“We cannot favor the development of science only in certain cities,” – said Minister of Education and Science Przemyslav Ksarnik in Szczecin on Monday. It was announced that the additional billion zlotys for science and higher education “to a large extent” would go to Szczecin and the province. West Pomerania Province.

On Monday, Minister of Education and Science, Przemyslav Kzarnik, and Minister of Health Adam Nidzelsky, participated in the official opening of the 2021/2022 academic year at the Pomeranian Medical University (PUM) in Szczecin.

“The development of science and higher education in Szczecin, in the province of Western Pomerania, is no less important for us than the development of science in centers such as Warsaw, Krakow or Pozna. And we cannot favor the development of science only in some cities, ”- stressed Kzernik. He added that centers in Szczecin and Lublin had the same right to development as research centers in Warsaw, Krakow or Pozna.

“We are all equally important and we maintain it” – he noted.

He also spoke about investing in science and higher education. “If you look at the revenues of the state budget and the difference between 2015 and 2021, it is (…) more than 200 billion PLN in favor of revenue,” he said. “Today we have a very exceptional situation,” he added. “Here, as a result of the amendment of the Budget Law, which was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on Friday, we allocate at the end of the budget year (…) an additional billion zlotys for the development of science and higher education” – he said.

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As he said, these funds will largely be allocated to Szczecin and the voivodeship of the province of West Pomerania. “Why in an important part? Well, because we have adopted such an algorithm for allocating this money, which transfers proportionally more money to those research centers, whose infrastructure has so far been invested” – he said.

In the amendment to the Budget Law for 2021 approved by the Chamber of Deputies on Friday, it was envisaged to increase spending in the part of the “Higher Education and Science” budget by 1 billion PLN 002 million 767 thousand zlotys. PLN, including subsidies and subsidies in the amount of PLN 1 billion, and “current expenses of budget units” in the amount of PLN 2 million (767,000 PLN). zloty.

The head of the Middle East Network expressed his hope that the Senate would adopt the amendment to the budget law and be signed by the president so that the support could be transferred in November.

Both Minister Czarnek and the Head of the Ministry of Health, Adam Niedzielski, have praised PUM’s achievements and promotions in recent years.

The Head of the Ministry of Health, Adam Nedzelsky, thanked the staff, professors of PUM and units under the university for their participation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He emphasized that the quality policy of PUM is very important, which leads this university to success, which is evident in both the academic and clinical fields.

“I think that both academic and university hospitals are a very good example of how infrastructure can be developed, how new technologies should develop in the medical field” – he noted.

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The President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, wrote in a letter to the participants of the ceremony, read by Zbigniew Bogoki, voivode of West Pomerania, that the value of scientific research should be “determined in the context of discussions free from personal or ideological prejudices”.

“Universities occupy a special place among public institutions also because during their studies the attitudes and opinions of young people are largely shaped,” the president wrote.

Dean of PUM Prof. Bogusław Machaliński, addressing the students, emphasized that every now and then in the history of medicine there are “threats and crises in the field of public health” and its effects and scope are difficult to predict.

“In such circumstances, you can consider two paths: to avoid responsibility and insincerity to the choice of serving others or to overcome fear for yourself and bravely fulfill your profession – choosing the true good. Sapere aude – have the courage to be wise” – said the professor. Machinsky.

According to the rector, almost 1.5 thousand students began their studies at PUM this year. New students, including students from abroad.

A group demanding the resignation of Minister Kazarnik gathered in front of the university president’s office, where the opening ceremony of the academic year was held. They carried banners with inscriptions, among other things “Minister of national hatred and not of fascism in the school” (PAP)

Authors: Elżbieta Bielecka, Szymon Zdzierałowski

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