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Odrakiewicz Peter (Poznan University College of Business)
Management of Complexities and Innovation prognosis in Higher Education : Challenges, Changes, and a New Paradigmatic Shift Facing Polish Management Education in a Globalized Education Era
Global Management Journal, 2013, vol. 5, nr 1/2, s. 69-81, bibliogr. 20 poz.
Słowa kluczowe
Zarządzanie szkolnictwem, Szkolnictwo wyższe, Innowacje, Globalizacja
Education management, Higher education, Innovations, Globalization
Polish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) offer a growing number of international management programs taught partially and entirely in English. These programs range from BA and BSc, mostly taught in Polish with English as a language of content delivery and discussion in some international management courses or in specialization modules, through MA and MSc and engineering Master's programs taught mostly or entirely in English, to MBA programs offered in cooperation or jointly with foreign universities and delivered fully in English. Doctoral programs specializing in international management are offered in Polish and English mostly in state-run universities and polytechnical universities of technology. Higher education in Poland is one of the most dynamically-developing areas in the society. Within the last twenty years it has undergone dramatic quantitative and institutional transformations. Many non-state higher education models have been introduced. (, 2012-01-10 accessed on 2012-06-30) According to the information provided on the ministry website (accessed at on 2012-07-19), due to the lack of quality-enhancing mechanisms in the system of financing higher educational establishments in Poland here is no special subsidy devoted to rewarding the quality of research and education conducted by a school. There is a minimal internationalization of studies. In Poland the ratio of the number of foreigners to the total population of students is approximately 0.5%, whereas in Slovakia the ratio is 0.9%, in Hungary, 9.6%, and in the Czech Republic, 6.3%. The average of all OECD countries is 9.6%. This data demonstrates that the programs offered by Polish higher education institutions are still unattractive to foreign students, with some exceptions. The innovation and growth in science and higher education will only come if most schools start internationalization programs with respect to their research programs and education in the EU and internationally. The university management system, as well as almost all international reports on Polish higher education (e.g. OECD, World Bank), point to the necessity of improving the management system, which presently does not enable institutions to build strong international positions (, accessed on 2011-03-29). A poor connection between university-level institutions and the socio-economic environment, including lack of co-operation with employers and other public players and insufficiently developed commercial and non-governmental sectors, is currently a challenge. The knowledgoffered by most Polish higher education institutions is of the supply type, is non-flexible and is not evaluated externally in terms of its effectiveness. In the research field, Polish higher education institutes, with few exceptions, have weak mechanisms with which to acquire funding or research contracts and expertise from external entities, particularly in the commercial and industrial fields. The proposed changes, such as more efficient management of higher education, a dynamic academic career model, and an effective education model are a good way to start, and point to positive changes, but they are not sufficient and are lacking the cohesive internationalizing character. In addition, private higher colleges are excluded from financial support. There are numerous positive trends developing in Polish higher education, both in public universities and professional colleges and private colleges of higher learning, especially in areas of increased participation in education of students and faculty exchanges. This is especially so within the European Union. Additionally, it is enhanced by the organization of academic seminars and international conferences with leading world scholars. Theoretical data, background and discussion, with conclusions provided below on Polish universities, colleges and institutes of higher education, are based on information obtained from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland (www especially most of the descriptive, data and background parts. The author's own research, observation, interviews and experience in the field of Polish higher education since 2004 were used in the discussion and conclusion parts. The author's experience in Polish higher education is ranges from lecturer position to the head of the department and Vice-Rector of a private business college participating in the European Erasmus student and staff exchange system. Poznan University College of Business, where the author teaches, is an active organizer of international innovation in management and participates in global conferences, scientific meetings and research dissemination. Its staff cooperates with inter-collegiate and world-wide universities in staff training, and participates in scientific and teaching exchanges.(original abstract)
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