The main objective of the project is to support the mobilities of students and teaching staff among the project‘ partners from the Czech Republic and Ukraine. The main project partners are the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) together with the Sumy National Agrarian University (SNAU) and Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University (BTNAU).
In total, there will be organized 14 mobilities divided as:
- 3 Master/Bachelor student from SNAU to CULS for 5 months
- 3 Master/Bachelor student from BTNAU to CULS for 5 months
- 1 PhD student from CULS to SNAU for 3 months
- 1 PhD student from CULS to BTNAU for 3 months
- 2 teaching staff from SNAU to CULS for 10 days
- 2 teaching staff from BTNAU to CULS for 10 days
- 1 teaching staff from CULS to SNAU for 10 days
- 1 teaching staff from CULS to BTNAU for 10 days
International mobility has become part of a strategy for the training of young professionals. Trained workers can compete better on the international labor market. This project will contribute to the improvement of existing study programs and their modernization in line with EU standards, thus increasing the quality of education at the university.
Student and employee mobility between BTNAU / SNAU and the CULS is seen as a tool for strengthening existing co-operation. During the visits of experts from the CULS, the exchange of students and educators has been shown to play a key role in the development of administrative and educational processes at the university.
The proposed mobility is mainly focused on the exchange of teachers (10-day stays) and PhD students (3 months) by the CULS distributed equally to the two Ukrainian universities. The aim is to increase pedagogical and research competencies of local educators. Mobility from the BTNAU and SUMA are planned as a bachelor's or master's degree (total 6 students per semester = 5 months), while students have the opportunity to study at the Faculty of Tropical Agriculture (CULS) in English to gain Approximately 30 ETCS credits per semester for successfully completed selected subjects. Teachers' visits from Ukraine to the CULS are also planned as 10-day stays where teachers will engage in teaching, but will also meet with CUL experts and will consult on joint research, joint international projects or research grants.
Mobility will be realized through responsible persons for international relations at the faculties involved or directly through the foreign departments of the university. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between universities where the mobility conditions will be specified. The faculty management, together with the person responsible for international relations (Vice-Dean or Head of the Foreign Department) are responsible for selecting candidates for international mobility. Candidates will be selected in the summer term 2018. Candidates' submissions will be sent to the partner university of the CULS and Skype interviews with selected candidates will be organized. The final list of candidates will be agreed between the partner universities, the respective Ukrainian University and the CULS. The student's study plan or research plan will also be discussed and approved during the summer semester of 2018. The ECTS credits earned at the partner university will be transferred to the student's home study results.
Mobility participants within the project will gain experience not only in the field of education and science, but also experience in working with an international team, multicultural environment, teamwork and communication, increasing their planning and organizational competencies. During the realization of their foreign residence, their language skills will also increase, as all communication will be in English. For students, these gained experience and skills play a key role in gaining future employment, as today's international experience from employers is highly valued and preferred. Teachers who take part in a foreign internship can ensure a higher quality of teaching for other students, enrich their knowledge in the field, gain practical experience they can pass on to their students, thereby ensuring the so-called multiple effect. This will increase the "image" of the college at regional and national level. Mobility will also strengthen cooperation with partner organizations and bring more ideas for future projects.
In order to disseminate the results of the given mobility, participants will be invited to submit materials for promotion after their return, e.g. on the faculty and / or university web site, in the form of a university journal or Facebook. A meeting will be organized where students or educators share their experience with other applicants for international mobility at the faculty / university. Mobility project information will be placed in PR materials of the university (leaflets, promotional brochures of "international projects", university websites).