On November 23 and 24 in Warsaw, Poland, PCG Polska and the Perspektywy Education Foundation held the inaugural “Leaders in University Management – LUMEN 2015” Conference and Awards Gala. The LUMEN awards were established to distinguish persons and teams that manage universities in the most innovative and effective manner. More than 220 participants attended the gala and the accompanying conference, including esteemed government officials and experts in the Polish higher education sector, such as the Vice-Minister of Higher Education, the Head of Polish Accreditation Commission, and the Head of Polish Rectors Foundation, to name a few.
Representing PCG at the two-day event were Bill Mosakowski (PCG CEO - Boston), Richard Maguire (Director, PCG International - Boston), Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski (President, PCG Polska - Warsaw), and Łukasz Nowak (PCG Polska - Warsaw). Also in attendance, CEO of recently acquired Partners in Progress, Leszek Lewoc, and CEO of recently acquired Librus, Marcin Kempka.
Pictured above (left to right): Łukasz Nowak, Bill Mosakowski, Richard
Maguire, Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski
Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski addressing conference attendees at the inaugural
LUMEN conference in Warsaw.
Piotr Kulikowski (Investment Officer, Oresa Ventures), Bill Mosakowski, and
Marcin Kempka (CEO of PCG subsidiary, Librus) during a conference recess.
In total, 169 applications were submitted for the LUMEN awards from 65 universities: 50 public and 15 non-public. The contestants competed in five categories: “University Management,” “Innovativeness,” “Community Outreach,” “Infrastructure,” and “Internationalization.” Winners in each category were selected by the competition jury, composed of acclaimed academics, scientists, and businessmen, and chaired by the former president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Michał Kleiber. Eleven universities were recognized with LUMEN 2015 Awards.
LUMEN 2015 Award Winners
“University Management” category (6 awards ex aequo):
- Professor Ryszard Górecki, rector of the University of Warmia and Mazury (UWM) in Olsztyn, was recognized for expanding UWM, opening the Faculty of Medicine and implementing the first "Green University" project in Poland.
- Professor Henryk Krawczyk, rector of the Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT), won for his work consolidating the position of GUT as a developer of new technologies and creating modern technical infrastructure for educating "Engineers of the Future.”
- Professor Paweł Górski, rector of the Medical University of Lodz, was distinguished for implementing management principles which enable flexible response to economic and social changes.
- Małgorzata Wróblewska, CEO of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, was awarded for playing a significant role in the university becoming (in June 2015) the first non-public university in Poland authorized to use the term "Uniwersytet" in its name.
- Professor Janusz Moryś, rector of the Medical University of Gdansk, won for the changes he implemented in university management that led the university to have the highest percentage of foreign students in the country.
- Professor Witold T. Bielecki, rector of the Kozminski University in Warsaw, was recognized for implementing new mechanisms to manage the growth of the university; his efforts helped Koźmiński University rise to leading positions in the national and international rankings and made it a leader in internationalization.
“Innovativeness” category (1 award):
- The commercialization team of the Wrocław Technology Transfer Centre, headed by Jacek Firlej, Ph.D., won for elaborating a process of commercialization of results of the scientific research performed at the Wrocław University of Technology.
“Community Outreach” category (1 award):
- Professor Włodzimierz Nykiel, rector of the University of Lodz, and his team, won for their “VIP Graduate” mentorship program, designed to develop the personal and professional potential of the most gifted students and to provide them with support from the most acclaimed graduates of the university.
“Infrastructure” category (2 awards ex aequo):
- Professors Stanisław Chwirot, Ireneusz Grabowski, and Włodzimierz Jaskólski of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń were awarded for the expansion of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Informatics as well as for the creation of the ICU Quantum Optics Centre.
- Professor Stanisław Wincenciak of the Warsaw University of Technology, won for his work managing implementation of the project "Warsaw Technological Space – Warsaw University of Technology Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Management.”
“Internationalization” category (2 awards ex aequo):
- Katarzyna Pernal, Ph.D., Eng. Director of the International Doctoral School at the Lodz University of Technology, won for the university’s new global academic program which enables students to write their Ph.D. thesis in an international environment, in English, in a flexible manner tailored to individual needs. The award was also granted ex aequo to Professor Grzegorz Mazurek of Kozminski University in Warsaw for developing and merging the university processes of internationalization, which is the key element of Kozminski University strategy.
A special award was also granted in the competition. The winner was the Conference of Rectors of Polish Technical Universities, for implementing the “Girls to technical universities” initiative.
See more pictures from the event here and here.
The LUMEN conference was very well received by Poland’s higher education community as well as the media, resulting in numerous mentions on media and university websites.