M. Auezov South Kazakhstan University
Manat Shomanbayeva mobility visit took place from 12 December till 18 December 2022 under the auspices of the EU funded Erasmus+ program for the purposes of # 598367-EPP-1-2018-1-SE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP "Integrated Approach to STEM Teacher Trainig", STEM organized by Master of Science Una Kiviluoto and Prof. Maija Aksela, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Interview of Manat Shomanbayeva:
“At the University of Helsinki, I was at the Kumpula Campus, designed for research and teaching in the exact natural sciences.
The Kumpula campus is the science campus of the University of Helsinki. The campus is located about four kilometers from the center of Helsinki, in the Kumpula area. The Kumpula campus includes three buildings: Chemicum, Exactum and Physicum.
The Kumpula Campus is one of the largest science competency clusters in Scandinavia. It offers education leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. The campus has eight - seven Finnish and one international - undergraduate programs, as well as 12 international master's programs. Teachers of mathematics, physics and chemistry are trained here.
During the visit, I took part in a lecture tour at the University of Helsinki. I also spoke with university faculty, students, and other university staff.
At the University of Helsinki, there are opportunities for motivated students to excel in science and technology, enter the technology field and succeed: motivation for engineering and science and technology careers; access to laboratories where experiments are carried out and production tasks are solved to gain experience and practice; lack of barriers limiting career and professional growth; advanced knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
There are free access study STEM technologies (digitized museum exhibits and e-books, etc.) on the basis of museums, libraries, galleries, and other public spaces to all interested persons.
The following issues were noted at the seminar (Helsinki University): training of specialists with general STEM literacy and general skills of problem-oriented thinking, that is, those who have digital and social competencies to set and complete tasks in any field and professional field (in medicine, ecology, psychology, IT, pharmaceutics, nanotechnologies, aircraft industry and others spheres).
In conclusion, I would like to say that the University of Helsinki made a strong impression on me. The laboratory where the classes were held was very well equipped. The university maintains links with schools, shares knowledge and equipment with them. There were 15 students and 3 teachers in the COVID-19 testing simulation class. The teachers are very well trained. The students listened very carefully. I also really liked the workplaces of teachers in the laboratory and in lecture halls. Teachers come to the classroom, connect their laptops and play the material for classes on the SMART board. The topics of the classes were as close as possible to life situations. We can say that this is the best way of interdisciplinary connections in the classroom, i.e. applying the STEM approach to conducting classes. There is no doubt that the University of Helsinki is one of the best in Europe”.
S.Amanzholov East Kazakhstan University
On December 3-12, 2022, Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Chemistry Department Afanasenkova I.V. participated in the academic mobility project at the University of Helsinki, Finland (photos 1-4). On December 3-12, 2022, Candidate of Chemical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Chemistry Department Afanasenkova I.V. participated in the academic mobility project at the University of Helsinki, Finland.