Multi-annual programmes: combating cancer and the development of the University of Warsaw

The Council of Ministers has established two important multi-annual programmes: “National Programme for Combating Cancer” and the “University of Warsaw 2016-2025”.

Photo: Archive of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

The first aims to continue, in 2016-2024, the programme for combating cancer (the first edition of the program was implemented in 2006-2015), focused on prevention, counteracting, and early detection of cancer. The programme will be financed from the state budget in the amount of PLN 250 million annually.

Malignant tumours are among the most serious threats to Poles’ life. According to the National Cancer Registry,  more than 150 thousand new cases and more than 90 thousand deaths due to malignant tumours are recorded in the country.

The main directions of activities included in the program are as follows: health promotion and prevention of cancer; secondary prevention, diagnosis and detection of cancer; supporting for treatment of cancer through replenishment and replacement of medical devices; oncology education; support for cancer registration system.

The second multi-annual programme, implemented in 2016-2025, aims at the development of the University of Warsaw, which will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary in 2016.

The University of Warsaw has a unique potential: university’s scholars and scientists have received the greatest number of prestigious European Research Council’s grants. The university’s leading role and importance has been further emphasized by the fact that seven faculties (out of 45 units in the country) received the highest scientific category A +.

Combining even further the potential of science with social sciences and humanities is a chance for a sustainable and integral development of the UW that would properly respond to today's challenges. Today’s world bridges the gaps between different fields of science - a humanist does need IT tools, and working with Big Data requires a combination of skills in statistics, ICT, and knowledge-based competencies. Therefore, teams should be set up that would combine expertise and competencies in many areas of science, and use tools to conduct research on a global level.

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