Professor Janusz Gołaś

AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Professor Janusz Gołaś’s research interests are focused on analytical environmental chemistry. He was appointed as a Head of the Dept. of Environm. Sciences at AGH-UST between 2000-11. Professor Gołaś served as a Member of the Committee of Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Acad. of Sciences between 2000-23. He was the Head of the Dept. of Coal Chemistry and Environmental Sciences from 2011 to 2020, AGH Rector’s Proxy for International Studies from 2006 to 2016, and the Head of the Dept. of Env. Chem. at AGH UST from 1995 to 2000. Professor Gołaś was the Director of the Intern. School of Technology at AGH UST (in collaboration with the IIT, Chicago, USA) between 1995-2005. He was a visitor at the National Science Foundation, Washington D.C. in 1995 at the University of Illinois at Urbana, USA, between 1990-1991 and at the State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, USA from 1984 to 1986. He was the Principal Investigator for 13 projects financed by state institutions and two educational projects financed by the Polish-American Maria Curie Fund. Project Manager for a ten-year project funded by the Kosciuszko Found. Inc., (NY, USA, 1 million $). Between 2011-2015 he was the Manager of the KIC Innovation Project CoalGas financed by the European Institute of Technology (4.5 million €). Supervisor of 13 doctorates, co-author of several hundred publications. At present, the coordinator for the collaboration of AGH UST with the USA. Member of the Presidential National Council of Development.


AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology of AGH University of Krakow. Founder of Student Scientific Association of Military Constructions “Adamantium” AGH. Member of the Polish Ceramic Society and American Chemical Society. His distinguished Ph.D. diploma was done in close cooperation with Hokkaido University, partially during the ERASMUS+ program. During his studies, he was also invited to research facilities in Italy, North Macedonia, and Switzerland. Laureate of multiple pro-quality and Rector’s awards. Currently developing new materials for spintronics and superconductivity in cooperation with Basque Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center.

Dominika Guzik

Erasmus Student Network Poland

President of the Erasmus Student Network Poland. Active in the organisation since autumn 2019, at the beginning at the local level as the President of the ESN PK section, then at the national level as the Education & Youth Ambassador coordinator. A graduate of the Faculty of Computer Science and Telecommunications of the Cracow University of Technology, currently works in the IT industry. Passionate about all forms of academic mobility, a proud member of the Erasmus Generation. For 4 years, she has been supporting outgoing Polish students and incoming international students. In her free time she visits her international friends traveling around Europe.

Professor Carter Hamilton

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Professor Carter primarily teaches courses in materials science and engineering, and his research interests lie in the simulation and characterization of material processing methods. Before moving into the world of academia, he worked in the aerospace industry first for Lockheed-Martin and then for a manufacturing facility that produced aluminum extrusions principally for Boeing. Over the last several years, he has enjoyed a research collaboration and partnership with the AGH University of Science and Technology and with the Cracow University of Technology in Krakόw. These have provided him the opportunity to lead students from Miami on study abroad programs in Poland. Just like his wife and daughter, professor Hamilton loves to travel, has been to Krakόw many times, and loves the city and Poland.

Amaliya Iskhakova

AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Amaliya Iskhakova is a 1st cycle student of Computer Science at AGH UST, she comes from Uzbekistan. In 2023 Amaliya became a laureate of a Special Award for active support in establishing relations between international students and the local community in INTERSTUDENT contest, which selects best international students in Poland. She is also a member of the Cheerleaders AZS AGH team.

MA 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. Lifetime non-profit sector volunteer and worker. Justyna is a qualified trainer in Polish, English, and Russian, conducting workshops in the areas of global education, international cooperation, and project management. Ms. Janiszewska received a Master’s degree in political science with specialization in international relations from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a Bachelor’s degree in management. Alumna of the School of Human Rights of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the Management Program NGO PROMENGO and the IVLP – International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State. Currently a student of Executive MBA Program at Kozminski University.


