Learning Lithuanian language and culture

December 4, 2018|

Since when I came to Marijampole I encountered with good stories. I’ve been in Lithuania for 3 months, I will stay here for 5 more months. University organized trips, language course for Erasmus students. We had lessons three days a week. For a one-half month, we have been learning Lithuanian language. It was very helpful for me. Now I can communicate with locals in the Lithuanian language with basic words. During the lessons we did not just learn language, our teacher told about the country’s history. Our teacher organized a folk dances lessons for one month. During it we learned several Lithuanian national dances. It was not easy, but now we know how to dance.

Last week we danced for the the audience at the college. It was my first dance in from of the audience. We made few little mistakes but the dance was nice. At this event, Lithuanian students sang songs, played traditional musical instruments and we played some games. At the end of event we drank tea and coffee and tried the local sweets (it is my favorite part of the program😊). I am very glad I came to Lithuania. I am enjoying my time in here.

 

Suleyman Akmyradov

Erasmus intern

 

 

Erasmus internship – Suleyman Akmyradov

October 1, 2018|

 

Choosing Lithuania for Erasmus Internship was a great decision for me. Last year I decided to do the internship in Europe.  During my studies at university, I had some opportunities to do internship. It was Erasmus exchange programme. My university has an agreement and friendship with Marıjampoles kolegija. My Lithuania story started on 10’th of September, and It will continue until May.

Marijampole is the very beautiful small city. Nature is incredible here.  Everywhere green. We can go everywhere on foot. Life is not much expensive here.

I do my internship in the Erasmus office.  I met everyone working at the university, they are very politly and hospitality. We meet in the breaks and drink tea-coffee and we are talking to each other. My work to help Erasmus institutional coordinator in work with incoming student and lecturers, organize meetings, reply to some e-mails. I also do photography at university and festivals.  I am satisfied with my work.

I have been started learning Lithuanian language. I really want to learn Lithuanian language because I will stay here for 8 months.  Speaking Russian is very useful for me. Because not everyone speaks Englishin Marijampole. Teens can speak English well. Many older people can speak Russian.  During my internship, I will improve my foreign languages. If I learn the Lithuanian language, I will hope to be able speak in total 5 languages.

 

 

Last week university organized a trip to Vilnius. We visited some museums and the Parliament building. When we were in Parliament building our guide talked about politic systems of the country. During the Parliament trip, she shown us many different rooms, the trip was perfect. We saw old valuable items in the museum. All of them were incredible. Another day I came to Vilnius again with my friends, and we went to Old Town. The building’s structures amazing. We traveled Vilnius by foot and we saw many touristic places. We spent a great time in Vilnius.

I hope, during my internship for 8 months I will improve myself, learn many things about Lithuania. I am very happy to arrive in Lithuania.

Suleyman Akmyradov

Erasmus internship in Law field

July 30, 2018|

Choosing Marijampole College for our Erasmus internship was the best decision we’ve ever make. Our country, Turkey, is different from Lithuania in a lot of aspects. So, before we came here we thought adaptation would be hard. But everyone was so kind and friendly. People are very eager to help even if they can’t speak English.

Marijampole is a very beautiful and small town. We can go everywhere on foot. Nature is very amazing in here. We love to take long and peaceful walks in Poetry Park.

Our mentor in Marijampole College arranged many meetings for us, so we met people who works on our study field. First, we went to municipality’s law department. We met a lawyer who gives free legal advice to people. We learnt about their mediation system, we compared it to ours.

Next day, we visited Police Department. We learnt about the procedure and they showed us their daily work. We met a criminologist. It was very useful for us because we’re interested in criminology. She told us how she became a criminologist and gave information about the most common crimes in here. Then they showed us their working methods and things they use for their researches: footprints, fingerprints, microscopes and police cars. We left our fingerprints for memory.

Another day we went to Vilnius for visit European Consumer Centre. They showed us detailed presentations about consumer’s right and how they solve consumer’s problems. We also went to Procecutor’s Office. We learnt about their judicial system and we told them about ours. We saw a room where they keep their old things. It was like a little museum. There were old typewriters, procecutor’s uniform and photos of all the prosecutors they had in the past.

All of those visits were very important experiences for us. We had the chance for improving our English. We even learn a few Lithuanian words too.

We’ll be here for three months but we already wish it was longer. Being here as an Erasmus intern is a precious academical and cultural experience.

 

 

Burcu Arsakay and Caglayan Goksu,

Erasmus trainees

Taking care of nature

April 25, 2018|

On April 20th, Marijampole college society have gathered for an event „Darom“.

College employees, lecturers and students helped around the environment in college territory. Since every year we work hard on keeping our environment clean, this year there was not much to work on. We mostly managed to clean up the park of wooden scrap and other waste. Now the environment looks a lot more appealing to the eye. Most importantly, that it was fun and everyone had a good time.

