The German-Ukrainian Academic Center was established in Kharkiv National University named after V.N. Karazin in 2011. The main tasks of the center are:
§ Establishment and development of productive academic ties of the University with scientific and educational and cultural institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany and other german-speaking countries;
§ Promoting the integration of classical universities, other academic and research institutions of both countries into the structures of European educational space;
§ Promote mutually beneficial promotion of practically oriented projects in various fields of science, social, economic and cultural development;
§ Popularization of German culture in Ukraine and presentation of Ukrainian national heritage in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany and other german-speaking countries;
§ Advanced language training of students and university staff, as well as interested representatives of academic circles for the further implementation of joint projects with german partners.
ACTIVITY REPORT OF UKRAINIAN-GERMAN ACADEMIC CENTER
Taking into account the constant interest of the German authorities and structures in cooperation with the universities of Ukraine and basing on the previous personal experience of working with the universities of Germany, from April 2016, under the leadership of Ph.D in technical sciences, Senior Researcher Olena Slipchenko, the concept of organization of the Ukrainian- German Academic Center have been created.
The main work of the center, first of all, is aimed at scientific and technical cooperation of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University with German-speaking countries.
Thanks to the active work of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center, today for scientists of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the opportunity to participate in German grants programs is given.
In July 2016, in Germany important talks were held by the head of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center Olena Slipchenko, during which meetings with the head of the Department of International Cooperation at the University of Humboldt (Berlin) and representatives of the international bloc of the Free University of Berlin were organized and held, presentations and scientific directions were presented to them for possible cooperation with scientists of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University.
For the period 2016-2017, with the support of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center, postgraduate students and young scientists were able to take part in the programs: "IP @ Leibniz", "VIP Viadrina International Program for Graduates", "DAAD Program", "Erasmus K + "," The Leibniz ScienceCampus Eastern Europe - Global Area (EEGA) "," LIFE 2050 ", and conducted a series of major scientific studies for the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University during the internship.
LIFE 2050 brings together more than 300 scientists from the University of Hanover and focuses on interdisciplinary research in the field of energy. LIFE 2050 is based on five effective areas of research in the field of engineering and applied sciences. Graduate student of the Department of Physical Geography and Cartography became a member of the program.
Postgraduates and Ph.D. of the Department of English Philology of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University took part in the program "Eastern Europe - Global Area" (EEGA) research center Leibniz Science Campus.
Ph. D. student of the Department of English Philology and Ph.D. student of the Karazin School of Business, specializing in Management, passed a successful internship at the Viadrina University, under the VIP Viadrina International Program for Graduates program,
Negotiations were held at the Hanover University of Leibniz, namely with the professors of the "Center of Laser Technologies" and Professor of Biomedical Faculty. During the negotiations, an agreement was reached on the admission to the IP@Leibniz of a scientific internship program - 4 grants for graduate students of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University up to three months.
The total amount of grants was € 13,300.
The result of the research, conducted during the internship, in September 2017, laid the foundation of the direction of "Nanoelectronics" at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. In the future, one of the participants, according to the results of these studies, became the winner of the Ukrainian grant "The competition of scientific works of young scientists".
Previously, some scientists at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University tried to work in the direction of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies. And only thanks to this research, with the use of high-tech modern equipment at the Center of Laser Technologies in Germany, our scientists were able to achieve high results in research in the field of nanoelectronics and nanomaterial physics, which allows us today to declare the development of a new direction at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. As a result, joint publications with German partners appeared, as well as joint projects in the field of nanoelectronics were being worked out.
Subsequently, 2 young scientists from the Department of Physical and Biomedical Electronics and Integrated Information Technologies were sent to Hanover for the scientific grant program. The Ukrainian-German Academic Center has taken the leading position in terms of the number of participants in the IP@Leibniz program from all over Ukraine.
The total amount of research grants was 6,650 €.
The result of research conducted during the internship, laid the foundation of the direction of "Functional materials and nanoelectronics" at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. These studies contribute to the participation and victories of our scientists in Ukrainian projects (such as the "Young Scientists" project, etc.), and also became the basis for joint scientific publications published in German specialized scientific journals.