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. Piotr holds PhD in sociology. He has long experience in programme and project management in public administration. He worked for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education from 2004 to 2018. Piotr was active in the field of research policy development, international cooperation and implementation of digital projects. He participated in the preparation of Open Access policy recommendations in Poland. A former Polish delegate to the Programme Committee for Future and Emerging Technologies in Horizon 2020 and FP7.

Professor Michał Krobicki

AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Michał Krobicki published more than one hundred fifty scientific papers on: stratigraphy, palaeontology, regional geology, palaeogeography, plate tectonics, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology. He gave more than one hundred seminars/lectures during international conferences/symposiums and some invited lectures (outside of Poland). His main field of interest is focus to history of the Alpine structures from Africa (Morocco – High Atlas) trough European Alps/Carpathians and Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet realms, especially from Jurassic perspective.
He is the leader of the International GeosCience Programme 710 (IGCP 710) under the auspices of UNESCO (2020-2024) untitled: Western Tethys meets Eastern Tethys, and memeber of several others IGCP projects.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of Geotourism magazine – international journal of geosciences, geoparks and Earth sciences.
At the AGH UST he is Coordinator for bilateral cooperation with universities of Southeast Asian countries (including Nepal) on both scientific and educational levels. His long-term cooperation with these countries increases impact on strengthening academic ties and openness.

Professor Piotr Małkowski

AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Professor Małkowski has been working at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Resources Management (former Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering) in the Department of Geomechanics, Civil Engineering and Geotechnics for 30 years. He deals with rock mechanics, rock engineering, underground mining, mining support, ground control, and rockburst phenomena. He is the expert of the Polish State Mining Authority for rockbolting, rockburst hazard analysis, and pit shafts lining design. Co-author of over 350 projects and reports for coal mines. Author and co-author of 6 monographs and over 160 papers.
AGH UST Coordinator for Cooperation with the People’s Republic of China.

Mateusz Michałek

Erasmus Student Network AGH

Mateusz Michałek is an active member of Erasmus Student Network at AGH University of Krakow. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering at AGH, currently studying Hydrogen Energy for Master’s. He participates in AGH Racing Team, which competes against other top universities around the world, racing in student made race cars. In his free time he loves to travel and has visited almost every continent, has a great passion for cars in all possible aspects.

MA Aleksandra Perkins-Oleszkowicz

AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Head of Section of International Agreements and Projects at the Centre for International Affairs. Aleksandra received a Master’s degree in law from Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University and Bachelor’s degree in history from Jagiellonian University. She also graduated MBA Program at the WSB National-Louis University.Associated with AGH University for eight years. She is responsible for identifying potential international partners and negotiating agreements and contracts for academic collaborations. Aleksandra is also involved in the management of various international projects, including the Erasmus+ programme with Partner Countries. She works closely with faculty members, students, staff, and international partners to ensure successful project implementation and outcomes. Aleksandra regularly attends conferences and seminars to stay up-to-date on best practices in international education and network with colleagues from around the world. Her passion for internationalization and her dedication to creating meaningful partnerships and collaborations has greatly enhanced AGH University’s reputation as a leading institution in the higher education community.AGH UST Welcomes You project co-leader.

MA Nguyen Thi Phuon​g Thao

Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Hanoi, Vietnam

Thao has been in charge of international cooperation at the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology (HUMG) since 2008. Prior to that, she received a master’s degree in teaching didactics and methodology from Vietnam National University, Hanoi and worked as a French teacher at Ecole Semi – Publique des Technologies Informatiques de Hanoi. Since assuming the role of international cooperation coordinator of HUMG, she has focused on promoting HUMG’s bilateral and multilateral partnerships with international partners, coordinating faculty and student exchange programs, organizing seminars and conferences, managing and coordinating projects in internationalization and capacity building. She has experience in developing and coordinating projects, especially Erasmus+ and British Council funded projects in the frame of UK-VN Higher Education Partnership Network. Considering AGH UST as a strategic partner of HUMG, she has actively strengthened a comprehensive partnership with AGH UST and had a co-presentation on this topic at the 4th International Conference on Scientific Research Cooperation between Vietnam and Poland.

