The third edition of IROs Forum Coffee

On the 1st of July the third edition of IROs Forum Coffee took place.

The special guest was Ms. Monika Poboży, Director of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Science.
The discussion concerned activities aimed at supporting Belarusian students in the recruitment and education in Poland and special scholarship programs.

The meeting was attended by 9 representatives of higher education institutions associated within the IROs Forum.

IROs Forum Coffee with the President of the CRASP International Affairs Committee – 30/04/2021

On the 30th of April 2021 took place a virtual meeting of IROs Forum representatives with the President of the CRASP International Affairs Committee, His Magnificence Prof. Jerzy Lis, Rector of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

The fruitful discussion concerned, among others sustainable foreign policy or the issue of reevaluating the priorities of Polish universities in foreign academic cooperation after the post-pandemic period.

The President of IROs Forum, Mrs Marta Foryś, presented the challenges currently faced by Polish universities such as Erasmus Without Paper or the difficulties in obtaining visas by foreigners.

In order to take into account the voice of the community of people associated with the internationalization of Polish universities, Prof. Jerzy Lis suggested that IROs Forum should have its representative during the meetings of the CRASP International Affairs Committee. The aim of the Committee is to define the priorities of foreign cooperation for the next years. The representatives of IROs Forum declared their willingness to support CRASP in its intended activities related to building the brand of Polish higher education in the world.

IROs Forum at „Foreign students in Poland 2021” conference

The XV conference „Foreign students in Poland 2021” took place between 26th and 27th of April, 2021.

Within its frameworks this online event included 11 panel sessions with 40 speakers involved, as well as 2 special reports on internationalization and 2 gala awards: INTERSTUDENT 2021 – 11th edition of the competition for the best international student and STARS OF INTERNATIONALIZATION 2021 – 4TH edition of background award.

The conference organisers were: The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences and “Perspektywy” Educational Foundation.

As every year, the IROs Forum representatives participated in this annual feast of higher education’s internationalization.

On the first day of the conference, during the joint session of IROs Forum and NAWA (Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange) related to challenges and good practises in the area of higher education’s internationalization, former IROs Forum President Mrs Dorota Maciejowska of Jagiellonian University (currently IROs Forum honorary member) and Mrs Katarzyna Baron-Lisiakiewicz – the Director of International Relations Office of Cracow University of Technology had an opportunity to present the conclusions of consultation workshops which took place in December 2020.

During the conference’s second day IROs Forum was represented by Mrs Ewa Kiszka – Head of the Department of Internationalization of Medical University of Gdańsk, who shared with the participants her experiences referring to virtual marketing in the area of foreigners’ recruitment process at the time of pandemic.

On the other hand IROs Forum President – Mrs Marta Foryś of AGH UST University of Science and Technology in Krakow was presenting new initiatives and actions initiated by IROs to support the internationalization of Polish higher education. She underlined the role of local networks of academical cooperation such as KUN Krakow Universities Network.

On behalf of IROs Forum we would like to thank the organizers sincerely for the invitation to join this spectacular event, whereas Mrs President Marta Foryś oraz IROs Forum members: Mrs Dorota Maciejowska, Mrs Katarzyna Baron-Lisiakiewicz and Mrs Ewa Kiszka for suitable representation and promotion of Our Network.

See you next year!

Spotkania IROs dla Admissions Officers

26 marca oraz 8 kwietnia odbyły się spotkania online ponad 60 pracowników uczelni członkowskich IROs Forum, zajmujących się rekrutacją kandydatów z zagranicy. Jest to kontynuacja wieloletnich działań zmierzających do wymiany doświadczeń w tym zakresie. Uczestnicy bardzo chcieli spotkać się stacjonarnie, jednak pandemia uniemożliwia dziś takie spotkania. Wcześniej podobne spotkania odbywały się już na Uniwersytecie Wrocławskim, Uniwersytecie Śląskim w Katowicach oraz Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim w Krakowie.
Grupa rozmawiała o stypendystach NAWA, rekrutacji studentów z Białorusi, działaniach niezbędnych dla udanej rekrutacji w czasach restrykcji na całym świecie, zagadnieniach prawnych i przepisach dotyczących kształcenia studentów z zagranicy i wiele, wiele innych. Niestety formuła online bardzo ograniczyła czas na rozmowy i pozbawiła tego, co jest zawsze cenne, czyli rozmowy poza salą konferencyjną.

Uczestnicy bardzo chcieli spotkać się stacjonarnie, jednak pandemia uniemożliwia dziś takie spotkania. Wcześniej podobne spotkania odbywały się już na Uniwersytecie Wrocławskim, Uniwersytecie Śląskim w Katowicach oraz Uniwersytecie Jagiellońskim w Krakowie.
Grupa rozmawiała o stypendystach NAWA, rekrutacji studentów z Białorusi, działaniach niezbędnych dla udanej rekrutacji w czasach restrykcji na całym świecie, zagadnieniach prawnych i przepisach dotyczących kształcenia studentów z zagranicy i wiele, wiele innych. Niestety formuła online bardzo ograniczyła czas na rozmowy i pozbawiła tego, co jest zawsze cenne, czyli rozmowy poza salą konferencyjną.

Hand in Hand into the Future International Alumni Relations Conference

We have the pleasure to invite everyone interested in International Alumni Relations to participate in the online conference “Hand in Hand into the Future”. On Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, international and Polish experts will share their knowledge and experience in International Alumni Relations during three sessions. The conference is organized as part of a project under the “International Alumni” Program operated by the NAWA Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange

IROs Forum Workshop on Erasmus Without Paper

On the 5th of February 2021 took place  a virtual workshops dedicated  to the implementation of the Erasmus Without Paper project based on the practices from the  University of Warsaw.

Over 80 employees from 19 universities participated in this event.

We would like to thank the workshop moderators, Mrs. Klementyna Kielak and Mr. Kamil Olszewski from the University of Warsaw for sharing with us their experience in the proceeding in concluding an interinstitutional agreements based on the USOS and EWP program, implementation of the Online Learning Agreement for both incoming and outgoing students or EWP applications.

The workshop participants also discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the Dashboard vs. USOS.

Thank you all participants for your commitment and presence in this matter, which is very important for the entire academic community.

AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków as the head university of the IROs Forum

On the 1th of January, 2021, AGH UST took over the chairmanship of the IROs Forum Network.

In the years 2021-2022, Marta Foryś, the Head of the Department of International Relations at AGH UST, will be the President of the IROs Forum Council.

Ms. Marta Foryś predecessor is Mrs. Dorota Maciejewska, specialist for Una Europa and university networks of the Vice-Rector’s Office for International Cooperation of the Jagiellonian University. Our sincere appreciation to the former President for her contribution and commitment to the development of the Network

The first meeting, inaugurating the chairmanship of AGH UST and Ms. Marta Foryś at the IROs Forum took place on the 15th of January 2021. In her presentation Nothing About Us Without Us, the new President outlined plans for the next two years, including strengthening the recognition of the IROs Forum in Poland and abroad, organizing training and workshops on internationalization dedicated to employees from Polish universities, establishing cooperation with local consortia, beginning preparations for the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the IROs Forum.