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Olga Zakharova, Assistant Professor of MSU completed an internship in the Baltic countries

Olga Zakharova, Associate Professor the of Economics and International Economic Relations Department of Mariupol State University, became a participant of the international internship of teachers of Ukrainian higher education institutions at the universities and academic institutions of the Baltic countries under the program «Innovative Development of European Universities: The Baltic Way».

Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman and Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania) are the arrangers of this international program.


From June 9 to June 16, 46 teachers from 11 Ukrainian universities discussed topical issues on education and science, presented domestic experience and studied foreign one of Scientific and Methodical and Scientific and Research work, while in educational and scientific institutions of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.


From June 9 to June 16 while being at the educational and scientific institutions of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, 46 teachers from 11 Ukrainian universities discussed topical issues on education and science, presented domestic experience and studied foreign one on Scientific and Methodical and Scientific and Research work.


Within the frameworks of the internship at Mykolas Romeris University, the 2nd International Scientific and Practical Conference «International Security in the Light of Modern Global Challenges» was held. Mariupol State University was one of the arrangers of the scientific event and Professor Olena Bulatova, first vice-rector of Mariupol State University was a member of the scientific committee.


At the plenary session of the conference Olga Zakharova delivered a scientific report «Problems of providing economic security of the eastern regions of Ukraine in terms of the military and political conflict: an example of the front-line Mariupol». The paper identifies the main threats to the economic security of the Donetsk region and Mariupol, which became significant in the period of 2014-2018, as well as possible vectors for the development of the social and economic potential of the city in the context of raising the level of economic security.


Also at the plenary meeting were authoritative political figures of Lithuania. During the conference, the experience of European integration of Lithuania, the possibility of its introduction in Ukraine, the problems and perspectives of Ukraine's accession to the EU were considered.


In addition to the conference, a practical seminar «Development of Innovation University» was held at Mykolas Romeris University, during which Regina Valutyte, vice-rector on academic affairs spoke about the scientific and project activity of the university. Participants of the seminar were able to see the innovative laboratory of the university, which includes a project office, a scientific and research office, a doctoral school for social innovations, an office for the transfer of knowledge and technologies that effectively cooperate with the library of the university.


Special interest of the participants was caused by the reports of Lithuanian colleagues, who covered the issues of management and evaluation of scientific publications in Lithuania, the work of the Lithuanian Electronic Academic Library (eLABa), the introduction of interactive teaching methods and the development of virtual learning environment.


Within the frameworks of the internship, the participants attended a practical seminar «Bioeconomy in Latvia as a tool of regional development», which took place on the basis of the Latvian University of Natural Sciences and Technology (Jelgava). Dajina Vasilevska, Director of the Bioeconomy Center shared her experience in obtaining a European grant for conducting researches and about creation of the center, as well as presented some projects of young entrepreneurs, which were implemented through the received grants.


Having visited the Faculty of Food Technologies of the University of Latvia, the participants of the international program were able to see how successfully the theoretical training of the students with the possibility of obtaining practical experience can be combined successfully. There is a laboratory network with modern professional equipment at the university, on the basis of which students can conduct practical researches, develop new products that meet market requirements and EU standards.


During their stay in Estonia, the participants of the internship visited the Estonian Academy of Sciences, on the basis of which the round table «Innovative development of Estonia» was held. The participants of the scientific event considered the issues on developing innovative power electronics devices, achievements and directions of the work of the members of Estonian Academy of Sciences, the role of the language factor and national values in the context of the integration policy of Estonia. 

Participation in international internship has allowed to get new experience and vivid impressions, gain new ideas for the development of teaching and scientific and research potential in communication with colleagues from foreign universities and research institutions, establish new contacts,


– Olga Zakharova.

After finishing the international program, teachers received certificates of internship participants.

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