoral degrees in twenty two disciplines. 

UWM does not only offer quality  education but is also a dynamic centre of culture and sports. There are many cultural organizations at the university including its choir, the Kortowo Folklore Song and Dance Troupe, the Cezar Student Theatre Group, the Skorpen Academic Scuba-Diving Club and the Jamnik Student Photography Club. University students' sporting achievements are also worth noticing. Our male volleyball team AZS UWM Olsztyn has won numerous times the Polish championship or been in either second or third place. Our students have also occupied the highest positions in other disciplines such as teakwondo, sailing and athletics.

The majority of the academic buildings and student residence buildings are located on the Kortowo campus, one of the most beautiful in Poland. A district of Olsztyn, it is administered by the ŻAK UWM Foundation.