iNTERNATIONALIZATION IS A PHILOSOPHY, INTERNATIONALIZATION OF EDUCATION CHANGES THE WORLD FOR A BETTER
LET’S START! Today we start our summit with the the IROs Forum Council meeting. Did you know that the last IROsF “live” meeting was held 547 days ago, which is 1 year, 5 months and 29 days. Five days after our meeting in March 2020 The World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The pandemic did not stop our activities, on the contrary – plenty was happening despite the fact that it was online.
Only in 2021 there were:
7 meetings of IROsF members,
we organized 3 Coffees with IROsF (FRSE, CRASP The Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland, MEiN),
we participated in the meetings of the Committee for International Cooperation KRASP and the Comittee of “Stars of Internationalization” – Perspektywy Foundation;
we participated in 3 sessions of the conference “Foreign students in Poland 2021”.
Admission Officers and EWP working groups met 6 times,
we partnered 4 international conferences,
prepared a publication with NAWA Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange
recorded a KRASP podcast with “PRom”
we accepted 2 new members: Poznan University of Technology and Bialystok University of Technology.
We will summarize all these on-line events face-to face 😊 in the coming days in Krakow, but mainly we will talk about new plans, challenges and good practices during the pandemic. As you can see, the time of the pandemic did not weaken international cooperation and our activities, but we have already missed each other a great deal and we look forward to our time together at AGH UST.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.