The third consecutive conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective –Rankings and Strategic Management of University” will take place in Warsaw at the Novotel Centrum hotel on 3rd and 4th December 2018.

Registration will open in mid-October

Polish Universities in International Perspective

Rankings and Strategic Management of a University

Warsaw November 27-28, 2017


Warsaw, November 27-28, 2017

Organizers: Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP),
Polish Accreditation Committee,
Perspektywy Education Foundation
Venue: "Novotel Warszawa Centrum" Hotel, Warsaw


Monday, November 27, 2017

11:30 – 13:00

Registration and welcome coffee
Venue: “Novotel Warszawa Centrum” Hotel, Warsaw

13:00 – 13:10


  • Jan Szmidt, President of Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Rector of Warsaw University of Technology
  • Krzysztof Diks, President of Polish Accreditation Committee
  • Waldemar Siwiński, President of Perspektywy Education Foundation, Vice-President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence
13:10 – 13:30

Special guest of the Conference

  • Łukasz Szumowski, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Science and Higher Education
13:30 – 14:30

First Session

How to accelerate the development of universities – experience of implementing the “Excellence Initiatives” in other countries

Chair: Michał Kleiber, Vice-President of European Academy of Science and Art, former President of Polish Academy of Science

Recent years programs of accelerated development for the chosen group of universities known as “Excellent Initiatives” have been initiated. “Excellence Initiatives” implemented in France and China will be presented during the session. In particular, experience in the field of the selecting process of universities participating in the programs, organization of program supervision and monitoring of their implementation will be discussed.


  • Farid Ouabdesselam, Director, Excellence Initiative Program, Investments for the Future and Competitiveness Division, French National Research Agency ANR (France):The French Excellence Initiative - Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Xuejun (Snow) Wang, Ranking Manager, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy (China): China's "The Double World-Class Project"


14:30 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 15:40

Second Session

Shaping of the quality culture in research

Chair: Maciej Żylicz, President of Foundation for Polish Science

Excellence initiative cannot happen instantaneously. You can and must strive for it through the introduction of systematic pro-quality solutions in financing science and shaping of quality culture in the Polish scientific community. The session will show the context and achievements in shaping of quality culture in Sweden.

Special guest:

  • Gunnar Öquist, Umeå University (Sweden): On the complementary role of universities and granting agencies for fostering more of breakthrough research


15:40 – 16:40

Third session – panel

Research universities – what they are, how to create them, the challenges in research management

Chair: Bogusław Smólski, Chairman of the Committee on Electronics and Telecommunication of the Polish Academy of Science, former Rector of Military University of Technology, former Director-founder of National Centre for Research and Development

Announcement of “Excellence Initiatives – Research Universities” implementation in Poland has aroused the interest of the academic environment. Requirements for research universities, opportunities for the creation of such institutions in Poland, as well as desired “road maps” for their implementation and organizational and financial issues will be discussed during the panel.


  • Maciej Duszczyk, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, University of Warsaw: How to set up research universities?
  • Jan Palmowski, Secretary General to the Guild of European Research Intensive Universities: Networks of research universities – benefits for the members
  • Arkadiusz Mężyk, Rector of Silesian University of Technology
  • Aleksy Pocztowski, Vice-Rector for Research, Cracow University of Economics


16:40 – 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 - 17:50

Fourth Session

In the "Top-1000 standard" - Polish universities in international rankings 2017


  • Waldemar Siwiński, President of Perspektywy Education Foundation, Vice-President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence: Closer to the world? - Polish universities in international rankings 2017


  • Jacek Namieśnik, Rector of Gdańsk University of Technology, Vice-President of Conference of Rectors of Academic technology Schools in Poland: Rankings build image - ranking strategy of Gdańsk University of Technology
  • Coen van der Krogt, Regional Solutions Director for Research Management, ELSEVIER: “And the winner is...”- “Jak moja publikacja wpływa na ranking mojej uczelni”
17:50 - 18:50

Fifth Session

How to measure excellence – art academic schools and rankings

Chair: Tomasz Szapiro, President of CRASP Accreditation and Rankings Committee, former Rector of SGH Warsaw School of Economics

Rankings became a permanent feature of the worlds’ higher educational system, but particular disciplines of science and art require different methodological approaches, taking their specifity into account. During the session, the conditions related to the assessment of the quality of artistic universities will be discussed, as well as the requirements for ranking in this area.


