Erasmus+ International Mobility Virtual Week
International academic exchange continues. However, Erasmus+, like a number of other academic mobility programmes this year, has found new forms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, our good partner, Pitesti University (Romania), invited teachers from Uzhhorod National University to participate in the first virtual week of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Programmes.
Initially, it was planned that the International Mobility Week would take place in real time at the University of Pitesti. However, life has made its adjustments. Considering the instability and quarantine restrictions, International Mobility Week was held as a large-scale virtual event and involved the representatives of various universities from Belarus, Uzbekistan, India, Egypt, Georgia, Albania, Iran, Moldova, Ukraine and Azerbaijan.
This year's International Mobility Week was dedicated to a virtual exchange for innovation in education and academic mobility of students and teachers during the pandemic. Its participants discussed the opportunities and challenges related to virtual exchange, shared their experience and best practices. Our teachers’ impressions are extremely bright and diverse.
Taras Datso, a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Classical Languages and Romanian Philology, the Faculty of Foreign Philology of UzhNU
"The week began with a welcome speech by prof. Dumitru Chirlesan, the Rector of Pitesti University and Carmen-Andreea Burchea, International Relations Department officer. In a friendly and warm atmosphere, the participants of the internship met with 86 representatives of universities from Ukraine, Romania, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Egypt, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, China and other countries. Corina Amelia Georgescu, the Vice-Rector for International Relations, acquainted the listeners with the University of Pitesti. She also told a lot of interesting things about the Arges county and in particular about the achievements of their university. We got to know a lot of interesting and useful information about the present and the future of Erasmus+ international mobility programmes.
My lecture was dedicated to the features of folk costumes of Transcarpathia, ethnicity and identity in the context of globalization. The topic of the lecture perfectly fit into the friendly atmosphere of the online event”.
Hanna Melehanych, PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor of the Department of International Studies and Public Communications, the Faculty of History and International Relations, the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Uzhhorod National University.
"It’s been a very interesting and unusual experience. The organizers have created an interesting and rich programme, and the participants of the virtual mobility week were from more than 15 countries. When it was 9 am in Ukraine, it was already 2 pm in some participants’ countries. We all had the opportunity to get acquainted, establish cooperation and deliver lectures in our fields of science. It was interesting to watch and listen to the presentations of various universities from Belarus, Uzbekistan, India, Egypt, Georgia, Albania, Iran, Moldova, Azerbaijan, etc. By the way, our Ukrainian colleagues from the National Transport University also joined the Erasmus+ virtual mobility week.
In addition, there was a virtual tour of the University of Pitesti and Romania and a Romanian language lesson. It was interesting to learn about Mercisor, the traditional holiday of meeting spring in Romania celebrated on March 1. There is a tradition to present boutonnieres in the shape of flowers made of white and red threads on this day, and they were symbolically presented to us. During the class with the Romanian students, in addition to the topic of the lecture, I told them about Ukraine and our university. Despite the fact that the mobility week was held online, this kind of experience is unforgettable. I am sincerely glad and grateful to Uzhhorod National University for the opportunity to participate in international mobility programmes in such difficult times due to Covid-19 quarantine."
Svitlana Delehan-Kokayko - Associate Professor of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Chemistry
“The topic of my open lecture was “Ecosystems in TYSA River Valley. International Ukrainian-Romanian Ecological Problems” for students of the Faculty of Sciences, Physical Education and Informatics, scientific and pedagogical personnel of the University of Pitesti and the participants of international scientific and pedagogical internship. This topic is relevant due to the fact that with the development and influence of the international legal regulation of relations linked to transboundary environmental impacts, countries and regions characterized by lower levels of environmental security, are under increasing pressure of responsibility, including the economic one, for movement of pollutants across the borders and other types of negative transboundary effects on the environment. The existing opportunities for cross-border cooperation to achieve a higher level of environmental security are not fully used by the Ukrainian side. That is why it is important to find partners for international cooperation in solving common problems, including environmental ones."
Digital innovation is a key factor to higher education institutions around the world, especially in the times of the crisis similar to the one we are currently facing. International Mobility Week at the University of Pitesti was a unique opportunity to learn from the experience of our foreign colleagues, establish new international partnerships and find new opportunities to make the most of virtual exchange for academic mobility of students and teachers from around Europe and the world.