From July 1 to 8, lecturers of Mariupol State University visited Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) as part of the Erasmus+ International Mobility Program.
A working visit to one of the best institutions of Higher Education in the Baltic States was made by Vice-Rector for Scientific and Pedagogical Work (International Relations), Professor Olena Pavlenko, Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Associate Professor Hanna Tryfonova, Associate Professor of the Chair of Economics and International Economic Relations Olha Bezzubchenko.
Vytautas Magnus University is a reliable partner of Mariupol University and a good friend of Ukraine. A Lithuanian University has created an aid fund to support students affected by russian aggression.
During their stay at the partner university, MSU lecturers met with the management and representatives of academic departments of the University: the Institute of Foreign Languages, the Institute of Innovative Learning, the Faculty of Economics and Management, and the Faculty of Humanities.
With the Rector of Vytautas Magnus University, Iozas Augutis, the lecturers discussed the details of cooperation, which the Heads of the two universities solemnly signed in May of this year. The discussion focused on Educational and Scientific Exchanges, the development of Double Degree programs, free training programs for students, and technical support programs.
The experience of the Lithuanian University in providing participants in the educational process with foreign language training turned out to be useful for lecturers of Mariupol University.
Vytautas Magnus University offers courses in 30 modern and classical languages, which are conducted with the involvement of native speakers of these languages. The courses are focused on developing skills in business speech, studying professional terminology, and mastering the lexical and regulatory framework of international documents. The practice of forming groups for learning foreign languages is also interesting – not only students and lecturers, but also members of the public are enrolled in training,
– Vice-Rector of Mariupol State University, Olena Pavlenko.
In addition, Erasmus+ Academic Mobility participants met with Yao Ido, Director of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO), and Renato Opertti, Senior Expert at IBE-UNESCO, at the Lithuanian University. The participants discussed ways to support the Mariupol university community.