On October 8, 2022, the Section of Alumni of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Poland celebrated its centenary in the Warsaw Technician House.
The Head of the Section, Janusz Fuksa, delivered a speech to the participants of the celebrations. He recalled some of the main dates of the work of the association. So, it was created on November 20, 1922 at the initiative of the outstanding Polish physicist and chemist Wojciech Swientoslawski. At that time, 293 people joined the circle, and Antoni Romanowski became its leader.
On September 22, 1957, Polish graduates of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, who survived the horrors of the war, resumed the activities of the organization. This decision was made at a congress in the same Warsaw Technician House where it was created. The organization was headed by Stanislaw Grzymalowski.
In 1961, the Section began to organize visits to Kyiv Polytechnic Institute for graduates, and in 1976 started holding annual May meetings and seminars devoted to issues of cooperation with the East, and later - with Ukraine. The organization had 327 members.
In the year of its centenary, the Section continues to work actively for the development of friendly contacts between the Polish and Ukrainian scientific and technical communities.
The President of the Polish Federation of Engineering Associations, Ewa Mańkiewicz–Cudny, who participated in the anniversary meeting, emphasized the importance of the Section's century-old ties with the Polish Polytechnic Society, and with the Main Technical Organization after the war. She also highly appreciated the contribution of the Section members to the activities of the Federation.
The head of the Poland-East Cooperation Centre Jozef Brill informed that the Chapter of the Centre awarded the Section of Alumni of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Poland an honorary diploma as a recognition of the merits of the Section in the field of cooperation with Ukraine.
The head of the Society of Culture and History of Technology Bronisław Hynowski emphasized that the Section, which is a member of the Society, provides him with significant help in preserving the general history of engineering communities of both nations.
The President of the Perspektywy Education Foundation Waldemar Siwinski informed about the high rates currently occupied by the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in international university rankings, and positively assessed the role of the Section in creating a good reputation of higher education in Poland.
Olha Demydenko, the Vice Dean for Studies and International Affairs of the Faculty of Linguistics of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute addressed the meeting with a report on today's life, work and education of employees and students of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. She said that despite the war in Ukraine, the university continues to conduct various forms of education and scientific research. At the same time, many teachers, scientists and students serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and in units of territorial defense. Unfortunately, some of them got killed in the battles or were seriously injured. And some professors and lecturers lost their houses or apartments near Kyiv...
The participants of the meeting talked about assistance to Ukraine and Ukrainians who are currently in Poland. They talked about their participation in scientific cooperation with Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. They also mentioned episodes of their own lives related to the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. The guests wished the Alumni of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute to work with no less zeal to bring the Polish and Ukrainian peoples closer together in the new century.