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Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia

11th ACRU Annual Conference

Kosice, Slovakia, October 17-18, 2002
The meeting was begun at 3:00pm October 17, 2002.

Secretary General Tomas Sabol opened the meeting and then asked prof. Juraj Sinay, rector of the Technical University of Kosice, for welcome speech. Prof. Sinay welcomed all the participants. He mentioned also the early history of the ACRU when he in 1993, after a meeting of the conference organized by the Carpathian Euroregion in Poland came with the idea to establish a regional network of universities in the Carpathian region. Prof. Sinay also handed over to the participants honorary “Kosice passports”. On the same occasion Prof. A. Korbel - president of ACRU, prof. L. Bukovsky, prof. A. Nagy, prof. G. Heltai were awarded by Rector of the Technical University of Kosice a bronze medal of the Technical University of Kosice.

After introduction of all members present at the meeting, it was concluded that 11 ACRU member universities are represented at the meeting and that there are four justified absences (confirmed by emails, personal announcement). It meant that the General Council was deemed to be constituted, since according to the Constitution (Article 10, paragraph 6) justified absences are not taken into account for deciding the quorum.

Prof. L. Bukovsky, the former rector of the University of P.J. Safarik in Kosice and former chairman of the Accreditation Committee of the Slovak Republic gave a presentation on the new Act on Higher Education in Slovakia and some current issues in higher education in Slovakia.

Tomas Sabol delivered a presentation on activities and events organized by ACRU since 10th ACRU Annual Conference in 2001 till September 2002. The Secretary General informed the participants about the third phase of the training project “Management of Continuing Education” organized in cooperation with the Kennesaw State University, Georgia, US. The third part of the training was organized by the Technical University of Kosice in May 2002. Tomas Sabol informed the participants also about other activities and projects in the past period of time, which may be of interest for ACRU members (e.g. IST-1999-29088 Project PRISMA, http://www.prisma-eu.net in which TU Kosice is involved; AFANET Hermes Project organized by Szent István University, Gödöllö, Hungary etc.).

The representatives of the ACRU member universities, who took part in the 11th ACRU Annual Conference, accepted the Activity and Financial report as presented by the Secretary General, Tomas Sabol.

Prof. A. Korbel, president of ACRU, in his contribution emphasized the role of ACRU especially in the current era of EU accession by some of the ACRU states, development of the new concept of European Research Area, preparation of the 6th Framework Programme and in general emphasis of EU on the topic of regional development and cross-border cooperation. He mentioned also the potential role of ACRU in the accreditation process and mutual recognition of study branches.

ACRU representatives also discussed PhD student mobility grants. Applications for these grants can be submitted to Secretary General via Country Coordinators.

It was also proposed to support participation of representatives of ACRU member universities in scientific and educational events organized by ACRU members. The following areas of activities were identified for the following period of time:

A potential of cooperation within the framework of the 6th Framework Programme is also seen as considerable.

The members were asked to use the ACRU Web page for exchange of information about activities, workshops, and projects organized by their universities.

It was also agreed that the election of new President and Secretary General will take place at 12th Annual Conference in 2003 and that Hungarian members of ACRU will propose a candidate for the position of the ACRU President for the next cadency of two years.

Secretary General Tomas Sabol proposed to award a honorary membership to Ms. Barbara Calhoun, Dean of Continuing Education at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, USA for her contribution and long-term personal commitment to ACRU mission. This proposal was approved unanimously.

Prof. A. Korbel informed the participants that Pedagogical University, Rzeszow was merged with other universities in Rzeszow and a new Rzeszow University was created. For that reason Pedagogical University has withdrawn from ACRU.

The participants expressed thanks to the Rector of the host institution prof. Juraj Sinay, as well as to prof. Karol Florian, prof. Tomas Sabol, and Ms. Erna Beres for organization of the Annual Conference and deep engagement in ACRU mission.

It was agreed that the next meeting in 2003 will take place in Gödöllö, Hungary and will be organized by Szent István University. In addition to the general meeting, a “thematic session” on regional development will take place. The exact date will be announced by ACRU representative of the Szent István University by the end of January 2003 at the latest.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:00am October 18, 2002.

Kosice, October 18, 2002
Prof. Andrzej Korbel
President of ACRU
Tomas Sabol
Secretary General of ACRU

11th ACRU Annual Conference , Kosice, Slovakia, October 17-18, 2002

Present ACRU universities and their representatives:
  • University of Technology in Kosice, Kosice, Prof. Karol Florian, Vice-Rector
  • University of P.J. Safarik, Kosice, prof. Lev Bukovsky
  • Technical University of Lublin, Lublin, prof. T. Janowski
  • University of Mining and Metallurgy, Krakow, prof. Andrzej Korbel, Vice-Rector
  • University of Miskolc, Miskolc, prof. Aladar Nagy, Vice-rector
  • Military University of Technology, Warsaw, prof. I. Winnicki
  • University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Ms. Krisztina Molnar
  • Szent István University, Godollo, prof. G. Heltai
  • Uzhgorod State University, Uzhgorod, prof. J. Rubish
  • Ivano-Frankivsk State Technical Oil and Gas University, Ivano-Frankivsk, prof. V. Vekeryk