B.S. M.S. Gregory Parisi

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA

Gregory Parisi is a PhD candidate in the department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His doctoral research is on dynamic switching of interfacial phenomena; focusing on topics such as heat transfer, water-oil separation, and fog water harvesting. Greg was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Poland for the 2022 academic year. He is currently conducting research at AGH University of Science and Technology within the Electrospun Fibers Group.


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. Member of advisory and consultative groups to the European Commission. Between 2005 and 2007 member of the board of EALTA, a European association for quality improvement in language proficiency testing.

Coordinator of the Country Profile project implemented by the Council of Europe. Since 2014, expert of the Horizon 2020 programme. Author of articles on management and language education published in Poland and abroad, including by renowned publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Multilingual Matters and MDPI. Author of the book The Competences 4.0 as Facilitators in the Realisation, Management and Sustainability of Erasmus+ Projects in the Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic, published in 2021. Member of the Scientific Council of the International Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, USA. Member of the Working Group for Artificial Intelligence of the GovTech programme at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland. WorldSkills Poland Official Delegate and deputy chairman of the Mazovia Regional Council for Future Industry.

Doctorate in humanities in the discipline of linguistics in 2007 at the University of Warsaw and habilitation in social sciences in the discipline of management and quality in 2022 at the Silesian University of Technology.

Musician, composer, author and member of the Society of Authors ZAiKS.

Cahyani Satiya Pratiwi, S.S.

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember ITS, Surabaya, Indonesia

Cahyani Satiya Pratiwi, S.S. is the Manager of Internationalization Program in the Directorate of Global Engagement (GE) at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya, Indonesia. She is charge of mobility programs & agreements under Erasmus+, AUN/SEED-Net, ACNET-EngTech, WAEJUC, UMAP and other international consortia and manages the institutional database for international mobility. Her duties also include the management of workshops and the coordination of Liaison Officers of Internationalization. Previously, she was the administrator for international student admission, the coordinator for Training of English as the Medium of Instruction for ITS lecturers, and organised international visits and MoU/A with international partners.

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. His areas of expertise are: Transportation Systems and Traffic Engineering. He is an author of over 100 publications. He developed a new generation of transportation planning models and was PI on the widely publicized world-first Congestion Pricing project that proved that freeway congestion can be effectively controlled by pricing mechanisms. He brought over 4 million dollars in externally-sponsored research. He is a member of editorial boards of two journals in his field. For the last 30 years, he was Faculty Advisor to the nationally-ranked Student Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers. In collaboration with Dr. Golaś from AGH UST, he pioneered Study Abroad Programs at his College. He serves as a voluntary organist in his church. As a singer/songwriter, he recorded three albums. His songs have 4200 fans on Radio Airplay in over 120 countries and over 750,000 views on YouTube. His song „I Found My Perfect City” was the winner in the contest for the best song about San Diego. His song „My Lullaby” was the title song on the Fryderyk-nominated album by Aga Zaryan. For his activities, Dr. Supernak received several prestigious American and Polish awards, among them „Krzyż Oficerski Orderu Zasługi” from the President of Poland. He is an avid table tennis player, winning in 2022 the gold medal in California-wide competition in his age group. He lives with his wife Edyta in the picturesque mountains of the Crest district of San Diego.

MA Paweł Świerk

AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

A graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and WSB National-Louis University. Orientalist, interpreter, and advisor with more than three years of experience in an international environment in the Middle East. For eighteen years associated with AGH University of Krakow, the International School of Technology, the Department of International Relations, and currently the Centre for International Affairs, where he works as the Deputy Director. MBA graduate.
He gained experience at the university in the implementation of educational projects such as FSS Scholarship and Training Fund (EEA grants, Norway grants), Erasmus (Lifelong Learning Program, LLP), or Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange programs (Foreign Promotion Program, SPINAKER – Intensive International Education Programs, Welcome to Poland) and working in the Academic-Economic Network of Mining and Metallurgical Institutions or Magalhaes Network. The organizer of summer schools. Currently responsible for international promotion, coordination and service of international cooperation initiated and implemented by AGH University. He works as a team member of WP2 mobility and multilingualism in the European University UNIVERSEH project.

