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“ACCESS TO SUCCESS”
April 30, 2010   
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That’s the new motto of the University of Economics and Computer Science (Wyższa Szkoła Ekonomiczno - Informatyczna), founded in 1996. The school is in the early stages of a new strategy in an all-out effort to beef up its programs, infrastructure and alliances. A key component of the initiative is called Cooperative Education, which aims to pull big firms into the campus to ensure relevant course content and jobs for its graduates.

“We believe this is the way to go if universities are to catch up with the pace of the real world out there,” said Arif Erkol, the young and energetic chancellor of the school. Arif envisions a school that is organically connected to the “implementation fields” of all that is being taught in the classroom. It seems like the strategy is already paying off. WSEI received this year’s Business Center Club European Economic and Social Committee Medal and the title of “Ambassador of Polish Science” in recognition of its innovative initiatives.

Another striking feature of the school’s ‘New Deal’ are the dual degree programs which enable smarter students to achieve more and have more jobs opportunities after graduation by studying two degrees simultaneously. On top of that, WSEI has started offering many programs in English. An in-house Prep School and Exam Center, staffed with native speakers, accepted the school’s first all-English-language-program students in 2009.

As a natural result of these initiatives, the school has appeared on the radar screens of overseas students looking for a valuable education. Poland is new to the international education market but offers a European education and a high quality of life for students. WSEI hopes to build a genuine international and academically demanding school by offering scholarships to the best and the brightest from all over the world. It will have more than 200 international students in September, a good start for a school in the midst of a concerted effort to push beyond its league. “We’re excited and looking forward to hearing from new corporate partners and ambitious students”, said the rector of the school, Paweł Bożyk.

More information at www.wsei.pl
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