The University is located in Warsaw – the capital of Poland, one of the most rapidly developing cities in Europe and it is the heart of economic, political and social life of Poland. The University of Warsaw was established in 1816 by the permission of Emperor of Russia and Polish monarch Aleksander I. The University was opened on the 14th May 1818 with the name: The Royal University of Warsaw. The emblem of the university shows an eagle with palm and laurel branches, and the five stars refers to the number of faculties included when the university was open: Law and Administration, Medicine, Philosophy, Theology, and Arts and Humanities. During the years, the University has been closed and opened again. Despite during the Second World War it was closed again, a lot of employees did not stop their work and kept teaching students in secrecy. The University officially resumed operation in 1945, after the war.
Nowadays University of Warsaw is the biggest university in Poland, educating more than 45, 000 students every year. There are 21 faculties and over 30 research units, among the largest ones are the Faculty of Management and Faculty of Law and Administration. University space is divided into three campuses. Firstly, the main campus is located in the historical part of the city with lots of beautiful buildings and amazing sculptures surrounded by charming gardens. The place is visited not only by students but also by tourists. Here you can find mostly Humanities and Social Science faculties. Second campus is more modern and it is located in the south part of the city called Służewiec and it is the home to the Faculty of Management and a part of the Faculty of Applied Linguistics buildings. The last campus is located in Ochota and research units are based there.
Text written in June 2019.
Anna Soltys from Poland, graduated in finance and accounting, experienced and skilled in marketing, passionate about cooking, dancing, and reading.
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.