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Foreign cooperation

The University of Gdańsk cooperates with universities, tertiary colleges and scientific and research institutions in almost every country around the world. This allows us to broaden our range of courses and the knowledge of our academic staff, and to expand the University of Gdańsk. An important aspect of our mutual activities is the implementation of projects within the European Union’s Framework Programmes. From 2002 to the end of 2010, the University of Gdańsk participated in over 170 European and international projects. The largest number of projects was realised within the Framework Programmes – a total of 51. Among our greatest successes can be counted the recognition of three European centres of excellence in the 5th Framework Programme: the Research and Education Centre for Urban Socio-Economic Development (RECOURSE), the Centre of Excellence for Baltic Development, Education and Research (BALTDER) and the Centre of Excellence in Bio-safety and Molecular Biomedicine (BioMoBil); the networks of excellence in the 6th Framework Programme: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MARBEF) and the European Vigilance Network for the Management of Antiviral Drug Resistance (VIRGIL); and the large-scale integration projects in the 7th Framework Programme: Exploring Marine Resources for Bioactive Compounds: From Discovery to Sustainable Production and Industrial Applications (MAREX) and Quantum Interfaces, Sensors and Communication based on Entanglement (Q-ESSENCE).

The membership of Poland in the European Union has opened up new possibilities for Polish science and scholarship in the area of financing activities, including the exploitation of structural funds, such as the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and community initiatives. During the 2007-2013 programme period, the University is implementing a total of 37 projects within the framework of the following Operational Programmes: 17 – the Operational Programme Innovative Economy, 8 – the Regional Operational Programme of Pomorskie Voivodeship, 2 – the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment, 1 – the Technical Assistance Operational Programme, 9 – the Human Capital Operational Programme, including 3 projects which are intended to strengthen and develop the teaching potential of the University within the framework of Priority IV – Tertiary education and science.

Scientists and scholars at the University of Gdańsk also obtain other European and international grants, for example within the framework of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, the European Territorial Cooperation and the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Participation in European programmes also allows for the expansion of the University and a broadening of its research and teaching base.

A significant element of international cooperation is the joint organisation by the University of Gdańsk and other research centres of conferences and symposia, and also the participation of the University in consortia realising broad-ranging research programmes.

The university’s foreign cooperation activities are also developing within the framework of over one hundred bilateral cooperation agreements with foreign partners, and also on the basis of almost two hundred and eighty agreements which the University of Gdańsk has signed with European institutions within the framework of the LLP-Erasmus Programme. The University of Gdańsk has, from the very beginning, joined in those European programmes connected with the possibility of arranging foreign placements for students, such as Europraca and Erasmus – Work Placement Mobility. Also, Erasmus Programme enables university employees to visit partner institutions and give lectures to its students. Universityof Gdańsk’s community shows great interest in all types of mobility offered by Erasmus Programme. 

Author: Beata Czechowska-Derkacz
Translator: Tadeusz Z. Wolański
Last updated: 07.02.2011