The post graduate studies are an investment into career and a big step towards gainig capital.
In the XXI-st century the opportunities to reach professional and financial success by updating knowledge and continuing education are very good. The following data show, that the need to enlarge own knowledge has been recognized above all in the high industrilised and developed countries:
In rich and highly developed countries: Denmark , Holland , USA , Finland , Irland , Germany and Norway every year from 56% to 48% of the active population decide to update and enlarge their knowledges (after having finished their studies).
German specialists have invested more than 85 billion DM for post graduate studies. For comparison: In the same period the governments` expenses for University education amounted to 17 billion DM.
As a general principle, all professors and lecturers at the EAF view Poland from the standpoint of a united Europe and in conformity with this country's Western European history.
One of the most fundamental prerequisities for successful completion of the EAF programme and for its application in practice is the ability to handle professionally the multi-media technologies characteristic of the 21 st Century. Our programme of higher education therefore lays great emphasis on subjects from such fields as e-business, e-economy, information technology and mobile economy. It should be stressed that the EAF always supplies the latest information, which can immediately be applied to solving current practical problems encountered in entrepreneurial activity. Our continuing education programme may thus be classified as a supplement to university programmes. For example, it provides information on the following topic areas:
All models of activity suggested in the course of the programme of study are, as has already been indicated, currently employed in practice by enterprises in the technologically developed European regions comprising the civilisation of Lake Constance . Information from those sectors of the economy with little or no future, by contrast, is consistently avoided.
The following facts speak in favour of the dynamism and sense of differentiation presented by this latest form of civilisation known to "homo sapiens", the civilisation of Lake Constance :
highest number of patent solutions in the world (1000 per 1 million inhabitants);
highest levels of future investment in the R&D sector in the world at 4% of GDP;
more than 3 million SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) developing, implementing and applying technologies of the 21 st Century;
second highest concentration in Europe in terms of banks operating in the so-called magic triangle Frankfurt - Stuttgart - Munich - Liechtenstein - Zurich - Monaco - Düsseldorf - Luxembourg;
foundation and further development of the two greatest software houses in the EU: SAP and DEBIS;
site of the group logistics headquarters for Daimler-Chrysler, Bosch, Siemens, AUDI, Porsche, BMW, SEL, BASF, Bayer AG, Novartis; IBM-Europe, Boehringer AG, DEC, SAP, MAN, Mannesmann, Hewlett Packard Europe; and last but not least
top position in the world within the sector of private building societies.
The post graduate study is a very effective method to prevent and to fight against unemployment. In the stage of an slow down of the economic development, unemployed specialists within the OECD use the opportunity for a post graduate study and/or other professional courses that improve their chances on the labour market. It`s also a positive way to fill the so called "black holes", gaps in the CV, which normally can be interpreted by the departments of human resouces as a lack of initiative and ambition.
On the other hand the neglection to update knowledge can reduce the opportunities to realize own professional and financial plans. Within the society this process is often accompanied by the phenomenon of social patologies which are based on the fear of technological and civilisational progress. In some extreme cases the decay of intellectual capacity can cause a frustration, which stimulates the revival and the acceptance of some primitive ideologies.
Activity within the EU - an opportunity for top Polish managers and firms
According to extremely conservative forecasts by the Federal German Government, Germany and the EU will need 3 million and 12 million specialist and executive employees respectively between 2001 and 2007, the years in which demographic development and unemployment will come to a peak in Poland . A more profound analysis shows that these estimates of the deficit in specialists and executives are much too optimistic. They only take account of two factors: moribund society (a German, Swedish, Italian or Spanish family is deciding later and later to have fewer and fewer children; in Germany , for example, the average number of children per family is only one - and this trend is decreasing) and a secure economic development of 1.5-2%. The following important facts are ignored: young Germans can and wish to organise their working hours according to their own ideas. Such concepts as "part-time employment", "reduced working week in old-age" and "self-fulfilment" are gaining more and more in importance. The material foundation for implementing such a life-style was created over the last fifty years through the labour of our parents and grandparents. As a result of fifty years of intensive work and savings (including tax allowances), a Western German family had average capital assets at its disposal of more than one million DM (DM 1.030.000) in the year 2000.
The success of the top 500 private Polish firms belonging to the 100 richest Polish families clearly indicates that Polish specialists with international experience can in all probability become global players.
Such entrepreneurs include, for example, Dr. Kulczyk (the first Pole in the Forbes List), Dr. Krause and Messrs. Gudzowaty, Niemczycki, Zasada, Smorawiński and Soszyński .
More than 90% of all top Polish entrepreneurs in the list of the 100 richest Polish families successfully applied the know-how they gained from many years of activity spent in leading western industrial countries when founding their own economic entities. In addition, Polish firms operating on an international basis from Poland prove to have greater resistance to local and national crisis phenomena than purely Polish enterprises. In other words: experience gained in entrepreneurial activity in the West leads to the creation of stable, flexible economic structures, whereas restriction of such activity to one's own country leads to a drop in competitiveness. This is not surprising if it is considered to what extent in the majority of countries sucess is, for example, dependent on extremely schizophrenic fiscal legislation which provides for
0% taxation for the foreign investor and more than 50% for their own local, conscientious and dynamic citizens.
This fiscal schizophrenia is continually reinforced, in particular by differing systems of tax allowances which only local, rich citizens can understand and exploit. The majority of taxation is paid by the remainder, such as foreigners, the poor and the less intelligent rich. This phenomenon was isolated long ago by one of the greatest Christian philosophers, St. Thomas of Aquino, who defined tax systems as
"a legally regulated form of theft"
The first known proponent of a reasonable form of tax policy also does not stem from the ranks of the 21 st Century monetarists, nor was it Mr Leffer - the originator of the last American economic miracle. It was King Solomon (965 - 926 B.C.) who reigned according to the following motto:
"A good monarch builds up his kingdom by promoting law and order, a bad monarch destroys it through taxes."
The professors at the EAF recommend other pseudo-specialists in the field of tax policy who expect to obtain increased revenue by means of exaggerated customs duties or taxes on tobacco or alcohol, etc. to read their New Testament. It was apparent over 2000 ago, namely, that under such circumstances
a publican (tax collector) was a synonym for a sinner (cf. Luke 15,1).
As the members of most parliaments (the EU authorities are the best example in this case) have no wish to sin, this group has been quick to exempt itself from taxation. Politicians give entrepreneurs and other top managers the choice between sinning (catchword: tax evasion) and wasting much of their productive time on exploiting tax allowances.
Taxes are thus paid in Germany , but also in the majority of other EU countries, by foreigners (who also include 2 million Poles in the Federal Republic ) and the so-called working class. Overall, these two groups pay DM 45 billion more than they receive in return in the form of what are patently doubtful "social benefits". Particularly badly hit are the foreign specialists working legally in Germany .