From 05 to 09 November 2018, associate professor of the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Languages Andrii Maiev and leading specialist of the Communications Department Nataliia Nefodova underwent internship at the German University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer (Germany, Baden-Wurttemberg). The main purpose of the internship, co-funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), was to familiarize with the everyday work of the international office of the university in order to further introduce foreign experience in the work of the Institute and the implementation of joint educational projects.
During their stay in Germany, the staff of the institute had the opportunity to meet with the rector of the University of Administrative Sciences Prof. Dr. Holger Muhlenkamp and the first vice-rector, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Stelkens. On behalf of the director of the ORIPA NAPA, Mykola Izha, the staff of the Institute expressed their gratefulness for the long-term productive cooperation. In addition, further joint activities were discussed, an agreement was reached on the extension of the three-year bilateral cooperation agreement, the continuation of the programme of individual research of post-graduate students of the Institute in Speyer and the implementation of academic exchanges within the framework of the European educational programme Erasmus +.
Andrii Maiev and Nataliia Nefodova also met with university professors Andreas Knorr and Michael Bauer and GUAS staff who coordinate international projects in various fields. After the meetings, the Institute's representatives were offered the opportunity to apply for participation in the summer schools "On the Rhine" and "Public Administration in Multi-Level Systems" in 2019.
During a meeting with professors and GUAS staff Andrii Maiev spoke about the activities of the ORIPA NAPA under the President of Ukraine and answered questions related to the international direction of work.
Within the framework of the program, Ukrainian interns were invited to meet the university leadership and the student council, where they had the opportunity to compare the specifics of the activities of student self-government bodies.
The head of the international office of GUAS, Kirstin Grunenberg, presented certificates for the successful completion of the internship to the Institute's representatives and expressed her hope for further cooperation.
In addition to the training, Andrii Maiev and Nataliia Nefodova had an opportunity to get acquainted with the German cities of Speyer, Mannheim, Frankfurt am Main and take a sightseeing tour using Europe’s most popular ecological transport mode – the bicycle.