19-20 April 2018, Lublin (Poland)
Internationalization of higher education is a global trend developing in academic and local communities in Poland. Migration of international students is a complex process involving students, academia, cities, civil society and business community. We would be delighted to see you on conference on various aspects of international students integration organized by the team of the Department of Strategy and Investor Relations in the City of Lublin in close cooperation with Lublin universities, companies and non-government organizations dealing with international students. The main themes of the conference include problems of academic migrations and internationalization of higher education, building strategies for academic cities, development of support systems for international students as well as development of legal, institutional, and cultural infrastructure and policies for international education.
The City of Lublin is the capital city of Lublin Region in south-eastern Poland. Its geographical location near the eastern border of the EU and historical experience of cultural crossroads makes Lublin an important center of cooperation between Eastern and Western Europe. With the population of about 350,000 inhabitants, Lublin is the largest city in the region and the biggest academic center in Eastern Poland.
Lublin is also home to over 65,000 students, many of them coming from abroad. Higher education institutions located in Lublin include five internationally recognized public universities and four private university colleges. Always open to the culture of the East, Lublin has also become the seat of the European College of Polish and Ukrainian Universities. High number of students makes Lublin a city full of young and dynamic people whose creative potential is used by Lublin research centers and companies in the sector of new technologies.
Representatives of the City of Lublin have included internationalization of higher education in its strategy and has actively encouraged international students to study in Lublin. As a result of city programs, e.g. “Study in Lublin” as well as cooperation of various local partners with universities, the number of international students in Lublin has increased to over 6 thousand in the current academic year (the highest rate of international students in Poland). Lublin has therefore focused on creating optimal environment for international student.
On the conference, you will not only explore matters pertaining to benefits and experiences resulting from the presence of international students in the city but you will also discuss various aspects of cooperation between municipal institutions, universities, business communities, and NGOs in the area of integration. We hope that our conference will help you to develop new strategies for success in academic internationalization and developing cooperation of international education networks. Furthermore, you will be provided with an excellent opportunity to join workshops on different international education skills as well as you will have a chance to listen to speeches delivered by outstanding experts and practitioners of international education. This will be followed by a discussion panel in which you are welcome to participate. The conference will be also an opportunity to discuss, share best practices, and network within international education community.
The conference will be of interest to a wide spectrum of international education professionals. We are excited to invite members of faculties and staff from all types of higher education institutions, representatives of international students’ services (international programs coordinators, foreign students offices, recruitment offices and other organizations providing assistance to foreign students), teams of marketing departments at universities, non-government organizations supporting international visitors, international students studying in Poland and their organizations, representatives of public administration bodies involved in shaping educational policies and members of the public administration bodies dealing with integration of international students.
Our partner universities in Lublin welcome all partners willing to talk about cooperation opportunities.
the City of lublin
Lublin is one of the eight main academic centres in Poland, currently the largest one in the eastern part of the country. It is the seat of five public universities: John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, The University of Life Sciences, Lublin University of Technology and Medical University of Lublin. There are also four private higher education institutions: the University College of Enterprise and Administration, the University of Economics and Innovation, the College for Social Sciences and Vincent Pol University in Lublin. In total, there are more than 70,000 students in all higher education institutions, including almost 6000 international students. In support of students’ comprehensive development, higher education institutions provide them with opportunities to participate in interesting events and initiatives of both academic and non-academic nature. What attracts young people to Lublin’s high education institutions are unique academic climate, valued academic staff, and diversity of study programmes: from technology and life sciences to medicine, the humanities and arts.
Contact information coordinator
tel.: +48 81 466 2515
The Venue - 1st day
Lublin Conference Center
Artura Grottgera street 2
tel.: +48 81 718 09 00
From Lublin Central Railway Station to hotels by Lublin public transport
Lublin public transport consist of trolleybuses and regular buses. In Lublin, there are many types of tickets and you must validate your ticket in the ticket machine inside the bus when you get onto it. Mind that it is recommended to buy your ticket in kiosks located in close proximity to bus stops or in ticket machines. There are two reasons behind it: bus drivers may run out of tickets availableand the fares for tickets claimed in buses are usually higher.
