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Speaker to the Polish Parliament visit

31 January 2007

His Excellency Marek Jurek, Speaker to the Polish Parliament, commended the work of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL SSEES) during his visit to the School on 19 January.

His Excellency Marek Jurek

Mr Jurek was pleased to hear of the range of work on Poland at UCL, and was particularly interested in the research into migration undertaken by a number of UCL PhD students. He also spoke eloquently of Poland's importance for a fuller understanding both of European history and of Europe's role in the world today.

Mr Jurek, who was on an official visit to meet British parliamentarians, was accompanied by Her Excellency Ms Barbara Tuge-Erecińska, the Polish Ambassador to the UK; a delegation from the Foreign Relations Bureau of the Polish Parliament; and members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Mr Jurek's comments followed a presentation by Dr Robin Aizlewood, Director of UCL SSEES, about the School's history and activities, which included discussion of the Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies and the International Masters in Economy, State and Society.

Among the other speakers was Agnieszka Smolenska, president of the UCLU Polish Society, which was founded last year.

"We were delighted to host such a lively and interesting visit," said Dr Aizlewood. 

Image: His Excellency Marek Jurek was impressed by the range of research on Poland carried out by UCL SSEES