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Honorary Consulate to Strengthen Ties Between Poland, Pittsburgh

Dr. Jan Saykiewicz, professor of marketing and international marketing at Duquesne University's Palumbo Donohue School of Business, has become the first Polish honorary consulate in Pittsburgh since 1945.

The position has been re-established because of the city's many cultural and historic ties to Poland. As honorary consulate, Saykiewicz will strengthen scientific, academic, cultural and commercial ties between Poland the Pittsburgh region; help Americans interact with the Polish government and other institutions in Poland; assist citizens of Poland in this area; and help scholars and others obtain information from Poland and translate Polish documents.

The work of the consulate will be conducted at Saykiewicz's Squirrel Hill home as well as his office at Duquesne, Room 825, Rockwell Hall. A former Ford Foundation Fellow and Fulbright Professor, Saykiewicz received an award for his contribution to the success of International Management Development Association's 16th World Business Congress in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2007.

Saykiewicz, who has lived in the United States since 1987, is one of Poland's 15 honorary consuls in the United States. An official consulate general of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was established in Pittsburgh in 1918 and operated until 1945. It was the third consulate founded in the U.S., after New York and Chicago.

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