UzhNU is the winner of Erasmus+ 2020 contests

UzhNU is the winner of Erasmus+ 2020 contests

Project activity continues bringing positive results and regular victories to the team of UzhNU. The other day, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EASEA) of the European Commission announced the Jean Monnet 2020 prize winners. The project "Creation of the Transcarpathian Jean Monnet Center for the Study of the European Development Strategies" brought the first victory to Uzhhorod National University in this area. The idea, developed by a team of university researchers (headed by the director of the Institute for European Integration Studies, Professor Ivan Artyomov), won in a highly competitive contest gaining 85 points out of 100. By the way, only 360 projects out of 1,500 applications have been selected for EU co-funding, including 38 Ukrainian projects.

The activities of the Center will be aimed at studying the best practices of the EU member states neighbouring Ukraine by means of analyzing the existing competitive EU strategies, creating specific scientific products on this basis to be implemented in practice at the national and regional levels and informing the public.

 “The operation of the Center of Excellence will include research, development of teaching materials, accumulation and dissemination of knowledge and documentary resources on European integration issues and its Ukrainian dimension through cross-border cooperation with the neighboring Eastern European countries,” says the head of the International Relations Department of UzhNU, Associate Professor Oksana Svezhentseva.

However, this year, the website of the National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine contains another important information that the grant proposals for the Erasmus+ project "Integrating Dual Higher Education in Moldova and Ukraine - COOPERA", where UzhNU is a partner university, has successfully passed the selection stage of the European Commission in 2020 in Brussels in the program direction "Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices", action (KA2) "Capacity Building in Higher Education" in the category "The Development of the Higher Education Sector in Society as a Whole" in the subject area "Cooperation between the University and Enterprises". It is important to note that the competition was also high: only 164 projects out of 1005 have been selected for funding.

According to COOPERA project coordinator, the head of UzhNU Career Center, PhD in Economics, Associate Professor Tetyana Buturlakina, the goal of the project is to integrate dual higher education (DHE) in our country and region, in partner countries in general, and also identify the areas for improving students and graduates’ competence, improving the conditions of suitability and consistency between the needs of the professional world and basic training of university students in order to achieve higher economic efficiency and social integration in particular.

The main feature of dual higher education (DHE) is a unique combination of theory and practice. Such curriculum of the university will combine university education and on-the-job training in numerous partner companies, aimed at gaining both advanced academic knowledge and skills and practical experience directly related to professional activities. In the dual system education is changing qualitatively and the role of employers is growing, enterprises send their demand for specialists to educational institutions, employers participate in the preparation of the curriculum, students undergo internships at the enterprise and keep studying at the same time.

Such experience has been successfully implemented in the educational systems of some European countries. It is considered to be the most significant in Germany. It is the so called "best practice experience" which is a model for the entire European Union and is recommended for improving the systems of human resources training in Europe. Since COOPERA is a structural project with a total duration of 3 years, we have the opportunity to study and exchange best practices with the European partner universities, including the German ones, involve stakeholders in the development of a qualitatively new level of education, and, accordingly, at the level of the Ministries of Education and Science to initiate the integration of educational initiatives into university curricula.

Thus, the success of UzhNU scientists, their victories in the European projects provide additional opportunities for modernization of the educational and scientific process, improvement of modern teaching methods, teaching and training future professionals