IROs Forum Award

On 24 July 2011 our dear Friend Barbara Centkowska passed away. She was the Director of the International Relations Office of the University of Economics in Katowice, Erasmus Institutional Coordinator, the originator, co-founder and first Chair of our network.

To keep Barbara’s memory alive, and to commemorate her achievements in the area of international academic cooperation, the IROs Forum member institutions decided to establish a special award.

The Barbara Centkowska Award of the IROs Forum” is made for outstanding contribution to the internationalization of education at Polish universities, for innovativeness and vision, examples of good practice or considerable services rendered to the development of IROs Forum. The recipient is presented with a diploma and a statuette.


2016 Ms Dominika Janik Hornik, CEO of Graceland Foundation, (1997-2016) University of Economics in Katowice,  (2005-2016) Head of Mobility and International Relations, President of IROs Forum in 2013.

2014  prof. Jan Wojtyła, Rector of the University of Economics in Katowice  (1996-2002), Dean of the Faculty of Finance and Insurance (2002-2012), Head of the Political Cabinet at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2005-2007)

2013  dr Paweł Jessa, Counsellor of the Polish Embassy in Minsk, Belorussia.

2012  Prof. Michal Sewerynski, Rector of the University of Lodz (1990-1996), Minister of Education and Science (2005-2006), Minister of Science and Higher Education (2006-2007), Senator since 2011.

2011  Ms Beata Skibinska, Deputy Director of LLP: Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus and Bologna Experts, Foundation for the Development of the Education System.

tribute to barbara centkowska