 

Redactor: Saimonas Padimanskis

 

On April 24th, Marijampole college society and the students from various study programs, also former college students have gathered for one goal – planting oaks. We have planted young oaks all over the park of Kvietiskis. At the end of the ceremony, everyone enjoyed hot coffee, in the meantime the songs of national art group “Suduonele” echoed in the park. The manager of the farm service was happy to organize this marvellous event – Kvietiskis park now has 31 oaks.

 

“For everything to grow and bloom”

Redactor: Gintaras Dulinskas

Marijampole College strengthens links with regional schools

April 17, 2018|

April 12th, informational seminar took place in Marijampole College, which is dedicated to the heads of regional schools. Marijampole College administration representatives presented the latest changes in 2018 admission to Lithuanian higher schools. Also discussed the expected direction of activities of the college in the coming years. School heads praised the graduates of the College, some were even asked to work in their respective offices.

During the event the cooperation agreements have been signed. Having been unable to attend, school leaders cooperation agreements will be signed in the nearest future. It is planned that a total of about 20 cooperation agreements will be signed. It is true, that cooperation between the college and regional schools has been going on for years. This year representatives of the College have visited almost all regional schools. We hope, that in future cooperation will continue to rise and will take interesting new forms.

At the end of the seminar, round table discussion took place. School leaders have admitted, that part of graduates choose studies abroad and even a larger part emigrate to work abroad. It was agreed to cooperate actively by informing the graduates about employment opportunities and career possibilities in our region.

 

Povilas Šlapševičius,

Editor: Saimonas Padimanskis

Marijampole College Public Communication and Marketing Department manager.

 

International students’ experience in Marijampole

April 11, 2018|

“As a student of Marijampole College I have had an awesome period of my life. Both the University and the city perfectly fit every need that a higher education pursuant can have. The study programmes are quite diverse and each of the syllabi boasts a peculiar combination of subjects, which had made me consider for a while what programme here would I prefer the most. So far, and I am writing it almost at the end of third academic year, the entire study period has been absolutely fascinating: the curriculum is immensely interesting and applicable in real life, the professors are well versed not only in their scientific field but also in the ways of imparting knowledge to students, and incorporate various educational methodologies during lectures, which besides rendering the studies extra interest also makes them more effective. And, even when homework projects are given it does not take long to complete them to an extent as good as you want, so once the study week, or the lectures for the day are over you have plenty of free time.

The city of Marijampole is amazing. It is not excessively large, which makes it ideal for people who enjoy peaceful and serene timespending in a clean and relatively quiet place. It has nearly all the facilities one may crave for recreation, be it a simple evening in cinema, regular exercises in one of its gyms, swimming pool, spa procedures or even more adventurous activities. Plus, the city is located approximately 40-60 minutes away from Kaunas, if one feels like going to a crowded tumultuous environment for some time. Speaking of the environment, the adaptation period here is pretty fast, the people are warm, friendly with and helpful to foreigners. Naturally, if person feels somewhat uncertain about something or needs some assistance they gladly lend a hand, so to speak, or even two. Learning a bit of Lithuanian language is enormously helpful, even though almost all shops or organization have at least one person who is conversant in English, it saves some time and provides a deeper understanding of culture, and although it is widely considered one of the most difficult languages, its phonetic nature, Latin-based alphabet, and long words makes it actually fairly easy to understand and learn the essentials necessary for communication.

During the three-year time span I have met quite a number of people all over Lithuania, salesmen, IT specialist, politicians and so on, many of whom graduated Marijampole college, and seeing how they are proficient in their domain and emotionally intelligent too reinforced my certainty that I had made the right choice while opting for Marijampole College. I could add innumerable other aspects of studies that have been delightful. Overall, the years of pleasant educational endeavours in Marijampole are truly marvellous, it has been a great investment of my time in education, cultural learning and personal development as well.”

 

Demetrio Silnitstsyno “The suit man”

The first joy of spring

April 3, 2018|

On Friday, early in the morning, there was an annual hanging of nesting boxes. Ryto elementary school third grade students and teacher herself, along with Marijampole college community did a marvelous piece of work, nesting boxes were placed around our college (which includes few for owls as well). It is important, that we keep greeting birds from their long travels. After all they are such a beauty wouldn’t you agree?

 

Interns Gintaras Dulinskas and Saimonas Padimanskis

 

 

 

 

Meeting the Professor David Harrison (USA) – the Founder of the Profession of Social Work in Lithuania

September 29, 2017|

September 27 – Lithuanian Social Workers Day. The first meeting of the Lithuanian Social Workers Association was held on September in 1993 during which it was decided to celebrate Lithuanian Social Workers Day on the 27th of September, as this day is related to St. Vincent de Paul Day who was the founder of a social work in France in the XVI century. However, the roots of social work in Lithuania may be found a bit earlier.

