Foreign Students in Poland 2015 conference

Organisers: Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Marie Curie-Sklodowska University(UMCS), City of Lublin, “Perspektywy” Education Foundation

Venue: UMCS Law and Administration Faculty Auditorium
Lublin, Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 5

(as of 20.01.2015)


Wednesday 21 January 2015

15:00 – 19:00 Registration
venue: Mercure Unia Lublin Hotel, Al. Racławickie 12, 20-037 Lublin

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception
Mercure Unia Lublin Hotel


Thursday, 22 January 2015

08:30 – 09:30 Registration
venue: Auditorium of the UMCS Law and Administration Faculty, Lublin Plac Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej 5

09:30 – 09:45  Opening Session

  • Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Michałowski – Rector, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University –
  • Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś – Chairman, Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Rector, University of Silesia
  • Krzysztof Żuk – Mayor of Lublin
  • Waldemar Siwiński – President “Perspektywy” Education Foundation

9:45 – 10:15 First day Keynote speech

  • • Representative of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (tbc)

10:15 – 11.30 Plenary session I
Key problems of internationalisation of the Polish universities 2015 – where are we? Which way are we going?

Chair: Prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Nykiel, Chairman, KRASP International Cooperation Committee, Rector, University of Łódź


  • Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Koźmiński, President and founder of the Koźmiński University: - Internationalisation of science and didactics – How to eat this frog and enjoy it?
  • Prof. dr hab. inż. Jan Szmidt, Rector, Warsaw University of Technology: - Development by internationalisation
  • Prof. dr hab. Marta Kicińska-Habior, Vice Rector University of Warsaw


11:30 – 12:00 coffee break

12:00 – 13.30 Plenary session II
Students from the East – recruitment, service, place on the job market

Chair: Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Michałowski, Rector, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, plus introduction: - What are they like, where did they come from, what are they planning? – the results of a survey of Ukrainian students at UMCS


  • Prof. dr hab. Mirosław Nakonieczny, Vice Rector), University of Silesia; Joanna Laskowska, Head of the International Students Admissions Office, University of Silesia: - Where exactly is the East? Recruitment potential of the eastern markets.
  • Łukasz Wojdyga, Director , Centre for International Cooperation, Warsaw University of Technology: - Lessons of implementation of the Erasmus Mundus programme with participation of universities from Ukraine and other eastern countries. Conclusions drawn from the free places offered foreigner students at the WUT.
  • Maria Stós, Recruitment Department, Jagiellonian University; Gabriela Nowicka, JU International Students Office: – Foreign? Far-away? Our own! – students from East at the Jagiellonian University.
  • Prof. dr hab. Barbara Hlibowicka-Węglarz, Vice Rector, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University: - How to effectively build a brand of a university friendly to Eastern students – example of the UMCS in Lublin.


  • Dr Bianka Siwińska, Coordinato, “Study in Poland”, “Perspektywy” Education Foundation: - “They take our places...” – problem of the social perception of presence of Ukrainian students in Poland
  • Prof. Taras Finikov, President, International Foundation for Educational Policy Research (Ukraine), former deputy minister of education of Ukraine: “End of the Ukrainian Eldorado?” (report presentation)


13:30 - 14:45 lunch

14:45 – 16:15 Plenary session III
International student recruitment – key markets, good practice, new initiatives

Chair: Waldemar Siwiński, President, “Perspektywy” Education Foundation


  • Prof. dr hab. inż. Tomasz Łodygowski, Rector Poznań University of Technology: - “Study Engineering in Poland” program - engineers joining forces
  • Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Bieńkowski, Vice Rector, Łazarski University: - Development of economy studies in English language in Poland –best examples and international cooperation
  • Barbara Nowacka, Chancellor, Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology: - Presentation of the project financed through the “Promotion of education at Polish universities among foreigners” program
  • Ewa Kiszka, Department for International Cooperation, Promotion and Development Projects, Gdańsk Medical University: - Swamped by recruitment agencies – without a test drive
  • Tomasz Jurek, marketing expert: "I like it!" – promotion of a university’s offer for the foreign targets on Facebook

Preview of the “Study in Poland” promotional video


16:15 – 16:30 coffee break

16:30 – 18:00  Plenary session IV
Internationalisation partners. Possibilities of systemic support for the Polish universities by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MSZ), Ministry of Interior (MSW), Border Guard – SG and organizations responsible for economic promotion of Poland

Chair: Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Mania, Vice Rector, Jagiellonian University

Invited speakers:

  • Marek Ciesielczuk, Director,MSZ Consular Department
  • Tomasz Szeratics, Director, Department of Public and Cultural Diplomacy
  • Tomasz Cytrynowicz, Director, Office for Foreigners
  • Kpt. SG Iwona Przybyłowicz, Advisor, Foreigners Management, Border Guard
  • Sławomir Majman, Chairman, Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency
  • Robert Kępiński, Advisor to the Chairman of the Polish Tourist Organisation

19:30 – 22:00 Conference Dinner combined with the Gala of the INTERSTUDENT competition for best international student in Poland
venue: Mercure Unia Lublin Hotel.

Friday, 23 January 2015

09:30 – 11:00  Plenary session V
Higher Education – the key to the future. International promotion of big cities through support of their academic potential

Chair: dr Mariusz Sagan, Director for Strategy and Investors Service, Lublin City Council

Invited to the panel:

  • Hanna Zdanowska, Mayor of the City of Łódź
  • Jacek Jaśkowiak, Mayor of the City of Poznań
  • Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk
  • Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of the City of Lublin


11:00 – 11:30 coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 Special session (delivered in English)
Internationalisation - seen from outside Poland

Chair: Prof. Wiesław Banyś, President of CRASP, Rector of the University of Silesia


  • Prof. Hans de Wit, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan: - Global trends in internationalisation
  • Prof. Sijbolt Noorda, President, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA, Brussels), President, Magna Charta Observatory (MCO, Bologna): - Internationalization, quality issues

12:30 – 14:30 Plenary session VI
Internationalisation in the area of research – necessity, challenges, strategy

Chair: Prof. dr hab Jacek Witkoś, Vice Rector, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań


  • Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Kistryn, Vice Rector, Jagiellonian University
  • Prof. dr hab. Adam Jezierski, Vice Rector University of Wrocław
  • Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk, Chairperson of The Top 500 Innovators’ Association, Country Contact Point “Horizon 2020”: - International networking – how to effectively launch your offer on the international research and innovation market.


13:30 – 14:00  Closing session
Challenges of internationalisation of the Polish higher education in the changing European and global landscape

  • Prof. dr hab. Wiesław Banyś
  • Prof. dr hab. Stanisław Michałowski
  • Waldemar Siwiński

14:00 -15:00 Farewell lunch

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