Without strong research centres it is difficult to realise dreams of development. Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the inauguration of the academic year in Gorzów Wielkopolski

The fate and development of Polish science is inseparably linked with the future of our Homeland, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the Friday inauguration of academic year 2016/2017 at the Jacob of Paradies University in Gorzów Wielkopolski.

1 of 12
Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

First inauguration of the academic year at the Jacob of Paradies University

The Jacob of Paradies University in Gorzów Wielkopolski opened its door in September 2016. The Academy took over the rights and obligations of the former State Higher Vocational School. Gorzów needs such a university and deserves the Academy to be the leading university in this part of Lubuskie Voivodeship, and the State Higher Vocational School is ready to take up this uneasy but necessary challenge, Prime Minister Beata Szydło congratulated the authorities, the teaching and research personnel and students on their first inauguration of an academic year. The head of the government also wished them success so they could contribute to the best possible development of science in Western Poland and have considerable influence on the development of Polish science.

The Prime Minister recalled that a year ago, still during the election campaign, was the first time when she talked about the idea of establishing the Jacob of Paradies University in Gorzów Wielkopolski with representatives of local authorities and Minister of Family Elżbieta Rafalska. The head of the Ministry of Family, who is at the same time a Sejm deputy from Lubuskie Voivodeship, led the work aimed at creating a new Gorzów-based university. The Prime Minister stressed that the identity element had been one of the key factors that decided on its creation. The university will set the tone and emanate its work, projects, programmes, etc. not only in this part of the region. We need centres in Western Poland that will anchor in this region the people who have roots here and build their future here, Prime Minister Beata Szydło addressed university authorities, students and local government officials.

Changes at Polish universities

The beginning of academic year is a time of changes in Polish science and higher education. Without strong scientific centres, the dreams of development, catching up with the fastest developers, would be difficult to realise, emphasised Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She added that with the new academic year 2016/2017 the government reduced red tape at universities and introduced better conditions for the scientific personnel and students. This is just the first step. We will introduce subsequent projects and work on changes in higher education will continue in close cooperation with scientific circles, assured the Prime Minister. She said that the government had ambitions for Polish science to become more and more strong, Polish scientists had better and better working conditions, and students and universities competed with the world leaders.

See also