EUROEAST stories

  1. Revaz Mandaria from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.
  2. Lorenzo Rubino from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. EUROEAST master exchange mobility at National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv.
  3. Nils Wortberg from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. EUROEAST master exchange mobility at National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv.
  4. Rizvan Saatov & Mahammad Khalilov from Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain & Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  5. Ms. Shabnam Najafzade & Ms. Ilaha Musayeva from Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan. EUROEAST Administrative staff mobility at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain & Universiteit Gent, Belgium.
  6. Tinatini Rostomashvili from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  7. Alena Petrukouskaya from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.
  8. Ion Chirca & Tatiana Romanciuc from Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau. EUROEAST master exchange mobility at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
  9. Tinatini Dvalishvili from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. EUROEAST PhD exchange mobility at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.
  10. Lali Giorgidze from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Exchange Academic staff at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.

  1. Revaz Mandaria from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.

    “My name is Rezi Mandaria. I studied Tourism Management during my Erasmus exchange programme at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain in 2014-2015. Education is the most important part of any Erasmus programme, but you also learn a lot of other things: how to make new friends, survive on your own, plan your budget, cook and clean your room. 

    Erasmus is a big family and I want as many Georgians as possible to be part of it. My friends and I decided to create an NGO, Youth Development Club,  where we hold meetings with future applicants and explain how to fill in the forms.

    Now we are cooperating with other NGOs from EU with the same profile and we are planning to send Georgians for Youth Exchange projects, trainings and European Voluntary Service as well. I would love to have as much young people as possible, who've experienced Erasmus-because it's is different generation who are thinking progressively and fresh.

    I would like to thank you, EUROEAST staff, one more time for your time and energy, this project definitely changed my life directions, its style, different points of view and way of thinking”.

    Take a look at the interview made by the European Union in Georgia to Rezi Mandaria:

    https://www.facebook.com/europeanunioningeorgia/videos/946282098820631/

    Youth Development Club (YDC) on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/YDCGeorgia/

  2. Lorenzo Rubino from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. EUROEAST master exchange mobility at National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv.

    “I arrived in Kiev the first week of September to attend my last year of Master of Science in engineering topic. I'm actually an university student in Turin, Italy, in Energetic Engineering. Immediately I have noticed the extreme kindness of all the IEE staff : from the students to the PhDs passing through professors and all employees. As well as kindness I noticed as first impression also the chaotic bureaucracy by which, maybe, Ukrainian used to handle, but I passed, more or less, the first three weeks walking/running office by office : at the end I became an IEE student!

    The most important subjects I attended have been about sustainable development, sustainable energy systems, RES and modelling (optimizing) about energy processes - for a total of about 30 ECTS. Per se subject matters were really fascinating, but they were new in my degree course story, therefore double interesting. Besides the arranged courses, I attended a Modeling Process of Sustainable Systems too, arranged together with Telemark University College (Norway), and organized by Prof. Strelkova thanks which, now I know more and better about the topic and also I am here - in Norway - to make my MSc Thesis.
    All can I say, and can I write, are words full of gratitude. What I learned at NTUU is difficult to learn in the all-days life, both personal as well as academical. I handled with prepared, but specially humble professors, who were not worried to show interest in students researches and life, who were not worried to keep human and collegiate relationships. I handled also with students who were so happy to help you if you needed so, no matter what. I remained speechless because of the absolute Ukrainian unselfishness in general, in university as well as in my accommodation and in out-university life.
    My only regret has been about the end of my experience at NTUU. Unfortunately, due to my study plan, I had to come back in Italy before the official end of my scholarship and, as a consequence, I passed in Ukraine only the first semester of academic year 2013/2014. But I will thank forever all PhD students, all students, all professors and all office's staffs at NTUU, specially at my faculty : IEE.
    When I will graduate it will be thanks to all of you too. I hope and I try to keep in touch for future works together.”

    This article is also posted on: http://io.iee.kpi.ua/response/lorenzo-rubino

  3. Nils Wortberg from Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. EUROEAST master exchange mobility at National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv.

