The Border University Network as a Response to Academic Challenges in the Field of Internationalization


  • Leonard Etel University of Bialystok, Poland
  • Maciej Perkowski University of Bialystok, Poland
  • Łukasz Kierznowski University of Bialystok, Poland



internationalization in higher education, Border University Network, international cooperation of universities, Eastern European universities


In the context of the upcoming challenges for science and higher education – both in the field of academic research and students education, the internationalization of scientific research and development of transnational academic contacts appears necessary and unavoidable. It has been one of the priorities of Polish universities. The paper presents an example of its implementation initiated by the University of Bialystok. Taking advantage of its cross-border location, the University created a platform for the exchange of scientific and didactic experiences with researchers from the Eastern European border states and students studying at their respective academic centers. This way, the Border University Network became the largest university consortium in this part of Europe. Its effect is one of scientific and didactic cooperation in the exchange of research and implementation services, use of infrastructure and apparatus as part of joint scientific ventures, joint grant applications, and publishing of international scientific journals which will enable scientific research to be presented on a global scale, not just on a regional and national scale as before. Internationalization becomes an obvious matter to which the Polish, as well as the entire Eastern European scientific environment, has to get used to. That is why every attempt of making it real is worth analyzing and developing.


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Author Biographies

  • Leonard Etel, University of Bialystok, Poland

    Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok; in the term 2012-2016 the Rector of the University of Bialystok; in the years 2005-2012 the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Bialystok; specialist in tax and financial law.

  • Maciej Perkowski, University of Bialystok, Poland

    Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bialystok; Head of the Department of Public International Law. His research interests include public international law, international organizations law, European Union law, regional development, European funds and Public-Private Partnership.

  • Łukasz Kierznowski, University of Bialystok, Poland

    MA in Law, University of Bialystok, Faculty of Law. His main scientific interests focus on administrative law, administrative proceedings, science and higher education law.


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How to Cite

The Border University Network as a Response to Academic Challenges in the Field of Internationalization. (2017). Eastern European Journal of Transnational Relations, 1(1), 11-18.