University Internationalization Debate 2024

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University Internationalization Debate 2024


Conference date: June 10, 2024. (9:00 - 16:00)

Medical University of Wroclaw, Faculty of Pharmacy, 211 Borowska Street (lecture hall W1).



            “University Internationalization Debate 2024”

Dear All,

on behalf of the Vice Rector for University Development Strategies and the Committee for Implementation of the UMW Intensive Internationalization Plan, we cordially invite you to participate in the Debate on Internationalization and Humanization in Medicine.

During the conference, knowledge and experience will be shared by experts involved in the internationalization process at the Medical University of Wroclaw, and it will also be an opportunity to hear speeches by our foreign guests.

Internationalization concerns many aspects of Our University and can be understood in different ways, but what is very important is that it promotes the quality of education, for the benefit of the general public. Internationalization is a tool, not an end in itself- smart goals, concrete measures. Internationalization is a measure of success, but it should be smart internationalization aimed at the development of education, training, research, or innovation. Internationalization is academic mobility, cooperation, short-term stays, internationalization at home- here the emphasis should be on increasing accessibility for the excluded (we understand this by developing programs for teaching in English, etc.). Internationalization is a catalyst for positive change to improve the quality of education.

In addition, the debate will include topics that will show the importance of internationalization for our university.

UMW as a University based on knowledge, not emotions. The task of the debate is a University-wide discussion that will outline a strategy for internationalization, thus:

- the fact that building this strategy is a complex and evolving process in which a multitude of stakeholders must have a voice - the process must focus on people,

- the strategy cannot operate in a vacuum: the internationalization strategy connects and complements broader national and international policies.

Implementation of internationalization - dialogue, cooperation, we are looking for what unites us and not divides us.



mandlaProf. Mandla Stanley Makhanya served as a Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA) from 01 January 2011 until 31 December 2020. Prior to being appointed as a Principal and Vice Chancellor, he was a Pro Vice Chancellor at the same university. He is a prominent proponent of higher education leadership and advocacy. Professor Makhanya has recently been appointed as an Ambassador of Magna Charta Observatory. He is past President of the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE). He served two terms as a Treasurer of the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) and he is now their Goodwill Ambassador. Professor Makhanya also served as a President of the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL). As such he has a thorough knowledge of higher education trends in both the developing and developmental higher education contexts. Professor Makhanya has always been firmly of the view that the humanities and the sciences are mutually inclusive and that the one will not achieve its full potential without the other. As an internationally acknowledged leader and scholar in distance education and a sociologist by training, Professor Makhanya is qualified to justify and advance this view.


strideDr Sebastian Stride is a higher education and research expert at SIRIS Academic, a consulting firm fully owned by a non-profit foundation. He has worked for 250 universities around the world, helped raise more than €5 billion, and teaches at Termez State University and Harvard. He previously spent 15 years working as an archaeologist on the Silk Road.





9.00 - 9.15 Greeting of guests:

Rector of the Medical University Prof. Dr. Piotr Ponikowski

Vice Chancellor for University Development Strategies of the Medical University Marzena Dominiak 

Deputy Marshal of the Lower Silesian Voivodship Michał Rado

Honorary Consul of the Republic of India in Wroclaw Kartikey Johri

9.15 - 10.25 Debate on internationalization with the participation of Prorectors, Directors and Students of Wroclaw and Opole Universities:

Panel 1. STRATEGY OF INTERNATIONALIZATION - moderator of the panel - Prof. Dr. Marzena Dominiak, Vice Chancellor for Development Strategy of the University of Wrocław and Opole.

a. Dr. hab. Patrycja Matusz, Prof. UW - Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Science for European Affairs and the Presidency of the Republic of Poland in the Council of the European Union, Vice-Rector for Projects and International Relations of the University of Wroclaw,

b. Prof. Magdalena Blum, Ph.D. - member of the experts for the NAWA National Strategy for Internationalization, representative of the Music Universities, Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wroclaw,

c. Prof. dr. hab. Anna Chełmońska-Soyta - Vice-rector for internationalization of Wrocław University of Life Sciences,

d. Prof. Dr. Małgorzata Słowińska-Lisowska - Vice-Rector for Science and International Cooperation of the Academy of Physical Education,

e. Prof. Renata Szyguła, Ph.D., UO - Vice-Rector for Collegium Medicum of the University of Opole,

f. Prof. Dr. Marzena Dominiak - Vice-Rector for Internationalisation Strategy of the Medical University of Wrocław.


Moderator of the panel- Prof. Dr. Marzena Dominiak, Vice-Chancellor for Development Strategy of the University of Lower Silesia.

a. Prof. Dr. Edward Czapiewski - Plenipotentiary of the Marshal of the Lower Silesian Voivodship for higher education institutions, University of Lower Silesia,

b. Dr. Magdalena Sobocińska, prof. UEW - plenipotentiary of the Rector of Wrocław University of Economics for cooperation with the Polish-Czech Association of Universities

c. Dr. hab. Marta Płonka, Prof. of the Academy of Fine Arts - pro-rector for scientific affairs and cooperation with external entities of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław,

d. Dr. Irena Duś-Ilnicka, Prof. UMW - plenipotentiary of the Rector for the Intensive Internationalization Plan of the Medical University of Wroclaw,

e. Hanna Popiela - student of the English Division,

f. Julia Maj and Kamila Florek - students of the Medical University of Wroclaw.

10.25 - 10.35 Break for questions

10.35 - 10.55 Edward Wąsiewicz - Honorary Consul of the Republic of Austria - “Mirage of technological leap in the face of the appearance of utilitarianism of internationalization”

10.55 - 11.15 Kartikey Johri - Honorary Consul of the Republic of India in Wroclaw

11.15 - 11.30 Dr. Adam Wylęgała, M.D. - Department of Pathophysiology Silesian Medical University in Katowice, Clinical Department of Ophthalmology, Railway Hospital in Katowice - “Internationalization as a springboard to the future - from the perspective of a UMW graduate”

11.30 - 11.40 Break for questions

11.40 - 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 - 12.20 Agnieszka Kawka - “Through mobility to internationalization” - Walczak NAWA

12.20 - 13.10 (Q&A- 13.20) Sebastian Stride SIRIS - “Medical universities and internationalization - a global dilemma”

13.20 - 14.10 (Q&A- 14.20) Prof. Mandla Makhanya - Magna Charta Ambassador - “Living Values Project (Magna Charta Universitatum)” - "Internationalisation as we reimagine universities"

14.20 - 14.35 Dr. Agata Strządała - “The Responsive and Responsible University case study from Wroclaw” (Magna Charta Universitatum)

14.35 - 14.45 Break for questions

14.45 - 15.15 Lunch

15.15 - 15.30 Magdalena Szymków-Cieniawska - “Internationalization at UMW - what are we doing and what else can we do? Current activities and prospects for development”

15.30 - 15.45 Piotr Cugier - “Recruitment of foreign candidates, and the issue of graduates. Alpha and Omega in the strategy of our University”

15.45 - 16.00 Agnieszka Wasilewska - “MICROCREDENTIALS ODZNAKA + at UMW- How to get a microcredetial of internationalization”.

16.00 Closing of the Conference


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Participation in the conference is free of charge


                                Honorary Patronage


                   Prof. Piotr Ponikowski, PhD