“Polish universities and research staff represent a high degree of academic excellence and have much to offer. I would like to see the education and skills that you will gain in Poland contribute to the development of the Eastern Partnership countries,” Deputy Minister Konrad Pawlik told the students at the inauguration of the third edition of the Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme. The programme is addressed to the most talented young people from the Eastern Partnership countries.
The ceremony took place in Warsaw on 30 November 2015 and was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange. “Jointly with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange we have decided to extend the Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme,” stressed the deputy chief of Polish diplomacy. Since the 2015/2016 academic year, the scholarship offering for students from the Eastern Partnership countries includes also the opportunity to undertake doctoral studies in Poland.
During today's ceremony, this year's graduates of the programme told their younger fellow students about the opportunities offered by studying in Poland, their achievements and plans for the future. They also encouraged them to take advantage of international exchange programmes such as Erasmus.
The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme was established in 2013. It aims to promote socio-economic development in the Eastern Partnership countries by enhancing the level of education and professional qualifications of their citizens. Participants have the opportunity to pursue a master’s in exact, natural, technical, agricultural, forestry, veterinary, and social sciences, as well as to study for a doctor’s degree in humanities, theology, sociology, economics, law, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, technical studies, agriculture, forestry, veterinary, and Earth sciences.
The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme is an MFA initiative carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The programme is coordinated by the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange.