Opole, Poland. Poland has the potential to become a "European tiger" due to the country's progress in education, science and technology, while not ignoring the progress in their cultural side.
"Its focus in the field of education will bring Poland, sooner or later, to become the tiger of Europe," Indonesian Ambassador Peter F. Gontha said at the inauguration of the Institute of Science Academy of Diplomacy in Opole, a city of 125,000 people, about 300 kilometer south of the capital Warsaw, on Wednesday (13/07).
Poland's deputy minister for Science and Higher Education, Piotr Dardzinski, said diplomatic skills are very important to making his country internationally competitive. In the modern world, he said, countries can no longer isolate themselves from other countries. Globalization has made all countries need each other. Therefore, diplomatic skills are very important for Poland to establish mutually beneficial relations with various countries.
In his speech, the Indonesian ambassador praised the Polish government for paying such careful attention to the role of education.
Special education for prospective diplomats indicate the sincerity of Poland's relations with other countries. Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Poland have existed since 1956. The two countries even have flags of the same color, with one just an upside-down version of the other, he said.
In a conversation with the media, Peter cited four factors that have allowed Poland to achieve rapid economic progress.
Firstly, Poland is a nation that respects the value of work.
"Every Polish person is a hard worker," Peter said.
Secondly, advances in the field of education, especially in science and technology, are believed to accelerate progress in agriculture, industry and health care.
"The number of educated people in the national workforce is growing faster than the country's economy, which results in uneducated people being unemployed," he said.
About 1.5 million of Poland's population of 38 million people are students. Poland has 400 universities, with of one them, the Agricultural University, having been in existence for 430 years already.
With a high level of education, Polish citizens are able to work in various European Union countries. In accordance with an agreement, workers from EU member states are allowed to work anywhere in the bloc, where they are also entitled to social benefits.
Thirdly, Poland is very strict about corruption. Businessmen do not need to bribe public servants to get positive results and they are able to get government contracts without having to pay kickbacks. Such conditions support the business sector and lead to the emergence of new entrepreneurs.
Fourthly, Peter said, Poland has a parliament made up of representatives who actually share the aspirations of the people, find ways to address problems and strive for the betterment of the nation as a whole.
Poland joined the EU in 2004.