Impression

Participants and Organizing Committee of the Summer School

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We’ve had a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with Chernivtsi, the city of multicultural Babylon, which mixed different cultures and nationalities in its melting forges. We were able to share experiences with its inhabitants and energy accumulated in the city architecture (“poetry in stone”) and cultural power of the national groups that live here. We could feel the unique atmosphere over the city, walk through its squares, meet friendly and hospitable inhabitants (an example of community and tolerance), and discover the pleasant atmosphere of coffee houses and restaurants.

Chernivtsi is one of those rare places in Ukraine which combine the every day hustle and bustle of a modern city with their special cozy atmosphere and architectural masterpieces. No doubt the University buildings are a real architectural pearl.

Walking through Chernivtsi we discovered the history of this European city situated on the crossroads from Europe to Asia. It was called “Little Vienna”, “a tiny capital of Europe where pavements were swept with bouquets of roses and one could find more bookstores than bakeries”.

We are surrounded by mysterious Carpathians Mountains, the Dnystrovsky canyon and medieval fortress of Kamianets-Podilskyi.

 

Prof. dr. hab. Peter Hewelke, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

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Sincere greetings on the occasion of the 1st International Summer School 2015 in Zalishchyky. The concept of Summer school theme is extremely attractive in terms of combining scientific aspects with practical problems. Lecturers presented practical solutions for the sustainable development of rural areas in different countries. They dealt with water resources, organic farming, use of soil, creation of local markets and application of information technology in the processes of sustainable management of areas.

Solutions to the problems analyzed in the classroom took into account the balance of natural resources, energy costs and overall economic and social effects of their implementation.
Summer school participants had interesting meetings at universities in Kamianets-Podilskyi and Chernivtsi. We believe that such contacts are extremely beneficial for all parties. We are now aware of the progress Poland has achieved after joining the European Union which fact has not always been properly appreciated. Ukraine has a much more difficult start and more complicated tasks to perform. That is why creation of a common cultural community, cooperation in science and education is a compulsory platform for sustainable economic and political relationships in the eastern part of Europe. Mutual understanding, identifying common and distinctive features are necessary to create sustainable neighborhood. We believe that Ukraine has significant human and natural potential for rapid implementation of economic and political reforms.

Extremely attractive was the program of learning about the natural environment of the Western region of Ukraine, its rich history which is also connected with Poland. We admired the beautiful nature of the Dniester Canyon, the unique geological formations of the Devonian period. We had an opportunity to visit the historical and architectural reserve of Kamianets-Podilskyi and admire its grandeur. We also had an opportunity to talk with local people interested in our visit due to historical, cultural and economic ties.

Thank you for the good organization and interactive learning during summer school.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in school activities and hope that this cooperation will continue.

We believe that the generation of our students will achieve the future we expect.

 

Prof. dr. hab. Peter Nowakowski, Wroclaw  University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland

I was asked to participate in summer school a few months ago by Prof. Natalia Demeshkant. It was a challange for me – there were many reasons to say NO: unpredictable situation in the Ukrainian Republic, research plans at my University, family duties, work on my nano farm, etc., but I said YES. Now, I know that it was the right decision – meeting other people and exchange of ideas are enriching our lives much more then just house keeping duties. When I entered Ukraine I had met two very distant agricultural environments: ecological eden with peasants (smallholders) plots from one side and on the other – the most intensive  crop production systems (technological paradise). I have no idea how these two systems will be in balance in the future but I hope there is a will of coexistence of both. Lectures and workshops at Zalishchyky Agricultural College made me and students aware of current environmental problems with sustainable development of rural areas backed with examples both from European Union  and Ukrainian Republic. One of the aims of our summer school was to meet people from different cultures to make them aware of accepting each other in a win – win attitude.  At the same time we experienced historical lessons based on visits to Kamianetz Podilsky and Chernivtsi about  a multicultural  dimension of the heritage of nowadays Ukraine. The proof of present positive multicultural attitude of students (from different countries/ regions/ universities) was active cooperation of all of them in preparing their final joint projects.

I am sure, based on my own experience from this summer school, that all participants are now more sensitive to sustainable management of natural resources and their influence on local people lives. I am coninced that this summer school meeting prepared young generation people for future cooperation above borders to make better future for all.

 

Dawid Kędzia, Radosław Strojny, Students, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland

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First International Summer School in Zaleschyky 2015 was a great time. We are glad of being part of something unique and fresh. Our daily schedules were intense. We attended lectures and trips, so we did not have time to get bored. Tutors have done very good job. They were well prepared, they interested us with topics and the way of presenting. The most interesting part of that school for us was workshops from Hec-Ras led by dr Jacek Markowski.

The only drawback was the level of English during sightseeing. We could not get to know as much as we would love to about Ukrainian culture and history.

 

Natalia Gmitrzuk, PhD Student, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

gmitrzukThe First Summer School in Zaleszczyki were two good and pleasant weeks.
Owing to this School we learned not only new items, e.g. in the field of design riverbeds but we also met fantastic people with whom we would definitely continue the relationship. With tours that organizers have prepared for us, we had the opportunity to meet a very complicated and difficult history of this region. Concerts have provided unforgettable experiences prepared by the talented young people from the local university. Equally interesting form to know the folklore of this region were the workshops of painting Easter eggs and making rag dolls. Friendly people and the time filled to the brim with activities caused that sometimes we lacked breath but we are very happy that we could come here and hope that we’ll be back someday.

We thank the organizers for their kindness and warm welcome.