The Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR) is a postgraduate education institution in Poland. It part of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the the Polish Academy of Sciences. The degree programmes instruction language is English. The school is constantly ranked among the top 100 universities. The Institute of Philosophy and Sociology was recently awarded the highest rating in an evaluation by the Polish Ministry for Science and Higher Education’s Committee for Evaluation of Academic Units. The school wants to provide an international outlook. The majority of students come from outside Poland to study at GSSR. The option of obtaining a British Master’s degree through GSSR’s partnership with Lancaster University, is particularly enticing. Prospective students can expect excellent academic training with amazing job prospects. The higher education institution has a large network of alumni, who have found high-level employment in Poland and abroad, due to the splendid education they received at GSSR. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful in their chosen fields of expertise. Graduates normally pursue careers in academia, journalism and politics, as well as in NGO’s and businesses. Individual study programmes to obtain a doctorate awarded by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, are offered, too. Classes and courses are taught by highly qualified professional visiting lecturers from Poland and abroad. The school strives to provide an international learning environment where students get support while studying and therefore are able to achieve their academic goals. At GSSR, the staff is committed to international education and to meeting the best international standards. The Graduate School for Social Research is the only Polish institution to be represented among the 32 institutions in the world eligible to receive students within the Civil Society Leadership Award Scheme.
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GSSR has very good professors who can and do teach a lot of high-quality content to their students. Yet, it has two drawbacks though. One is that the management style and the structure of the school are stuck in the 1990s. Second, it is poorly funded. This reality discourages people from participating in in research or willing to build a career in this area.
I have found great thinkers among both students and lecturers. I have enjoyed some courses more than I took pleasure in others, but that is solely due to my increased interest and the preference I hold for theory, especially social and cultural, whereby my greatest pleasure must have been meeting and partaking in classes held by professor Slawomir Kapralski whom I hold in highest respect. The classes are well-ordered and organized, the material is prepared and provided, the professors are attentive, kind and prompt in their correspondence – no less is the case when it comes to the correspondence one seeks in the support that the dean or the rest of the faculty staff will be willing to provide.