Professor Andrzej Jajszczyk was honoured with a Distinguished Star – a special award in the Internationalisation Star competition. It is awarded to individuals whose activities and commitment contribute to the internationalisation of Polish science and higher education and increase their prestige in the world.
Since 1999, Professor Andrzej Jajszczyk has been associated with the Department of Telecommunications at the Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics, and Telecommunications at the AGH University, where he was the deputy head in 2000–2005.
Professor Jajszczyk received his education and academic degrees and titles at the Poznan University of Technology, where he was concerned with automatics and telecommunications. He obtained the title of professor in 1994. For a few years, he was a visiting professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne, France.
From 2011 to 2015, he served as the founding Director of the National Science Center, a Polish research funding agency. Professor Andrzej Jajszczyk is a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, the Vice-President of the IEEE Communications Society, the first Editor-In-Chief of the prestigious monthly „IEEE Communications Magazine” not from the USA, as well as the editor of other important telecommunications magazines.
At present, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea, the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the European Advisory Board of Springer Nature.
Some of his most important honours are the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (2017), the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science (2008), and the IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award (2008).
As claimed by Professor Jajszczyk:
If you want to be successful in science, you should not be afraid of the risk, although the risk should be at a reasonable level. However, it is the substantive value of published paper that trule counts above anything else, not where it was published. It is worth remembering that the reputation of a journal or a conference will influence the availability and prominence of the results to the academic community. Publishing results in leading journals and presenting them at leading conferences is also a sign of the quality of our work, resulting from a robust review process.
The competition committee consists of representatives of all Polish institutions and organisations engaged in the development of internationalisation: the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) , the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE), the Perspektywy educational foundation, International Relations Offices Forum, the Students' Parliament of the Republic of Poland, the National Representation of Doctoral Students, the Association for PR and Promotion of Polish Universities "PRom", Erasmus Student Network.
The present awards are granted to people who are involved in internationalisation activities, in recruitment and marketing departments, in Polish language schools, as well as to outstanding managers, academics, and internationalisation researchers.
This year's award ceremony was held on February 8, 2024, in Poznan, during the „Foreign Students in Poland 2024” conference, co-organised by the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), the Perspektywy educational foundation, and Poznan University of Technology. The AGH University Rector, Professor Jerzy Lis, also participated in the event.
The award is given in 9 categories: Management Star, Development Star, Teaching Star, Marketing Star, Research Star, Science Diplomacy Star, Public Diplomacy Star, Rising Star, and a special award - Distinguished Star.