Getting to know the EU means getting to know oneself better. Students of UzhNU have returned from a week-long training in Tulcea, Romania

Getting to know the EU means getting to know oneself better. Students of UzhNU have returned from a week-long training in Tulcea, Romania

We continue a series of publications about new opportunities for students and teachers of UzhNU, which have appeared this year due to the support of the university by our international partners. We are talking about the opportunities for development, improvement of skills and successful self-realization in education and science. This year, we can observe a thend when there are literally a few weeks between the signing of partnership agreements with our foreign partners and the first jointly implemented projects. It is also remarkable that one implemented initiative creates prerequisites for new interesting projects.

Actually, this publication is one of such stories.

"Recently, we have told about our new partner - the University of Central Lancashire, UzhNU signed a cooperation agreement with at the end of June, and we are already implementing our second joint project with this university. I've mentioned it because the main goal of our collaboration with the British university is to provide UzhNU students and teachers with the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the English language, a good command of which is a key to participation in other international projects."

Vice-rector Myroslava Lendel says that the cooperation agreement between Uzhhorod National University and the Union of Ukrainians of Romania has been signed recently. Two dozen of our students completed a one-week internship in the city of Tulchea as part of Erasmus+ project called Boost the European Feeling.

“It is a very interesting event for young people funded by the European Commission and organized by the Union of Ukrainians in Romania together with Uzhhorod National University. It lasted one week, and we received very good feedback about our students already in the first days. Our Romanian partnets were extremely pleasantly surprised how well students of UzhNU spoke English. It means that the language projects we implement at our university are very useful, because they give opportunities to participate in new activities and interesting international programs. This is the way a chain of opportunities for the continuous development and improvement of our students and teachers is formed,” says Myroslava Lendel.

Boost the European Feeling project gathered young people from Romania and Ukraine to familiarize them with the values ​​of the European Union. The young people were introduced to the basic concepts of the symbols and principles of the EU, and also paid a lot of attention to ways of  maintening ethnic, linguistic and cultural identity.

According to Oksana Svezhentseva, the head of the international relations department of UzhNU, the university delegation was made up of 21 students, 4 high school pupils of Uzhhorod gymnasium, and a group supervisor Oksana Datso, a senior lecturer at the Department of Romance Languages ​​and Foreign Literature.

“Three more university students could not go at the last moment, so three young people from the border village of Veliatino, which actively cooperates with the neighboring Romanian communities, joined the group instead. 30 students and schoolchildren from Romania also took part in the training. It should be noted that the program was extremely intensive and full of various activities. In addition to classes and trainings, young people also had many interesting meetings, trips and excursions,” says Oksana Svezhentseva.

The group leader Oksana Datso also shared her impressions of the training in Romania

“Children get extremely united during such trips. The idea of this event was to help the young people establish communication with each other, teach them to work both as part of a team and independently, give them new knowledge, help them find creative approaches  to certain situaions and find solutions to various problems, help them improve their public speaking skils. The fact that the students spoke fluently in three languages, Ukrainian, Romanian and English, is great. I am extremely happy for our students. I am sure that the future of Ukraine depends on such youth.”