American academic teachers connecting with Poland

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16 teachers representing 16 American higher education institutions arrived in Poland last week to participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program. Poland is one of only three countries (India, Ecuador) where the program will be held this year. Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission is delighted to organize this seminar in Poland.

During a four-week program participants will visit the largest academic centers in Poland and have an opportunity to meet experts across different academic fields who will share their knowledge on international relations, specifically focusing on the United States and Poland. Except for Warsaw, the participants will also travel to Łódź, Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław, Kraków and a number of smaller towns.

During their first days to Poland, the participants visited, among other, the History Meeting House, where they had a curated tour on the “Poland with Love” exhibition, Polin – the Polish Jews History Museum, where they set on a 1000-year tour on a history of Jewish diaspora in Poland, as well as the Palace of Culture and Science. The experts of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange explained in-depth the functioning of the Polish academic and research institutions system and possibilities of academic collaboration in different disciplines. Finally, the participants spent an amazing evening exchanging experiences with participants of WEASA – Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy being held right now at the College of Europe at Natolin.

We received a tremendous support in preparation and conducting of the seminar from both: the Embassy of Poland in DC and the American Embassy in Warsaw. Before arriving to Poland, the participants were hosted for two days at the Polish Embassy, where Polish experts provided them with pre-departure orientation. The group was welcomed by Chargés d’affaires ad interim, Paweł Kotowski, who underlined that such initiatives are of great importance for development of the Polish-American relations. Already in Poland, the participants were received by the U.S. Ambassador Paul Jones, who summed up the goal of this exchange by telling that “the experiences you will bring back and the relationships you will forge in Poland will serve to deepen further the excellent relationship between our two countries, a relationship whose core strength comes from our people-to-people connections.”

Upon completing the seminar, the participants are expected to prepare curriculums regarding chosen aspects of their experience in Poland and run them for their students in upcoming academic year.

We wish the participants all of the good meetings and only sunny days in Poland!