Representatives of three universities of Germany, Norway and Poland were visiting the “Igor Sikorsky Kiev Polytechnic Institute” from 16 to 21 October 2017 in the framework of the Special mobility strand Water Harmony Erasmus + project .
The goals, formulated by the participants of mobility, are related to the increasing the relevance and quality of masters and PhD education in the water related fields through the development and harmonization of educational resources, the integration of education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Such a wide range of issues led to an extremely intensive program of the meeting.
On October 16, the project coordinator from the I. Sikorsky KPI, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Technology Sanginova O.V. familiarized representatives of european universities with the peculiarities of the education system in Ukraine, educational process and mechanisms for ensuring the quality of education in the KPI. Also was held a short excursion through the university campus. On the same day, the participants of mobility had an opportunity to see in practice how Ukrainian higher education institutions interact with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by visiting the All-Ukrainian Environmental NGO “MAMA-86” (https://mama-86.org/), where representatives of the organization talked about their activities in the field of affordable and safe drinking water and sanitation for all. During the week, two more meetings with NGOs were held : the Ukrainian Water Community WaterNet (http://waternet.ua/) and the Water Information Center (Water Museum http://www.aqua-kiev.info). Enthusiasts working in these organizations demonstrated brilliant examples of interaction between public and state organizations.
From 17 to 20 October, professors and teachers of European universities were giving several lectures for students of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th courses of the Department of Technology of Inorganic Substances, Water Treatment and General Chemical Technology:
- professor of Norwegian University of Life Sciences Lars John Hem made a presentation “Microbial barrier analysis for water supply”;
- associate professor of University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) Andrzej Żołnowski introdused two topics: “Agricultural sources of water pollution” and “Calculation of maximum doses of nitrogen with animal slurry on specified areas”.
- professor Martin Oldenburg from Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (Germany) presented next lectures: “Biological treatment of industrial wastewater” and “Nitrogen and Phosphorus removal in wastewater treatment”;
- associate professor Sławomir Kalinowski from University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland) presented next topics: “Flow analytical methods in Chemical analysis” and “Equilibrium in water solutions of weak electrolyte”.
- the lecturer of Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (Germany) Mr. Volker Pick gave a lecture “Treatment of Tapioca Starch Wastewater: Pilot scale investigations in Tay Ninh” and also prepared a short overview “Transfer of knowledge to professional practice”.
Also on October 18, the coordinator of the Erasmus + program of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Andrzej Żołnowski, held the information hour “ERASMUS+. Opportunities”, and other teachers visited the laboratory classes of students.
A visit to the “Bortnicheskaya aeration station” and The Museum of Sewerage on October 19 allowed the participants of mobility strand get acquainted with the experience of cooperation of Ukrainian universities with state enterprises for wastewater treatment. On the same day, the teachers visited Ecosoft, an international company that manufactures filters for water purification, which offers a wide range of products from jar filters to industrial reverse osmosis systems. Many graduate students of the Department of technology of inorganic substances, water treatment and general chemical technology work in this company.
On Friday, October 20, there was a discussion of ways to increase the relevance and quality of Masters and PhD education in the water related fields. The participants of mobility plan to use this experience for further development and harmonization of education.
Nataliia Tolstopalova, Head of Department Department of technology
of inorganic substances water treatment and general chemical technology,
Olha Sanhinova, the project coordinator from the Igor Sikorsky KPI