‘The coming years will be a period of serious challenges, unconventional solutions, and – most of all – hard work,’ said Prof. Lech Dzienis, Rector, during the ceremony of opening the new academic year at Bialystok University of Technology. Moreover, Prof. Dzienis called for active work on teachers’ and students’ own development, and for treating the University as the common good.

The ceremonial opening of the academic year 2017/2018, which took place on 11 October at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, was attended by a special guest, Prof. Lukasz Szumowski, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and also by BUT students and staff, representatives of national and local authorities, clergy, honorary consuls, uniformed services, institutions, associations, as well as entrepreneurs and media. Rectors and Vice-Rectors of a few universities from Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan were also present at the ceremony. Students of the General Secondary School of Bialystok University of Technology participated in the event, too. The Rector particularly welcomed Ms Xiaoyan Zhan and Ms Xinguang Hua, teachers from the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in Beijing, China. The teachers will teach Chinese at our University under the forming Confucius Classes.

At present, at Bialystok University of Technology there are over 660 teachers and approx. 8,500 students, including 230 foreign students.

In his inauguration speech, the BUT Rector thanked everybody wholeheartedly for their persistent effort and achievements, and remembered the numerous successes of students and staff of our University: e.g. scholarships, opening the biometric laboratory, and signing an agreement on establishing the Sino-Polish School of Engineering at Tianjin Chengjian University. The Faculty of Management changed its name to the Faculty of Management Engineering, and obtained its second right to confer doctoral (PhD) degrees in Production Engineering. Bialystok University of Technology has now rights to award PhD degrees in 13 scientific disciplines including technical, agricultural and economic sciences, and to award DSc degrees in 6 disciplines.

‘I envy you having so many opportunities and studying at an excellent university with international successes both in scientific and technological achievements and also in social responsibility in the form of the BUT Secondary School and the Children’s University. My wish for you is that during your studies you develop scientific fascination which will be with you for the rest of your lives,’ said Deputy Minister Lukasz Szumowski to students.

Students of first-and third-cycle courses took part in the ceremonial matriculation – they took the oath and their shoulders were touched with the Rector’s sceptre). BUT also welcomed its new overseas students from countries such as Albania, Bhutan, China, Ecuador, Ghana, Spain, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Nepal, Paraguay, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

The opening lecture, entitled ‘Production and perspectives of using nuclear power’ was given by Prof. Anton Ravinski from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the music was performed by the Choir of Bialystok University of Technology, conducted by Prof. Wioletta Milkowska.

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