"Ukrainian week" in Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Kosice

"Ukrainian week" in Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Kosice

From the 20th to the 26th of November, 8 UzhNU scholars representing the Faculties of Social Sciences, History, International Policy, Management and Business participated in Erasmus + academic mobility program at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Kosice (Slovakia).

 In this regard a "Ukrainian week" was organized at the Philosophical Faculty.  During the “Ukrainian week” lecturers from Uzhhorod National University delivered a series of lectures for Slovak students of "Political science", appeared on television and radio, and attended public discussions and round tables. Our colleagues responded to lots of questions bothering our neighbors and debunked some myths. The lectures ended with students' questions and discussions of the outlined topics. Students’ attentiveness, erudition and desire to learn more made a very positive impression on our lecturers. Our scholars had a very interesting discussion with students of journalism about the current situation in Ukraine. At first, Ukrainian lecturers expressed their own opinions about the present state of affairs in Ukraine and ways of their solution, and then the students put questions to assistant professors from Uzhhorod. They were primarily interested in the current status of reforms, the problems of poverty and corruption in Ukraine. One of the questions concerned the Eurovision song contest to be held in Ukraine in 2017 in conditions when the state is in crisis and the European Union is actually trying to save the economy of Ukraine weakened by the political crisis and the war. Ukrainian scholars were surprised to find out that, unfortunately, Slovak students did not know a lot of positive things about Ukraine. Such activities help to improve communication.

Our scholars were greatly impressed by the material and technical base of the Faculty of Philosophy and openness of the teachers who tried to create the most comfortable working environment for their Ukrainian colleagues by helping them in everyday matters as well as giving professional advice on how to build a lecture, what to expect from the audience, etc.

 All the Ukrainian lecturers were involved in Erasmus+ program for the first time and, despite the short period of stay in Košice (only seven days), they are convinced that this program is a good opportunity for professional and personal growth, expansion of contacts and cultural horizons. Ukrainian scholars got acquainted with the Slovak system of training students, and also had the opportunity to share their own professional experience.