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     My Asian Erasmus Mundus Adventure

       By Danijel Dadovic, EXPERTS4Asia Grantee (2015) from Croatia at Nanjing University

Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated with Asia, Asian culture, people, landscape and culture and I had always had a passion of curiosity to go abroad and explore that wonderful intriguing continent. In 2011, I got my first opportunity to visit Asia, through the program of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture (R.O.C.) with the task of exploring the island and everything on it, and writing my travel impressions in a form of public memoirs. 

After that 2 week experience, I knew I want to come back to Asia and was constantly looking for opportunities which would enable me to expand my “Asian adventure” in a more profound way, with myself being more integrated into the Asian society and culture.

In 2014, I discovered Erasmus Mundus | EXPERTS4Asia program, and I instantly knew this was exactly what I was looking for - the opportunity to immerse myself for a period of one month into the working and social world of Asia! I decided to go on a one month staff exchange to Nanjing University (NU) in China, to live in the city of Nanjing and to work in Student Career Center at NU. 

The positive experiences that I’ve started to accumulate from the day 1, where overwhelming! I had the honor and the privilege to work with wonderful people of China, who accepted me as one of their own, making me feel like I was a part of one big and happy family.

All of the stereotypes about Chinese, which are mostly perpetuated through media, fell instantly when I arrived. My colleagues accepted me into their working and social environment with great honor and recognition, they opened their hearts and minds to me, their opened their world. It was an amazing and fulfilling experience to learn, to teach and to be taught throughout this month of exchange (which passed astonishingly quickly). 

Every day was full of discoveries, exploring the cities and culture of China, integrating myself into their working habits and patterns, admiring and exploring how their Center functions and positively impacts their students.

I have learned about different departments of their Student Career Center, about entrepreneurial support they provide to their student startups, career management and improvement processes, guidance, counselling, teaching methods and much more. From the professional side, I’ve gained priceless inputs for my future work in the field of student support and career development, but from the personal side, I’ve gained even more.

This exchange has changed my life for better, granted me with numerous new friends and contacts, opened my mind even more and improved my global mindset. Despite all the geographical and cultural differences, it is astounding how we can find common ground with people from other side of the word, make friends and everlasting connections. 

Thank you, Erasmus Mundus | EXPERTS4Asia team for turning this opportunity into reality for me!

 

 

 


 

     “There is no life outside Gottingen. Even if it is life, it is no life like here”

         By Ansar Ali, EXPERTS4Asia Grantee (2015) from Pakistan at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Whenever I look back into my past and I thought what I want to become and what I am now is totally two sides of picture but the hard work and energy you exercise to bring your target into reality is actual achievement. 

I am Ansar Ali (Pakistan) and I did my Erasmus Semester in Georg August University of Göttingen. It was not only the study which I have to do but also to enjoy my life in Germany (Erasmus Parties and Meetings with friends from all over the world). University of Göttingen is one of top ranked in Germany and in best 100 of the world. To study in a University which holds 49 Nobel Prize winner is absolutely a great honor for me.

Göttingen was the place that challenges my all senses at once because of the extreme from two different environments. Your senses can detect the aroma in the streets and the loud voice coming from the streets of Göttingen in night. It was not like my home but is a place where I can live very happy. My stay was mostly in Göttingen known as the city of students (Germans & International).

This city is not so big but quiet and calm and very beautiful. In the day time streets are fully crowded with people and some old couples having a cup of tea, some are taking ice-cream and some of them are just walking in the city center. The city is like in the heart of Germany. Day life in Göttingen is different from night life.

I met here with a lot of students all around the world and the dinner and days spent with them are never to forget in my life. It looks like thousands of culture merges in small Göttingen. I learned a lot about different cultures their way of daily life and food from world. There was always talking with Erasmus friends about their families there cities and their foods. Now I have friends all over the world is the best part of my Erasmus that enable me to have international friends. For me is not only the time to learn also to become socialize.

Of course there was a difference in education but during my stay I learned a lot which will be helpful in my future program. It is best way to explore the Europe and learn new technologies from the one of the developed country.