2. The main events of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center 2017-2018
2.1. "German-Ukrainian Forum of Young Researchers"
On December 11, 2017, in V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, in collaboration with the University of Tübingen and the Leibniz University of Hanover, the first German-Ukrainian Forum of Young Researchers was held, with the assistance of the head of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center Olena Slipchenko, who was the coordinator of the forum, as well as with the financial support of DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Science of Germany.
The forum was attended by more than 50 representatives of academic and university science, 26 young scientists and 10 doctoral students presented their scientific results, as well as heads of junior scientific groups.
The purpose of the forum is to stimulate the innovative activity of young people, to develop the cooperation of the scientific community, and to exchange professional experience. http://www.univer.kharkov.ua/en/general/univer_today/news…
Young scientists from V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ph.D. in chemical sciences and Ph.D. in historical sciences, became winners of the qualifying round of the "German-Ukrainian Forum of Young Researchers" and got an opportunity to take part in the final round which took place in Berlin on February 2-6, 2018. This was the beginning of a new phase of project work in partnership with German partners.
Head of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center Olena Slipchenko received a letter of appreciation from Prof. Olga Garaschuk, President of the Ukrainian-German Academic Society, for the excellent organization of the German-Ukrainian Forum of Young Researchers.
2.2. Signing the Cooperation Agreement with the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
Thanks to the authority among the German partners of the head of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center Olena Slipchenko, the participation in the project "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany" was launched, which was confirmed by the signing of the agreement on cooperation between V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, within the framework of the project "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany".
The contract amount was € 19,500.
2.3. Activities within the framework of the project "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany"
Within the framework of the agreement, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center with the support of the Vice-Rector for Science, Doctor of Sciences (Physics and Mathematics), Prof. Viktor Katrich, on June 13, 2018 at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the Round Table "Society in Dialogue" was held within the framework of the project "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany" funded by DAAD. After holding a roundtable between the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, the scientific directions of cooperation were identified.
Within the framework of this project from September 24 to 28, 2018, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University within the framework of the project "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany" held a large-scale "Conference of the Alumni Network Ukrainian-German" in the following directions:
• Technical and interdisciplinary research as a basis for mutually beneficial cooperation with Germany;
• Good governance; European Management Practices on the Way to European Integration;
• Education for Sustainable Development;
• Adaptation of the Ukrainian economy to the competitive challenges of the European market;
• Collective cultural memory and the role of the humanities;
• Financing opportunities; Use of the economic potential of the EU as an accelerator of economic development.
At the conclusion of which the representatives of both sides noted that there are wide opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation with long-term prospects for scientists and post-graduate students.
On October 17, 2018, a Ukrainian-German round table "Career" was held by the Ukrainian-German Academic Center, which became the final stage in the framework of the project "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany" in 2018 and became useful for all those who are interested in the creation and development of their scientific careers.
As a result of the events, scientists of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, who presented their scientific directions, received personal offers for cooperation from German partners. Representatives of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg expressed their clear readiness and interest in working closely with Ukrainian scientists. In November 2018, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center together with scientists of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University formed and sent scientific offers to the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg for the purpose of expanding joint cooperation.
3. Cooperation with German universities
From 2016, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University actively develops close cooperation with the following universities in Germany:
• Leibniz Universität Hannover,
• Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen,
• European University Viadrina,
• Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.
As a result of successful talks with Leibniz Universität Hannover in November 2018, the head of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center Olena Slipchenko was given the opportunity to participate in the mobility program for the Ph.D. category. The Ukrainian-German academic center was formed and sent an application for several scientific directions.
Also, active negotiations are underway to sign a cooperation agreement between the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and the Leibniz Universität Hannover on the results of the joint work since 2016.
4. Official visits
To the Ukrainian-German Academic Center for the period 2016-2018, official visits were made by: German ambassador to Ukraine; Consulate General of Germany; second secretary of the German Embassy; Head of the DAAD Information Center and DAAD lecturer (Sumy); lecturer PASCH; coordinator of the "Erasmus" program of the European University Viadrina; professor and representative of the company "MEDInfo"; Viadrina Fast Track Program Coordinator and Viadrina International Program - for Graduates (VIP European University of Viadrina) coordinator; Professor at the German Institute of Technology Karlsruhe; coordinator of the program "German Economy for Ukraine"; doctor of sciences, professor of the Leibniz Universität Hannover.