A regular ticket costs PLN 3.20 (less than USD 1). It enables you either to ride the whole route in one bus or to change buses in 30 minutes recorded from the moment you validate your ticket, i.e. you can go by one bus and then change it to a different one without validating the second ticket unless 30 minutes pass).
Holders of student ID cards under 26 can buy tickets for half the price.
There are also half-day, daily, and three-day tickets as well as one-, three-, and five-month travel cards. Current prices can be checked both in ticket offices and ticket machines. Should you be staying in Lublin for a few days, it is more profitable to purchase one ticket for your entire visit because it will be cheaper than buying single tickets for every bus ride.
In Lublin, each bus stop is provided with a timetable, which can be also checked on the internet under www.mpk.lublin.pl/en/ .
You can also use night buses: N1, N2 and N3. A single night ticket costs PLN 5, yet if you hold a travel card or a multi-day ticket, there is no need to purchase the single ones.
From Lublin Airport to the City of Lublin by train
When you travel in a group of 4 or more persons, the best way to travel from Lublin Airport to Lublin is by train. You do not need to book this service in advance!
-You can buy tickets either from the ticket collector on the train or in the ticket office in Lublin Główny - Central Railway Station. A single and a return ticket from Lublin Airport to Lublin Central Railway Station cost PLN 5.30 and PLN 13.30 respectively.
For timetables see www.rozklad-pkp.pl/en
From Lublin Airport to the City of Lublin by Lublin public transport
1. Take bus 13 (towards ‘Paderewskiego’) to three hotels we recommend.
2. 'Ogród Saski' bus stop: a short walk to the Wieniawski Hotel and the Campanile Hotel
'KUL' bus stop, a short walk to the Mercure Hotel
Fare at the ticket machine: PLN 3.20
To check the route you can use Jakdojade.pl app (remember to change the language in the top right corner)
Krzysztof Żuk, Ph.D.
Zofia Sawicka PH.D.
Professor Robert Frankel
Conrad Hughes, PH.D.
Frans van Leijden
Professor Zbigniew Pastuszak
Professor Zbigniew Grądzki
Anna Tarnowska – Waszak
Jakub Olchowski Ph.D
Mariusz Sagan, Ph.D.
Nolwazi Zeena Mhodi
Programme: Integrating international students: perspectives from cities, civil society and academia
Wednesday, 18th April - Arrival of international guests
Thursday, 19th April - Keynote speakers presentations and panel discussion
||Registration||Lublin Conference Center|
|10.00-10.15||Opening and introduction||
|10.15-10.45||Supporting international students integration through the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) programmes||Zofia Sawicka Ph.D.
Deputy Director of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange
International students and their expedience. Video "Show me your Lublin"
Teaching and Research in the Multinational Classroom: Impact on the Student, the Faculty, the University, and Society
Robert Frankel, Ph.D.
How education can reduce prejudice in the 21st Century
|Conrad Hughes, PhD.
Director of La Grande Boissière
International School of Geneva, the oldest international school in the world
Xenophobic and racist rhetoric on international students
Moderator – Anna Dąbrowska and Piotr Skrzypczak, Homo Faber Lublin NGO working in the field of human rights
|14.30 – 15.30||Lunch|
|15.30 – 17.00||
Supporting and integrating international students into the academic community. Good practices.
Jakub Olchowski Ph.D, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin
Frans van Leijden
Professor Zbigniew Grądzki
Anna Tarnowska – Waszak
|17.00 – 17.15||Coffee break|
|17.15 – 18.45||
Panel Discussion in Polish
The economic and social impacts of international students
Moderator - Honorata Kępowicz-Olszówka, Head of Division for Entrepreneurship Support and Cooperation with Business
Mariusz Sagan Ph.D.
Zbigniew Pastuszak Ph.D.
|19.00 – 21.00||Dinner and concert||Hosted by Mayor of the City of Lublin|
Friday, 20th April - Structured discussions and workshops
Ikea po Sąsiedzku
Address: Krakowskie Przedmieście 55
Activities related to cultural adaptation and integration in the city and at universities
Nolwazi Zeena Mhodi Partnerships Development Specialist and MA in International Relations Student
workshop in English
Teaching and working in culturally diverse environments
workshop in English
Communicating difficult messages. Cooperation with the media
workshop in Polish
How to make a successful campaign raising awareness on benefits that students bring for the city?
workshop in Polish