Exchange Programmes Launched
August 26, 2008
40 students of Ostroh Academy became the participants of international Canadian-Ukrainian exchange programmes CORE and Eco-Leadership.
Ostroh Academy National University cooperates closely with many countries. Participation of students in four Canadian-Ukrainian exchange programmes should be mentioned as one of the types of cooperation. The Department of Foreign Relations of Osroh Academy coordinates three programmes: Victoria (British Columbia) – Rivne, Prince Rupert (British Columbia) – Ostroh, Courtenay/Comox (British Columbia) – Netishyn, the College of Romance and Germanic Languages coordinates the programme Port Albery (British Columbia) – Ostroh.
The students will spend three month with their counterparts in host families in Canada, as well as in Ukraine along with working as volunteers for non-profitable organizations, such as government organizations, town councils, mass media, kindergartens, rehabilitation centres, orphanages, hospitals, etc. Apart from that, the participants organize Educational Activity Days and prepare presentations about culture, traditions and political systems of their countries every week .
Eduard Balashov, the head of DFR, said that students who take part in such exchange programmes become more purposeful and sociable and learn how to work in the group. This statement found its justification in sociological research held among participants who took part in the programmes in the period from 1996 till 2003.
“International Canadian-Ukrainian exchange programmes help students in their career, teach them to spend time effectively, to deal with conflict situations, to use their knowledge skilfully and improve their English”, - stated Eduard Balashov.