Conference
LUMEN 2023
November 20-21
Hotel Narvil Conference & Spa

Leaders in University Management

We would like to thank all participants and partners for attending the 9th LUMEN 2023 Conference.

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LUMEN 2023 Conference
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LUMEN 2023 Conference

Summary

Two days of deliberations, 10 panel sessions, 12 presentations, 45 speakers from Poland and abroad – this is what the just-concluded LUMEN 2023 Conference looks like in numbers.

The ninth edition of the largest event dedicated to management in higher education attracted more than 250 participants, both leaders in university management and representatives of key institutions and companies related to the higher education sector. We met stationary at the Narvil Hotel in Serock on November 20-21, 2023.

The inaugural part of the conference was opened by Prof. Lukasz Sulkowski, CEO of PCG Poland. Short keynote speeches were delivered by William S. Mosakowski, President and founder of Public Consulting Group, Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki, President of the Board of the Polish Rectors Foundation, and Prof. Michał Zasada, Vice-Chairman of CRASP and Rector of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE AND AWARDS GALA THE

 

The first to speak was Łukasz Wawer, Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Transformation at the Ministry of Education and Science, who gave a presentation summarizing the ministry’s activities in digital projects in Polish higher education in 2023. Among other things, Director Wawer spoke about the “People of Science” portal launched by the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as other legislative and technological initiatives related to the introduction of e-diplomas, e-grants or e-legitimacy.

This was followed by the first Rector’s debate, moderated by Prof. Jerzy Woznicki. A summary of the five years of the Constitution for Science was given by Prof. Roman Cieślak, Rector of SWPS University, Iryna Degtyarova, Adjunct Professor from the Polish Rectors Foundation, Prof. Jerzy Lis, Rector of the Stanisław Staszic University of Science and Technology in Cracow, and Prof. Jan Szmidt, Honorary Chairman of CRASP, Warsaw University of Technology. The rectors evaluated the effects of the law so far and shared their opinions on the needed directions of changes.

The second panel session was devoted to global perspectives on the transformation of Polish higher education. The debate, moderated by Prof. Lukasz Sulkowski, featured Prof. Jaroslaw Gorniak, Vice Chancellor for Development at Jagiellonian University, Shadi Awwad, EMEA Regional Director at Elsevier, and Magdalena Marzec, Regional Manager UK & Europe at Times Higher Education. The discussion used data illustrating the positions of Polish universities in an international context, from the international databases Scopus (Elsevier) and DataPoints (Times Higher Education).

Rectors of leading Ukrainian universities were also guests at this year’s conference. The panel on rebuilding the Ukrainian education system featured Prof. Vasyl D. Karpusha, Rector of Sumy State University, and Prof. Yevhen Sokol, Rector of National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, as well as Vitaliy Kukharskyy, Pro-rector of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, and Prof. Tetiana Fesenko of Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics. The debate was moderated by Prof. Volodymyr Bugrov, Rector of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The rectors discussed the impact of the war on the condition of the Ukrainian education system and approaches to its reconstruction after the end of military operations.

The highlight of LUMEN 2023 was the Awards Gala for the leaders of Polish and Ukrainian universities ranked in THE World University Rankings 2024, the latest edition of the world’s most prestigious and recognizable ranking of higher education institutions. The awards were presented by Times Higher Education representatives Lachyn Italmazova, Commercial Director UK & Europe, and the aforementioned Magdalena Marzec, together with Prof. Lukasz Sulkowski and Prof. Jerzy Woznicki.

The list of awarded universities is given in the Gala summary available here:

AWARD GALA OF THE WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS, DURING THE LUMEN 2023 CONFERENCE

SESSIONS ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE CONFERENCE

 

We started the second day of LUMEN with a talk on artificial intelligence. Mateusz Rafal, Director of the Center for Digital Transformation at the Ministry of Education, Barbara Michalska, Director of Education at Microsoft, and Katarzyna Patyrak, RI Solutions Manager for CEE from Elsevier, presented their views on the possibilities of applying AI in education. The panel was moderated by Dr. Maciej Madzinski of Kozminski University.

