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Cablegate: Poland Bio: Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science

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SUBJECT: POLAND BIO: BARBARA KUDRYCKA, MINISTER OF SCIENCE
AND HIGHER EDUCATION


1. Barbara Kudrycka was appointed Minister of Science and
Higher Education on November 16, 2007. Prior to her
appointment, Kudrycka served since 2004 as a deputy to the
European Parliament in Brussels. She also served as rector
of the Bialystok School of Public Administration from
1998-2007.

2. Kudrycka began her political career in the 1970's as a
member of the Polish Communist party. Sometime after martial
law was introduced in Poland in 1981, she resigned from the
Communist party and joined the Solidarity movement. She has
been a member of Civic Platform since 2004.

3. Kudrycka graduated from Warsaw University with a law
degree in 1978. In 1985, she obtained a doctorate in law,
and in 1995 was named assistant professor of law and public
administration at the University of Warsaw, specializing in
administrative law. In the 1990's she was involved in the
field of political ethics. She was instrumental in the
creation of the parliamentary code of ethics, adopted in
1999, and co-authored the civil service code of ethics in
2002. Kudrycka enjoys a reputation as a good manager and has
been credited in the press with developing the Bialystok
School of Public Administration into a leading private
college.

4. Kudrycka is married and has two children. She has
traveled in the U.S. and speaks English.
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