“The Stefan Banach Programme is an important part of Polish scholarship offer for developing countries and one of the best-known Polish development projects in the East,” the MFA’s Undersecretary of State Maciej Lang said at a ceremony to inaugurate the Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme in the 2018/2019 academic year. The event, attended by several dozen new scholarship holders from the Eastern Partnership countries, was hosted by the Copernicus Science Centre.
Minister Lang recalled Stefan Banach, the Programme’s patron, one of the most eminent mathematicians of the 20th century, member of the Lvov school of mathematics, who was posthumously awarded the Order of the White Eagle for his outstanding contribution to Poland’s independence by President Andrzej Duda on 11 November 2018.
The inauguration lecture titled “Advance your career: best ingredients made in Poland” was delivered by Dr. Monika Aksamit-Koperska. The inauguration also featured a multimedia screening in the Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Centre and a get-to-know meeting of the scholarship holders. Stefan Banach Programme grant-holders study for free at Polish universities overseen by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. They can choose to study engineering and technical sciences, agricultural sciences and exact and natural sciences. The Programme offers access to education in fields that are key to building an efficient state and to spurring economic growth. The scheme also promotes the concept of fostering closer links between partner countries and Poland and the European Union.
The Stefan Banach Scholarship Programme, a joint initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, is run by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange.