If we want to harvest, we must plant!

  • Petra Daníšková
  • 10.11.2023
The invisible seeds were planted a long time ago when the Silesian University started the process of becoming a European University. The intensive work of several years has paid off and this June we received great news: STARS EU, an alliance of nine European universities of which our university is a member, was awarded a four-year grant totalling EUR 12.4 million in the Erasmus+ "European Universities" call! The work in the international teams is now in progress. The symbolism of collective care leading to common growth in many areas has been demonstrated in the current autumn days by planting tulip bulbs that will bloom in the spring, in the formation of the STARS EU alliance logo.

Those who want to reap must sow. All nine European universities united by joint projects in the STARS EU alliance, decided to visualise this well-known, unchanging since the dawn of time truth by planting tulip bulbs. Thus, in the spring, tulips in the form of the STARS EU logo will not only bloom in the Netherlands, the country of the coordinating Hanze University of Applied Sciences, but also in Spain (University of La Laguna), Portugal (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança), Germany (Bremen University of Applied Sciences), France (University of Franche-Comté), Albania (Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës), Sweden (University West), Poland (Cracow University of Technology) and of course the Czech Republic, the homeland of the Silesian University in Opava.
The planting was done with considerable experience and fortitude accompanied with good humour. Doc. Tomáš Gongol, the Rector of our university and prof. Daniel Stavárek, the Vice Rector for Science and International Relations and institutional leader of the European University project, also lent a hand in planting the tulip bulbs. We asked both university representatives to answer one question with a single answer:
Question for the Rector doc. T. Gongol: What do these flowers and their planting symbolise for the Silesian University?
Answer: The tulip bulbs symbolise growth for all of the universities involved in the STARS EU alliance, and I believe they will bloom in many colours in the spring.
Question for Vice Rector prof. D. Stavárek: Why is it important to be part of STARS EU?
Answer: The Silesian University gains eight great foreign partners.

Among others, one of our foreign Erasmus students, Hugo Grajda, who came to study at the Faculty of Public Policies from Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, participated in planting of the tulips and was very interested in the idea of the event.
The symbol of the internationalisation of the Silesian University will bloom in the spring, in the inner courtyard of the university building on Hauerova Street.