Internationalisation of Higher Education in challenging times

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Between June and July 2022 the 8th edition of the training “Internationalisation of Higher Education” was held. Over 70 representatives of Ukrainian universities took part in the programme. “In these challenging times it is crucial to show our Ukrainian partners and friends that they can count on us” – says Ms. Ilona Głowacka, Senior Specialist for International Recruitment and Promotion and Coordinator of the training programme, Collegium Civitas.

The training programme “Internationalization of Higher Education” was organized by Collegium Civitas in cooperation with the Center for Polish Education from Kiev (currently based in Warsaw) as a part of a series of educational events which have already gathered over 500 participants from Ukraine. This time the programme was focused on internationalization as well as help for Ukrainan students and faculty members in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine.

During the lectures and workshop sessions the participants met the Rector of Collegium Civitas, Prof. Stanisław Mocek, Ms. Beata Skibińska, Director of the Higher Education Department at the National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, Vice-Rector for International Relations Dr Katarzyna Maniszewska, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Dr Dr Roland Zarzycki, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs Dr Paweł Maranowski as well as Dr Agnieszka Nitza, Deputy Head of the International Relations Department and Dr Sławomir Klimkiewicz, renowned expert in international relations and intercultural communication.

The topics of lectures and workshops included: the Polish system of higher education, international promotion and development of the strategy of internationalization. Dr Dr Zarzycki presented the organization of the teaching process with the ‘bridge’ study programmes conducted in Ukrainian at Collegium Civitas. Dr Maranowski focused in his speech on organization of assistance to international students in crisis situations with the example of Ukrainian students.  Other topics included: opportunities presented by the Erasmus+ Programme for Ukrainian universities, high effective teaching practices, intercultural project design and communication.

The main aim of the training was to give the opportunity not only to take part in lectures and meetings with experts but also to exchange ideas with fellow participants and colleagues from Collegium Civitas, to learn about assistance offered by Polish universities to Ukrainian academia as well as to discuss collaboration possibilities.