    “Finally, with delay of one month due to some complications regarding my visa, I arrived in Kyiv in beginning of October 2014. As an exchange student from the Free University of Berlin I would study the upcoming two semesters at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, more precisely at the Institute for Energy Saving and Energy Management.
    The first weeks I could not really discover much from the city. Partly because days became shorter, but first and foremost because of the vast bureaucracy which, as one told me, is typical for Ukraine. Nevertheless the staff from the international office and my fellow students helped me a lot wherever they were able to and in the end I received my residence permission in December.
    From then on I could focus on my studies and discover the city with all its wide-ranging facets. Besides the obligational administrative affairs, the international office supported me in my first steps outside the university. Thanks to them I found a language school so I realised my plans to improve my Russian skills during my stay in Kyiv.
    As a master student I had to attend academic courses in the total amount of 60 ECTS, thirty for each semester. Originally studying developing sciences at my home university, consistently I chose those subjects at the institute which were most related to the fields of sustainable energy and resource management, such as Prof. Kotsar, lecturer of the latter course, was really engaged in teaching me a lot about the working principles of the Ukrainian electricity market.
    The new expertise which I gained during my lectures at the KPI became especially useful, when I became voluntary active in a local NGO which is working in the field of energy efficiency. In this way, I was able to apply my knowledge about the energy markets in Ukraine in a practical way as well as broaden my personal horizon during my stay in Kyiv.
    All in all I can say is that I never regret the decision to study as a scholar of the ERASMUS Mundus programme Euroeast at the KPI for a whole academic year. Rather, I want to thank all those persons from the KPI who supported me so greatly during all my time in Kyiv.

    This article is also posted on: http://io.iee.kpi.ua/response/nils-wortberg

  4. Rizvan Saatov & Mahammad Khalilov from Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain & Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

    On February 2, 2016, administrative and academic staff members of Khazar University as well as students appeared on the Student World TV program that airs on AZTV, a state TV channel.
    Material about Khazar University was featured in two episodes of the program: one dedicated to internationalization and European integration, another one to youth day in Azerbaijan.
    Raziya Isayeva, Development Director, spoke about participation of Khazar University in various international development projects. Elza Samadova, Dean of School of Education, talked about working with Turkish Universities. Turan Jafarova, Director of the International Affairs Office, shared information about partnerships of Khazar with universities around the world and opportunities created by them for students and staff. Ms. Jafarova also spoke about the efforts of Khazar University in attracting international students to study in Azerbaijan.
    Students from Khazar University who participated in various long and short-term exchange programs spoke about their experience of studying abroad. Students interviewed for the TV show included: PhD candidate Rima Mammadova (studied in Portugal as part of the Erasmus Mundus ELECTRA project), Rizvan Saatov, a student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (spent two semesters in Spain in the Erasmus Mundus EuroEast project), and Mahammad Khalilov, a student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (studied for two semesters in Italy in the Erasmus Mundus EuroEast project).

    News posted on: http://www.khazar.org/news/2016/Khazar-University-Students-and-Staff-on-Student-World-TV-Show_7550.html

  5. Ms. Shabnam Najafzade & Ms. Ilaha Musayeva from Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan. EUROEAST Administrative staff mobility at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain & Universiteit Gent, Belgium.

    Ms. Shabnam Najafzade, staff member of the International Affairs Office, and Ms. Ilaha Musayeva, staff member of the General Affairs Office, spent a month working at Ghent University in Belgium and Valencia Polytechnic University in Spain within Erasmus Mundus EuroEast staff exchange project on March 1-31, 2015.

    They discussed future cooperation with the administration of both universities and presented Khazar University promotion materials to them.

    Ms. Shabnam Najafzade and Ms. Ilaha Musayeva participated in the “Staff Training Week” at Ghent University and exchanged ideas with their counterparts from the European universities.

