The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney – the Activities, Tasks and Responsibilities

Authors

  • Monika Kończyk Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6079-5341

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18778/1641-4233.26.02

Keywords:

Polish-Australian relations, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Sydney

Abstract

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney is one of the thirty-seven consulates that function in Australia. The scope of duties and work of the consulate is set up by the rules and directives of the Polish Foreign Policy Strategy for 2017–2021 and is determined by the Consular Law and other regulations.

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Author Biography

Monika Kończyk, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney

Monika Kończyk – PhD, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney. She holds a PhD in law. She defended her doctoral thesis in 2017 at the University of Gdańsk. She has a Master’s degree in both English philology and biology. She has also completed other postgraduate studies in management and mediation. Outside these immediate fields of expertise, she participated in the Argo Top Executive Project run by the National School of Public Administration (Warsaw) and IESE (Barcelona).
Dr Kończyk was the Pomeranian Chief Education Officer between 13 April 2016 and 26 August 2019. Prior to taking up the position of Consul General in Sydney, she had been an international representative of the National Section of Education of NSZZ Solidarność (Independent and Self-governing Trade Union Solidarność). Between 2006 and 2016, she was a member of the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE). As part of her broader outreach and engagement, she represented Polish teachers’ unions in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee at the European Commission. She also served as a member of the European Commission Advisory Committee on Vocational Training (ACVT).
Mrs Kończyk worked as a research assistant at the University of Gdańsk, and then as an English and biology teacher in secondary schools in Poland. In 2012, she participated in the scholarship program run by the Japan International Labour Foundation (JILAF). She currently holds the position of a fellow of the German Marshall Foundation. For exceptional services in education, she was honoured with the Medal of the Commission of National Education.
In 2018, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded Dr Kończyk with the Silver Cross of Merits for her outstanding contributions in the educational space as well as for her targeted social and community initiatives.

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Published

2022-01-30

How to Cite

Kończyk, M. (2022). The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney – the Activities, Tasks and Responsibilities. International Studies. Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal, 26(2), 9–15. https://doi.org/10.18778/1641-4233.26.02