On Wednesday, the students of social work of Marijampole University of Applied Sciences  had a great opportunity to participate in the lecture of Professor David Harrison (USA) who shared his thoughts about difficulties in formation and development of social work in Lithuania. The professor was the first American who shared his valuable long-term experience in the field of social work during his visit in Lithuania in 1993.

Recalling the formation of a profession in Lithuania, the professor pointed out that the beginning of social work as a science and profession in the USA was very similar as it was in Lithuania. According to the professor, the only thing that distinguished Lithuania from USA was different era. Talking about USA the social work was mostly organized by the women of  colleges who were not only studying and working there but were also trying to help poor young families to pull out of poverty. Only much later, this activity brought the attention of the academic community and the collaboration of the academic and non-governmental organizations began.

The guest revealed that during his first visit in Lithuania in 1990 he faced a big chaos in the field of social work. However, after meeting some people that were extremely thirsty for changes such uncertainty dispersed very soon. The professor soon started to work with the students of social work program at Vytautas Magnus University (VMU). According to the professor, the beginning was challenging, as the descriptions of social work and social worker were very inaccurate as nobody had a clear idea about what does it mean to be a professional social worker.

The professor was pleased to be able to meet the students of Marijampole University of Applied Sciences, who are very committed to the work for our society. The latter were curious and had a chance to discuss various questions about various aspects of social work.

We are very pleased to be one of the few high schools in Lithuania, which makes a great effort to meet the growing demand for social work specialists. We notice that because of the aging of population and the growing spectrum of social services, this demand will no doubt grow in the future.

 

Marijampole University of Applied Sciences

 

Translated by:

Karolis Sinskas,

Senior specialist at Department Of International Studies and Relations

 

CULINARY ARTS AND CULINARY BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

August 30, 2017|

The continues training of the National Practical Conference The Eco-Friendly restaurant Business: Choice or Necessity was held in Marijampolės kolegija / University of Applied Science on the 29th of August, 2017 due to implementation of Erasmus+  KA2 project  No. 2015-1-BG01-KA204-014346 Culinary Arts Education in Support of Youth Employment and Social Inclusion (CASYS).

The participants of the Territorial Labour Exchange of the city of Prienai have been presented with the main ideas, goals and expectations of the project as well as the adult learning course Culinary Arts and Culinary Business Management.

During the event, the participants have aquired good practices from the developed Culinary Arts and Culinary Business Management joint-staff training. The lecturer Dalia Miliuvienė from Marijampolės kolegija / University of Applied Science shared her international experience knowledge and best practices achieved in Varna International College as well presented online training course and encouraged participants for future collaboration.

 

What is my European identity?

May 19, 2017|

What is more important: my identity or empathy?

Lecturers and students of Accounting course at Marijampole College/ University of Applied Sciences recently had the opportunity to participate in the conference “European and National Identity”, which was organized by our social partners “Sveikatingumo idėjos“. The aim of the conference was to promote the internationalization of European citizens, to disseminate a good practice, involving young people in socially useful activities and developing their entrepreneurship.

The conference took place in Kekava (Latvia). During the conference, the following presentations were given:

* Sandra Brūna (Ghetto Games Latvia) – “Medicines for World’s Ghettos”

* Agnese Logina (Curator of Riga Film Museum) – “Experimental cinema and the art of moving image – platform for the search of the national identity in 20th and 21st century”

* Juris Cibuls (Linguist, ABC-book collector) – “People of the word, their languages and ABC-books”

* Arstarulsmirus Arsujumfus – Tarus (Music producer, trainer of personal growth) – “Long term influence of music and lyrical content on society”

* Madara Ūlande (Director at Social Entrepreneurship Association of Latvia) – “Social + Business: The Unusual 21st century European Love Story”.

Later on, we attended the workshops on the following topics:

* Finding my place under the Sun.

* History of candles in world and in Europe – candles as a part of our creative thinking (made by handmade of candles).

* My European identity – what is it?

* Social + Business: All Hands on Desk.

* Who do you think you are and what kind of tools to use in answering the question?

We also engaged in pleasant and businesslike conversations with participants from other countries. When the conference was over, we had a friendship evening.

We are very grateful to Šarūnė Petrošiūtė, the employee of “Sveikatingumo idėjos”, for the opportunity to get to know the culture of European countries and their national identity.

International conference “European and national identity” is a part of the project “Challenges for Europe: Understand and Overcome together”, co-financed by the Europe for Citizens program.

 

Lecturer Danguolė Šidlauskienė

Lecturer Živilė Myru

Student Eglė Gerulytė