AGH UST Welcomes You project leader.

Professor Janusz Szmyd

AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Prof. Szmyd received MSc Eng. Degree from the AGH University of Science and Technology in 1977. Since 1980 he has been employed at AGH University of Science and Technology, where he received Ph.D. (1980), D.Sc. (1992) degrees, and professor position (1995). In 2002 he received Professor title (title Professor given by President of Poland) and in 2005 Special Full Professor position given by Minister of Higher Education in Poland. He received title Doctor Honoris Causa, from Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan in 2015.

He has published more than two hundred seventy scientific papers on Numerical Simulation of Heat and Mass Transfer, Turbulent Flows and Turbulent Heat Transfer, Interactive Computational and Experimental Methodologies, Convection in Czochralski Melt Systems, Magnetic Convection, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems, Energy and Exergy Analysis.

He is the President of EUROTHERM Committee (European Committee for the Advancement of Thermal Sciences and Heat Transfer) and a member of the Assembly of World Conferences on Experimental Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics He is a member of Scientific Council of The International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer. Prof. Szmyd is vice chairman of Commission on Threats to Civilization, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Prof. Szmyd is Associate Editor for International Series on Developments in Heat Transfer and he was a Guest editor of Progress of Computational Fluid Dynamics International Journal, Guest editor of International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, and Guest editor of Heat and Mass Transfer.

He was and he is a member of scientific committee for many international conferences.

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. He began his professional career as a researcher at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and then moved to the OECD Halden Reactor Project in Norway. In 2011, Professor Takasaki received the Medal of the Commission of National Education (Medal Komisji Edukacji Narodowej) from the Ministry of Higher Education of the Polish government and, in 2017, was bestowed with the title of Honorary Consul from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. He has published about one hundred fifty scientific papers on mechanics of materials, and materials science and engineering fields.

MA 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. He covered different positions of responsibility at the Turin Technical University between 1992–2008 in the field of international relations. He was appointed as CLUSTER network coordinator from 2008 to 2010. He was previously internationalisation officer at KTH Royal Institute of Technology where he was appointed a member of the international strategy group from 2013 to 2016. Mirko developed and participated in over 100 EU funded projects in the field of internationalization, many of which as coordinator. He is currently an adviser for international projects at the same institution, with a focus on Erasmus+ and university networks. Mirko holds a Master’s degree in Political Science with a specialisation in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Turin, Italy. He acts as KTH institutional representative in a number of university networks and covers the role of Key Liaison Officer for the European University alliance Unite! Mirko is the elected Chair of the EAIE Expert Community European Collaborative Programmes for the 2020-2022 and 2022–2024 term.

Professor Rafał Wiśniowski

Vice-Rector for Cooperation, AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Professor Rafał Wiśniowski’s research interests are focused on technical and technological problems of directional drillings for the mining and oil industry, environmental protection, environmental engineering, and energy economy. The professor was the manager and executor of eight grants. He is the author of more than 230 scientific papers and reports, 10 monographs, and 11 books as a co-author. He is also a co-author of more than 100 studies and expert opinions prepared for industry and state administration units.

Prof. Rafał Wiśniowski has devoted all his teaching and research activities to AGH UST. At the university, he served, among others, as Head of the Department of Drilling and Geoengineering, Dean of the Faculty of Drilling, Oil and Gas, and Chairman of the Council of the Discipline of Environmental Engineering, Mining and Power Engineering. He has been an active member of the AGH Senate, serving on the budget and staff committees.

The professor is a happy husband and father of a grown daughter.


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