The official inauguration of the academic year combined with the award of an honorary doctorate to prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko took place on October 12, 2021. The ceremony was attended, among others, by MPs, representatives of local and municipal authorities, rectors of economic universities and Poznań universities, members of the Partner Club.

The presentation of the diploma was preceded by the jubilee speech of the PUEB Rector, the ceremonial matriculation of first-year students and doctoral students, as well as speeches by the invited guests. The promoter in the procedure for awarding the title of doctor honoris causa, prof. G. W. Kolodko was prof. Marek Ratajczak, and the reviewers were prof. Elżbieta Mączyńska-Ziemacka and prof. Jerzy Wilkin. The highlight of the ceremony was the inaugural lecture entitled "The irreversibility of globalization and the future of the Polish economy", which was delivered by the 27th honorary doctor of the Poznań University of Economics and Business - prof. Grzegorz W. Kolodko.

On the occasion of the 95th anniversary and the new academic year, congratulatory letters were sent, among others, by President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, President of the Social Insurance Institution Gertruda Uścińska and rectors of partner universities.