    News posted on 13 April 2013: http://dspace.mobile.khazar.org/news/2015/Khazar-Staff-Members-on-Exchange-to-Belgium-and-Spain_6791.html#1

  6. Tinatini Rostomashvili from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

    My Erasmus Mundus Experience at Politecnico di Torino: Tinatini Rostomashvili from Ilia State University, Georgia

    Hello everyone, my name is Tinatin Rostomashvili. I am 21 years old. I am from a very beautiful country Georgia. I was born in the capital city of Georgia – in Tbilisi. And I am studying at the same city – at Ilia State University on the faculty of Natural Sciences (Physics). I am on the third level of my Bachelor’s degree.
    I have got all information about Erasmus Mundus in my Home University. The staff is always mobilized to give us every information. They also helped me making all documents in order.
    I have heard that Italian people are the similar of Georgians by character, appearance and etc. So I was interested to visit Italy, to know more about Italian culture, meet Italians, and also study some basics in Italian language. This was the big opportunity for me to improve my language skills, to make new foreign friends, to meet new professors and improve my knowledge in Physics and Mathematics and of course travelling around the Europe.
    The best thing of being here, first of all, is of course Education. It’s the most important thing for having better future. As Nelson Mandela told: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. Politecnico di Torino is a really good university to get high knowledge.

    This is the first time, when I am living so long time outside of my country. Of course, it is difficult, because I miss everything, my country, my city, family, friends, Georgian national meals and etc., but Italy and Italians are so nice people that sometimes I felt myself at home. Italy became my second country. At the same time it is a big experience living abroad especially alone. I became more independent. Bad thing is that time of mobility will finish soon, I will return in my country and I am sure that I will miss this year, my new friends, lifestyle, food and everything that is connected to this one “Erasmus Year”.

  7. Alena Petrukouskaya from Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno, Belarus. EUROEAST bachelor exchange mobility at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.

    My Erasmus Mundus Experience at Adam Mickiewicz University: Alena Petrukouskaya from Yanka Kupala Grodno State University, Belarus

    “Hello, I’m Alena Petrukouskaya from Belarus. I want to tell you a story about the year that have changed my life forever! Last year I was studying in Yanka Kupala Grodno State University in Belarus and was dreaming about even single possibility to visit new countries and to try how is it to live another life with another people because I was always interesting in it. And when I heard about Erasmus program Euroeast I got that it what I actually need! I won grant in Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland! I could not believe.. And even now it`s hard to believe that it happened to me. I have got the best year in my life!
    I improve my languages! Here I speak Polish and English every day and every time it becomes better and better.
    I met few hundreds new great people, totally different and very interesting people from all over the world who gave me a lot of new priceless knowledge! I learned many new interesting subjects and got very important knowledge for my future profession!
    For the first time I tasted food from many countries that our friends prepared for us! Azerbaijan, Romania, Armenia, Moldova, Germany, Belgium, Cuba, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Korea, China, Georgia and many more.. And of course they tried our national dishes as well.
    I found many interesting things for me that I never thought about before.. now I know that I have and I want to learn few more languages.
    First time I celebrated New Year not at home but in the city center of Warsaw!
    There are a lot of reasons why this year was the best for me and it`s very hard to count them all. I just want to say really big THANK YOU for this experience!
    I met wonderful people, I`ve visited beautiful places, I learned a lot about the world and each culture from natives that I never knew before, I improved my previous knowledge and want to develop it more and more. Everybody asks `How did Erasmus influenced on you? Did it give you something?` But not everyone thinks about `what did you give to Erasmus? And did you influenced on someone or something while you been here? I did my best for it..
    Many people helped me to learn new languages and helped them to learn languages that I already know
    They taught me to cook their food and I taught them mine. They share with me some helpful secrets and I did the same. Isn`t it a real EXCHANGE? I will never forget this year and will miss a lot.. But it has to be like this, for me it means that I really did everything right :) And now I`m full of energy to share my new knowledge with people in my country!"

  8. Ion Chirca & Tatiana Romanciuc from Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau. EUROEAST master exchange mobility at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

    Erasmus EUROEAST

    Of his nature the Erasmus EUROEAST it is not just a simply exchange program but is the project that unites destinies. This was definitely our case, Tatiana ROMANCIUC and Ion CHIRCA two ordinary students from Technical University of Moldova. All started with a simply application process we went through and as result were selected for 1 academic year of mastering at Aalto University of Finland, Department of Communications and Networking the largest unit of research and higher education in its subject area in Finland.

