SUMMER SCHOOL AS A MODERN WAY OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

Natalia DEMESHKANT, Liudmyla DANKEVYCH, Kateryna TUZHYK
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Abstract

Today, in the age of globalization and rapidly developing information technologies the

education market is becoming more and more competitive. The universities all over the

world are looking for more effective forms of promoting their educational institutions on an

international level. Among the increasingly popular international educational projects are

summer schools. They are organized to encourage the exchange of teaching and learning

experience, development of strategies for cooperation, career advancement, or personal

enrichment. Summer school programs make it possible to simulate the scientific community

by creating training courses on the topical issues and involving renowned professors and

experts from famous universities worldwide. The characteristic feature of summer school

classes is the wide use of active methods and creative techniques, including group projects,

excursions, discussions, interactive lectures and case studies. National University of Life and

Environmental Sciences of Ukraine has organized an International Summer School on the

theme "Achievements and Applications of Environmental and Life Sciences for Sustainable

Development". The program includes the basic course Knowledge for Sustainable

Development of Society for degree credit, improving skills of English for specific purposes

and acquaintance with historical and centuries-old cultural heritage of western Ukraine. The

results of the survey held among the participants (50% of whom were foreign students and

lecturers) have demonstrated the main advantages of the International Summer School:

working in international student teams, developing skills in setting and achieving common

goals, making the best use of the latest research results and foreign experience in the field, as

well as the opportunity to get closer to the culture and customs of Ukraine. By the results of

their studies the participants receive certificates with a certain number of ECTS credits. Thus,

organization of international summer school is a challenging area of university education

development, and its implementation and content enhancement attracts talented students to

research, promotes internationalization of education and practical realization of the

principles of creating common educational space and the university concept of lifelong

learning.


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