Members of the International AGH UST Alumni Congress celebrate University’s 100th Anniversary

18 October 2019 saw 1st. International AGH UST Alumni Congress taking place on the first day of the University’s 100th Anniversary celebrations. The attendees took part in the central conference and in a number of smaller sessions organised individually by AGH UST faculties.

The highlight of the Congress was the central conference held in the Grand Hall of the University’s main building. Guests who arrived at the conference were welcomed by Professor Wojciech Łużny, Vice-Rector for Education, acting as head of the Organising Committee for 100th Annniversary of AGH UST Foundation. The welcome address was followed by keynote speech from the AGH UST Rector – Professor Tadeusz Słomka.

The conference featured a series of lectures by AGH UST professors. The session started with  Professor Janusz Filipiak, head of the University Council, discussing cooperation between academia and business environment in the context of corporate social responsibility. The next speaker, Professor Maria Maj presented a lecture entitled: “From the Mining Academy to AGH UST: a hundred years of educational mission”. The lecture session concluded with Professor Konrad Szaciłowski delivering a talk: “From coal to… coal. Academic evolution at AGH UST”.

After the lectures, Professor Czaja referred in his address to the remarkable tradition of “Re-matriculation 50 years later”, which is unique to our university. The ceremony was held for the first time on 21 May 1969 as part of the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of AGH UST Foundation and was attended by 31 students from year 1 of the Mining Academy (AGH) (from among 80 students who started education in 1919). This year, the “Re-matriculation 50 years later” ceremony attracted 1969/1970 matriculands representing 10 of the University’s faculties.

For the afternoon sessions, the participants made their way to their home faculties. Each faculty organised a separate programme of events for its alumni, which included meetings with  the faculty authorities, seminars and lectures, expert panel discussions, presentations of research projects, laboratory tours, exhibitions, lab classes and theme walks. The day ended with social events and reunions.

The Congress attracted over 1000 participants from all over the world. Guests included visitors from the United States, Canada, Australia, the Republic of South Africa, Vietnam and Cuba.