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The lecturer of our college in Wuerzburg University.

Recently the lecturer of our college Helen Stepanova has returned from Germany. She tells about her participation in the project within Erasmus staff mobility program: „I had the opportunity to work at the faculty of pedagogy in February 2018. It was a very important and useful experience with students from all over the world, as well as with teachers from leading European universities, such as the University of Padua (one of the oldest universities in the world with 65,000 students), University College London (7th in the ranking universities around the world, after Cambridge and Harvard), the University of Lisbon, the University of Florence, etc.

 

I am very glad that I had such an opportunity to work at the University of Würzburg, this made a significant contribution to my doctoral thesis, in conducting an international research. I interviewed a business English teacher from the University of Würzburg for my thesis, we discussed materials and teaching methods and found out that the same materials are used in Germany and Latvia (for example, Market Leader Business English), and also to networking, socializing and establishing working links with universities in Europe for further cooperation.

Such projects are very important and necessary for both teachers and students, because they contribute to scientific opportunities, collaborative projects, establishing contacts and cooperation at the international level.

The program, which I presented to students at the University of Würzburg, included lectures on the following topics:

  1. Adult education in Latvia. Historical overview
  2. Adult education in Latvia, guidlines and policies 2014-2020
  3. Lifelong learning policies
  4. Team-based learning as a tool of student’s voice

 

Würzburg is a small town in Germany, in the land of Bavaria. It is famous for its rich architecture in Baroque and Rococo style with a luxurious 18th century residence in the city centre.

There are 125 thousand inhabitants of the city of Würzburg, 25 thousand  of them are students who study at the world-famous University of Würzburg, which was founded over 600 years ago, in 1402 by Archbishop Johann von Egloffstein. At the University of Würzburg in 1895, Röntgen discovered radiation, later named after him. Also, the University is famous for its Nobel Prize winners who made discoveries at the university: Emil Fisher (chemistry), Eduard Buchner (chemistry), Johannes Stark (physics), Hans Spemann (medicine), Klaus von Klitzing (physics), Hartmut Michael (chemistry).

There are 10 faculties at the University:

  • Theological,
  • legal,
  • medical,
  • philosophical I (history, philosophy, culturology),
  • Philosophical II (philosophy, psychology, pedagogy, sociology),
  • biological,
  • chemical-pharmaceutical,
  • mathematics and computer science,
  • physics and astronomy,
  • Economic.

, the most famous of which are medical and pedagogical.