‘I hereby proclaim the academic year 2017/2018 at Gdańsk University of Technology open!’ – announced Prof. Jacek Namieśnik during the inaugural ceremony, attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin, representatives of diplomatic and ecclesiastical institutions, representatives of the Tri-City authorities, the world of science, business and culture and staff, Ph.D. students and students of our University.
A formal, open sitting of the Senate of Gdańsk University of Technology on the occasion of the inauguration of the academic year 2017/2018 began on October 6 at 10.15 in the Assembly Hall of the Main GUT Building. The meeting was opened by prof. Jacek Namieśnik. In his speech the rector argued that the reform of higher education is an opportunity for the development of our University.
- ‘We are aware that our University needs to undergo structural and organizational changes. It is inevitable if we think of the future of Gdańsk University of Technology as a reputable university with a scientific and didactic profile, he said.
Professor Namieśnik listed GUT’s latest successes and achievements, such as obtaining the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo, the implementation of the first edition of the civic budget, the high ranking in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the one organized by ‘Perspektywy’ Foundation.
Letter from the President of the Republic of Poland
Vice Rector for organization Prof. Janusz Cieśliński read the letter sent by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
‘You are beginning a new academic year in one of the best Polish technical universities, with great academic achievements and intellectual potential. (...) There is a great and urgent task awaiting researchers, but also cultural and political personalities and entrepreneurs. We must intensify the civilization development of Poland. This will not be possible without the reorganization of the higher education system and the management of scientific institutions. I think this is one of the priorities of our state policy’ reads a letter.
Speech by the Minister of Science and Higher Education
The most anticipated element of the ceremony was the speech of Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, who presented the assumptions of the reform project for science and higher education.
‘I am very pleased to be able to stand in front of you again and continue this fantastic dialogue that we started half a year ago at one of the conferences preceding the National Congress of Science,’ the Minister began.
Deputy Prime Minister Gowin said that the proposed amendments to the new Higher Education Act would give universities more autonomy, while increasing the powers of the rectors. An important element of the change is to simplify funding rules and place emphasis on the role of doctoral students in the new higher education system.
- ‘I am very happy because I know from the rector that changes at Gdańsk University of Technology are already ahead of the new legislation guidelines’, - said the Minister of Science and Higher Education.
In his speech, the Deputy Prime Minister appealed to the representatives of the various political options gathered in the Hall for a cross-party consensus for the Polish reason of state, which is a decisive increase in expenditures on science and higher education. Thanking for the speech Prof. Jacek Namieśnik presented the Minister Jarosław Gowin with a statue of Allegory of Science.
Commander's Cross of Polonia Restituta for prof. Jacek Namieśnik
The next part of the ceremony was chaired by the Vice-Rector for Science Janusz Smulko. He informed the people present at the meeting that the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda honoured Prof. Jacek Namieśnikiem with the Commander Cross of Polonia Restituta. Rector of Gdańsk University of Technology was honored for outstanding achievements in scientific research, didactic and social activities and for popularizing science in Poland and round the world. The decoration was made by the Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin.
At the motion of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, the President of the Republic of Poland also honoured Gdańsk University of Technology staff members with the Medal for Longtime Service, which was presented by the Deputy Prime Minister Gowin. Gold medals were awarded to Prof. Paweł Bućko, Roman Grot, Prof. Waldemar Kamrat, Mrs. Wiesława Mederska, Ass. Prof. Ireneusz Mosoń and Wojciech Salamon, silver – to Prof. Stanisław Czapp and Ph.D. Eng. Krzysztof Iwan, and brown - to MSc. Eng. Tomasz Sidorko and Ph.D. Eng. Piotr Waszczur.
Immatriculation of students and doctoral students
The traditional immatriculation was conducted by the vice-rector for education Prof. Marek Dzida. He read the words of the oath, which were repeated by the persons solemnly accepted by rector Namieśnik into the group of students and graduate students of Gdańsk University of Technology. Among the Ph.D. students who made the pledge, was MSc. Eng. Inal Bakhytkyzy from Kazakhstan, who will start a four-year doctoral program at the Faculty of Chemistry. Later there were speeches delivered by Fabian Purwin, Chairperson of the Student Government, and the Chairperson of the GUT Doctoral Students’ Government. Krzysztof Zagórski.
Awards for students
During the inauguration the prize in the contest of Prof. Romuald Szczęsny for the best diploma thesis prepared at Gdańsk University of Technology was awarded. The main prize was won by MSc. Eng. Marcin Skibowski and MSc. Eng. Robert Przystalski, and the honors were awarded to MSc. Eng. Dawid Jachimski, MSc. Eng. Mikołaj Lewandowski and MSc. Eng. Mariusz Meller. Maja Wagner, plenipotentiary of the Mayor of Gdynia for culture, presented the award and distinctions.
The final part of the ceremony was the awarding of the best student of Gdańsk University of Technology prize. It went to Eng. Katarzyna Długokęcka, and the prize was presented by representatives of the PKB + Business Club, acting within the Association of GUT Graduates.
The speech of Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin and a full recording of the inaugural ceremony can be viewed on the YouTube channel of Gdańsk University of Technology. Recordings are available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzRAC4xgE8M&feature=youtu.be (the Minister for Science and Higher Education) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQbCB4-ZhAs&feature = youtu.be (the whole inauguration).
Photo gallery is available at https://pg.edu.pl/fotogaleria/20171006-centralna