On October 16, 2020 there was the presentation of the possibilities of academic mobility trough Erasmus + program at Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian University (SPbSAU). The meeting was attended by SPbSAU students interested in training and internships in Europe within the framework of this program. The Erasmus+ Meeting 2020 took place as part of the #ErasmusDays2020 week, which takes place around the world.
Nadezhda Tsyganova, Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and International Affairs of SPbSAU made an introductory speech. The Vice-Rector briefly shared her experience of foreign internships at the University of Hohenheim (Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart) under the Erasmus Mundus program, and also highlighted that SPbSAU is constantly expanding the geography of international contacts and is working to ensure opportunities for SPbSAU staff and students to go for internships and training to universities around the world. “Such internships help broaden horizons, contribute to the development of intercultural communication, mutual understanding and strengthening ties between countries,” the Vice-Rector said.
The speakers of the event were students and employees of SPbSAU, Latvian University of Natural Sciences and Technologies and Graduate School of Agriculture and Bioengineering ISA Lille. SPbSAU students and professors who participated in exchange programs with the universities of Estonia, France and Latvia shared their experience with future program participants. Vadim Sergeevich Grachev, Associate Professor from the Department of Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology of Animals of SPbSAU spoke about his internship under the Erasmus + program at Graduate School of Agriculture and Bioengineering ISA Lille.
The internship was eventful, in particular, there were excursions to enterprises and research centers of France and Belgium. Together with an international group of Erasmus + professors and students he visited a bison farm and an alpine goat farm and goat cheese production.
Vira Wannepain, the Erasmus + coordinator at Graduate School of Agriculture and Bioengineering ISA Lille, spoke about the academic mobility programs for professors and students. The former ISA Erasmus + student Arseniy Abol (currently the student of Faculty of Agrotechnology, Soil Science and Ecology) told the meeting participants about the educational process and life in Lille.
After that, Ilya Efremov, a specialist of the Department of International Cooperation of St. Petersburg State Agrarian University, shared his experience of studying at the Estonian University of Life Sciences (Tartu).
Then, online reports were made on the opportunities of studying at the Latvian University of Natural Sciences and Technology (the speaker was Ilona Puķjāne, External Relations Coordinator) and on the possibility of participating in internships in Germany (the speaker was Olga Beloglazova, the representative of Apollo Association). Komron Ashurov, a 4th year student of the Faculty of Technical Systems, Service and Energy, spoke about his studies at the Latvian University of Natural Sciences and Technologies (Jelgava).
During the Erasmus+ Meeting-2020, students asked speakers many questions and received detailed and comprehensive answers. The event was held in accordance with the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
It is important to note that in order to participate in exchange programs and internships abroad, it is necessary to know English at a level not lower than B1. Also, the priority in the selection is given to those candidates who study well and excellently at our university. In this regard, at the end of the event, the head of the international cooperation department of SPbSAU Maria Miguleva informed those who interested in training and internships under the Erasmus + program about the coming English Placement Test.
Placement tests dates will be confirmed later, follow the announcements on the university website.
If you have any questions on international mobility, please contact International Cooperation Department of Center for International Cooperation and Academic Mobility (educational and laboratory building No. 3, offices 2437, 2438).