For the second time in 2019, Ashoka has awarded J2CC certificate to a Polish higher education institution. On 12 December, Management Program at Collegium Civitas has successfully concluded the accreditation process. The Rector of Collegium Civitas, Professor Stanisław Mocek, and Ashoka Poland Country Director, Agata Stafiej-Bartosik, signed an official agreement and unveiled a plaque confirming the certified status of the Management Program. At the occasion of this celebration, several comments were shared followed by a reception:
Professor Stanisław Mocek, Rector of Collegium Civitas: “Collegium Civitas and Ashoka share the mission of fostering the ecosystem for changemakers – a space where young people not only acquire knowledge but also form their social and civic attitudes. Since its founding, Collegium Civitas has a unique status: despite being a private university, it operates on non-profit basis. We highly esteem all initiatives that contribute towards creating a multigenerational and international academic environment encouraging independent thinking and action. This philosophy is very close to the mindset of the third sector.”
Professor Małgorzata Baran, Vice-Rector for Strategic Development: “Positive results of this certification process allow us to join the global network of universities that are collaborating around the #MillionsofChangemakers campaign. We would like to show our students the areas and opportunities that can let them have a positive impact on our world, as well as equip them with necessary competences, i.e. the changemaker skills.”
Agata Stafiej-Bartosik, Director of Ashoka Poland: “Today’s ceremony is not only the end of a certain process but also a beginning of further journey. We are very happy that Collegium Civitas has joined our network of social innovators. We have a common mission as well as a conviction that young people should be equipped with competences that will enable them to be changemakers. We see that people all over the world feel increasingly helpless, not knowing or not believing that they can change something. Such attitudes are fodder for all kinds of populists. We should be countering this.”
We wholeheartedly congratulate Collegium Civitas with this achievement and wish it a pleasant journey: an endless adventure and path of discoveries that is the Journey of Changemaking.