Lodz University of Technology
Dorota Piotrowska is a researcher and an academic teacher at the Lodz University of Technology ( TUL) in Poland, where she also acts as Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Internationalization as well as the Director of the International Cooperation Centre and TUL’s Institutional Coordinator of Erasmus+ programme . Within her academic activities, she has implemented numerous innovations as far as new teaching techniques, quality assurance systems, mobility projects, double diplomas agreements and widely understood internationalization projects. Within her research activities, she has conducted and supervised many projects devoted to strategic management in higher education institutions, change management, leadership in HE, internationalization strategies etc. For several years, she has been a Bologna expert appointed by the Ministry for Science and Higher Education. Since 2020 she has been also an expert appointed by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP).
Keynote: The development of a system of microqualifications (micorcredentials) at the level of higher education is one of the most important challenges , that European universities face today. The key asoect is that, in particular in this area, the UNIVERSITY should act not only as an institution confirming competences acquired through formal education, but it is equally important to actively engage in the role of an institution confirming informal and non-formal learning. These are undoubtedly tasks in which universities in Europe are not very experienced, and the time to develop such competences of our universities is extremely short. The presentation will deal with the analysis of HE landscape changes brought by the challenges related to micro qualifications and other new paths for acquiring qualifications in the process of lifelong learning.