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The Warsaw Voice » Business » April 30, 2010
World Expo 2010 in Shanghai
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Smile, You’re in Katowice
April 30, 2010   
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I keep hearing the question: Why is this Expo so important to us? It is especially important, I reply, because we are presenting Poland as a country of people whose optimism and creativity helps them build modern cities, cities of a welcoming country. Who can understand this better than we, the residents of Katowice, the capital of Poland’s second-largest metropolitan area? Here, centuries-old industrial traditions merge with a modern economy and dynamically developing culture; and we at the University of Economics in Katowice are a part of these changes every day.

At the crossroads of major European transport routes, in the heart of Central and Eastern Europe, we teach modern business and public administration. Our students and graduates mature in a thriving metropolis, and help develop this and other metropolises in the course of their professional lives—managing companies, organizing socioeconomic life, taking part in the political activities of the region and the country as a whole.

At present the University of Economics in Katowice has 15,000 students in four departments: Economics, Management, Finance and Insurance, and Information Technology and Communication. All of them are firmly linked to business practice. All of them have a presence in international, national and regional networks and scientific and expert consortia.

Above all, however, the university is a school open to the world, long involved in European student mobility programs, with a growing presence on the education markets of the Americas and Asia. Students from all over the world can come to Katowice to study social and economic issues. The University of Economics in Katowice offers participation in educational programs taught in foreign languages as well as partner programs with other leading European universities resulting in joint degrees conferred by two or three schools. The detailed proposals are listed on the university’s website. Importantly, foreign students coming to Katowice are always pleasantly surprised at the support they receive from their Polish fellow students. The university’s students, particularly those who have taken part in exchange programs themselves, are happy to organize extra activities for them: sports contests, trips, and dozens of other events that are a permanent fixture of student activities in which young people from all over the world can take part.

All this means that the University of Economics in Katowice is the perfect place to take the first steps toward getting to know Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. It is a modern university rooted in a tradition of over 70 years, in the heart of a rapidly developing metropolis. That’s why it is worth learning about business with us… and to smile in Katowice.

Prof. Jan Pyka, Rector, University of Economics, Katowice
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