The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during a graduation of three thousand students of class 2017 at ESCP Europe, and was attended by many distinguished guests, including His Excellency Professor Tomasz Młynarski, the Polish ambassador to France.
Prof. Leon Laulusa, Dean for Academic Affairs and International Relations ESCP Europe in his speech pointed out to accomplishments of Kozminski University, established by Professor Koźmiński (and named after his late father) that is widely recognized as the best business school in Central Europe, with numerous international scholars and students, and outstanding research conducted in multi-cultural teams.
Prof. Andrzej Koźmiński was born in 1941 in Warsaw, then occupied by Germans, in a professor’s family. He obtained his Ph.D. at 24, and at 27 – his habilitation degree (a senior doctorate). Later he interned in Italy and France at major companies and financial institutions. Upon his return to Poland, he continued research at the Main School of Commerce in Warsaw, and at the Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw. He was nominated to professorship at 35.
Professor Koźmiński lectured in France: at University in Orleans and at Sorbonne. He was a Fulbright scholar at Carnegie Mellon University in 1970s, where he collaborated with Professor Herbert Simon (a winner of Nobel prize in economy), and later also worked at UCLA and George Washington University.
Research interests of Professor Koźmiński include: systemic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, theoretical studies in systems analysis, studies on leadership, and development of a socio-economic index, showing more precisely the current status of economy and socio-political conditions in a country than the popular GDP index. He is also an author of management textbooks, popular at Polish universities.
Professor Koźmiński is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its Rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the President of the university.
Professor Koźmiński has been awarded the honorary doctorate of ESCP along with three other eminent European academics: sir Paul Curran, president of the City University of London, a well-known scholar from the European Space Agency and NASA, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, minister of culture and national education of Spain, and Gerard van Schaik, honorary president of European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
Founded in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the world and has trained several generations of leaders and entrepreneurs. Thanks to its six urban campuses (in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw) and its deeply European identity, ESCP Europe has a unique style of intercultural managerial training and a global perspective of management issues.
Kozminski University is a strategic partner of ESCP Europe in Poland. In the “Financial Times” ranking of business schools released in Dec 2017 ESCP Europe is ranked 13th, while Kozminski University is ranked 64th in Europe. Both schools are proud to receive triple accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
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