I visited both of our Ukrainian partner universities – the Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University (TNPU) and the Ternopil National Economic University (TNEU) – within the combined STA/STT Erasmus+ Mobility. Ternopil, a university city located approx. 130 km southeast of Lviv in Western Ukraine, has about 220,000 citizens.
Since 2018, the Ternopil National Pedagogical University, the Ternopil National Economic University and the University College of Teacher Education Vienna have had a bilateral agreement for teacher and staff mobility within the framework of the KA107. Our goal is to extend the agreement to the student mobility. One of my tasks was to discuss the course offer of both universities, explain the administrative processes of a student mobility between a programme country and a partner country and present the International Programme of the PH Wien. The meeting with Julia Kmet (TNEU) and Romana M. Mysula (TNPU), both responsible authorities for Outgoing students, was very successful. My colleague, MMag. Esther Drexler, also took part in this meeting and travelled to Bukovel the other day.
Dr. Olha Tsaryk, Head of the German Language Programme and Deputy Head of the Institute for International Relations at the TNEU, supervised my stay excellently for which I am very grateful.
I gave the lecture on “From literary text to factual text” at the TNPU and participated at the one dedicated to the topic of the “Intangible cultural heritage – Viennese coffee house culture” at the TNEU. The seminars dedicated to the German as a foreign language were aimed at interactive and action-oriented work. The exchange of experiences with the lecturers of the Chair of German Studies, who also took part in the seminars, was informative and profitable for both sides.
A meeting with the Vice Rector for International Affairs, Dr. Halyna Falfushynska, from the TNPU and with the Vice Rector for International Relations and Innovative Development, Dr. Oksana Desyatnyuk, from the TNEU was also held.
All in all, it was a very beneficial mobility for me, which has contributed to the further intensification of our cooperation.
Mag. Birgit Höfler