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AGH University at the EEC

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AGH University at the EEC

Once again, the AGH University, as a partner of the event, actively participated in the European Economic Congress held in Katowice. The three days were filled with thematic sessions, debates, meetings and conversations with renowned authorities, decision-making politicians, managers of large companies, entrepreneurs, experts, scientists, activists, media people. In this prominent group, there were also representatives of the AGH University. At one of the sessions, the AGH University Rector, Professor Jerzy Lis, presented a report on key competencies of the engineer of the future.

Our university was a partner of two sessions.

Education for the future

Thematic scope:
Education in a world of instability and increasingly rapid, profound change. Education as a permanent and open process. Self-directed learning and self-development. Interdisciplinarity and a global perspective for teaching. Unknown professions of the future – how to prepare a young person for challenges we know too little about?  Specialist knowledge, transferable skills – what kind of graduate is business dreaming of? Reskilling and upskilling – a potential that companies are failing to exploit.

Teofil Jesionowski, Rector, Poznań University of Technology;
Krzysztof Koj, Dean, WSB Merito University in Chorzów;
Barbara Kozierkiewicz, Vice President of the Management Board, AstraZeneca Pharma Poland;
Jerzy Lis, AGH University Rector;
Janusz Michałek, President of the Management Board, Katowice Special Economic Zone;
Joanna Mucha, Secretary of State, Ministry of Education;
Dariusz Wieczorek, Minister of Science and Higher Education.

Engineer job market

Thematic scope:
Engineering personnel an asset to the Polish economy. What kind of engineers does the market need? Digitalisation and the IT sector as a source of “demand” for scarce specialities.  New fields of study respond to changing competence needs. How to educate engineers for the dynamic transformation of the economy. Collaboration between business and education.

Przemysław Bokwa, President of the Management Board, PBI Group; 
Marek Gzik, Secretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education; 
Anna Karyś-Sosińska, Member of the Management Board, Head of the Human Resources Management Division, Budimex SA; 
Jerzy Lis, AGH University Rector; 
Krzysztof Pawiński, President of the Management Board, Maspex Group;
Przemysław Zakrzewski, Head of Corporate Technology Center, ABB.

Moreover, Izabela Albrycht, director of the AGH University Cybersecurity Centre was one of the speakers at the Industry – full mobilisation session, Professor Rafał Dańko, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, was a speaker during a session on the Challenges of the labour market, Professor Tadeusz Uhl, director of the Space Technology Centre, at the Space industry session, and Dr Ireneusz Dominik, AGH University associate professor from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics, spoke at the Talking about Industry 4.0 session.

The AGH University stand attracted a lot of interest of people from the economy, business, industry, and science. An additional highlight that caught many eyes were the robot constructions designed by our academics and students: humanoid robot Pepper (Faculty of Computer Science), autonomous delivery robot AQUILO (AGH University Dynamic Systems & Control Theory Team) and walking robots (Student Research Club Integra).


The 16th European Economic Congress was attended by several thousand people (on-site and online). The special guests were, among others, the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. The programme of the European Economic Congress included 180 sessions, the topics of which revolved around the most critical branches of the economy, directions for social development, as well as trends and events with a potential to shape the future:
Europe and geopolitics; climate, economy, environment; energy and transformation; digitalisation and technology; finance, investment; law and regulation; construction and real estate; industry, raw materials, fuels; transport, infrastructure, mobility; governance, labour market, society; education, science, innovation; media, communication, culture; city, region, metropolis; international economic cooperation; trade and a consumer; food and agriculture; healthcare.