In the next panel, we looked at this year’s legislative changes and their impact on the organization of digital processes in universities. The panel moderated by Dariusz Wronikowski – Director of IT at Kozminski University and Coordinator of the IT Section of the Association of Deans’ Forum – included representatives of the Ministry of Education: the aforementioned Łukasz Wawer and Marcin Czaja, Director of the Department of Higher Education.

The topic of current changes implemented by the Ministry of Science continued in the next session, moderated by Piotr Masalski, PCG Academia Business Line Director. The discussion concerned the new guidelines for sending scientific information for evaluation purposes, and the speakers were Marek Michajlowicz, Deputy Director of the Information Processing Center – PIB, Halina Bojkowska, Head of the Office of Institutional Analysis and Reporting at Jagiellonian University, and Tomasz Yalkowicz, Director of the Department of Science Administration at SWPS University.

The big change facing the public sector now is the move away from paper in communication with the citizen in 2025. Invited experts Łukasz Wawer (MEiN), Łukasz Wróbel, Vice President of WEBCON, and Dariusz Żelasko, Director of IT at the Cracow University of Technology, presented the current status of the implementation of electronic document management systems in universities and government. The panel was moderated by Łukasz Nowak, Vice President of PCG Academia.

The last panel was dedicated to sharing experiences and lessons learned from the first competitions for universities under the 2021-2027 EU funds. The discussion, moderated by Małgorzata Lelińska, Director of the EU Funds and Digital Education Department at the Lewiatan Confederation, included Anna Marciniak, Head of the ESF Programs Section at the National Center for Research and Development, Marcin Kowalski, Chairman of the EdTech Group at the Lewiatan Confederation, and Edyta Siuda, Project Office Director at Kozminski University.

LUMEN THEATRE 

 

The conference also featured LUMEN Theatre, an EdTech innovation theater. In a series of short, expert presentations, participants learned about specific, proven solutions to support universities in the fields of teaching, evaluation, data analytics, process digitization and management.

Trusted university partners presented their solutions: Anthology, Dolphin Consulting, Elsevier, Inspera, Learnetic, PCG Academia, PRODATA, Promethean, SIGNIUS, Treasury TFI, UpWare, WEBCON and Wolters Kluwer.

Recordings of this year’s LUMEN are available on our website and YouTube channel.

The organizers of the 9th LUMEN 2023 Conference were PCG Academia, Times Higher Education and the Polish Rectors Foundation.

LUMEN 2023 partners were Anthology, Dolphin Consulting, Elsevier, Inspera, Learnetic, ProData, Promethean, Signius, Treasury, UpWare, WEBCON and Wolters Kluwer.

The conference was held under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Education and Science. The conference was also under the patronage of the President of CRASP, the Polish Accreditation Commission, the Information Processing Center – PIB, NASK, the Association of Forum of Deans, the LEWIATAN Confederation and the PRom Association. The conference was held under the media patronage of the Academic Forum.

Agenda – November 20-21, 2023

  • 20 November 2023
  • 21 November 2023
    • 09:00 - 09:45

      REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

    • 09:45 - 10:00

      INTRODUCTION TO THE CONFERENCE

      • Marcin Witkowski, European Association of Communication Professionals
        in Higher Education-EUPRIO
    • 10:00 - 10:30

      OPENING SESSION

      • Prof. Łukasz Sułkowski, President of the Board, PCG Polska
      • William S. Mosakowski, President and Founder, Public Consulting Group
      • Prof. Michał Jerzy Zasada, Vice-Chairman, Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland, Rector, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW
      • Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki, President of Polish Rectors Foundation
    • 10:30 - 10:50

      SUMMARY OF THE DIGITAL PROJECTS CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE IN 2023

      • Łukasz Wawer, Vice Director, Center for Digital Transformation, Ministry of Education and Science
    • 10:50 - 11:50

      FIVE YEARS OF APPLICATION OF THE LAW ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCIENCE – ASSESSMENT OF EFFECTS AND DIRECTIONS OF CHANGE

      Moderator:

      • Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki, President of Polish Rectors Foundation

      Speakers:

