AREAS+ Stories

  1. Ven. Horn Ken from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic - master level
  2. Ven. Sumanasiri Wilgamuwe from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic - bachelor level
  3. Hean Menghong from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia - bachelor level
  4. Putri Wahyuni Siburian from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogakarta, Indonesia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany - bachelor level
  5. Nur Atiqah Sayuti from Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal - bachelor level
  6. Bunthet Cham from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic - PhD level
  7. Tran Mai Huong from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam. AREAS+ Academic Staff mobility at University of Trento, Italy
  8. Nissanka Bandara Arampath & Saman Palitha Rajapaksha Vithanage from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. AREAS+ Administrative Staff mobility at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France
  9. Linh Thu Thai from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. AREAS+ Administrative Staff mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic & Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  10. Tapas Ranjan Sahoo from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Politecnico di Torino, Italy - PostDoc level
  11. Souvik Ghosh from University of Calcutta, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at City University of London, United Kingdom - PhD level
  12. Aaro Hazak from Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. AREAS+ Academic Staff mobility at National University of Laos, Vientiane
  13. Tran Trung Hieu from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Politecnico di Torino, PhD level
  14. Jitendra Kumar Mishra from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at City University of London, Great Britain – PhD level
  15. Joserose Capricho from Visayas State University, Baybay, The Philippines. AREAS+ Administrative Staff mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
  16. Koeuth Samuth from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ full mobility at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia - master level
  17. Sanjeev Kumar Raghuwanshi from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at City University of London, Great Britain - PostDoc level
  18. Guillermo Marin from University of the Basque Country, Spain. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India - PostDoc level
  19. Harry Freitag Luglio Muhammad from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. AREAS+ Academic Staff mobility at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

  1. Ven. Horn Ken from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic - master level

    10 Best things Erasmus students must know about Brno City

    Link: http://www.leadershipable.com/2016/02/10-best-things-erasmus-students-must.html   

    How much you know about Brno city? Do you like living in Brno? How is your study? Hope everything goes fine with you all since Brno city is one of the best destination for you. Every year, there are many hundreds of incoming and outgoing students under many different kinds of programme studying, internship and working in Brno, and specifically having many classes in Masaryk University.

    Throughout the year, Brno City Hall receives very positive impressions, appreciation and awards from students. Most of the students who have been in Brno from five months or more enjoy so much life in Brno. They make their best way of life here. Why they are so joyful with everything in Brno? In fact, there are many factors to point out but let's just summarize them into top 10 things that make Brno city differentiating from other and make students' life much brighter.

    1) Brno is the second largest city in Czech Republic. With more than 378,327 inhabitants according to national census in 2013, Brno is the second largest city following Prague, Capital city of Czech Republic. Brno is one the busiest and most wanted destination for business. With the size of the territory she is holding, Brno is home to many different kinds of activities ranging from educational to cultural, from social to economic, and from legal to political. She produces lots of working forces, educated people, job market, and various types of businesses.

    2) Masaryk University, the second largest and famous university: In Brno, there are two major universities but the most famous and important one is Masaryk University. Named as the second most popular universities in Czech Republic, Masaryk University is working day and night to produce effective and productive human resources. If you were in Brno, you will witness that one in six people are students. This is the core reason why Brno is so famous, large and that Masaryk university has been named the second largest.

    3) Safety and Security: Because the majority of inhabitants are students in Brno city, there is no doubt that the city is in chaos. Students coming from other regions in Czech Republic and international students have one main purpose which is to study, nothing more nothing less. So, these students will not bring much trouble to the city. Except if they will have party, then all are going so safe and secure.

    4) Friendly people: Like many other nations, Czech people is so kind and friendly. Although they may not speak much foreign language, they remain helpful in all situations. For example, at the public office where students want to officially buy the transport ticket they officers there couldn't speak much English but they are so generous. They are trying to use body language to help process work till the end. Along the way, you will see local people say Hello/Hi in their language and when they are leaving they would say Goodbye/See you always. This kind of practice shows us that people are so kind to each other and that it also happens to foreign students as well.

    5) Cheap to live: This fifth is one of the best characteristics of Brno city or Czech Republic in general. The cost of living in Brno is so reasonable. With a thousand euro or about 27,000 CZK, people live in Brno easily. Brno is a good place for students, as such. As a student, we cannot earn much money so the minimum of 27,000 CZK is really the best gift for student. You may not believe it but if you were at the supermarket or shop, you will definitely find very cheap goods especially foods.

    6) Clean: The other charming of Brno city is its cleanliness. Like many civilized cities in the world such as those in Japan, Brno city is so charming in terms of its beauty, clean and hygiene. Along the streets in Brno city, you rarely see trash, waste or plastic bag. Even interesting than that you will never see Czech people throwing trash away without responsibility at all. Also, the city hall is working their best to keep the city order, clean and security.

