About The Congress
Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK is an annual conference organised since 2008. The initiative is supported by Zbigniew Pelczynski, Professor Emeritus of Political Philosophy at the University of Oxford, who initiated the conference.
The objective of the Congress is integration, exchange of experiences, shaping of the future leaders, and promotion of Polish culture abroad.
The Congress regularly collaborates with the Federation of Polish Student Societies in the UK with which over 30 Polish Student Societies are affiliated. The patrons of the previous editions include the President of the Republic of Poland, European Commission, and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Congress has been organised at prestigious universities such as: Oxford, Warwick, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and since its conception it has hosted over 2000 delegates. Participants are students of various disciplines. The most strongly represented fields are economics, law, finance, and natural sciences.
The speakers have background in the academia, politics, and business. During the previous editions the participants were addressed by, among the others, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Radosław Sikorski, Danuta Hubner, Adam Zamoyski, Tadeusz Różewicz, Lech Majewski, Maciej Stuhr, Steffen Möller, and Marcin Przybyłowicz.
10th Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK will take place on 27th-29th January 2017 in Cambridge and is organised by the Cambridge University Polish Society. The society was established in 2008 and consists of over 400 members. So far, the Cambridge University Polish Society has organised the 4th edition of the Congress, NEXT STEP: Poland, and Science: Polish Perspectives – a conference enabling Polish scientists working abroad to present the results of their research and exchange their experiences.
The Congress is organised jointly with the third edition of NEXT STEP: Poland, whose aim is to promote the opportunity of career development in Poland after graduating from a foreign university. The first edition of the project took place on the 31st January 2015 in Cambridge under the patronage of the Polish Embassy in London, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over 100 students from top British universities participated in the first edition of the initiative. The second edition of NEXT STEP: Poland also took place in Cambridge and had as high a turnout as the first one. The main topic of discussion was innovation in business.
This edition of the Congress will have a new format based on four pillars – culture, career, politics & economics, and integration. Each pillar will have its own theme, related to issues important to Poles studying at British universities, such as the place of Polish culture in the minds of Polish students abroad, possibility of starting a career in Poland or the influence of Brexit on the situation of young Poles in the UK.
We expect that at least 250 students will participate in the 10th edition of the Congress.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary, a Masquerade Ball will be organised to which sponsors and partners will be invited to attend. The event will have a networking and social nature; during the ball participants will have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with a recruitment offers of the firms present at the Congress.