The President of EUPRIO, Paolo Pomati opened the annual conference of the association of Polish University Communicators (Stowarzyszenie PR I Promocji Uczelni Polskich, PROM), which took place in Poznan and Opalenica on 16-18 January, with a keynote speech focused on the mission and the activities of EUPRIO and on the profile of the University communicator.
It was a good opportunity to explain the new approach that EUPRIO had launched and to get acquainted of the rich contribution that Poland could give to the association. Marek Zimnak, the national representative in the Steering Committee stressed the importance of being part of an international networking organisation and tried to convince the 120 participants to become members of EUPRIO.
During the workshops, some colleagues – like Marcin Witkowski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan) and Agata Kulesza (KRASP, Conference of Polish Rectors) – described how difficult it is to take part to international conferences for the strong financial investment that should be made by each university (this situation seems to be similar in many countries at this moment). Oppositions, anyway, could be bypassed if the return on investments and the benefits are particularly visible.
The President acknowledged the good issues and requests and promised to give them due consideration during the next Steering Committee meeting.