The Impact of Internationalization on the Openness and Tolerance of the University Environment

19th April 2023

Auditorium U-2 of the AGH UST Didactic Centre, 7 Reymonta Street,
30-059 Kraków, Poland




The aim of the conference is to promote awareness of the 'Welcome to Poland’ programme implemented by the AGH UST Centre for International Affairs and to promote openness and tolerance. 

In today’s globalised world, openness to the world is one of the values we believe in. Contacts with visitors from abroad, promoting the exchange of ideas, experiences and knowledge, have a fundamental impact on our lives. By fostering tolerance for diversity, we contribute to the development of our universities. By improving understanding and tolerance towards different cultures, we contribute to the development of our university. […]

AGH UST Welcomes you


The AGH UST Welcomes you project has been established in response to the increasing number of foreign workers choosing AGH UST as their place of work and due to the need to provide broad support to all stakeholders involved in the internationalisation of education at our University. […]


Kraków is a historic city located in southern Poland that is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and vibrant atmosphere. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a must-visit destination for travellers looking to explore Poland. Widely recognised as the cultural capital of Poland, it is famous for its bohemian atmosphere, great theatres, galleries and museums, live jazz music and much more. It is perhaps worth noting that Kraków is one of just six places in the world that can boast a painting by Leonardo da Vinci – Leonardo’s Lady with An Ermine is on display at the reopened Czartoryski Museum. One of the most famous cultural events in Kraków is the annual Jewish Culture Festival, which celebrates Jewish culture and history through music, dance, and other performances. The festival attracts visitors from all over the world and has become a beloved cultural event in the city.

Krakow is also home to some of the most beautiful and well-preserved mediaeval architecture in Europe. The city’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to numerous landmarks such as Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Basilica, and Rynek Główny – the largest mediaeval market square in Europe. Just outside of the city you can find one of the salt mines in the world – Wieliczka Salt Mine. Visitors can take a tour of the mine, which includes underground lakes, chapels, and sculptures made entirely out of salt. Another place worth visiting are the Tatra Mountains, which offer a wide range of hiking trails for all skill levels. The scenery is breathtaking, and it’s a great way to experience the natural beauty of Poland. Apart from the historical and cultural landmarks, Kraków is also known for its lively atmosphere, with many bars, restaurants, and cafes that cater to local tourists alike. The city’s nightlife scene is particularly vibrant, with a wide range of music venues, clubs, and bars that offer everything including live music festivals and concerts. From its world-renowned museums and galleries to its bustling nightlife and delicious cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Kraków.

Accommodation in Kraków

Kraków is a beautiful city in southern Poland, known for its rich history, architecture, and culture. It is a popular destination for conferences and events, drawing attendees from all over the world. With so many visitors, finding the right accommodation can be a challenge.

There are many options for accommodation near the AGH UST, including hotels and hostels. Most are within walking distance of the university, but also have easy access to public transport. Conference attendees can choose from a wide range of options to find the perfect accommodation that suits their needs and budget. Below you can find a list of hotels in close proximity to the university and the conference venue:

Documents to download

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Map of the AGH UST Campus

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April 18th, 2023, Tuesday

12:00 - 15:30

Pre-Conference Campus Tours

April 19th, 2023, Wednesday

08:30 - 09:30

Registration Coffee and Networking

09:30 - 09:45

Opening of the Conference and Opening Ceremony of Welcome Point, short report on the AGH UST Welcomes you project

Professor Rafał Wiśniowski - Vice-Rector for Cooperation, AGH UST

MA Paweł Świerk - Deputy Director, Centre for International Affairs, AGH UST

MA Aleksandra Perkins-Oleszkowicz - Head of Section of International Agreements and Projects, Centre for International Affairs, AGH UST

09:45 - 10:15

A journey across three decades of internationalization of higher education: a point of view - opening lecture

MA Mirko Varano - Senior Advisor International Projects at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden

10:15 - 11:00

Institutional support in opening up to new challenges and building bridges in international cooperation

Ph.D. Piotr Kępski - Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange

Ph.D. Paweł Poszytek - Director General, Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE),
Polish National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps

MA Justyna Janiszewska - Executive Director, Management Board member, Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

American dream vs. Polish experience – how Polish-American cooperation has opened up our horizons and influenced our university environment

Professor Janusz Gołaś - Department of Coal Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Energy and Fuels, Coordinator for Cooperation with USA, AGH UST

Professor Janusz Supernak - College of Engineering Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University, California, USA

Professor Carter Hamilton - Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

B.S. M.S. Gregory Parisi - Fulbright Scholar at AGH UST, PhD student in the department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA

12:30 - 13:45

Sustainable cooperation with Asian countries and its impact on strengthening academic ties and openness

Professor Akito Takasaki - Vice-President, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Professor Janusz Szmyd - Faculty of Energy and Fuels, Coordinator for Cooperation with Japan, AGH UST

MA Cahyani Satiya Pratiwi - Manager of Internationalization Program, Directorate of Global Engagement, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember ITS, Surabaya, Indonesia