    7) Well-organized: The infrastructure and the decoration of the city is another glorious thing of Brno city. Look the building at your right or left hand side and you will see that all houses, public offices, malls, shops, supermarket and roads are built and designed perfectly match the space and time. This allow no traffic jams or any bad accidents. From one public building to another, people can also access to it easily with varieties of transportation means such as bus, tram, train and taxi etc.

    8) There are two main courts - Constitutional court and Supreme Court of Administration: Following the old fashion of separating of power, Czech government decided to put many of its top institutions away from each other. In this case, Brno city is a house to two important, national courts - the Constitutional court and the Supreme Court of Administration. Right next to the Red Church in Brno, you will find a very nice building which is a place where national judges are working to preserve the goodness of Czech constitution. On the side of the street and next to Scalar Cinema, you will find another famous, newly court which is the Supreme Court of Administration. These two courts are the main symbol of Brno city and that they make Brno the most valuable.

  2. Ven. Sumanasiri Wilgamuwe from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic - bachelor level

    I was selected as an exchange student under the Areas+ scholarship in to Masaryk University in Czech Republic from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. I student in that programme for 10 months. I am very happy about the Europeans. They are very peaceful. They live with the assistance of the technology.
    In the same way under this scholarship programme the foreign students can get a lot of significant experiences. Visiting the important places in the world, consuming different types of food, gaining technological education and studying on the European culture are some of the experience which cannot be forgotten.
    I did my student on linguistics. I gained lot of important information in the study of this subject. I could turn the journey of my life in to a different path. I wish to pay my sincere thanks to everyone who organized this form of a programme. In the same way I convey my best wishes to continue this for the benefit of many and may this programme support the world to be more peaceful.

  3. Hean Menghong from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia - bachelor level

    Imagine you came from Cambodia, a warm and sunny country, to witness snow for the first time. Imagine the excitement you may feel. My Erasmus experience in Estonia and in Europe was largely filled with that kind of excitement.

  4. Putri Wahyuni Siburian from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogakarta, Indonesia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Georg August Universität Göttingen, Germany - bachelor level

    One word would describe the meaning of AREAS+ for me, upgrade, in a game, it's like I succeed to unlock one level and ready for the next level of achievement. It’s the time when I am living in my dream, why I say AREAS+ is an upgrade? How so?
    Here you go an upgrade from never into ever that happens to my life with AREAS+:
    1) The university, the lecturer, the classes, the library is just beyond awesome, outstanding education system and sophisticated technology couldn’t be more fascinates me.
    2) Not gonna lie I am getting smarter, I speak a little bit German, more fluent in English, and the most important I am ready became agricultural expert in field or in research laboratory.
    3) I built faith in humanity, I respect diversity, I learn how to deal with conflict and solve the problem, I become open minded and think maturely, in nutshell I got tons of soft skill and interpersonal characteristics.
    4) New friends, new family, new food, new climate, etc. The feeling it’s like we got Christmas and New Year present when we are kids. It feels overwhelming.
    5) The classic one but yet is unforgettable; the first impression sees the snow, see Europe landmarks such as Eiffel tower and Pisa. Visit country around, get lost in solo traveling, freezing to death waiting for the train, starving in the bus, talk to local by body language. Thank you Erasmus Mundus.

  5. Nur Atiqah Sayuti from Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal - bachelor level

    Erasmus: Braga, Portugal

    April 1, 2016

    Link: https://atiqahsayuti.wordpress.com/category/erasmus/

    Assalamualaikum

    Ola, Bom dia! (Hi, Good morning!)

    I’m currently studying in Braga and Inshaallah will go back to Malaysia in July! So excited when I imagine about it! Okay, I know it’s kinda rare situation for Malaysian to study in Portugal and Alhamdulillah I’ve got this opportunity to learn so many things in a short time. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone- Neale Donald Walsch”. It’s true! And to get something, we need to sacrifice another thing.
    I think it is kinda “rare” situation (again, I used “rare”) for Malaysians to travel and visit Portugal. Normally Malaysians will go to Paris, Spain and Italy (top-listed places to go) if they want to go to Europe for vacation. Right? (I hope I’m not wrong). So it’s kinda my “responsibility” to share some photos and stories about Braga (and Porto in another post) since I’m residing in Braga right now. Porto is one of the beautiful city in Portugal. To attract some of you who might want to come here, well… since Portugal is being bordered by Spain to the north and east, why not you come here if you’re already in Madrid or Barcelona or even Paris? It’s not that far from there to here. hehe
    Portugal is a Southwestern European country, its capital is Lisbon, which is the largest city in Portugal. Main language is Portuguese and tourist hotspots in Portugal are Lisbon, Algarve, Madeira, Porto and the city of Coimbra. So, like I’ve mentioned before, I’m gonna share about one of the popular city in Portugal, Porto later … (I choose you! *Pokemon tone*).
    University of Minho (my host university) is a public university in Portugal and it has two campuses, which is one in Braga and another one in Guimaraes.
    As of 2013, the University of Minho appears on the ranking of Times Higher Education as one of the 100 best universities of the world under the age of 50, occupying the 76th position. In 2014, it placed 75th overall. The university is widely regarded for the number of citations of its published papers. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2015, the university was ranked between 351 and 400 worldwide. (Source: Wikipedia)
    Braga is northwestern city in Portugal. The nearest airport from Braga is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Usually it takes 50 minutes by GetBus from the bus station in the city center to OPO. It costs 8euro for adult and 14euro for return ticket. Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte is one of the top attractions in Braga. If you want to experience nature and breathtaking view from the top of the mountain, this is the place that you’re looking for! *lalala*

