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The oldest Polish university opens its 659th academic year

The oldest Polish university opens its 659th academic year

In accordance with a long established tradition, the Rector of the Jagiellonian University Prof. Jacek Popiel struck the floor with the sceptre three times, officially announcing the start of the new academic year 2022/2023.

During the opening ceremony on 1 October 2022, Prof. Jacek Popiel summed up the previous academic year and presented the plans and prospects for the upcoming one. The Rector specifically pointed to the difficult political and economic situation, both at the national and international level, and to various threats, problems and challenges it poses to the Jagiellonian University and higher education in general.

“The academic year 2022/2023 will not be easy, but I believe that together we will be able to overcome adversities and add another worthy page to the centuries-long history of our University through educational, research and organisational achievements”, said Prof. Popiel.

The JU Vice-Rector for Research Prof. Piotr Kuśtrowski announced that there are as many as 1,513 research projects currently carried out at the Jagiellonian University, with a total grant value of 1,915 million zlotys, including 207 international projects with a total grant value of 220 million zlotys. This means that this year, JU researchers are running 297 more research projects, including 80 international projects, than a year before.

On Monday, October 3, thousands of students will start education at the oldest Polish University. The matriculation of students representing all 16 faculties of this institution was carried out by the JU Vice-Rector for Educational Affairs Prof. Armen Edigarian, who, in his address, encouraged them to make best possible use of all that the University has to offer in various aspects of academic life.

During the ceremony, the Jagiellonian Laurel awards for extraordinary research achievements were presented to Prof. Marek Stachowski (in absentia), Prof. Maciej Siedlar, and Prof. Jonathan Heddle. Besides, a special certificate was presented to Prof. Mateusz Hołda, for becoming the youngest Polish academic to hold a professorial title.

The ceremony concluded with a lecture by Prof. Bartosz Brożek, entitled “Copernicus and Imagination”, which also marked the upcoming 550th anniversary of the birth of the great Polish astronomer.

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