State Medical School as Part of the UO
On 15 July 2020, the State Medical School was formally incorporated into the University of Opole. Consolidation was symbolised by the unveiling of the Collegium Salutis Humanae inscription and the logo of the University of Opole on the building of the State Medical School at 68 Katowicka Street. The symbolic act was carried out in the presence of the university authorities and employees. The inscription was unveiled by Prof. Marek Masnyk, Rector of the University of Opole and Dr habil. Renata Szyguła, Rector of the State Medical School (PMWSZ), and since July 15, 202, Vice-Rector for Collegium Medicum of the University of Opole.
Only a moment earlier, Rector Masnyk presented the new Vice-Rector with the nomination and a bouquet of roses.
‘Congratulations and I hope that the years of our common term of office will be years well worked out for the benefit of the University of Opole,’ said Prof. Masnyk. He also addressed Dr. habil. Tomasz Halski, the former rector of the State Medical School in Opole, with words of gratitude for sixteen years of work for the medical school, which now, as the twelfth faculty of the UO - the Faculty of Health Sciences - will be an important part of the university and its further strengthening.
Rector Szyguła assured that the former employees of the State Medical School will work for the benefit of their current university with dedication. ‘It is a new opening, a new opportunity for everyone, a prospect of development and broadening horizons’ she said. ‘We will certainly use this opportunity.’
Asked by journalists about plans to broaden the offer for students interested in medical and paramedical programmes, Vice-Rector Szyguła mentioned plans to make efforts to open an interdisciplinary programme aimed at the care of the elderly or public health in the future.
‘It was worth waiting, trying, discussing, and working to bring about a synergy that will certainly give good results.’ concluded Professor Masnyk. ‘Today we are starting to write a new history and it's the history that will judge us in a dozen or so years' time,’ said the Rector of UO.