    Erasmus: Art of Reminiscences

    June 15, 2016

    Link: https://atiqahsayuti.wordpress.com/category/erasmus/ 

    13th June 2016, Monday. End of final examination. Say what? Say hoooraayyyyyy!!! Alhamdulillah, gone through the hardest three weeks as a student this semester. 
    Done classes, assignments, presentations and finally the worst nightmare ever, EXAMS. The ultimate healing mechanism, every students waiting for, (beep beep boop) Summer Break! Here I am, counting days to go back to my country, missing every moments with family and friends in holy Ramadhan. My first experience fasting abroad, alone for 17 hours per day. While recollecting thoughts and staring blankly into space, I wanted to pile up few pictures from the very first time I came here. I try to revisit good memories, and yeah. Here I am…

  6. Bunthet Cham from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic - PhD level

    I am Cham Bunthet, a doctorate student from Pannasastra University of Cambodia and an AREAS+ exchange student, doctorate mobility level, to Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic from September 5 2014 till September 5 2015.

    Academically, I have completed a course, Morality and Public Sphere (10 credits), which is primarily required by my home university. Besides, I have fruitfully been working on my dissertation. My supervisor at the Host University, Mr. Jan Sirucek, has offered me plenty of readings and suggestions on my research work. With his support, I got a great chance to reframe my dissertation topic and completed, as planned, my drafted research proposal and three drafted chapters of my dissertation work.

    Mr. Jan Sirucek has introduced me to a group of his students who initially offered a great support to arrange a presentation of my research work on "Cambodia's Society and Morality". We, both as a presenter and participants, have learned quite a fair amount of Cambodia's social and moral understandings as well as we have got chance to literally make some distinctions and comparisons between Cambodia and Czech Republic, especially on women roles in social relations. I also have attended some series of seminars and lectures on research methods, data collection methods, and data analysis methods. Besides, I have received some wonderful advices and consultations from other doctorate students here at Masaryk University. I have attended several interesting courses in the faculty of social studies and the faculty of laws related to European Studies and European Human Rights Laws, without being officially registered, and I found them very fascinating and significant.

    Moreover, I have participated in a volunteer teaching program with the International Students Club to teach English and to share some moral and social understandings and norms from my country. Sharing some positive thoughts and a sense of humility to high school students was my utmost pleasure during my stay here and I have made a good work of it.

    Having chances to meet and share experiences, social and cultural diversities with students from other parts of the planet was also amazing. I have learned a lot from them. Their individualistic mentality and behaviors have challenged me sometimes because I have felt the extremism sometimes, but there are plenty of positive and productive perceptions rooted in those individualistic behaviors and mentality. A sense of independence of these young adults in Europe and other western countries is highly appreciated and this is a great wisdom in which Cambodian youths need to anticipate in their lives.

    Besides, this program has provided me a wonderful opportunity to experience a new life in a new, mature, and professional part of the planet. Even though I have experienced plenty forms of cultural shocks and human relations and interactions here in Europe, the social life of people here as well as other EU countries I have visited is literally 100 years ahead of us in Cambodia as well as in the ASEAN countries. From one country to another, the colors of pride and glory tell me that there are lots of work we as Cambodians as well as Aseaners need to do to promote peace, stability and prosperity in our region.

    I have a dream that one day people from my ASEAN community will cease racial hatred and delusion which we have over people from our neighboring countries and start living in a peaceful and respectful region where everyone is treated as one ASEAN by exchanging our social and cultural uniqueness and promoting democracy and respecting human rights for the entire region.

    I hope Aseaners learns all the best flavors from EU to comply for the benefits of all ASEAN people and the world and I have a passion to generate some impacts on ASEAN transformational process especially among ASEAN Youth who I have worked with through sharing my personal experiences and wisdom contemplating from this program as well as activities I have engaged so far.

    Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to my supervisor at the Host University, Mgr. Jan Sirucek, Ph.D, for his insightful advice. Without his pragmatic suggested readings and recommendation, I would not be able to find my way to reframe my dissertation work effectively during the stay here. I would also like to express my gratitude to AREAS+ coordinators, Mr. Eng Kimsan (Home University Coordinator) for his support, and Violeta Osouchova, Bohdan Fridrich, Adam Hykl, and Zuzana Zmeskalova for their wonderful assistance and hospitality for the entire year. I would also like to thank AREAS+ main coordinator for making this program available for us. Without your initiation and commitment, we would never have much a wonderful chance to experience the new planet like what we actually deserve.

  7. Tran Mai Huong from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam. AREAS+ Academic Staff mobility at University of Trento, Italy

    The mobility period in Trento lasts for six weeks and this time brings me much experience.
    Six weeks are not too long to sort out many works, some in the working plan missed and some has been added appropriately. However, the exchange trip offered me a chance to discover cities in Italy which are necessary for a person who works on architecture and urban planning as myself. Thanks to my kind supervisor Professor Bruno Zanon who has guided as well as transferred me aspiration in experiencing Italian cities. He explained me well about Italian urban history. He also introduced me to some other professors and let my time in Trento is more thoughtful
    The way to learn from urban activities observation could trigger me several thinking for issues of urban characteristics. It looks like l have time and condition to observe and compare cities and understand more about its history and development.
    Additionally, l had opportunities to interact with staffs and PhD students in DICAM, Trento university. I was offered a good place in the lab of Prof. Davide Geneletti, who are pursuing projects about ecological urban planning. Communicate with PhD students in this lab, l had a chance to understand more not only about their major in ecological planning but also about living in Trento.
    Another chance l also need to mention here is my opportunity to join the Expo Milan and visiting some pavilions. Through the expo, l can experience the way a new project-Expo Milan Master plan, bring the air of Roman urban in.
    In conclusion, my short mobility cannot let me completely understand about cities in Italy, but it offered me new visions and enhanced my inspirational budget which is extremely essential and fundamental for an architect cum lecturer as my case. With all activities were done in Trento, the exchange staff program has become an efficient way to help me open widely interaction in academic world. Additionally, it contributes to fulfill my knowledge about not only architecture and urban domain but also social, cultural living. Overall, my proposed objectives from the working plan were carried out.

  8. Nissanka Bandara Arampath & Saman Palitha Rajapaksha Vithanage from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. AREAS+ Administrative Staff mobility at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

    Recently, the government of Sri Lanka has selected our University as one of the Universities to be upgraded to a world class University. In this line, we have initiated partnerships with many foreign universities and making necessary arrangements to open our University to foreign students in addition to enhancing teaching, research and education. In this connection, the University of Peradeniya is going to establish the office of the international relation to develop its international research and deal with international students.
    Our main objectives were: to enhance students mobility to Sri Lanka, to develop teachers/researchers and administrators mobility, to improve international relations with foreign universities, to provide better services to the international students.
    Though we are the Senior administrative officers at the University of Peradeniya, this opportunity has been the first experience for us with a foreign University. Such opportunity has gained the maximum benefit for us and the University of Peradeniya too.
    During the mobility period of three months, we have obtained the vital knowledge and familiarize with how to run an international office under the supervision of the officers of the international relation at the Grenoble INP and its six schools as well as the international relation activities of the University of Grenoble Alps.
    This programme helped us immensely to contribute to transform our University into an international University. There are several areas in which we have gained experience in the administrative related field of relations international: the specialized fields such as Organization Structures, International partnerships, agreements and exchange programme of the international students, selection procedures of the international students, the issuing the invitation Letters, Student Orientation Programmes, Student Evaluation systems and internship programmes, insurance scheme, Healthcare facilities, counselling and accommodation proceedings, the Course Disciplines for Masters and PhDs and double degree programmes, Alumina and Job centre, employment opportunities, Seminars and workshops for international students, Graduation Ceremony.
    Furthermore, through this opportunity we have earned knowledge about mobilities (incoming and outgoing), grants and scholarships handling, recruitment and selection as well as work related to international students which benefited us to fulfill our desire of establishing an international relation office under the scheduled action plan with the developing strategies with corporate governance of the University of Peradeniya.
    Moreover, we have gathered the knowledge of administration and financial works related to the international relations of Grenoble INP and learned about the functions of its different schools and sections of the Grenoble INP. This could helpe us to provide the support for the University's internationalization. Accordingly, a developing strategic alliances and managing institutional partnerships and collaborations of
    the Grenoble INP was an important factor.

