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 Revitalization of cities - organization and funding



The project was implemented under the Operational Programme Human Capital - Priority IV „Higher Education”, Measure 4.1. Strengthening and development of didactic potential of universities and increasing the number of graduates from faculties of key importance for knowledge-based economy, Measure 4.1.1 Strengthening and development of didactic potential of universities.
„Urban regeneration - the organization and financing” project was aimed at office workers of small and medium-sized cities, where knowledge of the urban regeneration and an exchange of experiences with other practitioners were not easily available. High-quality preparation of government employees is a condition for the increasing scale of regeneration activities and improves the quality of life in all Polish regions. It seemed particularly necessary at a time when, with the implementation of JESSICA initiative, the formula of financing the urban regeneration projects has changed. Currently, this knowledge is no less necessary especially when we take into consideration the next programming period (2014-2020). Cities will continue to profit from EU funds for urban regeneration, but gradually they will also have to prepare for independence from them.
By the time that the project has been launched, there were no postgraduate programs at Polish universities that comprehensively and exhaustively cover the whole aspects of urban regeneration process. With the growing interest in the pursuit of local regeneration projects by authorities the gap between an existing programme and the needs of the market as well as the expectations of employers was growing. The proposal of postgraduate studies "Polish Urban Renewal - organization and financing” sought to fill this gap.
The aim of the project was to increase the skills of local authorities workers involved in urban regeneration interested in the subject of a comprehensive organisation and optimal funding in regeneration process.
The project included:
  • Training "Management of urban renewal projects - training ", realized in the period June - October 2011 and completed by the preparation of the “study visits bank”;
  • Postgraduate studies „Urban regeneration - the organization and financing," which was launched in November 2011 and completed in October 2012; graduated by 37 of 40 students.
 Duration of the project: 01.12.2010 - 20.12.2012.
The main feature of the project was an arrangement of several techniques of teaching. From the beginning the idea of leading the team - Jagiellonian University and Warsaw School of Economics of Economics was a practical approach. The combination of e-learning activities with workshops, lectures and study visits were obtained comprehensive product covering the full spectrum of issues related to urban regeneration.  The most important was not passive students’ presence at lectures, but continued cooperation in groups and work with the teachers on e-learning platform.
The key products of the project are:
  • unique “study visits bank” containing the material to study visits in 16 cities in Poland inspiring experiences in urban renewal; each of visit was programmed as 16 hours of workshops connected with meetings by local authorities, leaders and managers  of regeneration projects;
  • a training program for trainers - practitioners who would enhance their experience in the field of urban regeneration or local development to good practices;
  • postgraduate studies’ programme prepared by two Polish leading universities – The Jagiellonian University and Warsaw School of Economics - related aspects of spatial (GIS) , financial management and urban renewal;
  • E-learning platform with 100 hours of obligatory courses for students and a number of elective classes and social networking applications (e.g. revitalization Wikipedia).
Postgraduate studies „Urban regeneration - the organization and financing” were covered by the patronage of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego.
The Programme Board:
  • Professor Mark Bryx, Head of Department of Investment and Real Estate, Director of The Institute of Finance, Investment and Corporation, Deputy Rector of Warsaw School of Economics – an initiator of the project;
  • Professor Boleslaw Domański, Director of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management;
  • MSc. Marek Gołuch , Deputy Director of the Housing Policy Bureau  at the City Warsaw;
  • Professor Architect Aleksander Noworól, Jagiellonian University;
  • Professor  Zbigniew Strzelecki, Warsaw School of Economics and Director of the Mazovia Regional Planning Office;
  • Professor  Architect Zygmunt Ziobrowski, Urban Development Institute.
 The project was implemented in partnership:
  • School of Economics in Warsaw - Project Leader
  • Jagiellonian University.
 The project team:
  • Dr Aleksandra Jadach - Sepioło - Project Manager , Head of Postgraduate Studies - Department of Investment and Real Estate at the Institute of Finance and Investment Corporation , Scientific College of Business Administration, Warsaw School of Economics;
  • Anna Błażejczyk – Secretary of the project - European Funds Bureau, Warsaw School of Economics;
  • Dr Rafał Grabowski - Specialist of Accounting and Reporting - Department of Management Accounting , Department of Accounting, College of Management and Finance, Warsaw School of Economics;
  • Marzena Płonka – Specialist of students’ services - European Funds Bureau, Warsaw School of Economics