New trends in European education: participation of DonNTU professors in unique training on development of gaming industry at Krakow Mining and Metallurgical Academy

13-11-2017    International Cooperation , game , International Cooperation   385   

On November 2-3, 2017, Krakow Mining and Metallurgical Academy named after S.Staszica (Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica w Krakowie) held the training “21st century skills / Deeper Learning”. Krakow Mining and Metallurgical Academy, which was founded in 1919, is the largest higher education institution in the mining and metallurgical sector in Poland. The curricula of the Academy cover 50 areas, more than 200 specialties in 15 faculties. The Academy has over 36,000 students studying for their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, more than 500 postgraduates and doctoral students.

The training was held within the international project “Game Hub: Cooperation between the enterprises and the university in the field of the gaming industry in Ukraine”. The training was attended by DonNTU professors: Prof. Yevgen Bashkov, Prof. Olga Dmitrieva, Prof. Lyudmila Kalafatova, Associate. Prof. Natalya Kostyukova. The trainers were the teachers from Krakow Mining and Metallurgical Academy and the University of Deusto (Spain, Bilbao). The training was focused on the principles of critical thinking and problem solving skills, peculiarities of collective work of students, the approaches “Deep learning” and “Flip learning”. The theme of the seminar proposed by the European partners was very interesting and useful for the teachers of DonNTU.

In our free time, we had a chance to walk around the famous city of Krakow. This charming city, the royal capital of Poland, attracts you with its historic buildings and picturesque landscapes. Krakow is the administrative center of Malopolska Voivodeship. Since 1978 the historic center of the city has been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the past, Krakow used to be the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596, and till 1734 it was the place of coronation of the Polish kings.

Today, there are a lot of young people on the streets of Krakow. This city can be called as a student city as it has 23 state and private universities, which have about 200,000 students.

Krakow is a wonderful city at any time of the year. “Golden autumn” is no exception. The Royal Castle, the Market Square, the banks of the Vistula river are captivate and make you wish to come back to Krakow again and again. Taking into account our active cooperation with the Polish colleagues, we can say that our meeting with Krakow is certain to happen soon.

Natalya Kostyukova,
Associate Professor of Department of Applied Mathematics and Informatics