Teachers´ reflections


  • The participating methods works so efficiently. It never stop to surprise me. Group work and exercises designed to achieve special responses from the students, trigger their interest for the subjects, make the reflections deeper and prepare them for lectures. The activities contribute to a safe learning environment. In their evaluations, the students - very often enthusiastically - express that they appreciate so much the active methods.
         Gunn Bjørnsen, Head of Department, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway)

  • This training manual on intercultural understanding for journalists is the result of several years of international cooperation. From 2014 to 2016 in the framework of the agreement between Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod and Volda University College in Norway with the assistance of The Human Rights Academy in Oslo educational seminars were held for second and third year students specializing in journalism.

    Our students highly evaluated the friendly and creative atmosphere at seminars. Here are some opinions of the participants:
    «I like the form of the studies. The lecturers have an incredibly positive energy» (Denis).
    «During this week I never felt tired from studying. I would give a rating of 9.8 points out of a possible 10. I removed two tenth because the seminar has finished too fast. I would like to extend this amazing experience to one more week» (Andrew).
    «The course is one of the brightest events in my life! Thanks to the University for the opportunity to participate in this project» (Lyudmila).
    «Participation in this course was 100 % useful. As the lectures were given in English, I was able to improve my level of knowledge of the language» (Anna).

    The work in this cooperation project was also highly appreciated by our Norwegian partners.  Thus, after visiting Nizhny Novgorod and exploring the ethno-cultural situation in the city and region, communicating with representatives of religious organizations and national minorities, Norwegian and Swedish students - future journalists- were able to see the peace and harmony of the Volga region. There are many issues in national languages of different ethnic groups living here, and the media contribute to the establishment of mutual understanding. Of course, the program of academic mobility of students and professors, and joint international projects for training specialists in the sphere of intercultural communication is an example of a unique and innovative resource that focuses on the training of journalists covering ethnic issues in a changing world. Moreover, cooperation between universities in the framework of this project is an important factor of strengthening the friendly relations and the development of dialogue between Russia and Norway.

         Olga Savinova, Professor, Head of the Department of Journalism, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

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