Jean Monnet International Winter School “Effective Eco-Management for the European Future of Ukraine” (22.01.2022, online)
On 22 January 2022, the Jean Monnet International Winter School “Effective Eco-Management for the European Future of Ukraine” took place on the basis of the Department of Environmental Safety and Labor Protection of the National University of Food Technologies. The online event was supported by the EU Erasmus+ Jean Monnet projects implemented at the department and was aimed at developing active cooperation between the university community and representatives of secondary education in Ukraine. The School was opened by the rector of the National University of Food Technologies prof. Alexander Shevchenko. The Dean of the faculty Assoc. Proff. Natalia Gregirchak, expert of the National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine Petro Krainik, Deputy Director of the National Center of the Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Tetiana Peshcherina and academic project coordinator of the Jean Monnetprojects ECO and EUforUA prof. Igor Yakymenko.
The school gathered a record number of participants – 258 people from almost all corners of Ukraine – Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Rivne and many other cities, towns and villages. Participants of all ages and statuses – students, teachers, school principals, and learners of university colleagues – were active participants in the event. The rich program of the School included speeches by experts from university environmental education (Oksana Nychik, Igor Yakymenko, Serhiy Kyrylenko), from the National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine (Petro Krainik), from experts in school education (Tetyana Koblyuk, Olga Prutsakova), environmental business (Ievhenii Lukashevych), bright presentations of environmental students of different study years (Iryna Gulevata – participant of the Erasmus+ ICM action, currently at the University of Szczecin, Poland, Valeria Vyshneva, Kateryna Kozodoi, Valeria Kozhan, Stanislav Usenko) and graduates (Ievhenii Shapovalov). In addition, environmental students (Elizaveta Koretska, Stanislav Usenko and Volodymyr Ishchenko) conducted a virtual video tour in the university for the participants of the School.
The general conclusion of the School and the Round Table, which took place at the end of a busy and fruitful working day (despite the fact that it was Saturday), is an important initiative, interesting for all participants and should be continued. Therefore, the School has achieved its goal – the university has new friends, partners and a lively interest of schoolchildren – the future entrants to the environmental challenges of the modern world.