The 3rd International Summer School "Achievements and Applications of Life Sciences for Sustainable Development" completed its work

July 22, 2017

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the 3rd International Summer School at NUBiP of Ukraine successfully completed its work. Somewhat tired of the intensive course (activities in the summer school program, study visits to the farms and the preparation of group projects), but satisfied and full of new knowledge, impressions and contacts, the participants returned home. To your attention, we offer a short report of the next three days after the opening of the 3rd International Summer School, the slogan of which was "Innovations in food production for sustainable regional development." Of course, everyone interested could join the 3rd International Summer School group on Facebook (https://goo.gl/9FgWy3), and follow the events on-line, or go to the Center for Professional Development at any time ( http://science-education.com.ua/) and view photo galleries which present events of the summer school, as well as presentations and educational materials.

 
All those who, at least partly, were involved in the process of preparation, implementation, or participation in this year's summer school, could not help but feel the enthusiastic pace of events that accompanied her. Therefore, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the precise and consistent work of all departments and services of the university which have provided academic, technical and documentary assistance and support to the organizers and participants of the summer school. The smiling faces of employees in the canteen and their delicious dinners; hospitality in dorm 12, where foreign participants lived; reputable drivers of the university transport service with timely arrival of buses for field trips; the international department for the timely preparation of directions and orders - work unnoticeable, but important in the case of reception of foreign participants. Special gratitude to Professor Andriy Getia, Head of Department of Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology of Animals, and Associate Professor Yury Kravchenko, Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection for organizing study and field classes in the summer school program.
 
And now a report with commentaries and impressions:
 
Every day classes started at 9 am in cool and comfortable meeting room 37 of building 4, kindly offered to us by the head of the department of fodder production, reclamation and meteorology Hryhorii Demidas, and with the technical support and assistance of a graduate student of the department, Maxim Zakhlebaev.
 
 
Theoretical classes on the problems of eco-service to ensure sustainable development were presented by prof. Edith Hevelke from Warsaw University of Life Sciences; the question of formation of consumer preferences of the population taking into account dietary aspects, were covered by prof. Carolina Lozhnoy (Wroclaw University) and information and software services for livestock farms were offered by an associate professor of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Biotechnology Oleksandr Valchuk.
 
 
 
 
The outreach training on the theme "Cultivation of animals for sustainable development of rural territories", organized by Professor Andriy Getia, included an educational visit to the farm "Terezyne". The participants of the school learnt about advanced technologies for breeding high-yielding cows and robotic milking equipment from De-Laval.
 
 
 
 
The milk-machines for selling fresh milk aroused enthusiasm among students who immediately suggested installing  such machines at the university.
 
 
 
 
The next day, a 100 km trip to Zgurivsky district of Kiev region to the farm "Tetiana 2011" (reference: the head of the farm Vasyl Zvyk already received the participants of the international summer school last year).
 
 
And here we are - a farm spreading over three villages, a total area of 2,500 hectares, the main source of income - crop production - wheat, soybeans, sunflower, corn, sugar beet. In addition, potatoes and other vegetable crops, as well as an apple orchard with drip moistening. But there are goats for an innovative project and a real hobby for the leader and his colleagues! And in order to learn about the functioning of a high-productivity farm for 500 heads of pedigree French goats, we have covered a fairly significant way. But, what we have seen has surpassed all our expectations.
 
 
 

Last year, visiting the farm, we witnessed the construction of entrances to the milk processing building for 7 thousand litres of milk per day for the production of dairy products and French cheeses, the completion of interior work, and setting up technological lines. Today, the production range of  the trade mark "Zinka" is more than twenty products, and retail outlets in Kiev are in line for these quality products. And all that is produced by only one private farm!

 
 
 
There are separate premises for dairy goats (reference: one goat gives 4.8 litres of milk daily!), male goats and young animals. Milking is fully automated by the De-Laval Milking Machines. The animals are fed on specially designed rations, in clean stalls with adjustable ventilation and temperature. 
 
