26.11.2013 change 26.11.2013

Kudrycka: we have built a European science and education system

Polish science is becoming more competitive, we have managed to build a modern European system of science and higher education - Prof. Barbara Kudrycka wrote in a statement on Wednesday, saying goodbye to the Ministry of Science. She will be replaced by Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska.

Kudrycka served as the Minister of Science and Higher Education since November 2007, which was the longest term of all the heads of the ministry since 1989.

"Six years of work in the government of Donald Tusk was an extraordinary honour and privilege. I would like to thank my colleagues at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the entire academic community for a joint effort to introduce much-needed reforms" - Kudrycka wrote in the statement sent to PAP on Wednesday.

In her view, Poland has managed to build a modern European system of science and higher education. "It was a fantastic journey together to Europe. Today, Polish science and higher education are on more competitive tracks" - she emphasised.

Prof. Kudrycka also mentioned her successor . "I\'m glad to convey the reins to Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska. Her experience in research work at the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Public Affairs and the European Parliament will be extremely valuable in continuing this journey" - wrote the minister.

During the tenure of Kudrycka, a reform of science was introduced that changed the law on the principles of financing science, the National Research and Development Centre , the National Science Centre, the research institutes and Polish Academy of Sciences.

The provisions of the Act came into force on 1 October 2010. According to the new law, most of the money for research is distributed in competitions by two separate government agencies: the National Research and Development Centre and the National Science Centre, and the so-called statutory grants have been reduced.

In 2011-2013, the National Research and Development Centre distributed more than PLN 11.2 billion in the form of grants. In turn, over the same period the National Science Centre awarded grants worth more than PLN 1.5 billion. Furthermore, in 2010, the Ministry of Science established the National Programme for the Development of Humanities, with more than PLN 280 million spent on the development of the research and publications of key importance for the national cultural heritage.

In October 2011, new rules governing the functioning of universities and the work of the faculty entered into force. The amendment of the Act on Higher Education and the amendment of the Act on Academic Degrees and Title and Degrees and Title in the Arts introduced the fees for the second course of study. These fees can be avoided only by the best students. Another change introduced by the amendment is to reduce the so-called multi-jobbing of teachers employed by public schools.

Work continues on the draft amendment to the Act on Higher Education and other laws. According to the proposed regulations, persons who gained knowledge and skills outside the university (for example, during trainings or professional practice) will be able to confirm the results of their education at universities. The Ministry of Science has also proposed dividing universities into academic and vocational schools.

Presentation summarizing the changes in science and higher education can be found here.

Professor . Lena Kolarska-Bobińska will be sworn in to the office on Dec. 3.

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