  9. Linh Thu Thai from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. AREAS+ Administrative Staff mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic & Politecnico di Torino, Italy

    3 weeks at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

    Cool, marvelous and inspiring are the adjectives I would like to mention to my training and trip at Masaryk University and in Czech Republic.
    I had a really nice and great experience in Masaryk University in Czech Republic for my three week mobility. The exchange was short but fruitful and it enriched my administrative skills and knowledge with useful and updated lessons learned and supporting tools.

    There are three most impressive topics that I learned from the training weeks in MU: 1) Story Telling and presentation skill workshop by TLC in one day workshop was so awesome and dynamic that I thought I cannot be nervous anymore in my future personal presentation. Both two presenters were so active in their training and asked all participants to work hard in preparing, making and presenting their own story through some story cubes. I learned how to put my emotional ideas in my presentation which is the most unthinkable. 2) Project writing is so updated and useful with many tips in preparing project proposal, using SQUAD chart to make your proposal and choosing suitable partners and most important thing-make yourself in your project proposal. 

    3) Database and email management in CIC, Masaryk University was helpful to learn and easy-tool to support users. My University does not have it and it would be great to learn and enrich our knowledge on this Erasmus database and management system for our International student's management at HUST in future.

    Brno is really located in the middle of Europe and convenient to all the big cities around like Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. April is also fabulous period without too cold or too hot weather to travel and exchange the cultural experience in Europe. 

    I had my really nice and memorial period in Prague in study tour organized by MU in visiting DZS and especially joined Vietnamese Association in Czech to find out my old friend losing contact to Prague 23 years ago, visited Lednice, ect… This mobility really made up my mind and refreshed myself so much.

    In period of mobility, I did networking, partnership building and project idea development with my participants and my own plan, hope for future cooperation as well. I enjoyed so much the experience and time with all friends, colleagues from different regions in the world (America, Africa, EU and Asia). MU - CIC supported us in arranging any other intended cooperative meetings with faculties at MU or developing any other project proposal idea with them as well. I appreciate their support and activities that they presented and shared with us.

    One week at Politecnico di Torino, Italy

    Different to the training in Masaryk University, POLITO had arranged for me a great and useful working environment in POLITO - International Affair Area. I had a chance to have a Tour of Politecnico di Torino Main Building, opportunities in meeting with Foreign Citizens Office, learning Activities with PICS Office, Meeting with Outgoing Office, Incoming Office, International Relations Office.
    I was so excited and I learned about database and useful information for managing, coordinating the work in Office. I also had meeting with PhD Office to learn about the process of administration and working environment there.

    In POLITO, I had chances to realistic experience in POLITO colleagues’ office and we shared experiences, system they daily used that was very essential for me in my work, even though organizing one “small Big Farewell party” with a internship friend in the office.

    Finally, I also delivered a HUST presentation to colleges in POLITO International Area to share and exchange our International Cooperation Department activities and got certificate in Masaryk University in 3 week administrative staff training.

  10. Tapas Ranjan Sahoo from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Politecnico di Torino, Italy - PostDoc level

    I have been able to carry out a good amount of work during my mobility period at the Politecnico di Torino. 

    The results I’ve got are really interesting and encouraging. l was able to learn some new characterization techniques like, BET, FTIR, TPR, Mass Spectroscopy etc. The research facilities at DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, are very good. The research atmosphere is excellent and my academic supervisors and co-workers Prof. Barbara Bonelli, Dr. Marco Armandi are very cooperative and are high level academic researchers.
    We are confident that me and my colleagues will be able to publish this work (whatever we have done in this last six months) in a good peer reviewed journal and we will continue this advanced collaborated research activities, even after the end of this mobility.
    l am extremely thankful to AREAS+ Erasmus Mundus programme for considering me suitable for this opportunity to come here and get accustomed to the European research culture and tradition and opening a path for this India-Europe advanced collaborated research programme.

  11. Souvik Ghosh from University of Calcutta, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at City University of London, United Kingdom - PhD level

    Souvik Ghosh wins Best Paper Award

    First published Wednesday, 21st December 2016, by John Stevenson

    Link: http://www.city.ac.uk/news/2016/december/souvik-ghosh-wins-best-paper-award

    PhD student in the Research Centre for Photonics & Instrumentation received a special honour at the Photonics 2016 conference in India.

    Souvik Ghosh, a third-year Erasmus Mundus Areas+ Fellow and PhD candidate in the Research Centre for Photonics, has won the Best Paper Award (sponsored by science publisher Springer) at the Photonics 2016 conference in India, organised by the Optical Society of America and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K). 

    Souvik's PhD research is being supervised by Professor Aziz Rahman.

