Another study visit with workshop, already the third, took place on 22-28 November 2015, this time in Ruzomberok, Slovakia. This was the last of the cycle of study visits.
The participants became acquainted with the functioning of the Catholic University in Ruzomberok, both at its main campus and at its branch faculties. The visit’s objective was to adopt the good practices of the Slovakian University and also to see how the local authorities function and collaborate with other entities in the fields of education and international cooperation.
The representatives of all the project partners participated in the visit, namely the Municipality of Lublin, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, The Lublin University of Technology and The Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius.
Participants were greeted by the rectors of the Catholic University in Ruzomberok, who presented the history and activity of the University. Visits to Levoca and Kosice, where the activities of the local departments were shown, provided a first-hand experience of the university. The participants in the visit learned about the study curricula of different departments and majors, the University’s international cooperation, the services provided to students, the recruitment procedures and support offered to foreign students, quality management, and many other aspects of the functioning of the University.
A very interesting event was the meeting with the students who had either come to Ruzomberok from other countries or had spent part of their studies in other countries and after coming back to their home university provided interesting comparisons and assessments of studying at the Catholic University in Ruzomberok. Also the media workshop attracted a lot of attention and sparked off a debate on the cooperation between the university and the local government.
The visit’s programme also included a meeting held at the Ruzomberok Town Hall where the participants had the opportunity to converse with the Mayor and his deputies.
This study visit was a time for exchanging experiences, sharing concerns and good practices regarding accepting students from abroad by universities and cities, and preparing programmes for them.