Polish university education system has a history of 650 years of educating high profile professionals. Polish academic traditions reach back to 14th century. Ten Nobel Prizes were awarded to Polish artists, scientists and other public figures. Maria Skłodowska-Curie is one of only four laureates to receive a prize twice. The Jagiellonian University in Krakow was established in 1364, as the second university in Central Europe. Warsaw University is ranked first in the Top Coder international IT ranking.
The quality of the system is guaranteed by State Accreditation Committee, which monitors all Polish higher education institutions. According to its control Results, over 80% of the Polish universities have outstanding and good rankings
Polish specialists of all professions especially Polish doctors, engineers, architects and IT specialists are acclaimed are highly appreciated by the recruiters worldwide. Polish graduates are also considered to be fully prepared to compete on a global job market.
Although Poland is going through a process of rapid economic development, the cost of living is still significantly lower than in most of the EU countries. A total amount of 200-400 Euros is enough to cover the basic cost of accommodation, food and transport. The cost of entertainment and participation in cultural events are also much lower than EU average. The basic cost of studies is also very competitive. The minimum rate is 2000 Euro a year, which is a few times lower than the EU average.
According to Central Statistical Office’s data, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2008 was in real terms 4.8 per cent higher than in 2007. In 2007 GDP recorded 6.7 per cent growth. The rate of the value added growth for whole economy in 2008 was 4.9 per cent (6.6% in 2007). According to the latest European Commission’s forecast, in 2010 the GDP growth may dip to 2.0 per cent. Taking into account, however, international crisis and -1.8 per cent GDP growth forecast for the EU-25, Poland’s result is a symptom of Polish strong economy. The unemployment level decreases very quickly, falling from almost 20% in 2004 to 9, 5 % in 2009. For high level of security and personal safety Poland is much safer than most of the European countries. It's perfectly safe in here for international students of all races, beliefs and origins.
Poland Culture and Entertainment
Polish culture is well known in the world, for both historical heritage and present achievements. Five Polish writers were rewarded with Nobel Prize. Historical composers like Karol Szymanowski, Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Paderewski, and present ones like Henryk Górecki, Witold Lutosławski or Krzysztof Penderecki wrote new chapters in the history of music. Academy Award winners Andrzej Wajda, Janusz Kamiński,Roman Polański, Golden Palm winner Krzysztof Kieślowski and many other film industry artists are recognized all over the world. Polish cultural institutions provide high quality entertainment for all tastes. The number of festivals, book fairs, concerts, gigs, and other kinds of entertainment is massive. In 2012 Poland has hosted the UEFA European Football Championships that attract thousands of fans from all Europe.
Students can apply for a Polish Government Scholarship. A number of Polish universities have their own scholarship for the international students. They can also receive Scholarships in financial support of in their scientific research. They can also check with the individual university’s presentation.
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