AGH UST has received nearly PLN 2m for the promotion of internationalisation in doctoral education

Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) has just announced the results of this year’s call for applications for the STER Programme of Internalisation of Doctoral Schools. AGH UST is one of 10 universities which have received funding. The award of PLN 1 980 000 will enable the AGH Doctoral School to further foster actions aiming at, among other things, recruiting more foreign doctoral students and supervisors, awarding grants for PhD students pursuing projects through international cooperation and organising foreign placements and visits.

In order to win more foreign PhD students, AGH UST will design informational materials promoting the AGH Doctoral School abroad. They will be published in social media and during international webinars and also distributed at domestic and international fairs, meetings and conferences.

The best PhD students (from both Poland and abroad) delivering doctoral projects through international cooperation and pursuing joint or double degrees will be able to apply for scholarships awarded independently of doctoral scholarships provided for under Art. 209 of the Polish Higher Education and Science Act. There are plans to fund the total of 18 12-month scholarships over the period of 3 years.

International mobility of top-performing students from Poland and abroad will be supported through academic placements with foreign universities and renowned research centres with which AGH UST has been in close scientific and teaching cooperation. Doctoral students will be able to complete 2-3-month research placements with research institutions all over the world.

The ‘Internalisation at home’ initiative will feature guest lectures by world-class specialists in various areas of science as well as international sessions involving doctoral students, taking the form of summer schools or workshops.

AGH UST places a strong emphasis on promotion of international cooperation between doctoral schools. Plans are under way to organise a meeting of an international team of professors in order to develop a joint curriculum for doctoral education in Arctic geology. Classes (with English as the language of instruction) will be delivered not only by AGH-UST but also other European universities and laboratories as well as the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) – the world’s northernmost university.

All the actions described above will be implemented under the project called “Expanding the Internationalisation of the AGH Doctoral School” entered for the STER Programme, to the total amount of PLN 2 200 000.

Other universities that have received awards in this year’s STER Competition include: Jagiellonian University, the University of Wroclaw, Warsaw University of Technology, Gdańsk University of Technology, Łódź University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Nicolaus Copernicus University (Toruń) , Warsaw University of Technology and Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań).