Kharkiv Petro Vasylenko National Technical University of Agriculture
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Leslie from Côte d’Ivoire

Meet Ezin Leslie Charmel – a student of our university, studying in the 1st year of the Institute of Mechatronics and Management Systems, majoring in “Agronomy”. Teachers describe her as a persistent and disciplined student, although it is not easy for her to learn because of the language barrier. In the distant African country of Côte d’Ivoire, where she came to Kharkiv (or rather – flew) to study Leslie, the majority of the population speaks French, and in Ukraine, in addition to subjects in the specialty, have to master two languages ​​- English and Ukrainian. That’s why Leslie tries very hard.

The girl is currently studying remotely, but at our request, she agreed to meet to answer a few questions. First of all, we asked how Leslie got to Ukraine and why she chose to study at the Kharkiv Petro Vasylenko National Technical University of Agriculture. It turns out that everything is very simple: this choice was made under the influence of his father Leslie, who is engaged in a serious agribusiness in Côte d’Ivoire: growing cocoa beans and soybeans. An experienced agronomist is needed to expand a family business. And since there are difficulties in training such specialists in Côte d’Ivoire, they are mostly trained abroad, including in Ukraine. By the way, one of Leslie’s father’s partners once graduated from KhNTUA, and it was he who recommended him to our university. Leslie agreed.

Does Leslie regret her choice? Not at all. The girl says that she is interested in studying at our university and getting to know a new city and a new country, especially since she does not look like her homeland. Leslie’s family lives in the south of Côte d’Ivoire, in the former capital of this country, Abidjan. And there is never winter here. Leslie said that even in the coldest month of the year, which is August, the air temperature here does not fall below 23 degrees Celsius, and the maximum temperature falls just in the winter months.

Leslie says that Kharkiv is somewhat similar to her hometown, although it has no access to large bodies of water such as the Gulf of Guinea. But there are also impressive cathedrals, modern stadiums, and even a zoo, which, however, is closed to visitors due to reconstruction. But as soon as it is opened, Leslie and her friends will definitely visit here to get acquainted with the fauna of Ukraine.

By the way, according to the dean’s office, Ezin Leslie Charmel is not the only representative of Côte d’Ivoire at our university. In addition to her, we study 8 of her compatriots, along with students from other African countries, with whom we will meet later.

Media Communications Department.

Leslie from Côte d'Ivoire