Between 20 ─ 27 May 2017 members of the UG’s Jantar Song and Dance Ensemble represented Poland at the 2nd International Congress of Folklore "Dança e Tradição" in Passo Fundo, Brazil. The Congress, which takes place every two years, is organised by the Brazilian Federation for Folk Arts and FIDAF America. This year, the UG’s Jantar Song and Dance Ensemble was the only European representative, the other countries being Peru, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica and Argentina. For this reason, Polish folklore proved very exotic and drew the attention of the audience.
Between 31 May ─ 3 June 2017 a University of Gdańsk delegation took part in a series of official meetings with representatives of Chinese universities and other institutions which foster Polish-Chinese academic exchange, and with which the University of Gdańsk has already cooperated or with which it is planning to initiate cooperation.
On 17 May 2017 the Rector of the China Youth University of Political Studies (CYU) in Beijing, Mr Lin Wei, accompanied by a delegation, paid a visit to the University of Gdańsk.
The visit began with a meeting at the Confucius Institute, which is run by the University of Gdańsk in conjunction with the CYU. Rector Lin Wei and Vice Rector for Research Prof. Stepnowski formally opened a new unit at the Confucius Institute, the Centre for Studies and Culture, which will deal with translation and the promotion of the culture and language of China as well as Poland.
The University of Gdańsk’s Institute of Oceanography has acquired a new building for the Professor Krzysztof Skóra Hel Marine Station in the ‘Błękitna Wioska/Blue Village’ to serve didactic, research and educational functions. The new building draws on the architecture of the region and as such blends into the seaside landscape. The building houses a seminar and educational hall for 100 people and a didactic and laboratory room.
At the invitation of the Rector of the University of Gdańsk, Dr hab. Jerzy P. Gwizdała, associate professor, the Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin met at the University of Gdańsk with rectors of Pomeranian higher education institutions affiliated with the Rectors’ Council of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. At the University of Gdańsk the Deputy Prime Minister also met Tri-City journalists.
Rector of Kaliningrad State Technical University Prof. Vladimir A. Volkogon, the UG’s Vice-Rector for Science and International Cooperation Prof. Piotr Stepnowski and the Dean of the Faculty of Management Prof. Mirosław Szreder have signed a cooperation agreement.
The Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Gdańsk has celebrated its 25th anniversary. Although it was established in 1991, its beginnings date back to 1945. The jubilee event was held on 17 March 2017.
On 21 February 2017, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Dr hab. Tadeusz Dmochowski, associate professor, was elected to the five-member Jury of the Political Science Committee Award at the Polish Academy of Sciences which recognises outstanding articles on the subject of political science.
The Director of the Baltic Opera Warcisław Kunc and the Rector of the University of Gdańsk Prof. Jerzy Gwizdała have signed a cooperation agreement with a view to jointly popularise science, knowledge and culture, to exchange experience in didactics and to organise joint educational and cultural enterprises.
The agreement was signed on 14 February 2017 at the University of Gdańsk’s Rector’s Office.