12.05.2022

Kozminski University has joined an international consortium for scientists in exile.

The New School in New York has initiated the establishment of an international network of higher education institutions that provide shelter and opportunities for further work to scientists forced to emigrate from their countries and home institutions.

Kozminski University is the only university from Poland and Central Europe to join this consortium. It includes, among others, the following universities: Carnegie Mellon, McGill, Northwestern, Columbia, Yale - altogether almost 50 well-known educational institutions from all over the world.

The program for refugee scholars includes free access to library resources and webinars, the opportunity to continue one's own research, and participation in on-site seminars at The New School for all international refugee scholars who have found refuge at host universities. The main idea behind this initiative is to respect freedom in every area of human activity, with a special focus on freedom in science and research.

The New School has a long and beautiful tradition of welcoming persecuted academics forced to emigrate because of their beliefs, respect for freedom, and refusal to cooperate with their home regime. The first group of more than a hundred refugees arrived at the university after 1933 and were refugees from Nazi Germany.

The school owes a lot to them, as it was the refugee students who created a significant social research center at The New School, which the school is famous for today. Kozminski University supports scientists from the war-ravaged Ukraine and has previously accepted refugee students from totalitarian countries as students and granted them scholarships.