A few days into December and a new Section in the Spotlight was elected. A few more and they will celebrate 10 years of existence. Round of applause for ESN UEK Cracow! Stationed at Cracow University of Economics, ESN UEK gathers over 70 active members split into various working groups and project teams with a 6-person Board on top. The work of Board is further controlled by the Audit Committee. Additionally all section members are ranked either junior, informal of formal.
In terms of communication, the section uses all available FB features, has their own Twitter account, YouTube channel, Newsletter and all University communication channels including academic magazines and local radio station. Their ESN Office is a very lively place with some ESN meetings taking place almost every day. To keep the morale high a „Saturday with ESN“ takes place once a month to meet other section members, discuss and integrate each other.
As you already know, ESN UEK Cracow celebrates 10 years of existence this month. Their ESN journey began in 2003. Over the years the section developed rapidly and nowadays hosts up to 180 exchange students per semester. On 7th of December an „Erasmus Gala- 10 years of ESN UEK and 15 years of Erasmus in Poland“ will take place. Following day a conference devoted to Erasmus program and challenges related to it will take place.
The scope of activities and events offered by ESN UEK varies largely, from sports activities through trips all around Poland and nearby countries (most recently Budapest), Party team preparing at least two events per week, not to forget culture as no major museum or exhibition in Cracow or nearby area remains unvisited. Traditionally SocialErasmus and Erasmus in Schools play a big role in sections activities, too.
The International Open Day is a flagship project of ESN UEK made together with International Programmes Office, International Relations Office and Academic Career Centre that provides polish students with the opportunity to get to know partner universities offer, recruitment process and rules of international exchange. Additionally to the information session, great variety of events, contests and concerts take place on the campus. As from the beginning of 2013 the section launched another new project- Blog ESN UEK. The blog is divided into few categories:
- live blog- „live“ reports from locals currently on exchange
- natives corner- practical info from Erasmus on exchange programs in Poland
- Re-Erasmus- memories of those who have returned from exchange already
- Reports from ESN events and useful info about Cracow
- (New addition) 10 year of ESN UEK- flashbacks of previous Erasmus students from ESN UEK history
ESN UEK also runs a Tour de Cracow team whose aim is to support any Erasmus/ESN visitors of Cracow from other cities/countries in order for them to spend their time in Cracow as efficiently as possible. All you need is to drop them an email! Their most recent success was a co-ordination of Big trip to Cracow with Erasmus students from ESN sections all around Poland coming to Cracow for a visit. Local students get a chance to discover local Erasmus community through becoming their mentors.
Together with other ESN sections in Cracow, ESN UEK forms ESN Cracow United. Their weekly Language tandems and Tandem movies promote learning of foreign languages as well as getting accustomed to polish cinematography. Juwenalia is an annual student festival where ESN UEK co-ordinates „Fashion Night" (fashion shows and workshops supported by Cracow's Kulturalia Festival and Town Hall) and “Dancing with Professors" (their version of popular British TV show "Strictly Come Dancing"). Needless to say the whole festival is prepared by students.
The inter/national involvement of ESN UEK is certainly worth mentioning, recently their section ended up collecting second biggest amount (almost 500) of pictures within the ESN Poland project Discover Europe, one of their members is part of International Erasmus in Schools team, they have members in ESN Poland Committees, organized AGM Kraków 2006 independently or co-organized CEP 2011 (ESN Cracow United).
Next year together with ESN SGH (in Warsaw) and ESN UJ (Cracow) the ESN UEK plan to organize Outsourcing Market Leaders Academy, a unique project which aims at organizing career fairs focusing on companies operating in abroad sector of Outsourcing and Off shoring.
“To sum up, we have come a long way from our humble beginnings in 2003. Since then combined effort of all the members helped us flourish amongst other ESN sections. We are now one of the most known sections in Poland and every semester we attract more than 150 people that want to join our ranks. We have our minds set on future goals – the goals that always involve well-being and comfort of our international guests.” And cheers from Fabled Flamingo, ESN UEK mascot.
Written by Prokop Teper