Mini-Erasmus project appreciated by secondary school students
Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (UKF) with its ESN UKF section joined the Mini-Erasmus project in the academic year 2015/2016 for the second time. This time Mini-Erasmus took place at UKF in the period of April 3 - 7, 2016 during which university received 25 students from secondary schools in Bytča, Námestovo, Žilina, Myjava, Piešťany, Partizánske, Topoľčany, Nitra, Zlaté Moravce, Lučenec, Banská Bystrica, Trebišov and Sučany.
On April 4, 2016, the first activity day of the project, students were warmly welcomed at Aula Magna by prof. PhDr. Gabriela Miššíková, PhD., Vice-Rector for International Relations of UKF. To this end, students received from us the exact schedules for three days of lecturing (April 4 – 6, 2016), promotional material of UKF and information about cultural programme organized by the ESN UKF section which followed every day after lectures as a mandatory part of the project. Secondary school students get assigned one university student tutor for each UKF faculty who should accompany them during stay at UKF, take them to the place of accommodation, lecture rooms and for extra-curricular cultural programmme.
During the project, students attended veritable lectures and seminars in the context of the study timetables of subjects taught at our faculties in that time. In the anonymous questionnaires on satisfaction secondary school students expressed their satisfaction level and perception of the involvement in the Mini-Erasmus project and study at UKF.
The questionnaires revealed they found lectures or seminars in the field of pharmacology, psychology, chemistry, physics, journalism, diplomacy, pedagogy, technical education, arts, management and culture to be the most interesting ones. Some of them would appreciate even more lectures or seminars within the field of natural sciences and health care they would like to dedicate themselves at a later stage. Several students would like to join Mini-Erasmus project once more, but in order to compare study they should most likely try another UKF faculty or other Slovak university involved in this project. Secondary school students liked this project and based on their expressions on question whether they would choose UKF as a place for their higher education study in the future, nearly half of all received students responded positively.
We were pleased to have again the opportunity to show secondary school students our teaching process and everyday student life at UKF, including the accommodation opportunities in our university dormitory, and we believe we have motivated them this way for possible future study at our university.