    His oral presentation, Full Vectorial Finite Element Modelling: A Composite Plasmonic Horizontal Slot Waveguide as a Bio-Sensor, impressed the adjudicators in the Photonics Modelling and Quantum Optics category, out of more than 400 papers submitted.

    Support and encouragement

    Souvik is delighted to have won this Award:

    "It was a great honour to be selected as having made the best oral presentation and receiving the award sponsored by Springer. It was a wonderful experience to be there for a couple of days and attend lectures delivered by the most senior and experienced professors and researchers in my field. I got to meet people from different universities and discuss their work. It was a great opportunity to disseminate our research and also learn a lot from others. I wholeheartedly thank my supervisor Professor Rahman who has always been a great support and encouragement to me."

    Souvik received his B.Tech and M.Tech degrees in Optics and Optoelectronics (First class, 1st Rank) from Calcutta University (CU), India in 2012 and 2014, respectively. 

    His research interests include the application of two dimensional and three dimensional finite element method (FEM) in photonic devices, waveguides and resonators.

    Currently, he is working on the development and application of finite element method for the simulation of complex plasmonic waveguides and resonators.

  12. Aaro Hazak from Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. AREAS+ Academic Staff mobility at National University of Laos, Vientiane

    AREAS+ mobility paves the way to successful research cooperation

    The visit was primarily dedicated to academic networking, guest lecturing, research and discussing of co-operation opportunities between NUOL and Tallinn University of Technology. The research collaboration ideas established during my AREAS+ visit to NUOL led to a large joint research grant project “Institutions for Knowledge Intensive Development: Economic and Regulatory Aspects in South-East Asian Transition Economies” (2017-2020; www.ttu.ee/ikid). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734712. I am the leader of the project, which is a joint effort of Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) and University of Lausanne (Switzerland) economics and law researchers with transition studies experience, and their fellow researchers from the National University of Laos (Laos), Ho Chi Minh City University of Law (Vietnam) and Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia) with thorough insight into the institutional context in their societies. The contacts and research ideas from the 1-month AREAS+ visit have therefore provided an excellent basis for continuing cooperation with the partner universities in a much larger scale. I was awarded the 2016 Golden Apple Award by the Archimedes Foundation (Estonia) for expanding academic cooperation between European and Asian universities, including the AREAS+ visit to NUOL. The lecturing as part of my visit focussed on the topics of institutions and economic development, outlining some comparative views on the nature and aim of development, problems of globalisation, and role of institutions in economic development. Also, discussing some of the key issues, opportunities and challenges in the international economic environment which affect the development and future perspectives of Laos was part of the lecturing and discussions. Overall, the visit was very interesting, valuable and beneficial, and fulfilled its purpose. I am grateful to the Erasmus Mundus AREAS+ programme for the support.

    Aaro Hazak

    Professor of Institutional Economics

    Tallinn University of Technology

    www.ttu.ee/aaro-hazak

  13. Tran Trung Hieu from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Politecnico di Torino, PhD level

    After weeks and months of preparation, application, paperwork procedure as well as anxiously waiting for the result, I got the opportunity to do a 34-month mobility for my PhD degree in the Polytechnic of Turin (Polito), Italy from September 2014.

    This marked the beginning of an unforgettable journey of me experiencing a period studying abroad in Italy, a country very different from where I came from. I got the opportunities to emerge myself in another working environment, do what I love to do the most (which is researching, reading and so on) with a different perspective.
    I took several courses for PhD students – as the study program required, all of which are very intriguing and immensely enjoyable. The education environment in Italy is quite different from Vietnam, from the system itself to the atmosphere in the classes, as well as the interactive between students and lecturers. Nevertheless, it didn’t take long for me to get used to the new way of learning, and took the most of it. Every year the PhD students would do a Poster Day, on which each student would prepare a poster showing his/her current work – as the name suggest. Other interested students and professors would then come to ask questions, offer advices or even led to further collaboration. The event is a special highlight of the year, a good opportunity to get to know other fields and works, as well as new connections.

    I’ve been working with the NAVSAS group throughout my period here in Polito. This is a research group consists of researchers in ISMB and Polito, focus mainly on GNSS research. The group has many talented researchers, many professors who are the experts in the field of signal processing, GNSS and related fields, not to mention many hard-working students. Working here is simply inspiring, as I have learned a lot from the group who were always eager to answer my doubts. The lab is quite well-equipped, along with abundant amount of reading materials related to the field of GNSS. Occasionally, we had group seminar, during which a member presented some recent findings so that others could get along or contribute. After work activities were fun as well, as we went out to play football, volleyball, or just simply to have a drink in the weekend, or sometimes went outside the city to explore and enjoy the time together.
    The city of Turin where I’ve stayed most of the time is just wonderful. Turin is the first capital of the united Italy (before moving to Florence and then Rome). The city has a lovely historical center, full of old buildings, castles, churches, long porticoes, small passages, even Roman ruins, all waiting to tell its own stories to those who comes to find it. 

