At Luminar Foundation we strongly believe that internationalisation of education brings about a positive change in education - and the society at large. Luminar Foundation curates a space for students, educators and administration at education institutions, non-governmental bodies, representatives of local and central government to carry out a dialogue leading to increased quality of education at various types of education institutions in the globalising environment. We have created and organised a discussion forum for the leaders in higher education, Leadership Forum in Higher Education.

In its daily work between the editions of the Leadership Forum, Luminar Foundation helps to increase cooperation between the universities in Central and Eastern Europe in the various aspects of internationalisation, engaging in bilateral cooperation, contributing to research and developing new tools in internationalisation. Luminar Foundation also increasingly cooperates with secondary and primary schools on the issues on internationalisation of education, especially in the aspects of global teaching and learning. Luminar Foundation performs analyses, needs assessments, programme evaluations and other services to better serve the international education community.

Justyna Giezynska is responsible for the vision, mission, strategic planning and long-term goal setting, oversees operations, finances and staffing at Luminar Foundation. She is currently Project Coordinator for CLILMED, an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership. She also serves as Key Expert in the project, currently providing support to higher education institutions and organisations from Poland and abroad in all aspects important to internationalisation such as strategy development, development of English-taught academic programmes, internationalisation audit, operational improvements related to the Erasmus+ Programme and international partnership development. An author of a chapter entitled “Internationalisation in Poland” in a joint-cooperation report on "Internationalisation of Higher Education” (IP/B/CULT/IC72014-002) for Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies at the European Parliament, served as NAWA expert and at an elected, non-paid position in a top European organisation in international higher education - the European Association of International Education (EAIE). Educated in the United States in Cultural Anthropology (BA from University of California, Santa Cruz) and Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies (MA from Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington), Justyna held various posts at higher education institutions and in business, she also worked at the World Bank in Washington and Warsaw. Her work focuses on staff development, strategic Internationalisation at Home, and internationalisation of the curriculum for increasing the quality of education, and on student experience as a measure of internationalisation (https://www.linkedin.com/in/justynagiezynska/, http://luminarfoundation.org/key-experts/).

Michalina Jaskólska-Pyrek is a grant specialist and CLILMED Project Administrative Coordinator. She has spent several years working for NGOs where she applied for and led various projects funded from the EU programmes such as ESF or EQUAL. She is experienced in coordinating international partnerships among public bodies, associations and NGOs and responsible for managing the work of partnerships, organising seminars, conferences and large dissemination events. Graduated from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in the European Union Studies (MA) and continued postgraduate studies in EU funding. Participated in an Erasmus+ exchange while studying. Speaks fluent English and French, has worked as a consecutive translator for different institutions and organisations. Michalina is responsible for administrative project coordination, communication between Luminar Foundation partners, project implementation according to schedule, proper budget implementation, communication with institutions providing co-financing, and reporting.

Klementyna Giezynska graduated from two universities in the USA: University of California at Davis with a BA in Medieval History and Vanderbilt University in Mater of Business Administration with specialisation in Healthcare. Recently she completed a post-graduate studies at SWPS University in Warsaw, Poland on educational and employment consulting. Klementyna has has been working with higher education institutions since 2014 and has experience managing EU funded projects.

Annual Conference

Leadership Forum in Higher Education is a unique initiative which focuses on Central and Eastern Europe and discusses issues vital to higher education sustainability and development. It discusses necessary adjustments, solutions, methods and tools helping higher education institutions implement changes in governance, management and financing, as well as the curriculum leading to modernization, greater internationalisation, better results in employability of graduates and life-long cooperation between the academic environment and the business and science community.

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