Lectures from professors and doctors of sciences from the best European universities, exchange of best practices in the field of higher education, discussion of future cooperation – this and many other became possible for Cherkasy State Technological University thanks to the project “Harmonizing of teaching and pedagogical approaches in water related graduate education” (Water Harmony) of the European program Erasmus +.
From 3rd till 8th of July, the Department of Chemical Technologies and Water Treatment of CSTU hosted the mobility of teachers from the Norwegian University of Life Science, the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) and the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (Germany).
Dr. Zakhar Maletskyi (NMBU) delivered lectures on “Membrane processes for wastewater treatment” and “Circularity in the water sector “, and doctors from Poland Andrzej Zolnowski and Michal Smoczynski presented lectures on topics “Agricultural sources of water pollution” and “Characteristics of the food industry in terms of water management”. Professor Martin Oldenburg from the German University delivered lectures on topics “Anaerobic wastewater treatment” and “Micropollutants”. The head of the laboratory for water treatment at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University, Claudia Steinert, spoke about the laboratory work carried out by German students, told about the intricacies of laboratory analysis and scientific research of the department.
In addition to lectures and daily meetings of discussing the state of the department, participants in mobility had the opportunity to visit enterprises that are the bases of practices for the students and potential employment opportunities for graduates. In particular, the largest in Ukraine enterprise for the infusion solutions manufacturing, LLC “Yuria-Farm”, for which the issues of water quality and its purity is the key to business success, and where already 49 graduates of the department received their work, kindly accepted the guests. Guests was also impressed by the Institute of Plant Health of the “Ukravit” corporation, which was equipped with the latest technology and recently started its work. The main issue discussed with representatives of enterprises was how the university should train specialists in order to best meet the needs of industry.
In July last year the university hosted a project meeting. Participants in the current mobility had the opportunity to compare the state of the department “before and after” and note the enormous progress.
“Repair in laboratories and classrooms, new equipment and reagents were purchased. In combination with new studding and laboratory courses that will be developed till the end of the project, the quality of education will increase significantly” – notes the participant of mobility from NMBU and the project secretary Zakhar Maletsky.