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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 25 November 2017

    On Friday, 24th November, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London hosted scholars from the British Alumni Society (BAS) and representatives from numerous schools participating in the programme.

     

    The meeting was an opportunity to share experiences and achievements of the scholars, as well as for BAS board member Marzena Reich to hand letters of congratulations to the representatives of the British schools.

     

    Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki opened the event talking about the importance of the scheme and the role that young Poles play in promoting Poland around the world.

     

    After musical performances of the music of Fryderyk Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven, a presentation of the new internet project Great Poles (www.greatpoles.pl ) took place. This initiative by Polish high school students aims to make Poland's history and culture better known abroad by presenting biographies of influential figures of Polish origin.

     

    The British Alumni Society was established in 1999 to bring together people, who studied in Great Britain. They are mostly scholarships holders from numerous programmes offered to young Poles after 1989, such as the Joseph Conrad Scholarships, Chevening Scholarships, British Council Scholarships and the Know How Fund. Currently, BAS has around 400 members in Poland and the United Kingdom. The British Embassy in Warsaw and British Council are patrons of the organisation.

     

    The society aims to promote Poland abroad, and implement good British practices in Poland, mainly in the fields of education and political culture. To achieve this, BAS organises Oxford debates, discussion groups and book clubs as well as various programmes for gymnasium and high school students.

     

    Since 2010, BAS has been running a unique scholarship scheme for high school students. It gives pupils from poorer families the opportunity to study at an English boarding school, pass A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), and undertake university studies, often at the most prestigious European or American institutions. Currently, BAS has around 100 scholars, who go to schools, study at university or work.

     

    The BAS scholarship programme does not have any funding – it searches for British schools willing to take on a student from Poland free of charge. Every year, BAS carries out scholarship qualification tests, which pick more than a dozen boys and girls, who will study in the UK.

     

    The aim of the scheme is to nurture a new elite of professionals, rich in international connections and with strong ties with Poland. The programme constitutes the task of promoting Poland abroad, as English boarding schools are strong, opinion-forming institutions.

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