Rector of the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) has established the Polonia Academy.
Cooperation with the Polish community, the media, and Polish organizations, as well as the coordination and development of activities undertaken by the Catholic University of Lublin for the benefit of the Polish community, including the organization of the KUL Studies for the Polish community and Poles abroad, are the main tasks of the newly established Polonia Academy of the Catholic University of Lublin. “We want to meet the needs of our compatriots abroad more effectively and create new opportunities for cooperation and activities for the benefit of Polonia,” stressed the Rector of the Catholic University of Lublin, Fr. Prof. Mirosław Kalinowski, while appointing the Academy’s authorities.
“In the history of our university, Polish community abroad has always played a special role, so the establishment of the Academy is a response to the growing interest and educational and cultural needs of Poles abroad. I deeply hope that the activities of the Academy will be able to respond, at least in a small part, to the needs of our compatriots living outside their homeland,” the Rector of the Catholic University of the Lublin pointed out.
“The establishment of such a unit by the Rector is undoubtedly one of the most important undertakings of the University in recent years,” stressed Janusz Bień, Ph.D., professor of the Catholic University of Lublin and newly appointed director of the Academy.
“Activities for the benefit of the Polish community are directly in line with the motto of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin – Deo et Patriae. As we well know, there are millions of Poles and people declaring Polish ancestry living outside Poland. Depending on the country and continent, Polish communities are reviving and reactivating, but they need constant support coming from Poland on educational, scientific, and also cultural level. As the Catholic University of Lublin, we want to actively support our compatriots abroad and share our knowledge and experience,” added Prof. Bień.
The Polonia Academy of the Catholic University of Lublin will be responsible, among other things, for coordinating and organizing the operation and promotion of the offer of the KUL Studies for Polonia and Poles abroad. “The great interest with which our offer has been met is a signal that we should develop not only educational activities, but also those conducive to developing the skills and professional competence of the Polish community,” said Dr. Wojciech Wciseł, deputy director of the Academy and coordinator of the Study.
“We also want to direct our activities to Polish children and young people by continuing, for example, the organization of summer camps for Polish children. We will cooperate with ambassadors and consuls, Polish Catholic Missions and Polonia organizations in educational and cultural projects for Polish community and Poles abroad,” Wciseł added.