The history of PJAIT

The history of PJAIT

PJAIT was set up in 1994 as Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology (PJIIT) or Polsko - Japońska Wyższa Szkoła Technik Komputerowych (PJWSTK), by the Foundation for the Development of Computer Techniques which implemented the agreement between the goverments of Poland and Japan of 1993.

1994:
• Following the decision of the Minister for National Education, PJIIT was entered in the registry of institutions of higher education under the numer 51 and gained the right to grant the degree of engineer of computer science (inżynier informatyki). Since then students of PJIIT have enjoyed the same privileges as students of state schools, such as reduction of fees on public transport, free medical care and postponement of military service.

1998:
• PJIIT obtained the right to bestow the degree of master of computer science.

2000:
• PJIIT obtained the right to bestow the Doctor’s (PhD) degree of technical sciences in the field of computer science.

2002:
• PJIIT was the first non-state institution of higher education to obtain the category of the Committee for Scientific Research.
• Online IT studies were launched.
• PJIIT joined Conference of Rectors of Polish Academic Institutions (KRASP) as one of the very few non-state schools.

2003:
• PJIIT opened its branch in Silesia – PJIIT’s Faculty of Information Technology, Bytom
• PJIIT launched the Faculty of Information Management in the Warsaw campus. The Faculty has the right to grant the degree of engineer of information managemen.

2004:
• The first edition of NŌRYOKU-SHIKEN was held at PJIIT. We are the only official examination centre in Central-Eastern Europe for this most popular examination testing proficiency in the Japanese language.
• PJIIT signed a cooperation agreement with Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The opened the way for launching a new teaching unit – Faculty of New Media Arts at PJIIT.

2006:
• Research Centre of PJIIT obtained the highest, first category of Commission of Science Council in the field of “Electrotechnics, automation, electronics and information technologies.”

2007:
• PJIT opened the Faculty of Culture of Japan and launched the undergraduate programme in the field of cultural studies.
• PJIIT obtained funds from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education to launch Business Incubator. The new Incubator won the Ministry’s competition “Creating innovation. Support for academic innovation.”
• PJIIT’s Branch Faculty of IT was launched in Gdańsk. It offers undergraduate studies in computer science.

2008:
• Rector of PJIIT, dr Jerzy Paweł Nowacki, was awarded by the Japanese government the Order of the Rising Sun, 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. The order is the second most important state decoration in Japan. The Rector obtained it in recognition of his commitment to Polish-Japanese cooperation.

2009:
• Central Committee for Academic Degrees and Titles gave to the Faculty of Information Technology of PJIIT the right to grant the degree of doktor habilitowany of technical sciences in the field of computer science.
• Faculty of Information Technology of PJIIT launched graduate (2nd degree) studies in the field of Social Informatics. In the years 2009-2010 studies were financed with the grant from Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
• Faculty of New Media Arts of PJIIT obtained the right to run graduate (2nd degree) studies in the field of graphic arts.
• The project „Support for IT students as a key to the development of knowledge-based economy – enriching the educational offer of PJIIT” won the competition of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for commanded faculties. (Subactivity 4.1.2. „Increasing the number of graduates of key faculties for the knowledge-based economy. Operating Programme Human Resources”).
• The project ”Modern personnel for e-economy – the project for the development of Branch Faculty of PJIIT in Bytom" obtained the necessary funding within the framework “Subactivity 4.1.1 – Strengthening didactic potential of school" Operating Programme Human Resources.
• Together with a consortium of other academic centres PJIIT started working on the project “Regional Foresight for high schools of Warsaw and Masovia – Academic Masovia 2030"
• PJIIT obtained the rights to grant habilitation at its Faculty of Information Technology. It opened doctoral (3rd degree) studies in the field of computer science..
• PJIIT’s Branch Faculty of Information Technology in Bytom obtained the right to run undergraduate studies in the field of graphics.
• Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology won the competition of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for commanded faculty (kierunek zamawiany) "Subactivity 4.1.2 Increasing the number of graduates of key importance for the knowledge-based economy”, Operating Programme Human Resources.

2010:
• The Branch Faculty of PJIIT in Gdańsk gained autonomy. Dr hab. Marek Bednarczyk, PJIIT professor became the first dean.
• Faculty of New Media Arts was launched in PJIIT Gdańsk. The faculty offers studies in the field of graphic arts.
• Two projects were launched „@cademy for the development of ICT – postgraduate studies" and SYNAT.
• Faculty of Information Technology of PJIIT received the highest category (first) in its field "Elektrotechnics, automation and information technologies".

