Polish Universities in International Perspective

Rankings and Strategic Management of a University

Warsaw December 2-3, 2019


Warsaw, 2-3 December 2019

Organizer: "Perspektywy" Education Foundation
Patrons and partner: CRASP, PKA, IREG Observatory

Venue: Sound Garden Hotel, Warszawa
ul. Żwirki i Wigury 18

Program of the 4th conference
(as of 28.11.2019)

Monday, 2 December 2019

10:00 – 11:00

Registration and welcome coffee
venue: hotel „Sound Garden”, ul. Żwirki i Wigury 18

11:00 – 11:15

Openig session

  • Prof. dr hab. inż. Jan Szmidt, President, Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Rector, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Diks, President, Polish Accreditation Committee
  • Waldemar Siwiński, President, „Perspektywy” Education Foundation:
11:15 – 11:30

Guest of the conference

  • Jaroslaw Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minster of Science and Higher Education
11:30 – 12.00

Program speech

  • Waldemar Siwiński, Leader „International Visibility Project”, President, „Perspektywy” Education Foundation: - Prestige within reach - preliminary report on the University Ranking Audit 2019
12:00 – 12:30

coffe break

12:30 – 14:30


Strategies for success – „Road maps” towards research university

The announcement of the results of the first competition in the “Excellence Initiative – Research University” (IDUB) opened a new era of the higher education in Poland. Jaroslaw Gowin, Deputy Prime Minster speaking at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 30th October suggested that the universities that won the competition should share their development plans with the academic community. The session with the rectors of the “winning ten” universities will provide a good opportunity to discuss those institutions “road maps”.


  • Prof. Michał Kleiber, Chair of the Council of „International Visibility Project” Council, Vice President, European Academy of Science and Arts Europejskiej past President, Polish. Academy of Sciences

Invited spekers:

  • Prof. Krzysztof Wilde – Rector, Gdansk University of Technology
  • Prof. Marcin Gruchała – Rector, Gdansk Medical University
  • Prof. Arkadiusz Mężyk – Rector, Silesian University of Technology
  • Prof. Andrzej Tretyn – Rector, Nicolaus Copernicus University
  • Prof. Adam Jezierski – Rector, University of Wriclaw


14:30 – 15:30


15:30 – 16:45


An international perspective – global trends and transformation of Poland’s universities

Higher education finds itself under pressure from global changes and challenges. In these times of uncertainty there is no universal university model. For this, it is necessary to constantly analyze and compare internationally solutions adopted elsewhere. At the session two experts, from Denmark and Canada will take a look at the Polish higher education from an international perspective. They both know it well, Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen served as the chair of the international team that made the selection in the competition for research universities, and Alex Usher participated in the ranking audit of a few of our institutions.

Chair: prof. Grzegorz Mazurek, Vice Rector for international cooperation, Koźmiński University in Warsaw


  • Prof. Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Chair of the International Expert Team, the „Excellence Initative – Research University”, former Rector, Aarhus University (Denmark): - Reaching towards Excellence - The case of Denmark
  • Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates (Canada): - Polish universities and trends in the world higher education - as seen from Canada.


16:45 - 17:00

coffee break

17:00 – 17:20

Presentation by Elsevier

  • Tomasz Psonka, Regional Director, Elsevier: - Research in Poland in the light of analysis by Elsevier
17:20 - 18:30


Poland’s universities in the international rankings’ perspective

To be ranked in the Shanghai Ranking for a university represents recognition of its quality and quality of the research, but at the same time the Shanghai Ranking has been criticized for its methodology that leads to the “seesaw” effect when it comes to the results. The presentation by Lu Wang, Ranking Manager ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, will help better understand the works of this ranking. Prof. Tomasz Szapiro will present interesting conclusions of his analysis of several rankings from the point of Polish universities.

Chair: prof. Dominik Antonowicz, kierownik Zakładu Socjologii Nauki, Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu


  • Lu Wang, Ranking Manager, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (China): - Shanghai Rankings - new developments
  • prof. dr hab. Tomasz Szapiro, członek Prezydium RGNiSW oraz Prezydium KRASP, profesor Szkoły Głównej Handlowej, b. rektor SGH (2012-2016): - Co i z czym w rankingach koreluje i jaki jest z tego pożytek?



End of day’s sessions

18:30 – 19:00

Networking – (music by violin trio and a glass of wine)

19:00 – 22:00

Dinner and Awards Gala "ELSEVIER Research Impact Leaders Awards 2019"
Venue: hotel “Sound Garden”, ul. Żwirki i Wigury 18

Hosts of the Gala:

  • Tomasz Psonka, Regional Director, Elsevier
  • Bartłomiej Więckowski, Consultant, Elsevier

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

09:30 – 10:00

morning coffee

10:00 – 11:00


Masterclass: Poland’s universities in international rankings

Rankings help institutions to position themselves internationally, choose proper partner institutions for cooperation, and to monitor implementation of reforms. This, however, requires solid knowledge of the strong and weak sides of each ranking. At the session various inside aspects of international rankings and rankings by subject will be presented with accent on the position of Polish universities. The master class will be conducted by Prof. Richard Holmes, renown ranking expert whose opinion is respected in the world.

Chair: dr Krystian Szadkowski, expert on high education and public policy, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan


  • Richard Holmes, former Associate Professor at Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia; editor of University Ranking Watch blog: - Polish universities in global rankings


  • Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates (Canada)


11:00 – 11:30

coffee break

11:30 – 13:30


Managing the ranking area at a university – „good practice”, problems, recommendations

Academic rankings have become a steady element of the higher education landscape, but on the university level not always exist management procedures that place the ranking aspects in a proper place in the university structures hierarchy. At the session, people directly responsible for the rankings at their universities will present solutions that proven to be successful in universities participating at the „International Visibility Project”.

  • Chair: Dr. Wojciech Marchwica, Coordinator, University Ranking Audit of the „IntVP” Project; researcher and teacher, Jagiellonian University in Krakow.


  • Marta Jankowska, Head, Quality Menagement Department, Gdansk University of Technology: - Rankings as a tool inbuilding relations with outside and inside stakeholders – the case of Gdansk University of Technoogy
  • Barbara Barańska-Malinowska, Director of the Main Library of Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences – Experience of Life Science University in Wroclaw in using the OMEGA PSIR system as a tool supporting strategic management and consolidating various databasis with the standards of SCOPUS and WoS
  • Magdalena Kudewicz-Kiełtyka – Head, Bureau of Development, Silesian University of Technology – Innovative teaching methods at universities of technology as an important element of achieving prestige at local community as well among technology institutions in the country and abroad – a case of the Silesian University of Technology
13:30 – 14:00

Closing Session

Rankings and challanges facing science and higher education in Poland.

  • Prof. Jan Szmidt - Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP)
  • Bartlomiej Banaszak - Ministry of Science and Higher Education
  • Waldemar Siwiński - Perspektywy Education Foundation
14:00 – 15:00

Farewell lunch



Jarosław Gowin
Minister of Science and Higher Education


Perspektywy Education Foundation


Conference of Rectors of Academic
Schools in Poland

Polish Accreditation Committee

Substantive Partners