Cooperation between NTU “KhPI” and Leibniz University Hannover within the framework of the Erasmus+ program

From 2022, cooperation between the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” and Leibniz University of Hannover is actively developing within the framework of the partnership agreement. Its continuation is the Erasmus+ program aimed at the mobility of university students.

The participation of NTU “KhPI” students in the Erasmus+ program opens up new horizons for academic growth and professional development through international exchange of experience and cultural interactions. Program participants gain invaluable experience by working on advanced projects and improving their knowledge and skills at the international level.

Olha Lysenko, a student of the Mechanical Engineering Institute of KhPI National Technical University, took an active part in the Erasmus+ program for the summer semester of 2023 at Leibniz University of Hanover. During her internship, Olha took specialized courses, including language courses for foreign students, and did research at the Institute of Materials Science, where she worked on a student project. Her research has focused on the development of manufacturing and testing procedures for rolled composites. This experience allowed Olha to gain valuable practical skills and gain a deeper understanding of the specifics of her specialization while working with a variety of equipment. In addition, her active participation in events for international students and integration into student life contributed to effective adaptation and cultural exchange. Olha continued her education by participating in the double degree program for the next autumn-winter semester 2023/24, gaining new knowledge and experience to successfully continue her studies at NTU “KhPI”.

Daria Kwak, a 4th-year student at the Institute of Computer Modeling and Applied Physics, gained significant experience by participating in the Erasmus+ program during the winter semester of 2023/24. Specializing in the field of applied physics, Daria studied photonics under the course of Professor Borys Chichkov and biophysics taught by Professor Stefan Kalies, while simultaneously working on her bachelor’s thesis. Her training included practical work on modern equipment for the study of nano- and macromaterials, which allowed her to gain invaluable experience in the laboratory. In addition, Daria significantly improved her command of the English language, actively communicating both in the educational process and in everyday life.

Autumn brought new opportunities for meetings and cooperation, when Professor Mykhailo Moskalets from the Department of Physics of Metals and Semiconductors of NTU “KhPI” visited Leibniz University. This visit contributed to the organization of meetings with professors of the German university, familiarization tours of the physics laboratory, and the determination of additional research tasks for students.

In December, Mykhailo Bologov joined the list of participants of the Erasmus+ program, selected to participate in the summer semester 2024/25, who already had the opportunity to familiarize himself with the work of the scientific laboratory. He will have a busy semester focused on practical work for his bachelor’s degree.

Participation in the Erasmus+ program provides students with a unique opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in their specialization, apply theoretical knowledge in practice in modern laboratories, develop intercultural communication and improve language skills. This experience contributes to the professional and personal growth of students, making them flexible and adaptable to changes, aware of the cultural aspects of different countries and ready for future careers in the world of science and technology. Students participating in the Erasmus+ program not only acquire important academic knowledge and practical skills, but also learn to work in international teams, interact with representatives of different cultures and communicate effectively in different languages. It is an invaluable experience that shapes a global outlook and prepares young people for the challenges and opportunities of a globalized world. The Erasmus+ program also emphasizes the importance of independence and initiative, as students plan their own studies, choose courses and research projects. This encourages them to self-development and a constant desire for knowledge. Gained work experience in foreign laboratories and participation in international scientific projects significantly increases their chances of success in future academic and professional careers. The cultural aspect of the Erasmus+ program cannot be underestimated either. Traveling, getting to know the history, traditions and everyday life of other countries broadens the worldview of students, teaches them to appreciate diversity and to be open to new ideas. This creates a solid basis for the development of tolerance, mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence in the international community.

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