Director of the Center for German Law of Kyiv National University.
The purpose of this program is to provide a group of Ukrainian students (up to 15 accompanied by a teacher) who are interested in studying and research in Germany, the opportunity to get acquainted with German universities, research institutions and professors.
The interest and convenience of this program is that the Ukrainian organizer of the trip, which can be any employee of a Ukrainian university, completely independently plans such a trip – its duration, guest schools, time of their visit and forms of acquaintance with them. This scholarship does not require a high level of language proficiency; Scholarship applicants do not have to pass any exams or pass interviews; participants in the trip are also not required to report on its results.
Such trips are, among other things, a good way to establish personal contacts with German professors, who can later be asked to support an individual scholarship from the DAAD.
Mobility of teaching staff
Participants in mobility programs can be associate professors and professors who are ready to develop Ukrainian-German relations, joint research and educational projects. It is interesting and important that DAAD, on the terms of such scholarships, motivates German scientists to visit Ukrainian universities and research institutions to ensure a truly bilateral exchange.
With this in mind, only those projects are accepted for consideration that provide for bilateral visits, which, as in all other programs, are drawn up at the request and vision of their initiators. DAAD in no way interferes in the planning of such visits, leaving it entirely to the discretion of scientists, who can thus conveniently shape their vision of such a project.
The amount of financial support for participants in such mobility is quite sufficient not to worry about living in Germany and to be able to fully dedicate themselves to science, research, development of cooperation.
Based on my own experience of cooperation with individual German colleagues, as well as universities and research institutions, I would like to note that both the DAAD and other numerous German foundations, as they say, help to develop Ukrainian education and science not in words but in deeds; they are open for communication, discussion 123helpme.me of new projects and programs, actively support initiatives.
Using such opportunities, first of all Ukrainian universities can significantly improve their “international portfolio”, ranging from increasing the number of foreign students and teachers, creating joint (international) journals, writing monographs with their subsequent publishing in Germany, and ending with major scientific and educational projects that can add the necessary points to our universities to advance in the world rankings and build their own scientific and educational potential.
Director of the Center for German Law of Kyiv National University. T. Shevchenko, prof. Roman Melnik.
Elizaveta Churkina, a student from Ukraine, shares her experience of studying at the University of Tartu
Studying Ukrainian in the master’s program of the University of Tartu
Elizaveta Churkina, a student at the University of Tartu (Estonia), who is originally from Ukraine, shares her experience of studying for a master’s degree in the Democracy and Governance program.
My history of getting to know Estonia began last year: I was actively writing a bachelor’s degree at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and was seriously thinking about further professional prospects. Unexpectedly for me, writing the diploma itself helped me to focus and choose a master’s degree in specific areas: I felt that now Ukraine, as never before, needs active and educated professionals. That is why my goal was the desire in the future to join those who are directly involved in shaping the policy of our country. So at that moment I discovered the master’s program “Democracy and Governance” at the University of Tartu (TU).
I started the process of preparing the application in advance. Six months before the deadline, she was actively preparing a package of necessary documents: a motivation letter, a certificate in English IELTS, an extract of grades. Application for the program is online, on the portal Estonia.Dreamapply, without additional entrance exams. Fortunately, I was nominated for a tuition fee waiver scholarship: it’s a kind of scholarship that fully covers tuition fees. One of the main goals of our program is to gain practical skills related to modern democratic governance, which make it possible to continue working in government positions, in the public sector and international organizations. In addition, the training combines a thorough study of theory and its implementation in practice: in electoral processes, democratic institutions, the development of management models.
What do I like most about my studies at TU?
Class format. In almost every lesson, we discuss with classmates on topics read or reviewed, participate in debates, and analyze real-life examples in training courses. In addition to improving the skills to argue their position, it also allows them to apply theoretical knowledge when working with real organizations, data or political phenomena. Extracurricular opportunities. TU has many academic connections with other universities, including both European and American and Asian. Many students take the opportunity to visit another country or even a continent as part of the Erasmus + International exchange program. In addition, professors organize panel discussions, conferences or educational events almost weekly, involving experts and guest lecturers – recently my classmates and I joined in writing the Schuman Declaration with our teachers. Another feature of the TU is the possibility of applying for mini-grants to cover expenses, subject to participation in research or other academic activities: in the early spring semester, I applied for a mini-grant to participate in an international conference in Edinburgh ( Scotland). Features of the environment. Tartu is a miniature version of the whole world. Here you can find friends from all over the world! It is here that stereotypes and prejudices are shattered: we learn to work in a group, to seek compromise and what unites us all – such seemingly different ones.
However, the experience of studying for a master’s degree abroad is not just about classes, preparation for them and new acquaintances. In my case, all this is organically intertwined with the context of a small “city of good thoughts” in eastern Estonia, Tartu – the cultural capital of the country. No wonder this city is also called a student center: career days, national evenings of different countries, music concerts and talk clubs – all this almost every evening brings together dozens of people of different specialties from different parts of the world. Erasmus Student Network (ESN Tartu) is one of the most active organizations in our city, which organizes such events, as well as conducts tours around the country and beyond. Every day here is a meeting with friends in cozy cafes, planning joint trips to Estonia and discussing the latest world news. After the years spent in Kiev with its inherent frantic rhythm, traffic jams and long distances, my life in Estonia has acquired a completely different meaning: we use almost no public transport, walk on weekends in the woods or park, know almost every student in person, and all the neighbors – by name. What is not a reason to feel completely safe?
Our dormitories are equipped with a block system: the kitchen and bathroom are designed for four people, and two students live in the room. By the way, in each hostel there is a spacious room with table tennis – here it is possible to tighten both skills of game, and to make new acquaintances. At the same time, almost all the preparation for couples takes place with friends: the exchange of experiences, impressions, mutual assistance – all this contributes to the integration and cultivation of trust within the team. I believe that these features of interaction are the most important in mastering complex disciplines.
I definitely recommend two things to future entrants: review the list of programs of the University of Tartu and start working on a cover letter today!
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The article is published with the support of the European Development Fund and SA Archimedes.
Teachers are invited to take part in a scientific and pedagogical online internship at Collegium Civitas University
Online internship at Collegium Civitas University
It is not just the responsibility of every teacher to study best practices and to implement all the best in the domestic education system, to integrate into the international educational space and to cooperate efforts, but a real requirement of time. Because this is the only way to keep abreast of changes in the educational sphere, to be a modern and competitive teacher.
A successful teacher today is someone who has implemented research projects, joint publications with foreign partners, at least a few international internships. He also knows how to work with a modern student, motivate him, organize training in a COVID-19 pandemic and what methods, forms and technologies are most effective.
In addition, the research component and the implementation of research projects with the participation of foreign partners are gaining more and more weight in the image of a teacher-innovator.