Our partnership

University of Warsaw is Poland’s largest & finest university. From its beginning has played a major role in the intellectual, political and cultural life of Poland, and is recognized worldwide as a leading academic centre in Central Europe. 6 graduates of the University of Warsaw were awarded Nobel Prize, including Olga Tokarczuk in literature (2018). UW actively participates in EU programmes and is a member of international associations & networks, e.g. EUA, EUF, UNICA, HUMANE, NOHA, BUP, ASAIHL.

The Centre for Applied Rhetoric is a research unit within the Institute of Applied Polish Studies in the University of Warsaw. Its members come from their home Institute as well as from other universities both in Poland and abroad. The Centre gathers together the researchers, doctoral students and graduate students interested in rhetoric. The Centre implements projects which go beyond the boundaries of individual research activities realised within the Institute.

One of such projects is a didactic innovation in academic teaching realised with the students from the Philology for Media specialisation. The result of this cooperation is a coursebook Retoryka negocjacji. Scenariusze (ed. A. Budzyńska-Daca, E. Modrzejewska. Warszawa: Poltext, 2019). Another project (Dane-Retoryka-Dizajn Hub) is performed together with the students from the Warsaw University of Technology and the Academy of Fine Arts. Students work in interdisciplinary teams, preparing data visualisations and arguments on a given subject. The project is coordinated by Ewa Modrzejewska, Magdalena Małczyńska-Umeda and Przemysław Biecek. In a project coordinated by Agnieszka Szurek, and realised partly with cooperation with FIO Mazowsze Lokalnie students translated and edited the memoirs of a Holocaust survivor. During the winter semester 2020/2021 the students from the Philology for Media Specialization work together to produce a concise interactive guide to rhetorical terms.

The Centre’s area of interest are also studies on genres and public discourse. The project Przemiany dyskursów przedwyborczych w Polsce i Czechach po 1989 roku: gatunki polityczne, strategie komunikacyjne, wizerunki medialne is currently underway, managed by Agnieszka Budzyńska-Daca. It is being realised together with the Department of Philosophy at Charles University in Prague.

University of Zagreb is the most important educational institution in the country with 31 faculties, 3 artistic academies and various university centers. As a comprehensive public university in Central Europe, it offers educational programs in all fields of science (art, biomedicine, biotechnology, engineering, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences) and a wide spectrum of courses at all study levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate studies with the number of students more than 70,000. More information about UNIZG can be found here .

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb (FHSS) is the largest institution for tertiary education in Croatia. Its contribution to higher education is combined with strong research activities developing contemporary research-based education but also positioning the Faculty as an important cultural institution with a large impact on Croatian culture and society in general. Currently, it offers over 100 bachelor's and master's degrees and 19 doctoral degrees. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to ensuring excellence and broadening the boundaries of knowledge and understanding through teaching, as well as research conducted in a wide range of scientific fields.

The Department for theoretical and applied phonetics was established in 1968 and during its tradition of 50+ years it has been the only institution with speech and speaking as a primary focus of both research and teaching interest. Public speaking and rhetoric have been the subject of teaching and research for the members of the Department for over two decades resulting in M.A. in Rhetorics. The department founded the School of Rhetoric for gifted high school students, which was a weekly course held twice a year. The program was active for 20 years ending in 2013. In 2012, the Department also initiated the international conferences on rhetoric – Days of Ivo Škarić. Members of the Department have developed and are teaching a specialized course "Public speaking for teachers" at the Faculty's teacher training center thus promoting the importance of speech, public speaking and rhetoric among future teachers in Croatia. Additionally, several Department members teach rhetorical courses at other faculties promoting public speaking culture in Croatian society.

The Institute of Rhetoric and Communications has been set up to provide counselling and to conduct studies and research related to rhetoric, communications, business communication, public communication, communication in a virtual or online environment, argumentation, media, advertising, public relations.

The Institute of Rhetoric and Communications supports participation in scientific and research projects at national and international level, scientific programs and scientific forums (discussions, roundtables, etc.)

The Institute of Rhetoric and Communications contributes to the provision of educational services and consultations related to communication training, presentations, online discussions and virtual forums, webinars and others.

The Institute of Rhetoric and Communications aims to cooperate with international governmental and non-governmental organizations and to promote activities related to scientific forums as well as scientific and applied research projects.