The University of Silesia in Katowice will launch a project entitled “Interdisciplinary Centre for Human Resources Development – think tank for the development of key competences of Polish future science personnel”. The aim of the project is to formulate an integral model for the development of key competences of the university’s research and administrative employees who are responsible for implementation of a science development strategy. The model is to support the processes related to the management of employees’ development in the higher education sector in Poland.
This project is a response to the need for interdisciplinary research focused on many competence contexts and many levels of science management. So far, studies on this subject have been conducted selectively and in a multifaceted manner, and most importantly, there is no theory or model integrating this dispersed body of work. A team of experts from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Staff Development of the University of Silesia is responsible for the implementation of the project, in collaboration with Polish higher education research units and foreign universities of international renown. An important stage of the project will be completion of interdisciplinary research and formulation of a model for development of key competences of research and administrative employees. The developed model will be piloted in selected research universities. The final stage of the project involves dissemination of research results in the form of monographs and demo versions of an online tool for diagnosing and reporting the level of key competences.
The activities planned as part of the project are to increase research potential of the higher education sector and improve effectiveness of intersectoral cooperation between science and business. The University of Silesia received funding for the implementation of this project in the “Dialogue” competition, organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The funding amounts to PLN 1,525,488.80 and constitutes the largest pool of funds awarded in the competition.
The project manager is the Plenipotentiary of the Rector of the University of Silesia for Personnel Development Prof. Barbara Kożusznik. The implementation of the project will take 24 months.