On 2nd and 3rd March 2017, the second meeting of the Convent of Deans of Faculties having the right to confer the PhD degree in the discipline of geodesy and cartography in the 2016-2020 term of office was held in Windsor Hotel in Jachranka near Warsaw.
The meeting was attended by the following deans:
- Professor Krzysztof Gawroński – Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying of the University of Agriculture in Krakow,
- Professor Stanisław Gruszczyński – Dean of the Faculty of Mining Surveying and Environmental Engineering of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow,
- Professor Bernard Kontny – Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences,
- Professor Alina Maciejewska – Dean of the Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography of the Warsaw University of Technology,
- Captain Waldemar Mironiuk, PhD, Eng. – Dean of the Faculty of Navigation and Naval Weapons of the Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia,
- Professor Ireneusz Winnicki – on behalf of Professor Adam Stolarski – Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy of the Military University of Technology in Warsaw and as an invited guests - the member of the 5th Section of the Central Committee for Academic Degrees and Titles (CC),
- Radosław Wiśniewski, PhD, Eng., Professor of UWM – on behalf of Paweł Wielgosz, PhD, Eng., Professor of UWM,the acting Dean of the Faculty of Geodesy and Land Management of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn,
- Paweł Zalewski, PhD, Eng., Chief Officer, Professor of MUS– Dean of the Faculty of Navigation of the Maritime University of Szczecin.
The meeting was also attended by the following guests:
- Professor Jan Szmidt – Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology, President of the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP),
- Professor Zbigniew Florjańczyk - member of the Central Committee for Academic Degrees and Titles (CC), President of the 5th section in the 2012-2016 term of office,
- Professor Ryszard Źróbek - member of the Central Committee for Academic Degrees and Titles (CC).
During a two-day meeting, the participants discussed the current habilitation and professor procedures in the discipline of Geodesy and Cartography as well as the most significant problems within the scope of education and scientific development in the light of the work of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education on the new "Higher Education Law" Act, the so called 2.0 Act. Rector of the Warsaw University of Technology, Professor Szmidt presented the assumptions of the Act prepared by three teams, the winners of the 2.0 Act competition, from the SWPS University in Warsaw, the Allerhand Institute in Krakow and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań:
The amendments, which are to become effective already in 2018, are supposed to provide rectors with tools for shaping the university scientific policy through elimination of faculty autonomy, categorisation of the whole university as a scientific and educational unit, establishment of the areas and fields of science based on the OECD international classification (departure from scientific disciplines), leaving the doctoral and habilitation rights only with universities classified in present A and A+ categories, clarification of the rules for promotions to the positions of assistant professors and professors.