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Welcome to the Study Abroad. Partnerships between Polish and American Universities in Practice conference website!

This event is an unprecedented initiative in Poland, organized by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission and EducationUSA, and fully funded by a competitive U.S. State Department grant. The aim of conference workshop and lecture sessions is to facilitate partnerships between higher education institutions in Poland and the U.S., with an ultimate goal of increasing U.S. student mobility to Poland. Nationwide and worldwide experts and field practitioners will combine theory and well-founded practices to provide Polish higher education decision makers with a plethora of tools for establishing or expanding successful linkages with U.S. partners. Individual meetings with U.S. higher education representatives will offer an exceptional opportunity to set up a direct partnership.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our partners, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, for their continuous support and collaboration on this unique endeavor.

Justyna Kozyra-Bober
Conference Chair
Fulbright Programs and EducationUSA Manager I Management Board Member
Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission

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20 April
2016

Warsaw
Poland

2
Countries

1
Goal

Speakers

Maria Brzostek

MARIA BRZOSTEK

EducationUSA Adviser and Cultural Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Consulate in Krakow

Grzegorz Mazurek

GRZEGORZ MAZUREK

Associate Dean for International Relations at Kozminski University

Christopher Medalis

CHRISTOPHER MEDALIS

International Education Expert

Agnieszka Nawrocka

AGNIESZKA NAWROCKA

Head of the International Relations Office for Cracow University of Economics

TOMASZ OSYPOWICZ

Director Plenipotentiary for International Co-operation at the Warsaw Institute of Aviation

Mark Schaub

MARK SCHAUB

Chief International Officer for Grand Valley State University

Beata Skibińska

BEATA SKIBIŃSKA

Deputy Director of the Erasmus+ Programme at the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE)

JACEK WITKOŚ

Vice-Rector for Research and International Cooperation at Adam Mickiewicz University

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9:00-10:30

One-on-one meetings of Polish and U.S. higher education representatives at the University of Warsaw Library.

Venue:
Warsaw University Library
Dobra 56/66

10:30-11:00

Transportation to Zielna Center from the Warsaw University Library provided by the organizers. Refreshments will be served.

11:00-11:30

Welcoming remarks from:

  • Justyna Kozyra-Bober, Conference Chair, EducationUSA and Fulbright Programs Manager, Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission
  • Aleksandra Pawłowska, Acting Director, Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission
  • Juliusz Szymczak-Gałkowski, Director of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • Keisha Lafayette, Deputy Cultural Attaché, U.S. Embassy Warsaw
  • Venue:
    Zielna Center
    Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

11:30-12:30

Introduction to partnerships with U.S. higher education institutions

Christopher Medalis, International Education Expert
Maria Brzostek, EducationUSA Adviser and Cultural Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Consulate in Krakow

Are you interested in forming meaningful partnerships with U.S. universities? This session will provide information and advice to representatives of Polish universities on how to achieve your partnership goals with U.S. institutions. The presenters will review the goals and motivations behind partnerships, discuss unique features of the U.S. and Polish higher education systems and how to take these into account when forming partnerships, and will share tips and best practices on how to make the partnerships strategic and sustainable. The presenters will share different formats and types of partnerships which are attractive to U.S. universities, successful cases, and will give tools and resources as take-aways for the participants.

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

12:30-13:15

Stages in building partnerships with U.S. higher education institutions

Jacek Witkoś, Vice-Rector for Research and International Cooperation at Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU)

The presentation concerns various aspects of the partnership between a Polish HEI and American universities, both state sponsored and private. After outlining the main stages in building a university partnership, the focus shifts to a case study, that is the collaboration between Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the University of Massachusetts in Lowell (UML). This partnership started in 2009, went through a number of stages: initially a delegation of senior officers from UML visited Poznań in October 2010 and a number of scholars in selected areas travelled both ways for brief study visits, lasting up to two weeks. The scientific collaboration led to the publication of joint papers, which was followed by an exchange of research students, mostly in the area of chemistry and physics, culminating in a common project in 2015 and a semester-long mobility involving 6 Polish Ph.D. students. The partnership was made possible through efforts of an AMU representative in the US permanently keeping in touch with UML.

