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The Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań has been elected

On Friday, 19 April, the election of the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, for the term 2024-2028 was held. 149 electors voted in favour of the candidature of Prof. Bogumiła Kaniewska, thereby electing her Rector for a second term. Forty electors were against and three abstained.

Prof. Bogumiła Kaniewska was the only candidate who registered for the election.

- "The University is the home of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, but let my emotions prevail in these few sentences. The first feeling I wish to express is immense gratitude. I sincerely thank the entire University community, and electors, for the trust and confidence you have placed in me by entrusting the University to my stewardship and my team for the next four years," said the Rector, following the announcement of the voting results. - 'I wish to thank the entire University community for the series of conversations we have had. For the atmosphere surrounding these months of election campaigning at our University. Everything has taken place in a substantive, calm manner. Despite the differing opinions, there must be in such a large community, all of our discussions were within the standard of academics we should be exemplifying in any debate. We enter the new academic year in a stable, good position. Deciphering the acronym AMU, I should say that we are an ambitious and strong university. We have several priorities for the next term. These are first and foremost internationalisation, developing the Research Learning programme, and innovating teaching and research. As we turn 105 this year, we have made an excellent start to the next 100 years of our history. I wish these to be years of success, satisfaction and relative peace," added Prof Bogumiła Kaniewska.

Prof. Bogumiła Kaniewska graduated in Polish philology from the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. She obtained the title of professor based on her monograph "Opowiedziane. O prozie Wiesława Myśliwskiego'. Her research interests include 20th-century literature, translation theory and children's literature. In, 2012 she was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology. In 2016, she was elected Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and has been Rector of the AMU since 2020. She supervised - as part of her participation in the EPICUR consortium, the preparation of the application resulting in the granting of European University status to AMU. She initiated projects such as the psychological support programme for students and the "Visible Hand of AMU" campaign. She takes an active part in the "When Science is a Woman" project. In the past term, she has been the President of the Conference of Polish Universities Rectors.

Prof. B. Kaniewska is involved in the work of scientific societies and publishing councils. Since 1994, she has been a member of The Poznań Society for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences. She is also active in the Committee for the Study of Literature of the Polish Academy of Sciences, serving as chairperson of the Education Committee from 2007 to 2010 and as deputy chairperson of the KNoL, from 2011 to 2014. In addition, she has served as an expert on behalf of the Commission - e.g. in the evaluation of scientific journals and the evaluation of teacher education studies. Prof. Kaniewska has held numerous internships, and study visits, participated in various conferences, both scientific, teaching and management-related; and delivered lectures in foreign centres (e.g. Belgrade, Bologna, Brno, London, Lund, Manila, Sarajevo or Zhaoqing).

On 26 April, another election assembly will be held at AMU, during which the electoral college will decide on the team of pro-rectors. As the newly elected Rector announced earlier, there will be no major changes among the candidates.

photo credit: Przemysław Stanula