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"Our mission is to assist in the reformation of Ukraine consistent with European standards, as well as to introduce democratic values and develop civil society in Ukraine."

From the Statute of
the Center for European Initiatives

05.05.11 16:13

European Educational Week for Young Sumy Students

By: Інна Битюк

During 12-18 November 2010, the NGO Centre for European Initiatives presented European youth education programs and talked about studying abroad. The meetings took place during European Education Week in Ukraine, which is held under the auspices of the Network of European Information Centers and is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation.

The meetings were held for students from Sumy State University and Sumy State Pedagogical University and members of the city’s network of Euro Clubs. The main purpose of the program was to inform young people about the opportunities and prospects available to study abroad. Director of the Center for European Initiatives, Anna Kovbasiuk, assured the students that studying abroad is no longer just considered the prerogative of wealthy families. "Today there are many different EU programs that you can choose from regardless of income,” she noted.

She explained that European education has its own characteristics, which are:

  • free flow of knowledge from all sources;
  • mobility of students and teachers; 
  • multilingualism; 
  • education focused on learning outcomes; 
  • quality assurance; 
  • lifelong learning; 
  • the principle of the knowledge triangle "Education-Research-Technology Innovation”;
  • the principle of freedom to teach and learn, etc.

Volunteers from the Centre for European Initiatives, Lenka Kodzhyshkova (Czech Republic), Saskia Fisher (Germany), and Oksana Malchenko (CEI) and Daria lllyenko told the students attending that, when there is a desire to study abroad, there is always a possibility. An online conference was held with Teraz Wroclaw. The audience had many questions about the conditions and opportunities for European education.

As part of the program, two films encouraging study abroad were shown at Sumy State University in the Sumy Regional University Scientific Library.