    The city itself is very peaceful, not so crowded as the nearby Milan, not so touristic as the well-known Florence, Rome or Venice, yet has its own glamour of and old capital and a big city. One can sit down on the grass in Valentino park on a sunny day, enjoying the peaceful view of the Po river as well as the spectacular Valentino Castle – which now hosts the Architecture Department of Polito. Turin and the picturesque Piedmont region is the birthplace of many Italian names: FIAT, Ferrero (who doesn’t love Nutella?), Martini (the vermouth), as well as quite a range of good wines, such as the Barolo, Barbera, Nebbiolo, etc.
    A journey to a country famous for pizza and café cannot be completed without mentioning the food. Turin fascinated me with the large number of quality restaurants, pizzeria, bars and gelateria. It’s just easy to find a good pizza just anywhere, even easier to get a good coffee – which is an important part of a normal day in Italy. Then, strolling along the porticoes in the city center with an irresistible ice-cream is an absolutely must-do.
    After all, the path of the researchers and those who love to study is an on-going road, longing for improvement and more achievement, and may never end. 3 years maybe not that long, yet it has been a remarkable period during which I’ve learned a lot, a fine chapter with both ups and downs that I will read again and again, a memorable journey that is truly unique. I’ve always considered myself quite lucky to have experienced the goodness of both Italy and Vietnam, and I am truly grateful to those who made these happened.

  14. Jitendra Kumar Mishra from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at City University of London, Great Britain – PhD level

    I wish to express my sincere thanks to Prof. B. M. A. Rahman, who is my mentor during Ph.D. exchange programme in City University London. I am indeed fortunate to have been a part of his group, where he has created an environment for innovation and quality research to thrive. The Finite Element Method developed at City University by Prof. B. M. A. Rahman has enabled me to take a lead in computational modelling techniques, which allow designing ever more challenged structures and processes. Through both theoretical knowledge and numerical simulations using Finite Element Method my individual competence has developed during this year. I wish to express my profound gratitude to my supervisor, Prof. Vishnu Priye, Department of Electronics Engineering, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad for giving me the precious opportunity to collaborate with City University London.
    This programme has broadened my horizons and sharpens my technical skills and experience. I found the Student Exchange Programme an extremely enriching and rewarding experience. It is more than just an academic venture, because it encompasses so many lessons about life itself. Got a chance to interact with other exchange students and full time students from different parts of the world, thereby enhancing both academic and cultural skills and promoting an overall development of the personality. My memories from London are something I will cherish for a long time.

  15. Joserose Capricho from Visayas State University, Baybay, The Philippines. AREAS+ Administrative Staff mobility at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

    The MUST Week started with a Welcome Dinner, introduction to the program, Czech Society and its Culture, guided tour around Brno, tour to some MU facilities like the library and the museum and to some Faculty of MU like the Faculty of Medicine, and workshops on internationalization. Meeting other participants in the training was a learning experience because we shared our individual culture, food, religious beliefs and even politics.
    Visayas State University has been a host to international students from Germany, United States, Japan, etc. The training gave me some insights that creating an international office in my home university will be very useful in gathering the needs of in-coming and out-going mobility foreign students, faculty, students and staff of our university who wish to apply for scholarship abroad.
    Another important tool is good communication: the host university is equipped with very modern communication system. Having good database and information system in my home university can be very useful in future undertakings like making project proposals, finding good project partners and funding agencies, used in applying for scholarships. It would also invite our researchers to publish their papers internationally.
    The last 3 weeks of our staff training enabled us to gain more information from the topics lectured to us. The OIS staff who provided us with information on our day to day activities and for facilitating in the tour and hotel/bus reservations was a big help to us.
    The experiences l gained from this scholarship was very memorable because they were all first-hand experiences: first time to travel abroad ,first time to see the beauty of Europe especially Brno, Czech Republic and its rich culture, their food which l learned to love, the people, the amazing buildings, castles, churches, museums, first time to ride in trams and trolley buses, their Czech language which l find hard to learn but still manage to buy food only thru sign language, the safe and lovely hotel accommodation in Garni Hotel Vinarska which was my home in Brno. All this wonderful experiences and good memories l brought home to my country and shared with my family, officemates and friends.
    l would like to thank the following for being part of my success. First, l would like to thank our Almighty Father for giving me this wonderful opportunity to see Europe. Second, to Dr.Victor B. Asia and Dr. Suzette B. Lina for the recommendation, To VSU Administration far the approval of my travel request. To my family who gave me strength during my stay in Brno. To Ms. Marie Baresova, my buddy in Brno, thanks a lot for the help and friendship. Finally, l would like to thank all the OIS staff especially M.am Violeta Osouchova far the hospitality and far providing all my personal needs during my stay in Brno, to Adam Hykl, Susanna, and Bohdan who patiently assisted and facilitated everything an d far being there every time help was needed. You are a great team.

