Dr. Tatyana Stefanovska, a visiting professor from our Erasmus+ KA107 partner NULES, Ukraine, shares her feedback of her experience working and learning with ISA Lille:
“Participating in exchange programs has allowed me to have teaching/research experience in several countries of Eastern/Central Europe and USA. In each case, the outcome was different. However, my experience in the Erasmus+/ Staff Mobility Program at ISA-Lille was really positive and professionally satisfying.
I taught a 8-hour course, “Environmental Pollution in Ukraine”, in the Sustainable Management of Pollution Master program (SMaP), twice as a visiting professor in the fall semester 2015 and under Erasmus+ teaching mobility in the spring semester 2017. The teaching of SMaP’s second year master students was a rewarding and exciting experience for me. The international group of students was intelligent and independent. They expressed interest in the information about the different aspects of environmental pollution in Ukraine, especially when we tackled the Chernobyl catastrophe issue. Of course, our Chernobyl Session ended with vital discussion. Since my first minutes in the class, I felt that students fully accepted me. They actively participated in class and asked many good questions. Moreover, my experience of teaching at SMaP allowed me to observe the model of the Interdisciplinary, cross-courses based Master Program that is provided by the International team of instructors and has as its main goal the enhancement of graduates’ credibility in entering the job market. I was very impressed by ISA Lille’s services and research facilities in general and of the concept in style and solution of how to build such a type of Master Program
The experience in ISA Lille helped me to improve my skills in active pedagogy, particularly in problem-solving and project-based learning. Attending of Dr. Bertrand Pourrut’s classes, I became acquainted with several active learning pedagogical practices. It helped to deepen my understanding of what a teacher needs to do to boost the teamwork in the class.
The essential result for me, as a scientist, was, after defining a common research interest in phyto-management with the Dr. Bertrand Pourrut and his team, we decided to cooperate in science and extend our research network. Since 2015, we have participated in three research meetings in Slovakia and Ukraine, had several vital discussion in Ukraine and France, where we exchanged our research results, and already developed concrete ideas for submitting joint projects further.
Moreover, being inspired by the successful implementation of the current KA107 project, under initiative of Dr. Bertrand Pourrut and myself, and that was supported by Florence Malaise, Head of the International Relations Office at ISA Lille, NULES became partners in Consortium of other European Universities and agreed to submit the Projects for a KA2 project.
My cooperation in education and research in the frame of our Erasmus+ partnership is continuing fortunately and our network of potential collaborator is expandinging to include Dr. Ali Siah, researcher in agricultural science at ISA Lille. Along with my motivated colleagues from the NULES Faculty of Plant Protection, Biotechnologies and Ecology, we are planning to apply for mobility grants to teach in the Agriculture Master Program at ISA Lille.
During my three visits to ISA Lille, I was really pleased by the welcome and delightful work atmosphere provided by International Relations Office Staff. Many thanks to Florence Malaise, the Head of ISA Lille’s International Relations Office, who has always been very friendly, supportive and giving constructive feedback. A special thanks to Vira Wannepain, ISA Lille’s Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator, who has a passion and motivation for the successful implementation of Erasmus+ Program with Ukrainian Institutions. She has made a significant contribution to the development and strengthening of the cooperation between NULES and ISA Lille.
Finally, I enjoyed my cultural experience in the Northern Region of France. It was very interesting to learn the background of environmental problems which the region is facing nowadays and about the success and failures of proposed solutions. Lille has appeared as a very nice city with unique mixture of Flemish and French traditions and culture, and as for my understanding, may serve as an example of culture towards tolerance and peace.”
Dr. Tatyana Stefanovska
Associate Professor, Department of Plant Protection, Biotechnologies and Ecology