One of the top universities in Poland and the oldest and largest university of economics and business in the Silesian Region, the University of Economics in Katowice (UEKAT) is a specialized public university offering Bachelor, Master, Doctoral and post-diploma degrees to over 8000 national and international students. Founded in 1937, the university combines tradition and innovation, effectively exploring new teaching and learning methods based on projects. UEKAT programs emphasise the balance between academic strengths and soft skills. Formal education is supported by student services, including career counselling centre, internships with partner companies and volunteering opportunities for students and staff. UEKAT has a Talent Program, offering students tutor guidance by recognized experts, researchers and practitioners. In addition, UEKAT is part of several national strategic initiatives in entrepreneurial, business and lifelearning education, including Children’s Economic University, Academy of Young Economist, and University of Economies of The Third Age. UEKAT’s current 2018-2025 development strategy is aligned along with three activity priorities teaching, research and engagement with the external stakeholders) and two horizontal priorities (internationalization, and management efficiency). To this effect, the university has developed a stronghold in pedagogy, research application (through a Research Transfer Center) with a focus on economics and entrepreneurship, and thriving partnerships with local, regional and national businesses and social organisations. The university also enjoys partnership relations with over 500 higher education institutions and companies from around the world. UEKAT is a socially responsible university. It’s social impact and community engagement strategies specifically emphasise sustainable development, smart resource management and counteracting social exclusion. The university cooperates with the national and regional authorities, NGOs, academic and professional communities, cultural institutions, social activist groups, local communities and the media.
Role of UEKAT in the Project :
UEKAT is the Consortium leader. In this role, it will be responsible for many tasks related to effective project management, coordination and communication. It will also be responsible for developing the first two elements of the MOOW Framework (Guidelines and Playbook). UEKAT’s strength in research and pedagogical methodology and its extensive experience in designing and implementing a variety of educational formats make the university a good partner for its roles. UEKAT has a proven capacity in organizing events (both physical and digital) and a track record of relevant projects:
– Innovative digital education: UEKAT participates in the project CEEPUS “Modelling, Simulation and Computeraided Design in Engineering and Management”.
– Mental health: Between 2018 and 2020 Przemysław Zbierowski (one of the key person involved in the project) researched the happiness and well-being of entrepreneurs and their families, resilience of entrepreneurs during COVID-19 pandemic. UEKAT will also contribute to dissemination efforts with its resources, which include a contact database of 13000 contacts and a strong social media presence. UEKAT will be represented in the project by the Department of Human Resource Management. Key people involved in the project:
AGATA AUSTEN Agauta Austen is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management. She obtained her PhD in the field of entrepreneurship. Later, her scientific interests focused on Human Resource Management, including well-being and other aspects. In total, she has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. As a teacher she lectures in many subjects related to the field Human Resource Management. Agata has experience as a coordinator in Erasmus+ and other projects. She has also been involved in the development of a degree program in Public Management.
PRZEMYSŁAW ZBIEROWSKI Przemysław Zbierowski is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management. He has been conducting research in the field of entrepreneurship and small business management for almost 20 years. His main interests include the psychology of entrepreneurship, positive psychology of business and other topics. He has been also involved in research on entrepreneurship education, including experiments on the effects of online learning as a function of using different methods of engaged learning. In the last 10 years he contributed to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor in Poland in collaboration with Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. He also actively supported about 200 young entrepreneurs in their start-up activities.
KRZYSZTOF WĄSEK Krzysztof Wąsek is a PhD candidate at Doctoral School of the University of Economics in Katowice, and Assistant in the Department of Human Resource Management. His main research interests are employee onboarding, human resources management in modern companies and organizational socialization. He is the author of scientific publications in the field of employee onboarding and adaptation. He has knowledge in designing and conducting work according to the method “Design Thinking” as well as in the field of conducting development sessions according to the
method of academic tutor.
DANIEL GAJDA Daniel Gajda is Research Assistant in the Department of Human Resource Management. He has published scientific articles in domestic and international journals in the fields of human resource management and organizational behavior. He was Principal Investigator or Project Developer in seven successfully conducted research projects funded by University Grants Committee on Human Resource Management and in an international didactic project “Modern Logistics” for students from all over Europe. He is currently Principal Investigator of the research project funded by National Science Center.
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