Inauguration of the Academic Year 2020/2021 at Collegium Humanum with an Honorary Professorship for the President of the Polish Olympic Committee

The inauguration of the 2020/21 academic year at Collegium Humanum in Warsaw has remained a solemn event. The title of Honorary Professor (Professor Honoris Causa) was given to the President of the Polish Olympic Committee and the President of the Polish Handball Association – Mr. Andrzej Kraśnicki.
This year, exceptionally, the inauguration of the academic year had a very private character. The closed event took place on 2nd October at the Kamienica Theater and it was live broadcast to students and supporters of Collegium Humanum via online streaming as well as using our Facebook and YouTube platforms.
 
The guests of the event included, among others, the Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education – dr Anna Budzanowska; Vice President of the Management Board of the Polish Handball Association – prof. dr hab. n. med. Bogdan Sojkin; Vice President of the International Federation of Academic Sports (FISU) – dr h.c. Marian Dymalski, MBA, DBA; Mayor of Wrocław – Mr. Jacek Sutryk; President of the Regional Capital Group of IPA and Director of the Logistics Office at the Police Headquarters – Inspector Andrzej Kropiwiec; Deputy Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw – Ms. Renata Kaznowska and others.
 
The highlight of the evening was the presentation to the President of the Polish Olympic Committee and the President of the Polish Handball Association, Mr. Andrzej Kraśnicki, of an honorary professorship in recognition of his contribution to Polish sports and culture. The award was bestowed by His Magnificence Provost, prof. dr hab. Paweł Czarnecki, MBA, DBA, LL.M, MPH, Dr h.c. Mr. Andrzej Kraśnicki, a long-term President of the Polish Olympic Committee and the Polish Handball Association, also gave a lecture inaugurating the academic year entitled “Values, history and challenges of the Polish Olympic movement. The European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023”. The speech focused on the concept of organizing the third edition of the European multidisciplinary competition in the capital of Małopolska. Prof. Kraśnicki is the co-author and an active propagator of this idea. The award presented to prof. Kraśnicki is in line with the special commitment of Collegium Humanum to promote sports – the University Council includes, among others, Vice President of the International Federation of Academic Sports (FISU), dr h.c. Marian Dymalski.
 
Collegium Humanum itself also received a distinction – the Pro Masovia Commemorative Medal, which proves the contribution that the University has made to the community of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. On behalf of the Marshal of the Voivodeship, Mr. Adam Struzik, the medal and the diploma was presented to His Magnificence Provost by Mr. Konrad Wojnarowski – Chairman of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Promotion and Foreign Co-operation Commission.
 
Special distinctions of the Marshal of the Voivodeship were also presented, being one of the most prestigious ennoblements in Mazovia and honoring the most valuable achievements of the region’s inhabitants. They were received by His Magnificence Provost – prof. dr hab. Paweł Czarnecki, MBA, DBA, LL.M, MPH, Dr h.c; Mayor of the Białołęka District of the Capital City of Warsaw – Mr. Grzegorz Kuca, MBA; prof. dr hab. n. med. Ireneusz Nawrot, MBA; Vice President of the International Federation of Academic Sports (FISU) – dr h.c. Marian Dymalski, MBA, DBA and Member of the County Board of Legionowo – Mr. Przemysław Cichocki, MBA, DBA.
 
During the ceremony, Fr. can. prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Bąk received the Golden Cross of Merit from the Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Science and Higher Education – Dr. Anna Budzanowska.
 
But apart from the awards, the ceremony also included the obligatory matriculation – a symbolic admission to the roll of students. The ceremony was graced by the Choir of the Warsaw Cathedral, which performed Gaudeamus Igitur, Gaude Mater Polonia and Bogurodzica.
 
An artistic accent was the recital of a drama tenor – Wojciech Sokolnicki, who presented four musical pieces. 

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