A visit of the representatives of the Leibniz Universität Hannover was held within the framework of the Ukrainian-German Forum of Young Scientists:
• doctor, professor of the Institute of multiphase processes;
• Head of International Department;
• Speaker of the Research Group on Low Temperature Applications and Cryptology at the Institute of Multiphase Processes.
Representatives of the University of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg visited V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in the framework of the Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany project :
• Vice-Rector of the University;
• Member of the Board of the University;
• Vice-Rector, Professor, Doctor of the Institute of Geography and Geology;
• Professor, Doctor of the Institute of Political Science and Sociology;
• Doctor of the Department of Biology;
• Project Coordinator "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany";
• Head of the Department of Academic Staff Development;
• Assistant Professor.
On April 5, 2018, on the invitation of the head of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center, the visit to the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University was attended by Dr. Christian Yung (Berlin / Germany) with a lecture "How Binary is Our Future? - Transformation of man and machine."
2On May 23, 2018, with the support of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the presentation of the "Internship Programne of German Business for Ukraine" was held dedicated to the Day of Europe in Ukraine.
Annually applications for students and young scientists from the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University are submitted for the competition of this program. They then have the opportunity to demonstrate their potential and their knowledge by undergoing internships at German enterprises.
During the presentation, program coordinator Andriy Goncharuk told students and teachers of the Karazin University about the features and conditions of the program, the actual directions of work in Germany and the current situation in the labor market in Ukraine and Europe.
More than 60 people were given an opportunity to get acquainted with the conditions of participation in the "Internship Programne of German Business for Ukraine".
5. Cultural and educational events, seminars, trainings
Ukrainian-German Academic Center supports cultural and educational events.
During the academic year 2016/2017, cultural events were held on major holidays of Germany: European Christmas and Creative Evening at the Ukrainian-German Academic Center.
Within the framework of the German Weeks of 2016, a round table was held together with the Karazin School of Business. The theme of the event is "City and Urbanization". The key areas were decentralization, innovative solutions for cities and energy efficiency development. The events devoted to the "German Week" by the Ukrainian-German Academic Center are held annually.
Two educational seminars "German-Ukrainian educational programs. Scholarship Programs 2016" for students and "Opportunities for entering the universities of Germany and the most relevant professions in Europe" took place.
A seminar on the methodology of teaching the German language "Interactive grammar exercises in the form of a game as an effective component of the consolidation of educational material" was held.
In April 2017, on the initiative of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center, in conjunction with the Council of Young Scientists of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, a round table "Germany - a strategic partner of Ukraine. Work of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center. Getting to know German programs." was held.
In May 2017, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center organized and held an events called "The Day of Europe in Ukraine" and "Days of Science". The main goal of the events is the presentation of promising scientific developments of young scientists of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, the experience of successful international cooperation, key directions of activity of academic centers of the University.
The DAAD lecturer (German Academic Exchange Service) works on the base of the Center. DAAD lecturer Vera Tersteegen and the staff of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center advise students, masters, postgraduates on academic exchanges at higher education institutions in Germany.
Together with the DAAD lecturers, seminars and trainings were provided for students, masters and postgraduates to study, exchange and internships in Germany:
1) "How to write a resume" for future scholars in Germany.
2) The second training "How to write a resume" (Curriculum Vitae), with the support of the DAAD lecturer;
3) "How to write a motivation letter";
4) "How to write a resume and a motivation letter" (in German);
"How to write a resume and a motivation letter" (in English);
5) Second training "How to write resume and motivation letter" (in German).
The purpose of the training is to provide information on the opportunities for students, masters and postgraduates to study, exchange and study in Germany, since the CV and the motivation letter are the main part of each application.
6.Internal audit of quality management system
In February 2018, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center successfully passed an internal audit of the quality management system. According to the results of the audit, the informational and documentary component of the activity of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center meets all the criteria of the quality management system and is recognized as one of the most productive, which is documented.
7. German language courses on a paid basis
Ukrainian-German Academic Center was provided with paid services in studying the German language in accordance with the order number 0907/01 from 30.12.2015. The amount of revenues for 2016-2017 was 16500 ₴, and during October-November 2017 - 13500 ₴.
