Opole University of Technology has about 13,000 students. It has been going through a lot of transformation in recent years under the leadership of prof. Jerzy Skubis, prof. Marek Tukiendorf and other key leaders of PO.
Signing of the agreement between the two universities has been strongly supported by the Jozef Sebesta, Marshall of Opole Voivodship and other local leaders.
Prof. Marek Tukiendorf was one of the key leaders to help to develop this academic cooperation..
The American delegation took part in the opening ceremony of the new academic year 2008/2009 at Opole University of Technology.
The signing ceremony was a special event for Dr. Kasia Stadnik, the Director of English Language Program at IllinoisStateUniversity,who comes from Opole. Her husband is a “Politechnika” alumni.
It is worth to recall the signing of the Agreement of cooperation between the state of Illinois and Poland in September 25, 2007. The agreement was signed by Rod Blagojevich, Governor of Illinois and Lech Kaczynski, President of Poland. This agreement talks about economic, cultural and educational cooperation between Illinois and Poland.
The current cooperation between ISU and PO is one of many practical steps to strengthen partnership between the two countries of The United States of America and Poland.
Rod Blagojevich, Governor of Illinois sent a special congratulatory letter to the leaders of both academic institutions. “As Governor of the Statte of Illinois, I am pleased to congratulate the IllinoisStateUniversity (Normal, Illinois) and the OpoleUniversity of Technology (Politechnika Opolska) on signing the Collaborative Agreement between your distinguished institutions.
The State of Illinois is honoured to serve as a host for this significant exchange program in the field of technology and innovation. Our state is a great place to continue one’s education. We take great state is a great place to continue one’s education. We take pride in the hospitality and culture of our region. 25, 594 foreign students a year take advantage of our combination of natural beauty and great academic resources”
The events planned in Opole will provide an ideal forum for Polish hosts and American guests to share their ideas and promote mutually beneficial educational and economic opportunities. It is vital that we strive to develop a productive partnership between our nations, thereby enhancing our capabilities to foster future business and educational exchanges”
This letter from the Governor of Illinois was read during the official opening of the Academic year in Opole University of Technology by Vice-Rector, Marek Tukiendorf.
As the author of this article I have great satisfaction to be the first person to establish first contacts in building transatlantic cooperation between the IllinoisStateUniversity and Opole University of Technology.
I was honored to give a lecture to the students at Opole University of Technology about “The Polish American Community in the United States and the current Presidential Election”.
The IllinoisStateUniversity and Opole University of Technology have made a milestone in signing the Agreement on cooperation by Presidents of both distinguished academic institutions. We can wish both institutions to develop the best possible academic cooperation.