Cracow University of Economics – University of the Future – project carried out by the UEK staff team

A team of staff from the University of Economics in Krakow, led by Dr hab. Joanna Kudełko, Prof. UEK has carried out a research project to improve the quality of education in economic studies.

Project No. DIALOG 0054/2019, titled: “University of the Future – An Innovative Model of Dual Education in Economic Studies Supported by Research Infrastructure »was performed in the period from 01/01/2020 to 30/06/2022.

The initiative was accepted for funding through a competition announced on January 24, 2019 by the Minister of Science and Higher Education under the “DIALOG” program (AGREEMENT No. 0054/DLG/2019/10).

The assumption was to initiate the processes of pro-quality changes in educating students in economic studies by proposing an innovative tool to improve the quality of education and better tailor the curricula to the real needs of the job market.

During the implementation of the project, many different research works were carried out and a number of activities were undertaken, including:

  • identification of contemporary and future determinants of socio-economic development, as well as changes and challenges in the labor market,
  • determining the extent of the desired competences of graduates of economic studies, in line with the expectations of employers and the demands of the labor market,
  • identification of the competency gap of students and graduates of economic studies,
  • developing a model methodology for making economic studies,
  • improving the effectiveness of the university’s collaboration with its social and economic environment in the field of student education.

The progress of the project was made possible thanks to the involvement and cooperation of many employees of the University of Economics in Krakow. 25 people representing 14 units of the university took part.

The design team consisted of:

  • Project Manager: dr hab. Joanna Kudełko, Prof. UEK (Department of Economic Policy and Development Programming)
  • Main artists: dr hab. Małgorzata Tyranska, Prof. UEK
    (Department of Work Equipment Management), dr hab. Jadwiga Stobiecka, Prof. UEK (Market Analysis and Marketing Research Department),dr hab. Bernard Zizbicki,Prof. UEK(Organizational and Management Methods Department)),dr hab. Dariusz Żmija, Prof. UEK (Department of Economic Policy and Development Programming)
  • artists: prof. dr hab. Janusz Czekaj, Dr hab. Tomasz Kafel, Prof. UEK, Dr Angelika Wodecka-Hyjek, Dr Hubert Obora, Dr inż. Maciej Walczak(Department of Organizational and Management Methods),
    dr hab. Janusz Nesterak, Prof. UEK, Dr. Katarzyna Smija(Department of Economy and Organization of Enterprises), dr. Katarzyna Sanak-Kosmowska, dr. Marek Rawskic (Marketing Department),dr hab. Danuta Kabat-Rudnicka, Prof. UEK(Department of Economic Policy and Development Programming)),dr hab. Maria Urbaniec, Prof. UEK(Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation),
    dr hab. Mariusz Łapczynski, Prof. UEK(Market Analysis and Market Research Department)),dr hab. Bartosz Kurek, Prof. UEK(Department of Accounting),dr. Masgorzata Marchewka(Department of Management Process), dr. Anna Piwowarczyk(Language center),dr. Agnieszka Wałęga (Department of Statistics)
  • Administration Personnel: Agata Marcisz, Massachusetts (Department of Economic Policy and Development Programming)),Beata Nowak, Massachusetts (Support of the Research Projects Department)),Lucyna Bajorek, Massachusetts (Kwestura), Bożena Gas, MA
    (Kwestura-Loon section).

The project has resulted in the following publications:

The cover of the monograph: J. Kudełko, D. Żmija (editors). (2022), University of the Future. Methodology for the creation of dual studies in economics (modelled on the Małopolskie Voivodeship), Warsaw: Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The above monograph contains a synthesis and conclusions of the research work carried out under the project and is a proposal for a model methodology for making economic studies.

The cover of the monograph: J. Kudełko, M. Tyrańska (eds.). (2021), Competencies of economic studies graduates in the face of the challenges of the modern labor market, Warsaw: Institute of Economic Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The monograph contains scholarly articles on the contemporary challenges of the labor market, shaping the competencies of graduates of economic studies and tools for developing students’ competencies.

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