The total amount of 2016-2017 was 30,000 ₴.
8. German language guide
Together with the teachers of the German language, the Ukrainian-German academic center developed an auxiliary linguistic manual that would allow all those who interested in learning German language effectively and professionally in a few months to master the skills of knowledge of the German language.
9. Contact with Ukrainian graduates in Germany
The Ukrainian-German academic center maintains links with graduates of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University at the European University of Viadrina, Leipzig University, the Free University of Berlin, Munich Technical University and the University of Dresden.
10. Work with public organization
At this stage, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center conducts joint work with a number of public organizations, in particular, with the Ukrainian-German Academic Community, the Organization for Integration and Culture in Europe, and the Kharkiv Regional German Society "Wiedergeburt".
11. The work of the information block
Since the beginning of the active work of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center in 2016, a website (http://germany.univer.kharkov.ua/) and a page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GermanyKarazin/) have been created.
The purpose of the creation of information pages is to inform Ukrainian and German partners about the directions of work of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center. Information is available in four languages: Ukrainian, English, German, Russian.
The material on the website is grouped in sections:
• Scientific directions of the University - in the section contains information about scientists of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, working on the actual scientific directions;
• Internship programs and summer schools - the section describes the programs of internships for scientists and university graduates, as well as language summer schools;
• Events - section describes announcements of events and results of internships, conferences, roundtables and meetings.
In parallel, works a page on the network Facebook, which promptly published all the necessary information related to programs, news, events announcements and reports.
By the end of 2018, the number of Facebook page subscribers is about 400 users, the pageviews are over 300 users a month, the average reach of publications is about 2,000 users per month, and the percentage of subscribers from Germany is over 9%.
Statistics show a steady growth in the number of subscribers, a large number of publications, broadening the target audience not only within the city of Kharkiv and Ukraine, but also in many cities in Germany. As evidenced by an appeal to the Ukrainian-German Academic Center with various questions and suggestions on cooperation. This confirms the quality of the information and the degree of its compliance with the interests of users. As a result, all work carried out in the information block contributed to the promotion and increase of the popularity of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University both in Germany and in Ukraine. Thanks to the information pages, colleagues and partners from other universities and scientific institutes of Ukraine appeared, which certainly strengthens the relations between our structures and gives more opportunities for scientists to work together with Germany.
The German partners noted the high level of organization of activities of the project "Network of graduates Ukraine-Germany" among the cities of Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv. The number of registered and participants of the project events was more than 340, which emphasizes the high quality of the organizational work of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center.
12. Material support
The Ukrainian-German Academic Center, being the structural unit of the Office of International Relations, received 1 packaging of office paper from the Office of International Relations in 2018, and the printer was refilled a few times. From 2016, the Ukrainian-German academic center is self-sufficient.
Ukrainian-German Academic Center striving for a unified team work in the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and the Office of International Relations, and achieving significant results in working with German universities, in 2018, the Ukrainian-German Academic Center did not receive the support from Department of International Relations that would promote the development of relations with German partners.
German partners have repeatedly expressed their misunderstanding over the lack of support of the Ukrainian-German Academic Center by the University and the Office of International Relations, which caused difficulties in resolving certain issues in expanding cooperation between Ukraine and Germany.
Special thanks for the support in work and cooperation, Ukrainian-German Academic Center expresses to Vice-President for Research, Doctor of Sciences (Physics and Mathematics), Full Professor Viktor O. Katrych; Vice-President for Research and Education, PhD (Chemistry), Associate Professor Anton V. Panteleimonov; Faculty of Radio Physics, Biomedical Electronics and Computer Systems; Faculty of Foreign Languages; Department of International Economics and World Economy of the Faculty of Economics; Faculty of Law; Physics and Energy Faculty; Physical Faculty; Ecology Faculty; Faculty of International Economic Relations and Tourism Business; Student Scientific Society of the Department of IER and TB; Center for Ukrainian Studies named after D.I. Bagalyi.
Ph.D., Senior Researcher,
Coordinator of the project "Alumni Network Ukraine-Germany" in Kharkiv,
Head of the German-Ukrainian Academic Center