On September 6, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Warsaw hosted the graduation ceremony for 2018-19 Polish grantees of the Fulbright Program.
This past academic year, 57 Poles have received the Fulbright grant to pursue their research, teach, or study at American institutions of higher education. They represent Polish institutions all around the country, including Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Opole, Poznań, Rzeszów, Warszawa, and Wrocław, as well as a variety of research fields, such as aerospace engineering, literature, linguistics, architecture, information technology (IT), medical sciences, law and agriculture. Their profiles are available here. We also encourage you to have a look at our alumni testimonials available here.
As usual, the graduation ceremony was run by Justyna Janiszewska, Executive Director of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, who reminded the audience about the Fulbright Program’s goals and its mission bestowed upon and carried by the Program’s alumni upon completion of their grants. Special guests included Dr. Anna Budzanowska, General Director of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and B. Bix Aliu, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy.
Deputy Chief of Mission, B. Bix Aliu congratulated Polish grantees on their achievements and hard work, and encouraged them to both sustain and deepen their personal and professional contacts they have formed with their American colleagues during their stay in the U.S. He addressed them with the following call to action: “Preserve and strengthen the connections you made in America. Keep them alive for years to come. Such bonds form the foundation of the people-to-people ties between our two countries and we need them to grow and stay dynamic.”
Prof. Halina Abramczyk of the Polish Fulbright Alumni Association and Dr. Agata Ciszewska of the Alumni Association discussed the benefits of joining alumni networks.
The graduation ceremony concluded with a music performance by Agata Kurzyk – a cellist, composer, and our TopMinds Program alumna. Her music combines the classic beauty of the cello sound with the latest live sound-processing technology.
After the official part had concluded, guests were invited to participate in the reception – an opportunity to further discuss their upcoming research plans, share their Fulbright exchange experience, as well as renew, and/or establish new connections.