    If Bologna is one of the oldest universities in Europe with her Dante then Aalto is the University of the New World – World of IT professionals. Studying at this university was our best decision offered of course by EUROEAST Programme.

    Erasmus Mobility were for us a mix of linguistic, educational, and cultural learning experience.

    Why linguistic? – To be honest we were very unconfident about our English skills before Erasmus but once getting to Finland we found many other unconfident people as well as we were, it took some time to get more better in communication but everyone was tolerant in making mistakes because Erasmus is not about professionals but about experience of growing them. This experience helped us in daily working process as currently we are working for international IT companies.

    Why cultural experience? – Can name this the funny part. Imagine first day a lot of young people all around the world together in one place this is the real cultural shock. That moment for us everyone was so different but in about half a year to understand that in reality all are similar because we dissolved into a ‘homogeneous multicultural mass’ in which each one tried to contribute with everything best from his country, family and university came from.

    Why educational? – Can name this the serious part. Being Erasmus students we didn’t have any privileges speaking about studies. All were enrolled in classes as ordinary students having same tasks, responsibilities and receiving feedback according to our outcomes. All subjects were based on innovative ICT content with best educational models and pedagogical practices. For sure can say that we came back open-minded ready to face the requirements of the wide labour market and grow as future professionals.

    What was the impact?

    Tatiana Romanciuc works for Noction Company, providing BGP network performance automation for Service Providers, datacenters and enterprises around the world. She is the first and the only girl in the networking team.

    Ion CHIRCA works for AT&T Global Network Services Czech Republic. AT&T being the largest telecommunications company in the world.

    Before Exchange Mobility working for such big companies was a dream but all started with great Erasmus internationalization experience.

    Last but not least we want to say thank you for the strong support, dedication and willingness from EUROEAST staff – Dinu TURCANU, Technical University of Moldova local coordinator and Niina HUOVINEN Aalto coordinator, their assistance was vital in our transition.

    News posted on 13 March 2013:http://utm.md/en/blog/erasmus-euroeast-2/

  9. Tinatini Dvalishvili from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. EUROEAST PhD exchange mobility at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.

    “In 2014, I obtained the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 EUROEAST scholarship and continued my exchange studies abroad in Poznan, one of the oldest cities of Poland. I truly recommend everyone around to visit this beautiful city full of excellent tourist attractions, a historical capital of the Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) and a particular academic center. My two-year stay in Poznan was exciting, interesting and productive.

    First of all, I have achieved all goals I set out before the departure. Under the guidance of my foreign supervisor, I have designed my PhD thesis and completed the several chapters. Secondly, I have expanded my professional network, which is a critically important step for career success. Thirdly, I have travelled and discovered the beauty of Poland and other countries in Europe. In addition, I have experienced a socially active lifestyle and made friendship with students all over the world.
    In my opinion, being a member of Erasmus Mundus generation is an asset and has a huge impact on my life path. I would like to thank everyone from Ilia State University, Adam Mickiewicz University and EUROEAST staff members for their valuable contribution.”

  10. Lali Giorgidze from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Exchange Academic staff at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.

    “EUROEAST staff mobility has been one of the invaluable opportunities for me to get hands-on experience and contribute to bringing European dimension to my immediate work setting, at my home university in Georgia. I have had an opportunity of getting familiar with the best practices of Quality Assurance, at the Center for Quality and Change Management of Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). Later on, I have put in practice in my work much of the experience gained at UPV. Here I take a chance to thank Dr. Andrés Carrión García at UPV, for his openness and willingness to share about the university best practices, in the areas of my interest during the staff mobility.

    EUROEAST staff mobility has contributed greatly to my personal development too. This was done by offering amazingly wonderful life-long experience… (which cannot be expressed in photos, though I am still sharing some of them). Thanks to this project I have become more open to changes... I have become sure that the divergence of cultures and making ties stronger between them makes the world a better place to live in… I want to express my thankfulness to the EUROEAST Team for the positive impact this project has had on me, and for their efforts to make the world a truly better place for everyone. Lali Giorgidze, Ilia State University, Georgia”.