26.10.2016 change 26.10.2016

Two Poles on a prestigious scholarship in the US

Two Poles - Dr. Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala and Błażej Moder - will take part in the prestigious Georgetown Leadership Seminar. The recipients of scholarships awarded by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation are in the elite, international group of 35 participants.

The Georgetown Leadership Seminar is organised by the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Two scholarships enabling the recipients to participate in the program have been awarded by the Jan Karski Educational Foundation; Jan Karski taught at Georgetown University. The seminar will be held at the end of October in Washington.

Georgetown Leadership Seminar is a reputable program of lectures and workshops, attended each year by only 35 people from around the world. Alumni include members of governments, parliamentarians, CEOs and heads of NGOs.

One of the scholarship recipients is Dr. Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala. Since 2006 she has been a lecturer at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw. She also conducts research, which focuses on the issues of violations of human rights, international humanitarian law and humanitarian aid. Participation in the scholarship is particularly important for her, because, as she admitted, in the era of modern international challenges and threats, meetings with people from different countries, cultures and spheres of activity are of particular importance. "Through the exchange of experience and participation in this seminar, we can view at many with a much broader perspective and, as a result, more effectively solve them" - added Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala.

The second scholarship recipient, Błażej Moder is involved in activities for the community in Łódź. He is a self-government activist associated with the Civic Development Forum Foundation. As Director of the EC-1 he supervises the construction and operation of the National Centre for Film Culture, Science and Technology Centre, the Planetarium and the Comics and Interactive Narrative Centre in Łódź. "I have talked with the scholarship participants from previous years. For all of them it was a unique experience that left a memorable mark. The Americans call it a >life changing experience<" - said this year\'s scholarship recipient Błażej Moder.

The alumni of Georgetown University , where Jan Karski taught, include prominent politicians such as US President Bill Clinton, the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, the King of Spain Felipe VI and former Prime Minister of Portugal and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.

Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, President of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation emphasised that the scholarship enables recipients to meet and start cooperation with leaders from other countries, who want to make the world a better place. "That is why we have engaged in this project. We strive to promote universal values represented by Jan Karski, while supporting young Polish leaders for whom Karski is a role model" - added Junczyk-Ziomecka.

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