As we have already informed, one of the priority activities of our university is the development of international cooperation, including the training of foreign nationals studying at KhNTUA in various specialties. If in 2017 the contingent of foreign students studying at our university numbered 119 people, in 2018 304 students were already studying, in 2019 – 348 foreign citizens, and at the end of 2020 – 300 foreigners from 21 countries.
We recently talked about Ezin Leslie Charmel, a first-year student from Côte d’Ivoire who studied at the Institute of Mechatronics and Management Systems, majoring in Agronomy. And now we want to introduce you to Turkish students who have also chosen to study at our university. Here they are (pictured) – happy and carefree, like all students. It is no wonder that now, due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, they have to hide their smiles behind protective masks (quarantine), and attend lectures and practical classes remotely. But the main thing is that it already springs outside, sunny weather, and nothing prevents you from communicating with friends and countrymen.
So we met a group of students from Turkey in the lobby of the university and decided to talk to them a bit and find out if they are satisfied with studying at KhNTUA. It turns out that yes. At least, this was told to us by Aycha Gianli, who is a 4th-year student at the Institute of Technical Sciences, majoring in 133 “Industrial Engineering”. Aycha said that Turkey is currently actively developing and the country’s economy needs a large number of qualified engineers. Therefore, after graduating from KhNTUA, the girl plans to immediately return to her homeland and find a job in the specialty. Her compatriots, who are studying other specialties at our university, have such plans: 081 “Law”, 192 “Construction and Civil Engineering”, 141 “Electric Power, Electrical Engineering and Electromechanics”, 163 “Biomedical Engineering”, 151 “Automation and Computer-integrated technologies”, 073 “Management”. Moreover, in a conversation with us, the guys stressed that in their country, training in such specialties is very expensive, and therefore not every young man or woman can get a higher education. In this context, studying in Ukraine and, in particular, in KhNTUA is undoubtedly profitable. But not only because of the cost, but also because the quality of education provided by our university meets modern international requirements, and the diploma of an engineer issued by KNTUA is quoted in Turkey on a par with the diplomas of this country.
By the way, as we were told in the department for training foreign students of KhNTUA, currently 54 students from Turkey study at the first (bachelor’s) level at our university and another 7 citizens of this country study at the preparatory department.
It is worth noting that our university has a long and rich tradition of training specialists for foreign countries. These traditions date back to 1947 when young people from Albania, Bulgaria, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, and other so-called countries began teaching at KhIMEA. “Socialist camp”. Today, these traditions are worthily continued by a new generation of managers and teachers.
In recent years, many efforts for the development of international relations have been made by the rector of KhNTUA O. Nanka and Vice-Rector for Educational and Pedagogical Work and International Relations Yu. Vitkovskyi. They pay special attention to the development of bilateral relations with the Republic of Turkey. Due to this, the Turkish center of our university was recently opened in Istanbul, and several important agreements on cooperation with Turkish higher education institutions were signed. As a result, 50 entrants from Turkey entered KhNTUSG last year and it is hoped that the influx of students from this country will continue to grow.
The university is actively preparing for such changes, in particular, by expanding English-language courses and programs. In this direction, KhNTUA also actively cooperates with the Ukrainian State Center for International Education of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, embassies of foreign countries, and interested commercial structures. And such activity brings not only image dividends to Ukraine and our university, but also significant income. Last year alone, the university received more than UAH 2.8 million from full-time foreign students. and more than 880 thousand UAH. received from distance learning and training of foreigners in the preparatory department.
FOR REFERENCE. According to the State Center for International Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, as of January 1, 2020, 80,470 foreign students from 158 countries were studying in Ukrainian higher education institutions. The largest number of students study from India (22.9%), Morocco (10.23%), Azerbaijan (6.8%), Turkmenistan (6.64%), Nigeria (5.44%), Turkey (4.68). %), China (4.3%), and other countries. Moreover, the share of students from post-Soviet countries is 21.5%, and the rest – from other countries. According to the approximate calculations of the Center for International Education, one foreign student spends at least 6-8 thousand US dollars annually, obtaining higher education in Ukraine. If the average duration of study is 5-6 years, the overall income of Ukraine from foreign students during this period is more than 3 billion US dollars.
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