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Rector of the Catholic University of Lublin inaugurated the second edition of the program of studies for Poles abroad
More than 160 people from around the world, including Norway, Vietnam, Australia, Romania, the USA, France, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, and Germany, have expressed their willingness to participate in the courses of the Studies of the Catholic University of Lublin for Polonia and Poles abroad. "Today we are repaying a debt of gratitude for the support we, as a university, have received from the Polish community in difficult times," noted Fr. Prof. Miroslaw Kalinowski, the Rector and the initiator of the program.
The educational offers include training in Polish culture promotion, new media and communication, theology and new evangelization, chronic and palliative care, risk behavior prevention, and counseling and support strategies. A new addition is a course in effective management and team leadership, the basics of management. The courses will begin in March 2023.
"In addition to the already operating office in Paris, for Polonia and Poles from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, we are planning to open such points in London, Germany, North America," the Rector informed. Other plans concern the establishment of a Polonia Academy and the organization of Polish Culture Days in Paris.
Dr. Beata Piskorska, a Professor at the Catholic University of Lublin, who will conduct a course on effective management and team leadership, also attended the opening of the Studies' second edition. She drew attention to the university's relationship with the Polish community. "Cooperation with Poles abroad is very important to us." She adressed the students: "You are our extraordinary students. I encourage you to participate in all the university's offers, such as the Areopag of Universities and the Discourses on world affairs, meetings with diplomats, leaders, and masters," Piskorska noted.
The head of the Studies, Dr. Wojciech Wciseł, also commented on the undertaking. "The didactic classes are an opportunity not only to improve qualifications and professional competence, but also provide an opportunity for personal development, and promotion of Polish culture, language, and history. This is also a place to meet and exchange experiences for Polonia from all over the world," says Dr. Wciseł.
The Study of the Catholic University of Lublin for Polonia and Poles abroad started last November. In the first edition, more than 330 participants from 11 countries, including France, Germany, the UK, the US, and Canada, attend six various courses. All the classes are free of charge, and are taught by Catholic University of Lublin professors, lecturers, and experts in a hybrid mode: there are four two-day online conventions and two two-day hybrid conventions in the countries of the course participants (stationary with online streaming).
Graduates will receive diplomas from the Catholic University of Lublin and certificates of completion of the Studies, written in Polish and English, as well as a certificate in the language of their country of residence. It will be also possible to continue the study. Detailed enrollment information, course descriptions, and class schedule are available at www.polonia.kul.pl. The recruitment will continue until March 17th, 2023.