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Study in Pomorskie – agreement between the Pomeranian Voivodeship Regional Government and Pomeranian higher education institutions
“Study in Pomorskie” – an agreement concerning support for activities designed to internationalise and increase the competitiveness of Pomeranian academic centres and enhance the competitiveness of the region has been signed by the Pomeranian Voivodeship Regional Government and eight Pomeranian higher education institutions, the University of Gdańsk being one of the signatories.
The agreement concerning the introduction of the strategic enterprise Study in Pomorskie is one tool in the implementation of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Development Strategy 2020 entitled: “The preparation and promotion of a complex offer for foreign students and an offer to support the employment of foreign researchers, with the participation of key Pomeranian higher education institutions”.
On the basis of the Study in Pomorskie agreement, the Pomeranian Voivodeship Regional Government and Pomeranian higher education institutions (signatories of the agreement) have undertaken to prepare an annual action plan which will outline the scope of joint enterprises for a given year, accompanied by a list of leaders and a specification of the agreement’s signatories’ annual financial commitment. The resources necessary for the implementation of the agreement will come from the budget of the Pomeranian Voivodeship (the Voivodeship Regional Government has decided to allocate resources from its 2017 budget to the value of 100,000 PLN) and the budgets of the higher education institutions, the signatories of the agreement.
The agreement was signed on 14 March 2017. Signatories included the Pomeranian Voivodeship Regional Government and the following Pomeranian higher education institutions:
- Gdynia Maritime University
- Music Academy in Gdańsk
- Pomeranian University in Słupsk
- Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk
- Jędrzej Śniadecki Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk
- Gdańsk University of Technology
- University of Gdańsk.
Study in Pomorskie is a joint initiative of those institutions, comprising, amongst others, the following activities:
- creating coherent and effective promotion of these institutions with regard to their didactic and extra-didactic offer
- creating an information platform concerning the institutions’ academic position and research potential as well as the attractiveness of Pomeranian towns and cities, the Tri-City Metropolitan Area and the Voivodeship
- improving the image of the Voivodeship as a place open to foreigners and offering high-level studies, improving the quality of service offered to foreign students and employees
- increasing network connections between the institutions at the Voivodeship level and outside, intensifying cooperation regarding research development, implementation and social and cultural aspects, Pomeranian higher education institutions organising joint undertakings (e.g. by participating in fairs or exhibition events or conferences).
Amongst others, the joint efforts of the Pomeranian Voivodeship Regional Government and the Pomeranian higher education institutions are aimed at increasing the number of foreign students and students from outside the Pomeranian Voivodeship studying at Pomeranian universities, keeping the graduates of Pomeranian secondary schools at regional universities, creating joint, well-coordinated and effective promotion of Pomeranian higher education institutions with regard to their didactic and extra-didactic offer, improving the image of the Voivodeship as a place open to foreigners and offering high-level studies, improving the quality of service offered to foreign students and employees as well as increasing network connections between Pomeranian higher education institutions.
Foreign students at the University of Gdańsk:
In the current academic year 2016/2017, the University of Gdańsk is the place of study for a total of 724 foreign nationals – 665 students and 59 doctoral students.
- 474 students in first-cycle and second-cycle studies as well as in long-cycle studies (as part of full-cycle studies, fee-paying students or studying for free with the Karta Polaka (Pole’s Card), as beneficiaries of Polish government scholarships or other scholarship programmes). These include students from all over the world, with the largest groups coming from Ukraine (194), Russia (61), China (29) and Lithuania (29). The most popular field of study is International Business.
- 191 students as part of the Erasmus+ Programme. This group includes students who come for one or two semesters. They come from all European countries and from universities which have signed agreements with the University of Gdańsk. The largest group of Erasmus students comes from Spain. Students from Germany, Turkey, Italy, France or Romania are also more and more frequently deciding to study here. The most popular fields of study amongst Erasmus students this year include Economics, Pedagogy and Law.
- 59 doctoral students.
Foreign students can study at the University of Gdańsk in English or Polish. The University of Gdańsk’s offer of studies in English comprises 6 first-cycle fields of study (Bachelor’s degree); 5 second-cycle fields of study (Master’s degree) and 5 doctoral studies (PhD). The study offer in Polish comprises 72 first-cycle and second-cycle fields of study, long-cycle studies and 20 doctoral studies (subject to a proficiency in Polish and successful completion of the recruitment process under the same conditions as Polish students).
Fields of study at the University of Gdańsk conducted entirely in English:
First-cycle studies (three years) – Bachelor’s degree studies:
- International Business
- European Business Administration
- Financial analyst
- Medical Physics
Second-cycle studies (two years) – Master’s degree studies:
- International Business
- European and International Business Law (scheduled to commence in 2017/2018)
- Medical Physics
Doctoral studies – (Doctoral degree ─ PhD):
- Doctoral (PhD) Studies in Law in English
- English Language part-time doctoral studies in Economics
- Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies in Mathematical Modelling
- International Ph.D. Programme “Chemistry for Health and the Environment” (INTERCHEM)
- Life Sciences and Mathematics Interdisciplinary Studies.
Dr Beata Czechowska-Derkacz, University of Gdańsk spokesperson