Once you become an Erasmus student travelling is the part of your time and I enjoyed to travel a lot with new friends through Italy and Paris. In my own opinion I learned a lot from travelling with enjoying as well. The Erasmus Mundus Scholarship provides me ample opportunities to learn, travel and meeting new friends. At the end I will say only: 

Erasmus

Changing Lives

Opening Minds

Mixing The World

 


 

     My EXPERTS Story

        By Anil Kurhe, EXPERTS I Grantee (2011 - 2012) from India at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Basically I belong to a very rural back ground from farmers family have completed primary education in the village (population then 700, now about 1000) that did not had a school building. The "school" was held under the shade of a tree. I was an average student; not very bright, not a dullard either. After this I have completed my further education up to M. Sc. and Ph.D. in a critical condition.

But due to our financial condition it could not possible to continue it and joined as a Asst. Professor at one institute under the University of Pune. But I was not satisfied in that, because feeling was to learn something different and fill the gap of my knowledge. 

During the same period I could listen about the Erasmus Mundus External Co-operation window and he opportunities of the scholarships especially for the students researchers for the further studies. This programme had really opened the platform for me and gave me a chance to learn something very different that I couldn’t before. It was a great achievement for me when I joined this Erasmus Mundus Expert programme as an grantee.

It was my first visit to any other country. It was totally different kinds of experience because I was in different country, culture, language and human life style. During this visit I can say, I could observe and learn languages, culture and especially the equality of male and female which is till have not in my country.

Regarding the research, after a short period of learning I started to work on a study related with the gametogenetic cycle of Anemonia viridis using some classical staining techniques (hematoxylin / eosin), in this study the first aim was to compare four different regions of the Galician coast in terms of gonadal development and reproduction cycle, because, this specie is an important commercial specie for human consumption in the south of Spain.

The work was performed on previous collected samples (Anemonia viridis) from west coast of Spain, and measurement of oocyte diameter, the number of males, females and immature animals of Anemonia viridis, statistical analysis were made, but due to the high number of immature samples which found in some months, we could apply immune-cytochemical techniques by using antibodies against proliferating call nuclear antigen (PCNA) to know the proliferation cells in the gonads or not were carried out.

In short, activities in the host university included:

  • Learning: Experimental techniques and protocols,
  • Fixation, Sectioning, Staining of tissues (molluscs) for optical and electron
  • Microscopy.
  • Immuno-cytochemical,
  • PCR
  • Western blotting
  • Cryostats microtome etc.
  • Research: To study the gametogenetic cycle of Anemonia viridis using some classical staining techniques (hematoxylin / eosin) and             Immuncytochemical techniques by using antibodies against proliferating call Nuclear antigen (PCNA) to know the proliferation cells in the gonads or not.

This visit benefited to me in strengthening my knowledge in the field of science and helps to improve the research standard of my home university.  Also I understand the teaching and learning pattern in higher educational which are important and currently am trying to implement/ apply in my home university.

Research Collaborations:

During the research stay I could make a research proposal with my research guide research coordinator (Prof. Miguel A. Rodriguez Diaz) to implement the work on effect of heavy metals accumulations in molluscs from the coast of Maharashtra, India.

This proposal has already submitted to the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, and is in the grant process. Also we are trying to make a joint research group with research scientist from the Faculty of Biology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain and scientist from National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India, and process is in progress. 

In addition, we have established the contacts with Dr. Baban Ingole, (Senior scientists, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India) to implement a co-ordinate research grant between India and University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain on the effect of heavy metals in gonadal maturation, reproduction, and somatic tissues of commercially important molluscs for human consumption, and in the measurement of heavy metals concentration in water and sediments.

During the this stay I could established contacts University of Santiago de Compostela and two Indian universities for bilateral collaboration (research collaboration, exchange of students, staff, pre and post doctorate),

  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India- University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (BAMU-USC).
  • Pravara Rural Education Society, Pravaranagar, India- University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (PRES-USC). And recently in 2013 University of Santiago de Compostela have successfully started a Euphrates programme with these universities and the work is in progress.

Regarding stay:

Research stay in the University of Santiago de Compostela was memorable and fantastic. My stay was fruitful productive, and am grateful to the Experts consortium for giving me a great opportunity to work with an ideal and perfect place.

Everybody helps me a lot in every sense, supervisor, staff and the researcher of faculty is so cooperative and helping.  I spend a beautiful time with them. Only I can say that the stay have boosted me to do the work for my society and poor people for their up-liftment and overall development.

Only I would like to express my view about the period that, 10 moths are very short periods to learn, to work and that must be extend in future. 

 


 

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