24.03.2020 12:10

Message from Vice-Rector for Education and Internationalization

Dear students and Ph.D. students,

Thank you very much for your responsibility, commitment and understanding for changing the form of study during the epidemic. The University regularly undertakes initiatives to protect against the spread of Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and improve teaching processes, taking into account the recommendations of the Polish authorities and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

In the interests of the security of academic community, the decision was immediately taken to suspend lectures and classes at the University. At the same time, preparatory works were implemented to maximally improve the process of conducting lectures, classes, and contact with teachers, as well as credits and exams using friendly and online tools available for all of you. The operating strategy of the University includes four stages of transition to the online learning process:

  1. At the first stage, a platform was made available that allows conducting lectures and classes online. As a result, you can receive updated teaching materials without unnecessary delay.

  2. The second stage of work, which we are currently preparing, provides the possibility of teaching (lectures, classes, laboratories and other) online with the active participation of an academic teacher for groups of students. This will give you the opportunity to listen to your lecture, practice, as well as to interact directly, ask questions, and increase your knowledge.

  3. The third stage of activities involves the preparation of detailed rules for conducting credits and semester exams using online solutions. We will make every effort to ensure that credits and exams can be carried out efficiently and safely, and the procedures will comply with legal regulations.

  4. The fourth stage of work and the implementing solutions assumes the possibility of organizing the thesis defense including online tools. We develop rules according to which defenses - if necessary - can be carried out online, at the same time we follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in this regard.

I want to assure you that we will keep you informed in advance about all implemented solutions via the University's website, social media and by e-mail, so that you can test the available tools, as well as properly prepare for new forms of studying and evaluating learning outcomes. Works on developing the e-learning process are also carried out in parallel by academic teachers and administrative staff, including dean's offices and an IT center, who provide ongoing support in case of any difficulties.

I am also open to your suggestions for improving the transition to online learning. I hope that thanks to our commitment we will be able to get out of this extraordinary situation and soon return to meetings and everyday work within the University premises. I hope that the solutions developed together will become a permanent part of the University's teaching process and will be its practical complement.

Prof. Sławomir Smyczek, Ph.D.
Vice-Rector for Education and Internationalization