2011:
• Start of project ”Interactive academic teachers for the development of knowledge-based economy” aimed chiefly at young faculty members of PJIIT. The project is 100% financed with the money from European Social Fund, Operating Programme Human Resources Action 4.1.1.
• Start of project “The closer the school to business – the closer the graduate to employment” The project is financed with the money of European Social Fund of Operational Programme, Human Resources, Action 4.1.1.
• Ministry of Science and Higher Education financed two research projects of PJIIT: one concerning multimodal measurement of movement for the purpose of better diagnostics and treatment of DBS stimulators in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and the other dealing with movement clustering, classification and visualisation.
• On 9 May 2011 the Voivode of Masovia, Mr Jacek Kozłowski and the Rector of PJIIT, dr Jerzy Nowacki signed a contract regarding the cooperation in developing modern computer techniques and cooperation regarding research and didactics. The agreement involved, among others, launching joint research and development projects aimed at carrying out “The strategy for the development of information society in Poland till the year 2013”.
• PJIIT received an award of the Minister of Intrastucture for its contribution to the development of information technology, especially for its high level of education combined with promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship.
• Interdisciplinary doctoral studies in bioinformatics were launched. The programme is run in cooperation with our partners: Oncological Centre – Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute, Branch in Gliwice and Genomed S.A. The studies are financed with the funds of the project "Interdisciplinary academic staff for the development of knowledge-based economy” of the European Social Fund.
• PJIIT came third in the ranking of Perspektywy and Rzeczpospolita – Poland’s leading journals.
• In October, the Rector of PJIIT, dr. Jerzy Paweł Nowacki received from President of Poland the Order of Polonia Restituta Commander's Cross for his outstanding achievements in science and research, education and social activity in popularising science in Poland.
• Start of the RecONCILE project: Fast and reliable mechanisms for the assessment of WWW content.
• Zuzanna Szyszak – student of graphic design at the Faculty of New Media Arts – won the first award in the "Multimedia" category at the International Biennale of Students’ Graphic Design for the videoclip to the song "Pożegnanie małego wojownika" (Farewell to Small Soldier) by Czesław Śpiewa.
• In the Webometrics ranking list PJIIT took the first place among non-state schools in Poland for multimedia. The following aspects were considered: online publications, databases, free access to resources, the activity of the school and its faculty online, positioning of school’s web pages, etc. The ranking spans all academic institutions in the world and has been made since 2004 by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

2012:
• Our graduate, Jacek Czech took part in summer Paralympics 2012.
• PJIIT came first in the ranking list of non-state technical schools offering higher technical education. The ranking was prepared by Perspektywy and Rzeczpospolita.
• E-library (EBL) was launched.
• Zuzanna Szyszak, student of graphic design, won the 21. Festival of Polish Videoclips, Yach Film! Her clip to the song "Pożegnanie małego wojownika" by Czesław Śpiewa won the "Animacja" category. "Yach", organised 1989, is the most prestigious award for videoclips since 1989.

2013:
• Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology launched doctoral studies in the field of Social Informatics.
• Dwie drużyny z Polsko-Japońskiej Wyższej Szkoły Technik Komputerowych wzięły udział w krajowych finałach 11. edycji konkursu Imagine Cup 2013. Walczyły o reprezentowanie Polski w finałach światowych w Petersburgu.
• Nokia presented Michała Tomaszewskiego, a lecturer of Polish-Japanese Institute of Informaion Technology with a title Nokia Developer Champion, which is given to the most active promoters of Nokia’s development technologies.
• Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology came secind in the ranking of non-state schools offering higher education. The ranking was prepared by Perspektywy and Rzeczpospolita. It came 1st in the ranking of non-state echnical schools
• PJIIT came first among non-state schools in the ranking prepared by Polityka and involving both didactic activity and research.
• PJIIT started cooperation with ETS to open the examination centre for the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEIC).

2014:
• PJIIT gained the right to grant doctor’s (PhD) degree in technical sciences in the field of mechanics.
• PJIIT took the second position in the Wprost ranking list of the best non-state schools and came fifth on the list of all academic institutions (state and non-state) in terms of recognition by employers. The survey was carried among 500 biggest companies in Poland.
• The LevelUP team from PJIIT came second in the national final of Imagine Cup 2014 in the Innovation category. The team consisting of Dawid Cieślak, Kamil Kowalski, Andrzej Kowalczuk and Kuba Rejnhard presented TapBooks – a platform for books with multimedia content created for the education sector. The team supervisor was dr Michał Tomaszewski.
• Following the decision of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology was renamed to Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. The decision means that the school has joined the elite of non-state institutions of higher education because it requires meting stringent criteria (e.g. the right to grant PhD degree in at least two disciplines).