Turning Information into Knowledge and Knowledge into Skills
How can you find clarity amidst the barrage of information that the media and experts bombard us with every day? Facts alone tell us nothing; only their interpretation adds meaning to them. To quote T. S. Eliot: “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” Our mission is to hone our students’ capacity for creative thinking, argumentation, comparing, and drawing conclusions. Regardless of the issues you will explore during your studies and discover outside of them, these skills will be your capital, which you will have the opportunity to expand and practically apply in life. This is what our graduates, who include well-known public figures, do.
We encourage you to think outside the box. We are open-minded and promote courage in thinking and in acting. We inspire the self-growth of students through stimulating activities, such as vibrant study circles; meetings with interesting people, including international scholars; and periodically held academic and athletic events. We give students the possibility of traveling abroad (through the Erasmus+ and CEEPUS programs as well as scholarships to study in the United States and Canada), which expands their horizons, immerses them in other cultures, and provides them with valuable experience. We do not close ourselves off behind university walls; on the contrary, we actively comment on current events and processes in the media. We enthusiastically popularize research in influential journals and media broadcasts. We believe in the value that expert knowledge has in social and political life.
By touching diversity, we discover ourselves
The Americas are a mosaic that reflects a wealth of cultures, traditions, practices, behavior models, and ways of thinking. They are worlds of culture and society, politics and economics, media and religion, the military and technology, global trends and local customs, and conflict and cooperation. This world is complex and multidimensional, exactly like our studies. We help to discover, explain, and understand the complexity of American issues as well as the lives of migrants and their efforts to find a better life. We believe in your curiosity of the world: since 30 percent of our curriculum is made up of elective courses, you will be able to explore the topics that interest you in depth.
Man is in constant motion
Today, the world’s heart beats more rapidly than ever before. People are constantly in motion, looking for their place in life, and are forced to confront different lifestyles and ways of thinking as they see themselves through the eyes of others. This motion is important to us not only in its physical, but also in its intellectual sense; it is openness, willingness to move outside schematic ways of thinking, and tenacity in creating new solutions. By rejecting passivity, we expose ourselves to the risk of undertaking unsuccessful efforts and mistakes. We know, however, that this is the only way to get where we want to be.
Social science matters
Technology and engineering skills are the driving forces of contemporary life. In order to make full use of them, however, a vision is necessary. There is a market need for people who can create a context for inventions, imagine the world we do not yet know, and predict its consequences. Analytical skills, the ability to build relationships, and the capacity for storytelling are required in business, the media, politics, and the creative sector. It is no coincidence that the CEOs of some of the most successful and innovative companies in the world (including HP, HBO, Flickr, and PayPal) studied the humanities and social sciences. It was there that they honed their critical thinking and problem solving skills and learned to use their potential to effectively transform reality.