  • Antoni Cygan, Rector of Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, President of Conference of Rectors of Art Academic Schools (KRUA)
  • Klaudiusz Baran, Rectof of The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
  • Beata Laura Guczalska, Vice-Rector of Stanislaw Wyspianski Academy of Theatre Arts in Cracow
  • Tomasz Miczka, former Vice-Rector of Academy of Music in Katowice, former President of Conference of Rectors of Art Academic Schools
  • Gero Federkeil, U-Multirank Coordinator, Centre of Higher Education "CHE" (Germany): U-Multirank - Experiences in the evaluation of artistic schools



Closing of the first day of the Conference

18:50 - 19:30

Networking. Welcome drinks. String trio.

19:30 - 20:15

ELSEVIER Research Impact Leaders Awards 2017

Gala speakers:

  • Tomasz Psonka - Research Solutions Director for Central-Eastern Europe, ELSEVIER
  • Krzysztof Szymański - Director, ELSEVIER Poland
20:15 - 22:00

Conference Dinner
venue: Novotel Warszawa Centrum hotel, Warsaw

November 28, 2017 (Tuesday)

09:30 – 11:00

Sixth Session

International rankings without secrets - opportunities for Polish universities

Chair: Wojciech Nowak, Rector of Jagiellonian University, President of Conference of Rectors of Polish Universities (KRUP)

Publications of the results of subsequent international rankings bring up emotions in Poland, including criticism towards universities. Although the claims are partially justified, the knowledge of specifics of ranking is small in Poland. During the session, three internationally recognized rankings will be presented, which also include a group of Polish universities.



11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 - 12:45

Seventh Plenary Session

The role of international accreditation in the reputation and visibility of Polish universities strengthening

Chair: Andrzej Koźmiński, President of Kozminski University in Warsaw

International accreditations confirm the high quality of education and are a powerful tool for building an international reputation for colleges and universities. During the session, prestigious accreditation systems for managerial and engineering education will be presented.


  • Marine Condette, Manager, Accreditation and Member Services, EMEA / AACSB International (The Netherlands): AACSB Accreditation
  • Witold Bielecki, Rector of Kozminski University in Warsaw: What can EQUIS give us?
  • Denis McGrath, Vice-President, European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education "ENAEE" (Brussels): EUR-ACE Engineering Accreditation
  • Bohdan Macukow, President of the Accreditation Commission of Universities of Technology (KAUT): KAUT accreditations are the key to international presence


12:45 - 14:00

Eighth Session

Polish science and innovation in the international economic environment

Chair: Zygmunt Krasiński, Director, National Contact Point in Poland for Research Programmes of the European Union "Horizon 2020"

The reform of science and higher education (Law 2.0) is to increase the innovation and international competitiveness of the Polish economy. During the session, key issues of the innovative challenge facing the Polish economy will be discussed.


  • Alicja Adamczak, President of the Polish Patent Office: Polish universities and innovation rankings
  • Dominik Rozkrut, President of Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS): Innovation of science and higher education in Poland
  • Paweł Poszytek, Director, Foundation for the Development of the Education System: Measuring the scope and quality of business co-operation between universities and business - analysis areas and proposed indicators


14:00 – 14:30

Final Session

Rankings and development challenges facing education and higher education in Poland in a changing European and global landscape

  • Jan Szmidt, President of Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Rector of Warsaw University of Technology
  • Krzysztof Diks, President of Polish Accreditation Committee
  • Waldemar Siwiński, President of Perspektywy Education Foundation, Vice-President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence
14:30 – 15:30

Farewell lunch


Jarosław Gowin
Minister of Science and Higher Education


Conference of Rectors of Academic
Schools in Poland

Polish Accreditation Committee

Perspektywy Education Foundation

Substantive Partner

Patrons and partners