Gdańsk University of Technology inaugurated the 2019/2020 academic year

‘I am convinced that Gdańsk University of Technology shall not waste its chance and will become a research university, playing an important role in the future both in the area of science and the socio-economic environment of Gdańsk, Pomerania, Poland and in the long term Europe and the world. Let's take this opportunity!’- said prof. Krzysztof Wilde, rector of Gdańsk University of Technology during an open meeting of the Senate of Gdańsk University of Technology on the occasion of the inauguration of the academic year 2019/2020.


During the inaugural speech prof. Krzysztof Wilde, rector of Gdańsk University of Technology discussed, among others the university's greatest achievements in the past year, he talked about planned investments and challenges facing the university, and also presented vice-rectors included in the new Rector's Board.

- ‘Let's seize this opportunity! That was the slogan from last year's speech by rector Jacek Namieśnik. Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, Employees and Students! I urge everyone to cooperate, because only by working together can we effectively solve the problems of our Alma Mater. I am convinced that Gdańsk University of Technology will not waste its chance and will become a research university, fulfilling an important role in the future both in the area of science and the socio-economic environment of Gdańsk, Pomerania, Poland, and in the long term Europe and the world. Let's seize this opportunity!’ - emphasized prof. Krzysztof Wilde.

The rector added that the transformation of our university into the so-called research university requires a lot of work, consistency and considerable financial resources.

- Gdańsk University of Technology qualified to the strict group of 19 out of 175 Polish public universities that could apply for the status of a research university. At the beginning of September, hearings took place before an international commission. Final decisions should be announced in November this year. So far, all stages of this procedure are going well or very well and I am convinced that Gdańsk University of Technology will be the laureate of this competition and we will start building a strong scientific center with an international reputation - said the rector.

Letter from the president and prime minister

After the rector's speech, Andrzej Dera, secretary of state at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, read a letter from the President of Poland Andrzej Duda addressed to the academic community:

‘[...] The new academic year means new challenges but also new opportunities. I very much hope that the changes that are taking place in the higher education system in Poland will bring good results and open the prospect of further development.

The letter of Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland was read by Jarosław Sellin, deputy minister of culture and national heritage:

‘[...] Last year was particularly intense for Polish science in many respects. It was a time of implementing the groundbreaking reform of the science and higher education system - the Constitution for Science. Reforms, which, by increasing the autonomy of Polish universities, opens up new opportunities and great challenges for them. I am convinced that this is a milestone on the way towards building a modern higher education system, a system that will respond to the needs of the future. [...] On this special day, I would like to convey to the entire academic community of Gdańsk University of Technology expressions of gratitude and recognition for your achievements. I believe that our common goal is to support the quality, innovation and competitiveness of Polish higher education.’

Then Anna Budzanowska, general director at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education took the floor, emphasizing the role of Gdańsk University of Technology and its rector, late Jacek Namieśnik in the work on the reform of higher education, and also discussed issues related to the implementation of the reform.

- The Academy has a unique mission. It is a community that cannot suffocate the desire to explore the world, pose bold questions and, as rector Namieśnik put it, the attempts to seek the truth. In recent years, the academy has also gained a new dimension. It created a platform to seek compromise while respecting other people. Thank you for the great work. We appreciate the unique community we have worked with - emphasized Anna Budzanowska.

Awards, decorations, matriculation of students and doctoral students

In the next part of the ceremony, Merit Crosses, Medals for Long Service and Medals of the National Education Commission were presented. Traditionally, students and doctoral students were matriculated by rector Krzysztof Wilde, assisted by Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, president of Gdańsk. The oath was taken by the best newly admitted representatives of individual faculties - 18 students and representatives of doctoral students admitted to the newly established International Doctoral School. Representatives of student and doctoral students' self-governments also took the floor.

- ‘Be proud that you are students of such an outstanding, prestigious university’ - said Jakub Brzoska, chairman of the GUT Students' Union, addressing students beginning their studies at Gdańsk University of Technology.

Then the prize of prof. Romuald Szczęsny was awarded for the best diploma thesis prepared at Gdańsk University of Technology. It was received by Mikołaj Nowak from the Faculty of Electrical and Control Engineering for the work titled "The use of metamaterial structures in the recovery of electromagnetic field energy", written under the supervision of PhD, DSc, Eng. Miosław Wołoszyn, the university professor. Three other works were also awarded. Award for the best student of Gdańsk University of Technology received Jędrzej Wrzaskowski from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Lecture by prof. Michał Kleiber

Numerous guests listened to the lecture by prof. Michał Kleiber, professor of the Polish Academy of Sciences, vice president of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, president of ECCOMAS (European Community of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences), entitled ‘How to face contemporary challenges, or engineers worth their weight in gold’, in which the professor emphasized the importance of engineering - its scientific foundations and innovative implementations - in the face of challenges facing the world today. After the lecture, rector Krzysztof Wilde presented the professor with the Allegory of Science statuette.

The Academic Choir of Gdańsk University of Technology added splendor to the occasion