MA Nguyen Thi Phuon​g Thao - Coordinator of International Cooperation, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Hanoi, Vietnam

Professor Piotr Małkowski - Faculty of Civil Engineering and Resource Management, Coordinator for Cooperation with China, AGH UST

Professor Michał Krobicki - Faculty of Geology, Geophysics, and Environmental Protection, Coordinator for Cooperation with Southeast Asian Countries, AGH UST

13:45 - 14:45

Networking lunch

14:45 - 15:45

The Power of international projects in connecting students, creating diversity, and developing their intercultural competences

Dominika Guzik - President of the ESN Poland, moderator

Amaliya Iskhakova - INTERSTUDENT award winner, AGH UST student, Uzbekistan

Mateusz Michałek - Erasmus Student Network AGH UST

Ph.D. Adrian Graboś - former Erasmus+ student in Japan, AGH UST


Closing Ceremony



Polish National Agency for
Academic Exchange

In charge of NAWA Welcome to Poland programme that supports internationalisation at home, foreign promotion of Polish HEIs and developing International Alumni networks


Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE), Polish National AGency of the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps

Director General of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, Director of the National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps.

Justyna Janiszewska

Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission

Executive Director of the Fulbright Program in Poland. Prior to that, Justyna served as CEO of Education for Democracy Foundation (FED) – a leading Polish non-governmental organization operating in the area of the former Soviet Union.

Mirko Varano

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Mirko Varano serves as Senior Advisor International Projects at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Mirko has been active in the field of internationalisation of higher education for the past 30 years.

Professor Akito Takasaki

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Akito Takasaki joined Shibaura Institute of Technology in 1996 and is currently a Vice-President. He received his doctor of engineering and doctor of science degrees from Tokyo Institute of Technology and Hiroshima University, respectively.

Professor Janusz Supernak

San Diego State University, California, USA

Janusz Supernak is Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University. For 25 years, until August 2022, he served as Chair of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at SDSU.

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AGH University of Science and Technology is a prestigious university located in Kraków, Poland. It was founded in 1919 and has since become one of the leading universities in Poland and Europe, particularly in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. In international rankings, the AGH UST regularly ranks first among Polish technical universities. It is one of 10 higher education institutions in Poland with the status of a research university.

AGH UST offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programmes in various fields such as mining, geology, computer science, physics, electrical engineering, and many more. The university comprises 16 faculties and a research centre – the AGH UST Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology. Our education offer includes 22 fields of study taught entirely in English. The AGH UST educates more than 20,000 students and employs approximately 2,000 academic staff (more than 200 professors and 500 associate professors). Experienced academic and administrative staff, advanced laboratories, a unique campus, and the AGH UST community are our greatest assets.

The university also has a strong research focus and has been involved in numerous national and international research projects. AGH UST has a well-established research infrastructure and facilities, including laboratories, research centres, and libraries and has a strong focus on development. AGH UST actively participates in fostering a knowledge-based society and creating innovative technologies.  The research activities span the fields of technical sciences, natural sciences, Earth sciences, and social sciences, with an emphasis on digitisation, energy transformation, zero-emission economy, climate change, circular economy, and Industry 4.0.

The student population is extremely diverse, with students coming from all over Poland and the world. This creates a dynamic and multicultural learning environment that prepares students to work in a globalised world and allows them to get hands-on experience and practical skills required nowadays in the job market. Our education offer includes 22 fields of study taught entirely in English. The AGH UST Doctoral School is a perfect place for those who want to continue their education, and the assortment of more than 100 professional courses will improve career opportunities and personal development.

The university is actively engaged in international cooperation and has established partnerships with universities and research institutions around the world. AGH UST participates in various student exchange programmes, joint research projects, and international conferences, providing students and faculty members with opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and partners from different countries.

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, also known as NAWA, is a government agency responsible for promoting and supporting internationalisation in Polish higher education. It was established in 2017 and is based in Warsaw.

NAWA's main mission is to support the internationalisation of Polish universities and scientific institutions, as well as to promote the Polish language and culture abroad. The agency provides funding for various programmes and initiatives that promote academic mobility, such as scholarships for international students and researchers to study in Poland, but also to study and conduct research abroad.

In addition, NAWA supports international cooperation between Polish institutions and their foreign partners, including joint research projects, conferences, and other academic initiatives.

The agency works to strengthen the global reputation of Polish higher education, as well as to build partnerships and cooperation with institutions around the world. One of the best-known programmes created by NAWA is Welcome to Poland. Its main objective is to provide funding for various higher education and research institutions to carry out their own individual projects related to the field of internationalisation.

AGH UST Welcomes You

Project team

MA Paweł Świerk, leader
MA Aleksandra Perkins-Oleszkowicz, co-leader
MA Marcin Bielowicz
MA Magdalena Skawińska-Medoń
BA Marta Serwicka

Conference team

MA Paweł Świerk
MA Aleksandra Perkins-Oleszkowicz
MA Marcin Bielowicz
MA Magdalena Grotowska
MA Magdalena Skawińska-Medoń
BA Marta Serwicka
MA Iwona Szymańska