Classroom attendance in Belgium and an online course at the BTU in Germany - it works out well for Melani Dzhanaralieva. If the student can't make it to the digital seminar on time, she can access all the content later on the Moodle platform. She likes that. The accessibility of the lecturers from Cottbus is also an absolute plus for her.
"I think the Body of Knowledge course is very enriching. We learn a lot of interesting things about the world that surrounds us. It's really nice to broaden and enrich my horizon and open up new subject areas." Exciting content and accessible lecturers - Melani Dzhanaralieva would definitely recommend the course. "You get an impression of how the faculty works, what similarities and differences there are to the course programme at the end of the day. Exciting content and accessible lecturers - Melani Dzhanaralieva would definitely recommend the course. "You see how this faculty works, what are the similarities and differences with the courses that are taught at your university. It's a great experience to study at more universities than just your home university."
This experience is made possible by the EUNICE alliance, the European University for Customised Education, of which BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is a member. The course in which the Belgian is taking part belongs to the EUNICE programme under the label Global Competences. In this area, the aim is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to act locally, think globally and be successful in a global society. Thus, participants not only acquire knowledge in a specific subject, but also analyse it from the perspective of globalisation. At the same time, they have the opportunity to discuss and interact with lecturers and students from different countries, which helps them to look at global issues from different angles. The next Global Competences courses will already start in January 2022 and interested students can register for them now.
"EUNICE gives us students the opportunity to study at several universities. This enriches our view of Europe - and of Europe's diversity. Until recently, I didn't know about EUNICE. Now I am happy to be a part of it," says Melani Dzhanaralieva. She would have been happy to come to the BTU for a short stay. However, due to the pandemic situation, this is not possible at the moment. She hopes that things will get better and that she will be able to take part in a course and get to know the university. And who knows, maybe she'll even do a Master's degree in Germany. In any case, one thing is already certain: no matter where her future takes her, she wants to continue her volunteer work. "When I have time besides studying and sports, I make sandwiches for the homeless together with friends or we buy food for their pets. I think it's important to do something useful for society."
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