  16. Koeuth Samuth from Pannasastra University of Cambodia. AREAS+ full mobility at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia - master level

    My name is Koeuth Samuth from Cambodia who got a full scholarship to study at Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) in Estonia, the E-country, I would say.
    During my stay in Estonia, I experienced great pleasure and joyful living condition. I did like the weather, food, and people in Estonia. The good thing I would like to share with you is that Estonians are a bit quiet, but nice. Moreover, the most exciting thing that I will never forget to tell you is that I gained a good degree from TUT, which is now helping me to get a good career in my country.

  17. Sanjeev Kumar Raghuwanshi from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, India. AREAS+ exchange mobility at City University of London, Great Britain - PostDoc level

    Well, the past six months have been an incredible journey, the likes of which I never imagined myself undertaking. I have discovered and quite literally fell in love with Photonics. My personal growth, especially from an academic point of view, has been tremendous. For that, I want to thank Professor Prof. B. M. Azizur Rahman for the incredible work he does, organizing and coordinating the Erasmus Mundus Post Doc in Photonics. Special thanks go to him again for his meticulous supervision throughout this work, despite his busy schedule. Thanks to my supervisor Professor Dr. Azizur Rahman for his endless efforts and dedication, especially when things didn’t work out. Thanks for the insightful discussions, and all the attention he gave throughout the work.
    Special thanks go to my city university colleagues, Karim, Sasan Soudi, Souvik Ghosh, Jitendra and Babita Hudda who have made the experience more fun and created a fantastic atmosphere in our office. I extend my thanks to my Indian School of Mines colleagues, Ajay Kumar, Vikram, Santosh and Manish who have been helped me to carry out this research work.

  18. Guillermo Marin from University of the Basque Country, Spain. AREAS+ exchange mobility at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India - PostDoc level

    l joined the Department of Management Studies as Post-Doctoral Fellow in July 2015 and stayed here till January 2016. My main work in the Department of Management Studies was researching different Indian and European sources in order to write a report comparing the emergence of the first large companies in India and in Spain after the industrial revolution. The work has been completed satisfactorily. The objective stated by my supervisors, Pramod Pathak and Saumya Singh, was to document the research and prepare a report and if possible to publish it, wholly or partly, in an academic journal in India. In this regard, and thanks to the mediation of my supervisors, the text will probably be published soon in the Indian academic journal based in Varanasi, "Management Insight".
    In the fantastic and welcoming context of Department of Management Studies, I have also been involved in other academic activities. In addition to acts directly related to this Department, or to the ISM, I have collaborated voluntarily in the teaching program of the department, having taught 4 workshops for students of Master degree in Management and Business. Also, l have organized one Spanish voluntary course for the students of the department as a part of International Business course and cross cultural communication of Advanced Business Communication-II (Practical). I have also organized a few seminars in which l have been able to expose some different parts and results of the work I've developed. All teaching, workshops and seminars were carried in English language.
    In short, thanks to AREAS +, to the coordinator of the program in ISM Dhanbad, Dr. Biswajit Chowdhury, and to my academic supervisors, Pr. Pramod Pathak and Dr. (Ms.) Saumya Singh this postdoctoral stay of six months has been an extremely enriching experience, not only in the academic sphere, but also in human sphere.
    This experience, in a new and stimulating academic context form, has allowed me to expand my horizons in the field of research, and gain valuable experience in the field of teaching and giving workshops and seminars. A rich experience that will allow me to continue progressing academically in my home university, thanks to the knowledge and skills acquired during my stay of six months in the ISM Dhanbad.

  19. Harry Freitag Luglio Muhammad from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. AREAS+ Academic Staff mobility at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

    From the research visit I have done, we can expect at least two publications. The first concern the microbial translocation and microbial activation in HTLV disease progression. The second is about the transciptomic data mining on the changes of nutrition related gene expression in HTLV disease progression (in silico study). Part of the result on laboratory analysis will presented by Dr. Johan van Weyenbergh at the annual HTLV meeting in Martinique this year.

    We achieved some results from this Erasmus Mundus staff exchange program, but one month is definitely not enough to do all the whole work until publication, therefore we are still continuing working on the project while I am come back to Indonesia.

    I have a good impression during my research stay at the department. The group has an outstanding international reputation on retroviral infection and this study has a good direction towards a good research publication. All the team members were cooperative and helped me throughout the project. I hope to continue working on the project that we have already done and continue the collaboration in the different form.