Following the 5th edition of the National Certification Program of Higher Education Institutions “Uczelnia Liderów” (University of Leaders) 2015, our university has once again found itself among the winners. Collegium Civitas received the “Uczelnia Liderów” certificate in the category of “Non-state MA University”.
The extraordinary award, “25th Anniversary Magna Academia Laurate”, rewarding rectors personally for contributing to the development of the Polish academic sector after 1989 and for disseminating the ideals of scientific freedom and academic entrepreneurship, was presented to the rector of Collegium Civitas, Prof. Stanisław Mocek.
Dr. Anna Siwek received both awards on behalf of the rector and the university. Among her acknowledgements, the deputy rector mentioned the late Prof. Edmund Wnuk-Lipiński, co-founder of Collegium Civitas, president and rector of the university from 2006 to 2012. The professor had jointly pioneered reforms of Polish universities after 1989. Two years ago, at this awards ceremony, Prof. Edmund Wnuk-Lipiński gave a special lecture.
In the University of Leaders programme, public and private higher education establishments are accredited for educating creative, innovative and passionate students and thereby making them attractive to the labour market. The programme is implemented by the Foundation for the Development of Education and Higher Education, formed five years ago on the initiative of university employees from the region of Silesia. The University of Leaders programme is held under the honorary patronage of Prof. Jerzy Buzek and the certification committee is chaired by Prof. Dariusz Rott. Collegium Civitas has been a patron for many years. The ceremony, in which certificates were awarded, took place on 2 July in Wroclaw.
Currently Collegium Civitas offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees, as well as other postgraduate qualifications in the fields of sociology, international relations, journalism and new media, and political science. The university was the first in Poland to introduce studies in English in international relations and the social and political sciences. In 2015, Collegium Civitas came 3rd in the category of “Internationalisation” amongst all Polish Higher Education Institutions in the recent ranking “Perspektywy” 2015. Classes are given by an international staff in the fields of diplomacy and media as well as in social and political analysis.
(photo: Fundacja Rozwoju Edukacji i Szkolnictwa Wyższego)