      • Prof. Roman Cieślak, Rector, SWPS University
      • Iryna Degtyarova, Polish Rectors Foundation
      • Prof. Jerzy Lis, Rector, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow
      • Prof. Jan Szmidt, Honorary Chairman of CRASP, Warsaw University of Technology
    • 11:50 - 12:10

      COFFEE BREAK | LUMEN THEATRE

      • 11:50 – 12:00 – An Alternative to Bank Deposits in Compliance with the Public Finance Act, Marcin Marchewka, Skarbiec TFI, Maciej Jankowski, Skarbiec TFI
      • 12:00 – 12:10 – Data-driven University – Unlock the Potential of Your Data, Jakub Holubec, Dolphin Consulting
    • 12:10 - 13:10

      GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE POLISH HIGHER EDUCATION 

      Moderator:

      • Prof. Łukasz Sułkowski, President of the Board, PCG Polska

      Speakers:

      • Shadi Awwad, EMEA Regional Director, Elsevier
      • Prof. Jarosław Górniak, Vice Rector, Jagiellonian University in Kraków   
      • Magdalena Marzec, Regional Manager, UK & Europe, Times Higher Education
    • 13:10 - 14:00

      LUNCH | LUMEN THEATRE

      • 13:20 – 13:30 – Greater Creativity and Time Efficiency through the Application of AI in Blackboard Learn Ultra, Anna Warda-Ritzen, PCG Academia, Ben Warwick, Anthology
      • 13:30 – 13:40 – Digital Didactics – Universal Design, Accessibility, Adaptability, Bożena Szumacher, Learnetic
      • 13:40 – 13:50 – A New Level of Checking the Originality of Students’ Papers using Inspera Originality, Anna Warda-Ritzen, PCG Academia, Salomé Neves, Inspera
    • 14:00 - 15:00

      REBUILDING OF THE UKRAINIAN SYSTEM OF EDUCATION FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE RECTORS OF THE LEADING UKRAINIAN UNIVERSITIES

      Moderator:

      • Prof. Volodymyr Bugrov, Rector, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

      Speakers:

      • Prof. Tetiana Fesenko, Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics
      • Prof. Vasyl D. Karpusha, Rector, Sumy State University
      • Vitaliy Kukharskyy, Vice-Rector of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
      • Prof. Yevhen Sokol, Rector, National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute
    • 15:00 - 15:30

      THE WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2024 – PRESENTATION OF THE METHODOLOGY

      Speakers:

      • Lachyn Italmazova, Commercial Director, UK & Europe, Times Higher Education
      • Magdalena Marzec, Regional Manager, UK & Europe, Times Higher Education
    • 15:30 - 16:00

      COFFEE BREAK | LUMEN THEATRE

      • 15:40 – 15:50 – Duet of DSpace Repository and Sciencecloud – A Solution for Seamless Evaluation and Effective Promotion of Researchers!, Piotr Masalski, PCG Academia
      • 15:50 – 16:00 – Decoding Knowledge: A Journey through Evidence-Based Research Data Analysis, Shadi Awwad, Elsevier, Katarzyna Patyrak, Elsevier
    • 16:00 - 17:30

      THE WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS GALA WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE LEADING POLISH AND UKRAINIAN UNIVERSITIES RECTORS

      • Lachyn Italmazova, Commercial Director – UK & Europe, Times Higher Education
      • Magdalena Marzec, Regional Manager – UK & Europe, Times Higher Education
      • Prof. Łukasz Sułkowski, President of the Board, PCG Polska 
      • Prof. Jerzy Woźnicki, President of Polish Rectors Foundation 
    • 17:30 - 19:00

      CONCERT BY OLGA BOŃCZYK AND BANQUET FOR CONFERENCE GUESTS

    • 19:00 - 22:00

      DANCE EVENT WITH DJ IN THE LAGUNA ZONE

    • 08:30 - 09:15

      REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

    • 09:15 - 09:30

      INTRODUCTION TO THE CONFERENCE

      • Marcin Witkowski, European Association of Communication Professionals
        in Higher Education-EUPRIO
    • 09:30 - 10:20

      AI IN THE SERVICE OF EDUCATION – CONVERSATION ABOUT THE POTENTIAL USE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN POLISH SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

      Moderator:

      • Maciej Madziński, Kozminski University

      Speakers:

      • Barbara Michalska, Education Market Director, Microsoft
      • Mateusz Rafał, Director, Center for Digital Transformation, Ministry of Education and Science
      • Katarzyna Patyrak, RI Solutions Manager for CEE, Elsevier
    • 10:20 - 10:50

      COFFEE BREAK | LUMEN THEATRE

      • 10:30 – 10:40 – Managerial Control – Necessary Expense or Justified Investment? Report Analysis, Monika Kulesza-Czupryn, Wolters Kluwer Polska
      • 10:40 – 10:50 – How to Modernize and Enrich Lectures for Students – Interactive Technologies in Higher Education, Paweł Komar, Prodata
    • 10:50 - 11:40

      KEY LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE IN 2023 AND THEIR IMPACT ON DIGITAL PROCESSES IN THE AREA OF ORGANIZATION, EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

      Moderator:

      • Dariusz Wronikowski, IT Director, Kozminski University, IT Section Coordinator, Dean’s Office Forum Association

      Speakers:

      • Marcin Czaja, Director of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Science
      • Łukasz Wawer, Vice Director, Center for Digital Transformation, Ministry of Education and Science 
    • 11:40 - 12:30

      REVOLUTION OR EVOLUTION IN REPORTING SCIENTIFIC DATA HALFWAY THROUGH EVALUATION? HOW THE POLICY OF OPENING SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH INFORMATION  MANAGEMENT MODEL AT LEADING POLISH UNIVERSITIES

      Moderator:

      • Piotr Masalski, Business Line Director, PCG Academia

      Speakers:

      • Halina Bojkowska, Head of Analytics and Reporting Department, Jagiellonian University in Kraków  
      • Tomasz Jałukowicz, Head of Science Administration Office, SWPS University  
      • Marek Michajłowicz, Deputy Director, National Information Processing Institute – National Research Institute
    • 12:30 - 13:30

      LUNCH | LUMEN THEATRE

      • 12:40 – 12:50 – Electronic Signatures and Seals by SIGNIUS in EZD for Higher Education Institutions, Maciej Zygmański, SIGNIUS
      • 12:50 – 13:00 – Application Factory at the University – What Does Henry Ford Have in Common with the WEBCON BPS Platform?, Eryk Wdowiak, PCG Academia, Artur Kania, PCG Academia
      • 13:00 – 13:10 – EZD and e-Deliveries for Universities, Marcin Szczepanik, PCG Academia
      • 13:10 – 13:20 – Digital Transformation – Challenges for IT in Higher Education, Grzegorz Fulda, UpWare
    • 13:30 - 14:20

      NATIONWIDE PREPARATIONS FOR PAPERLESS COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, STUDENTS AND CITIZENS. STATUS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF DOCUMENT WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS IN UNIVERSITIES AND POLISH PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

      Moderator:

      • Łukasz Nowak, Vice President, PCG Academia

      Speakers:

      • Łukasz Wawer, Vice Director, Center for Digital Transformation, Ministry of Education and Science
      • Łukasz Wróbel, Vice President, WEBCON 
      • Dariusz Żelasko, IT Director, Cracow University of Technology
    • 14:20 - 15:10

      DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLISH HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM WITH THE USE OF EU FUNDS IN THE FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE 2021-2027. STATUS AND CONCLUSIONS FROM THE FIRST OPEN EU PROGRAMS

      Moderator:

      • Małgorzata Lelińska, Director of the Department of EU Funds and Digital Education, Lewiatan Confederation

      Speakers:

      • Anna Marciniak, Head of the EFS Programs, The National Centre for Research and Developmen
      • Marcin Kowalski, Head of EdTech Group, Lewiatan Confederation   
      • Edyta Siuda, Project Office Director, Kozminski University
    • 15:10 - 15:20

      CONFERENCE SUMMARY

      • Prof. Łukasz Sułkowski, President of the Board, PCG Polska
    • HOST OF THE GALA AND CONFERENCE

      • Marcin Witkowski, European Association of Communication Professionals
        in Higher Education-EUPRIO

Speakers

  • Prof. Łukasz Sułkowski