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Aleksander Mikołajczak – Vice-Rector for Research and Development, PhD, Associate Professor

prof MikolajczakAleksander Mikołajczak (born 1957) is a classical philologist specializing in the field of neo-Latin literature, a historian of ideas and civilization researcher, an essayist and a translator of Latin poetry. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań, where he currently works as an Associate Professor (since 1999). Since 2009 he has been employed at Jan Amos Komeński State School of Higher Vocational Education in Leszno, where he has been heading the research on Jan Amos Komeński (John Amos Comenius).
Aleksander Mikołajczak received his Master's degree in classical philology  in 1981 from Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), he received his Doctor’s degree in 1990 from the same university for his dissertation o
nthe poetry of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski. He completed his habilitation in 1998   at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, AMU, presenting a book on Latin in Polish culture. His interests focus on Polish-Latin poetry and on Latin literature created in China during the period from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. He devoted two books and several articles to the Latin poetry of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (1595-1640).  Michał Boym   (1612-1659) – a Polish missionary in the service of the Yongli Emperor (Southern Ming Dynasty) was another object of his fascination. Studies over his writings resulted in the formation of a new field of research devoted to Sino-Latin studies.
Yet another area of ​​his academic activity is the study of civilizations, where he concentrates on the transfer of ideas and intercultural dialogue. Much of his work focuses on the issues of Latin and Greek-Byzantine cultures and identities and their interactions with European civilization. He also studies the connections and links between contemporary Europe and China , especially analyzing the role of Polishpeople who have participated in that process. Altogether Aleksander Mikołajczak has published over 200 titles, including monographs, ten books and essays as well as academic and popular articles published in Poland and abroad in French, English, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Croatian and Chinese. He has also given presentations as a   guest lecturer at numerous universities including a number of schools in Italy,    Macedonia, Bulgaria,  Ukraine, Russia, the Philippines or China. He has successfully supervised five PhD students who now continue his work and research at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
In his career Aleksander Mikołajczak has also held a number of academic functions, including the position of vice-dean at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology, Adam Mickiewicz University (1993-1999) and a director and co-founder of the "Collegium Europaeum" , AMU in Gniezno (2000-2008). Since 2003 he has also headed
the Inter-faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at AMU, and since 2010 the Centre for of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.
He has been a member of several academic societies, including the Milanese Academia Ambrosiana as well as a member of editorial boards of several international academic journals, such as Fundamenta Europaea, Images and Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium.

He has been awarded a doctorate Honoris Causa from the universities in Bulgaria and Ukraine, as well as the Knight's Cross of[...] the Order of Polonia Restituta, The Order of Merit from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Badge of Merit for his services for the city of Gniezno. Aleksander Mikołajczak is also the winner of Brother Albert’s Award.His wife, Mariola Mikołajczakowa, also AMU professor, is a specialist in Slavic studies. His personal interests include collecting fountain pens, poetry translation and cats.

Scope of responsibilities as Vice –Rector  for Research and Development

1. The scope of duties and responsibilities of Vice-Rector for Research and Development results from from the contents of this document, as well as from the Rules and Regulations for Studies, resolutions of the Senate and the relevant ordinances and authorizations granted by the Rector.2. The Vice-Rector performs his duties pursuant to the provisions of the Act of 27 July 2005 - Law on Higher Education, the Act of 27 August 2009 on Public Finance, of 17 December 2004 – the Public Procurement Law and in the Statutes of the School.3. The principal responsibilities of the Vice-Rector for Research and Development are :
• to develop, jointly with the Rector and Vice-Rector for Studies and Student Affairs, the chancellor and institute heads and heads of school units, the strategies for the development of the School,
• to organize research and development and service projects and to create conditions for their implementation,
• to coordinate the cooperation of the School with foreign entities, especially within the Socrates-Erasmus programmes , including the coordination the exchange of foreign students and teaching staff of the School,
• to inspire and assist with the development of the teaching staff of the School,
• to monitor the activities and the development of the School Library
• to manage the promotional activities of the School, including the supervision of the university website and promotional materials.
4. The Rector is the immediate supervisor of the Vice-Rector for Research and Development and, as such, he can define, amend or expand the scope of duties of the vice-rectors as necessary. 5.  The Vice-Rector for Research and Development performs his duties directly or through the institute heads and their deputies and in particular he: oversees the activities of the Department of Science, Foreign Cooperation and EU Programmes,
monitors the activities of the Career Office,
oversees the activities of the School Library.

