Business and higher education leaders from Poland visit Quinnipiac

A group of business and university leaders from Bialystok, Poland
A group of business and university leaders from Bialystok, Poland visited Oct. 7-8 to learn more about U.S. business practices and opportunities to establish relationships with local universities.
Oct. 8, 2013 - A group of business and university leaders from Bialystok, Poland visited New Haven and Hamden to learn more about U.S. business practices and opportunities to establish relationships with local universities. The Central European Institute organized its visit in conjunction with the Central and Eastern European Network, Inc. (CEENET).

On Oct. 7, the Polish visitors spent the day at the New Haven Hotel hearing presentations from Donna Starzecki of CEENET, Inc.; Beatriz Gutiérrez, director of the Office of International and Domestic Business Development of the state Department of Economic and Community Development; David Wurzer, CPA, of Connecticut Innovations; Steven Kaplan, CPA, principal of Kaplan Global Tax Advisor; and Krystyna Illakowicz, senior lector in Polish at Yale University.

On Oct. 8, the Polish contingent visited the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus for the presentation "Immigration Options for Foreign Investors," from attorney Dana Bucin of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy PC. and the New England EB-5 Regional Center. Tamás Simon, co-founder of the Virtual Emergency Operations Center (VEOCI), also presented. The Polish visitors also made make a presentation to Quinnipiac faculty and staff before touring each of Quinnipiac's three campuses.

Using grant money from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund's Operational Development Program, the Polish business leaders are promoting cluster formation in Eastern Poland. They believe clusters will create a stable and cooperative platform for institutions and businesses and raise the socioeconomic appeal of Eastern Poland. Their visit was prompted by their attendance at a 2012 CEENET Inc. event.  

"The mission of the Central European Institute is to build bridges between the people of Central Europe and the United States," said Christopher Ball, director of the Central European Institute and honorary consul of Hungary for the state of Connecticut. "At Quinnipiac, this usually means student and faculty exchanges. Partnering with business organizations like CEENET allows us to build bridges with businesses as well and this enhances all we do.  It is critical to building long-term sustainable relationships, opens opportunities for our students and faculty members in terms of scholarships, internships, and applied research. I believe it really exemplifies the sort of holistic approach that we promote in our student's education at Quinnipiac."