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

13:15-14:00

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

14:00-14:45

Four decades of commitment and evolution: the Cracow University of Economics and Grand Valley State University partnership

Mark Schaub, Executive Director of Padnos International Center at Grand Valley State University
Agnieszka Nawrocka, Head of International Relations Office at the Cracow University of Economics

Now in its 41st year, the continuous partnership and exchange relationship between Grand Valley State University (Michigan, USA) and Cracow University of Economics serves as a model of what two institutions can achieve. The beneficiaries are students and faculty, but many individuals and units—on both sides—have been involved for the positive outcomes to continue over time. In this U.S.-Poland partnership, the same two key elements exist that are likewise necessary for any international partnership: (1) effort and involvement at all levels of the institution, and (2) a willingness to have the relationship evolve, as needs and circumstances change.

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

14:45-15:30

Case study of a successful Polish-U.S. institutional partnership: Warsaw Institute of Aviation and Ohio State University

Tomasz Osypowicz, Director Plenipotentiary for International Co-operation at the Warsaw Institute of Aviation

The session will discuss the growing academic collaboration between the Institute of Aviation and Ohio State University.

It will describe what factors contributed to the beginning of the relationship between the two institutions, what efforts were necessary to develop it, and where this cooperation stands today. The session will then go into particular detail about the series of Polish-American Conferences on Science and Technology that were at the core of the Institute of Aviation’s strategy for building relations with the United States of America.

Further, the session will present the opportunities and challenges involved in having a student exchange program with an American University. Mr. Borys Łukasik, a PhD Student at the Institute of Aviation who spent six months at Ohio State University as part of the student exchange program, will be present to share his experiences and answer questions.

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

15:30-15:45

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

15:45-16:30

Erasmus+ program contribution to cooperation between Polish and U.S. higher education institutions

Beata Skibińska, Deputy Director of the Erasmus+ Programme at the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE)

Erasmus+ is the EU's new umbrella program for education, training, youth and sport, designed to be more global and more integrated than ever before. It brings together seven EU programs and offers more opportunities for cooperation than its predecessors.

The academic year 2015/16 is the first year of implementation of student credit mobility (mobility defined as a limited period of study or training abroad in the framework of on-going studies for the purpose of gaining credits) and short term staff mobilities for teaching and training purposes in the framework of Erasmus+ Programme between Polish HEIs and HEIs located at other continents.

The presentation will focus on 4 areas: an overview of international mobility between Polish and American HEIs in the academic year 2015/16; a comparison of the demand of Polish HEIs for the students and staff exchange with the U.S. in 2015 and 2016; discussion of similarities and differences in credit mobility in European and American HEIs; and a commentary on how to prepare an application comprising the required information.

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

16:30-17:15

Best practices and challenges in building Polish-U.S. higher education partnerships

Grzegorz Mazurek, Vice-Rector for International Relations at Kozminski University

Kozminski University’s engagement in cooperation with American HEIs can be exemplified by exchange programs, residential weeks for MBA students from US b-schools, scientific cooperation, and hosting famous American Noble Prize winners. In recent years there has been an increased interest from American universities to widen and deepen the multilateral agreements and joint projects, which resulted from achieving the prestigious AACSB accreditation by Kozminski University. Although university’s cooperation with American HEIs is broad and extensive, there are several barriers which don’t make is as “smooth” as with European or Asian partners. These include course recognition, language certificate issues and many other challenges, which will be discussed during the session.

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

17:15-17:30

Closing remarks and diplomas

Justyna Kozyra-Bober, Polish-U.S Fulbright Commission

Venue:
Zielna Center
Zielna 37, 5th floor, Warsaw

18:00-20:00

U.S. Education Fair reception

Venue:
Minister-Counsellor Law’s Residence
Transportation from the Zielna Center is provided by the Organizers

Participating American Universities

Participating Polish Universities

Venue

Zielna Conference Center
Zielna 37, Warsaw

Warsaw University Library
Dobra 56/66, Warsaw