 

From the first glance at the happy goat flock at Vasyl‘s farm, it seems that you are on a farm in France, where, in fact, these domestic goats were brought from.

 
 
In order to convince those present that the products are delicious, as well as to overcome the stereotype about the presence of a specific odor, Vasyl Zvyk and his assistants laid the table for us to taste sour milk drinks and cheeses of the trademark Zinka.
 
 
 
 
Participants in the summer school enjoyed tasting goat milk with fat content of 1.5%, 2.6% and 3.2%, several types of kefir and bifidoyogurt, as well as a whole range of cheese made according to the recipes of French technologists.
 
There is no need to explain the benefits of goat milk, its nutritional value and benefits.  Professor Jozefa Chrzanowska from University of Wroclaw, who has got many years of experience in scientific research and is an EU expert in this field, visited the processing plant for goat milk and the production of cheese on French technologies. Her conclusion is:  "Technological lines correspond to the best European analogues, and the taste of cheese is one of the best that she has ever tasted".
 
 
Mr. Vasil as a true master and enthusiast of his business (we are looking for such partners for cooperation) can spend hours talking about his favourites, the stages of setting up the enterprise and plans for the near future. And they are really grandiose - construction of a meat processing plant and a separate cheese production plant.
 
 
At the end of our visit we had lunch in a local restaurant.
 
 

Saturday - the last day of the program - presentation of group projects, summing up the summer school and awarding certificates. Each of the three groups presented interesting, non-standard projects in the field of plant growing, livestock breeding and milk processing.

 
 
 
 
 
According to the results of project evaluation and significant personal engagement in the issues, activity and high level of English proficiency, foreign tutors chose one student from each group who will have the opportunity to do a free of charge weekly internship at one of these partner institutions, in particular, Mykola Dereva - in Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Christina Kurt - in Wroclaw University, Maxim Grychanyuk - at the Institute of Horticulture in Skernewitz.
 
 
 
 
Finally, here are some impressions from the participants of the 3rd International Summer School.
 
 
Mykhailo Matveyev, a student of the Faculty of Animal Sciences and Water Bioresources: " I had a great time at the international summer school. Within four days the program of the events was very intensive and interesting. In particular, the participants had an opportunity to visit two agricultural enterprises: TVD Terezyne and Tetyana 2011. Study visits were instructive for specialists in the field of animal husbandry as well as for all other participants of the summer school. In TED Terezyne, we saw modern process of milking cows using milking robots. In addition, all those present were able to buy fresh, chilled milk in a milk machine for 12 hryvnas per litre. I believe that this is a very good and convenient way of buying and selling milk, and it would be a great idea to install such milk machines within the campus and university buildings. It was interesting to travel to the goat farm "Tetiana 2011", during which the participants gained knowledge about the latest technologies of keeping goats and stack sour-milk products and cheeses of the trade mark "Zinka", the taste and quality of which left no one indifferent.
 
In my opinion, the most important thing in such events is communication and the possibility to share knowledge and experience among professionals and students in an informal setting. In addition, I believe that communicating in English is also an important aspect of human development. Many thanks to all the people who participated in organizing this event. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to take part in this event. Looking forward to the next summer school".
 
 
 
Prof. Carolina Lozhna, Wroclaw University of Natural Sciences:
 
"My impressions of participating in the school are echoed by the quote from the American writer Crystal Woods, who said, “I want to take all our best moments, put them in a jar, and take them out like cookies and savor each one of them forever".  When I first took part in last year's summer school, I met your culture, customs, warmth and hospitality - things that we often forget in daily bustle. Therefore, having received an invitation to give lectures a second time, it was obvious that I will come here to gather experience and warmth, put them "in the jar" and enjoy all the next year.
 
We invite you to visit our site https://science-education.com.ua, where you will find the materials, presentations of group projects and photos, as well as the impressions of all participants of the 3rd International Summer School.
 
 
 
 
 
Prof. Natalia Demeshkant,
Department of Innovation Management
Liudmyla Dankevych,
Department of English Philology 
 
 
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