6. The Vice-Rector for Research and Development cooperates with the School Publishing House, the Representative for School Computerization, the Senate Budget and Finance Committee.
7. The Vice-Rector for Research and Development is responsible in particular for the following areas.
A. In terms of research and the development of teaching staff he should:
• inspire and coordinate scientific research, particularly in terms of the development of the teaching staff of the School and in terms of providing academic services for Leszno and the region,
• inspire and provide motivational conditions for the staff to raise funds for research related to the development of the teaching staff (grants), European (structural and regional) funds
• ensure conditions for efficient functioning of the teams preparing and implementing requests for projects and research grants;
• supervise the research work carried out in the institutes under the acts and regulations stipulating the rules for the financing of science• establish the rules and guidelines for the implementation and acceptance of work and research tasks funded by a grant, own research and testing, analyses and assessments carried out for business and service sectors and others,
• popularize research and innovation capability of the staff
• initiate cooperation with associations, foundations, work places, state institutions and local governments,
• determine the scope and forms of academic cooperation with other schools, especially with those
Jan Amos Komeński State School of Higher Vocational Education in Leszno concluded cooperation agreements with,
• initiate promotional activities of the School through the presentation of its academic and research achievements,
• coordinate the scopes , themes and the dates of conferences and symposia
• initiate and monitor the implementation of seminars conducted at the institutes of the School  
• initiate and oversee the evaluation of teaching staff , including their interim performance evaluation.
B. In terms of international cooperation:
• initiate international contracts and agreements on cooperation in research , teaching and training,
coordinate the foreign exchange of the students and the of the School staff, including matters related to the arrival of foreigners and foreign travel arrangements of the School staff
supervise the implementation of international agreements and programmes,
• cooperate with the Vice-Rector for Studies and Student Affairs in the field of foreign exchange of the students, and encourage lessons conducted in foreign languages.
C. In terms of the development of the School:
• initiate curricula and action pans developed by the School institutes on an annual basis and for the given terms of office in reference to the Institutes’ authorities
• prepare the annual development plans for approval by the Senate of the School on an annual basis and for the given terms of office in reference to the authorities of the School,
analyze the implementation and performance of the new institutes and School units and to present their work to the Senate for approval,
cooperate with the Department of Law and Organization when preparing the Rector’s reports for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the subsequent academic years
D. In terms of activity of the School Library and the School Publishing House:
exercise general supervision over the activities of the School Library, taking into account its organizational structure and statutes,
• coordinate new purchases of the School Library for the purposes of teaching and conducting research, including the proper allocation of funds,
• coordinate the publishing activity of the School in reference to the publication of teaching, research and informative materials. In this regard, the Vice-Rector for Research and Development cooperates with the Publishing Committee.
E. The Vice-Rector for Research and Development supervises the implementation of    the goals outlined in the economic and financial plan of the School.
F. The Vice-Rector for Research and Development makes decisions in relation to the property falling within his remit.
G. The Vice-Rector for Research and Development oversees the preparation of reports in relation to the work of his department.
H. The Vice-Rector for Research and Development chairs or participates in the work of committees and expert groups, as determined by the Rector.

  • Main building and the Multifunctional Lecture Hall
    ul. Mickiewicza 5
  • Dormitory
    ul. Opalińskich 1
  • School Library
    ul. Opalińskich 1
  • Labs of the Institute of Health
    ul. Kiepury
  • Centre for Practical Training
    ul. Narutowicza 74
  • Complex of Schools of Agriculture and Construction
    ul. 1-go Maja 1


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