The University of Lodz was established in 1945 and has long been one of the biggest and most popular universities in Poland. High level of education, learning foreign languages, scholarships, student exchange programs are just some of the advantages that I experienced by my own.
The 12 faculties, and a branch unit of the University provide programmes in 100 fields of study and 160 specializations. In addition, the University offers several doctoral programmes, more than 50 postgraduate study programmes, as well as studies in English and French. More than 28 000 students attend the University of Lodz.
The University is also very open for other students. This year there are over 2750 international students studying full time or within exchange programs at the University of Lodz. The University of Lodz is focusing its actions on intercultural and social integration. There are 95 nationalities currently studying at the University of Lodz. In this way The University tries to build academic community around the values of respect for cultural, religious and community identities as well as social sensitivity. UL strives to educate active global citizens who think critically, understand the complexity and the diversity of perspectives which underline most global problems.
I am very proud that I could be part of it.
Text written in June 2019.
Danuta Brzozowska, a volunteer from Poland who likes to ride a bike and play tennis.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.