Erasmus+ opens doors to Portuguese universities for teachers of DonNTU

6-11-2017    International Cooperation   512   

For the first time, the teachers of DonNTU received a grant for internships in technical universities in Portugal within the Erasmus+ Academic Mobility Program (KA1 – Learning Mobility). At the end of October, Yevgen Zbykovskyy, Head of the Department of Chemical Technologies and Iryna Shvets, Vice Rector for International Relations, visited Polytechnic Institute of Leueria (Leiria, Portugal). Such a cooperation with the Portuguese colleagues became possible thanks to the implementation of the international project RETHINK within the program TEMPUS. The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with modern pedagogical achievements of Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, in order to develop new teaching methods, to build new professional relationships with foreign colleagues, to improve the skills and opportunities in the fields of research and education.

During the meeting with the leadership of the Institute – Vice-President, Professor Rui Filipe Pinto Pedrosa, the agreement on a joint program of double diplomas was finally signed. The agreement provides for the simultaneous training of undergraduate students on specialties “Chemical technologies and engineering” at DonNTU and “Energy and technology of environmental protection” at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL). A similar program of double diplomas already exists and works successfully for Masters of the specialty “Chemical Technology and Engineering”, which was launched within the RETHINK project with the University of La Coruna (La Coruña, Spain).

The internship program in IPL was varied and extremely rich. We managed to attend lectures by leading professors, familiarize ourselves with the methodology and forms of teaching of various disciplines: “Quantitative Management Methods”, “Information Systems in Management”, “Personnel Management”, “Meteorology and Air Quality”. All these disciplines are taught to foreign students in English. At the same time, we attended the laboratory classes for students of chemical technology. It should be noted that the preparation of the results of the course and master’s theses in IPL is done through the creation of presentation posters for the final defense. Such a form of student work is similar to scientific papers at international scientific conferences.

One of the unforgettable experiences was the acquaintance with the modern infrastructure and material base of the Institute: a mobile laboratory for monitoring the environment, a research complex for the production and testing of building materials, modern multimedia audiences, chemical laboratories with a unique research equipment complex, and others. The organization of document circulation between the units of the Institute is also worth mentioning, it is carried out exclusively in an electronic form. At the same time, the educational complexes on disciplines are freely available in the electronic library without any paper copies.

Training in IPL is largely independent work, and the atmosphere of equality and free communication at the lectures, seminars and classes is completely unusual for us. We were struck by the fact that nobody made the students to study at the Institute. The students have complete freedom to attend classes. But, as a rule, it is not easy to get a place at a lecture – it’s a full house.

We were also fortunate enough to visit one of the oldest universities in Europe – the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, Portugal), which is part of the Erasmus+ Academic Mobility Association. Coimbra University was founded in 1290 in Lisbon and later was transferred to Coimbra. It is the oldest university in Europe. It trains about 23 thousand students. In 2013, the University was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The University includes 8 faculties and 4 campuses and it has one of the oldest and richest academic libraries in Europe. The University of Coimbra is among the top 30 best universities in the world.

Seeing the campus of the University, we were impressed by the magnificent architecture, imbued with the “spirit of learning,” a stone vault of lectures and the ancient library. You feel like touching the historic walls, steps and sitting in the classrooms at once. The atmosphere of the University, founded in the 13th century, inspires you to study more and more.

The program of academic mobility and cooperation with the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria did not end for us there. The signed agreement involves the exchange of the teachers and development of scientific cooperation. Thus, we are waiting for our IPL colleagues in Pokrovsk.

The conditions for the participation of students in the Double Degree Program can be found at International Department of DonNTU (room 1.210) or at Department of Chemical Technologies (room 3.301).


Iryna Shvets,
Vice-Rector for International Relations
Yevgen Zbykovskyy,
Head of Department of Chemical Technologies