At the beginning of the year, the MSU delegation visited the University of York within the framework of the last stage of the Ukraine Higher Education Leadership Development Programme. The Programme is designed by the British Council in Ukraine, the Institute of Higher Education of the National Academy of the Educational Sciences of Ukraine, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (UK) and with the assistance of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. MSU was one out of 12 universities which was first to take part in this project.
MSU was represented by Mykola Trofymenko (Vice Rector for Scientific and Pedagogical Affairs (International Cooperation)), Olena Protsenko (Vice Rector for Research), Tetyana Marena (Associate Professor at Economics and International Economic Relations Department), Kateryna Tryma (senior lecturer at Philosophy and Social Science Department) and Roman Chumak (Master student majoring in “Translation (Italian)”).
The last stage of the programme lasted from January 9th till January 14th and was remembered by the great presentations by Nick Milner, Andrew Kerrigan, Lindsay Coomer and Adina Timofei. During the lessons there were studied the practical aspects of internationalization, principles of intercultural training, methods of foreign students recruitment and facilitation of the adaptation process in a new country, ways of leadership development and effective higher institution management.
The MSU team had an opportunity to study thoroughly the experience of its colleagues from the University of York and at the end of the programme prepared its own presentation “Internationalization of Mariupol State University”. The participants to the project provided the organizers with interesting information about the history and international activities of the university, in particular with the results of the recruitment process. The final event was the meeting with professor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor John A Robinson. Then all the participants were given certificates.
During the last conference with the participants to the Programme, which will take place next month in Kyiv, MSU will tell how did they apply new knowledge obtained as a result of the project. They will tell about the changes in university structure, improvement of the model of international cooperation and the strategy of internationalization. Still, one of the most important achievements are business relations established with British scientists who paid special attention to the cooperation with Mariupol State University.