‘Scholarship policy is an important element of cooperation between Poland and developing countries,’ said deputy minister Konrad Pawlik during the inauguration of the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme, attended by over 50 students from developing countries.
The inauguration ceremony was held in Warsaw on 27 November 2015. It was attended by the interns from 15 developing countries and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.
During his speech, deputy minister Konrad Pawlik quoted the words of the programme’s patron, Ignacy Łukasiewicz: “being rich is a true art, but it also brings true responsibilities”. ‘Scholarship policy is an important element of cooperation between Poland and developing countries and serves to develop the social-economic potential of Poland’s partner countries,’ said the deputy head of Polish diplomacy. He also wished the stipend holders many scientific successes and satisfaction from their stay in Poland. ‘I hope that the education and skills you earn here will be used to improve the living conditions in your countries,’ added deputy minister Pawlik.
During the ceremony, prof. dr hab. inż. Janusz Spytko (Stanisław Staszic AGH University in Kraków) held a lecture entitled “Interconnectivity and International Higher Engineering Education Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges”.
The Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Programme was established in 2015. Its objective is to support the social-economic development of the developing countries by improving the level of education and professional qualifications of their citizens. The programme is in particular addressed to the citizens of the following countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Columbia, Mexico, Myanmar, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
The stipend holders may take up master-level studies in science and technical studies, and to take up PhD studies in the following fields: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, natural sciences, technical studies, agricultural studies, forestry and veterinary. In the 2015/2016 academic year, the programme has 57 stipend holders. Ultimately, the programme will offer stipends to 200 students from developing countries.
The programme is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The programme is coordinated by the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.