11.06.2018

Professor Tadeusz Słomka, AGH UST Rector, awarded degree honoris causa by two Ukrainian universities


The ceremony at the Lviv Polytechnic National University

The ceremony at the Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University in Lutsk

The Lviv Polytechnic National University and the Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University in Lutsk have awarded degrees honoris causa to professor Tadeusz Słomka, AGH UST Rector.  

The ceremony at the Lviv Polytechnic National University took place on 29th May 2018. Professor Tadeusz Słomka was honoured for his significant contribution to establishing and intensifying collaboration between Ukrainian and Polish technical universities. It is worth mentioning that the first degree honoris causa of this university was awarded to Marie Skłodowska-Curie in 1912.  

Addressing the participants of the ceremony, the AGH UST Rector mentioned his connections with Ukraine: 

“I have visited your beautiful country many times and I have many friend here. In the years 2001-2005 and 2016-2018, Ukrainian geologists and I conducted field studies in the Carpathian Mountains. Wherever we went, we met with much kindness and help. For many years, we held annual meetings with a group of coal geologists at symposia dedicated to carboniferous formations. At geotourist conferences organised by professor Pavol Rybar from Kosice and me, a group of experts from Ukraine was always highly visible.”  

The ceremony featured Rafał Wolski, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv, who thanked professor Tadeusz Słomka, AGH UST Rector, for his personal commitment to promoting collaboration, as well as for development opportunities in one of the best technical universities in Poland, which AGH UST offers to students in this part of Europe.  

Awarding the degree honoris causa of the Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University in Lutsk to the AGH UST Rector took place on 30th May 2018.  

In his speech delivered in Ukrainian, professor Tadeusz Słomka mentioned the contemporary relations between our countries: 

“We meet at a time when the relations between Poland and Ukraine are better than ever before, and we are determined to strengthen them even more. I am convinced that our scientific and educational collaboration will also continue to develop on grounds of friendly cooperation.”  

The degree of honorary doctor is regarded as the most important distinction that a university can award to a person in recognition of their contribution to the field of science, culture, economy, or politics. The degree-awarding process was initiated by the Senate of the Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University in Lutsk, and as a reason behind the decision it mentioned “a valuable contribution to the development of international collaboration: for significant achievements in the area of science and education, as well as in the field of environmental protection.”   

The Lviv Polytechnic National University is a state school of higher education. It was established in 1816, and it is the oldest technical university in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. During the time, it has obtained the name of an intellectual centre and the centre of national culture, and freedom of thought and speech. Currently, the university educates over 37 thousand students at 16 faculties connected with information technologies, management, chemical technology, civil engineering, power engineering, and other fields and branches of science.  

The Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University in Lutsk began its history in 1940, when the Lutsk State Teachers’ Institute was established. At the very beginning, the Institute had four faculties: Faculty of Ukrainian and Russian Philology, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Geography, and Faculty of Extramural Education. In September 1951, the Lutsk State Teachers’ Institute was re-established as the State Pedagogical Institute, which a year later was given the name of Lesya Ukrainka. At that time, the Institute had only two faculties: Faculty of History and Humanities, and Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, but at the beginning of the 1990s, there were already nine faculties at the Institute. On 16th July 1993, Leonid Kravchuk, President of Ukraine, signed the decree establishing the Lesya Ukrainka Volyn State University in Lutsk. Currently, the structure of the university comprises four institutes (Institute of Social Sciences, Institute of Arts, Institute of Physical Culture and Health, Pedagogical Institute), 14 faculties, and 73 departments.