Cooperation with Towson is developing
Since the next year exchange program with Towson rises on a new level.
From February 28 to March 13, 2016 there took place a regular visit of a group of students from ETU "LETI" to Towson University (USA) in the framework of cooperation between the two universities, which has been carried out since 1993. This year the program curator senior lecturer of Department of public relations of "LETI" Tatiana G. Sheremetyeva accompanying the students was given a new task - creation of the program, fundamentally different from what it was before.
Employees of Department of public relations asked Tatyana G. Sheremetyeva to tell about change in the program and the results achieved:
"The academic program through which we annually go with students to Towson University assumed that at the output our students would be handed only a certificate of participation. Wherein it turned out that during two weeks of study students had 26 academic hours of full employment. They also performed 5 presentations which they had begun to prepare 2.5 months before. In this regard, Faculty of Humanities and International Department of our university gave me the following task: to ensure that at the end of the program, our students would receive the so-called academic credits. As a result, I was able to create an entirely new program, which will also be carried out at the Department of Public Relations of the Faculty of Humanities from "LETI", and the department of mass communication from Towson University.
Under the new program, students will no longer join in the training sessions of American students on schedule, as it was before. Now it is a crash course, namely the three-week program, which resulted in the students will receive US credits for three - four courses. The average American student studies a semester to receive this number of credits in the American university. Our students by the return would be counted this credits after three weeks of studies. Of course, to achieve this, I drew the attention of the host country on how much time students spend on preparing for classes, for research, for round tables, creative tasks and tests on results.
In addition to the basic Department, departments of Faculties of business, foreign languages and political science will be involved in realisation of the program.
Cultural program stays the same, and the cost of the trip is also hardly changed. In my opinion, this is a huge step forward.
As a result of the trip, I brought to "LETI" a letter from Towson administration, in which they express full satisfaction with the courses and propose a new initiative to develop our cooperation. In the nearest future the signition of the agreement on the new program is planned, so the next year the trip to Towson will take place in a different way.
Moreover, Towson administration raised the question about the possibility of visit of US teachers to "LETI" to give lectures. This issue is also currently being discussed.
During the negotiations, we were able to discuss one more program. In Towson in autumn and spring so-called Leadership conference takes place, which brings together all the universities and student self-governance of public universities in the USA. In Russia, student trade union movement is very popular, so when we were made a proposal to create a joint project, in framework of which it is possible to organize a visit of trade unionists and students from "LETI" to Towson, and their participation in the conference, we accepted it for consideration. The most noteworthy in this program is that it covers not only students of Faculty of Humanities, but also of the entire university, so the possibility of a joint project is now actively being worked out.