Kanjana Khaeso

During 3 months for the period of an Erasmus+ participant at the University of Patras (Agrinio campus) Greece, I got excellent experience especially on the field of entomology research. I have learn about the DNA extraction of insect tissue by CTAB method. The different between our lab in china and Greece was some step of process for example there was no used of Phenol anymore in Greece, which is toxic for researcher. Another issue is that precipitation of DNA we put the Eppendorf tube contained DNA (also 70% ethanol) in -20 degree Celsius and centrifuge time is take longer to get more DNA product. I have learned also the method for study of bacteria community in insect by Illumina sequencing analysis, which is one of an advance technique. The Illumina sequencing process was initiated from DNA extraction, PCR amplification, Gel electrophoresis, PEG cleaning DNA product and checking for DNA quality and finally is the indexing process with different combination of primer set in each individual sample. All the skill and experience I got from the institute during joined of the Eramus+ project helping me a lot to improve on research field and as well as my living life. Last but not lease I would like to say Thank you so much for all. I was so happy and enjoy a lot to get this chance.

 

 

Haris Skokos

In November 2017 I had the opportunity to visit the Department of Materials Science at the University of Patras, Greece in the framework of the Erasmus+ program. This was a very productive visit as I had the chance to present my research to my colleagues there though some seminars I delivered as well as through extended discussion. In addition, I was informed about the current activities of the Department. During my stay I closely collaborated with Dr. George Kalosakas on the dynamics of DNA models pushing forward our current research as well as planning our future activities. I would like to thank the Department of Materials Science for its hospitality during my visit and its members for their friendly interactions and help with practical issues, which made my staying in Patras also enjoyable on a personal level.

 

 

Linda Reddy

My experience at University Patras - meetings/communications with University administrators, faculty and students were wonderful.  I learned a great deal about Greece, the Ministry of Education, the University of Patras and culture!    This was a terrific experience for my professional development.  The hospitality was beyond my expectations and prior professional experiences.  I look forward to continue collaboration and communications with Dr. Maria Poulou and her colleagues on many projects.  Thank you again for such a memorable experience.

 

 

Lopo Vasconcelos, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

My trip to Patras under the ERASMUS+International Mobility program signed between Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) and Patras University in December 2016 took place between the 25 th and 2 nd October 2017.
During this trip I had the opportunity to:

a) Meet the Erasmus Program coordinator at the University of Patras and discuss some issues to
improve the smooth running of this sort of programs in the future;
b) Training in the preparation of peat samples for analyses; samples brought to Greece and
collected during the visit of the Greek colleagues to Mozambique in July 2017, within the
same program;
c) Field trip to two mires in Western Greece, namely Lake Voulkaria near Vonitza, and Lake
Kalodiki, north of Preveza. We also had the chance to observe, from distance, the alluvial
plain of River Acheron, near Ammoudia;
d) Give a talk on the Geology of Mozambique with focus on Karoo Supergroup and Coal
Deposits.

 

 

Experience as an Erasmus+ & International mobility participant

My experience during my stay in Greece within the framework of ERASMUS+ & INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY programme was highly educative and rewarding. I was introduced and taught the different laboratory procedures and methods in geochemical/organic geochemical/organic petrological analytical techniques. I went on field trip to the Zereli Mire (peatland) with Professor Kimon Christanis and his students (Christos Theodoropoulos and George Droukas) and was introduced/taught the Geology of Greece with emphasis on the Pindos geotectonic zone. During the course of my interaction with Associate Professor Dr. Papoulis, I was taught for the first time, the procedure for identification/differentiating the various types of clays (kaolinite and smectite) in the field. I also presented a paper entitled "Geology and Energy Resources of Nigeria" to both students and staff members of the Department of Geology.

Dr. Jude Ogala

 

 

Mobility for training from Patras University to Russian State University of Humanities

During this training mobility I have had the opportunity to build up co-operation with some of the most important Russian colleagues who represent the Russian Plato’s Society. I had also the experience of sharing with them views and approaches of Neoplatonic philosophy which shed light on some of the most crucial Platonic texts. In addition, I had the chance to make new contacts and meet new people and have an idea about the Russian culture and its achievements. This mobility contributed to the reinforcement of the cooperation with the Russian academic community and can be the starting point for a further fruitful cooperation in the area of philosophy. It has also helped to the promotion of Erasmus mobility because I had a meeting with the Vice-Rector of the partner Institution, who assured me that she will make all efforts to continue a stable cooperation with us. She also proposed that in the next Agreement which will be signed between us we should determine also students’ mobilities and make everything possible to tighten the bonds between our Institutions.
 
Melina G. Mouzala, Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy, University of Patras
 
My experience as an Erasmus+ participant

 

As part of the Erasmus + international mobility program, I had the opportunity to work at the University of Patra (Greece), which I visited for 3 months. During my stay there I conducted practical research on the theme of the master's thesis: "Mathematical modeling of contact welding of living tissues by specialized microsurgical forceps".
The educational process in Greece differs from the teaching system, to which I was accustomed at the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kiev Polytechnic Institute". All subjects at the Faculty of Medicine are taught exclusively in English and Greek and are divided into lectures, practices, and seminars. It was not easy to understand the language, the terms in English, and the subjects were difficult. The education system, the methods of teaching are slightly different. Teachers used PowerPoint presentations in their lectures. These lectures were then available online. At first, it seems difficult, but the learning process is so enthralling that it becomes interesting. Participation in the program requires great responsibility.
The Erasmus + exchange program gave me the opportunity to get in touch with Prof. N. Pallikarakis. In addition, being able to discuss his scientific work with him and other members of the medical school at the University of Patra was very helpful to me, as this brings new ideas to his projects and helped us see projects in which we could mutually benefit from every other expertise and should cooperate. Prof. Pallikarakis and all members of the University of Patras that I had the opportunity to meet (both administrative and teachers) were very kind, exchanging new ideas and providing positive and constructive comments on the work.
Despite the seriousness of such a program, intensive classes alternate easily and with rest. From Greece, it is very convenient to travel to other European countries - fast and not expensive. Organizers of the program arranged for us a fabulous trip to Lefkada, Athens, and Olympia.
The experience of life, studying abroad changes people. I became more determined, confident, I like responsibility and independence. I think that all of us, participants in the Erasmus + program, are proud of what we have - the opportunity to learn another culture and to become, if only for a short while, a part of it.
In general, I am convinced that such an urgent and significant nature of mutual academic activity will undoubtedly become the basis for joint research and graduates of international projects in the near future.

Best wishes,
        Svitlana Yarova

MA Student Christina Nathalie Smith, Russian Federation, Sochi

 
I can't thank the program enough for opening the academic opportunity, as well as the exposure to the Greek cultural enrichment which I have been receiving. I am so grateful to have been recipient of such an enlightening scholarship which has permitted me to do my research for my Master's Thesis on Olympic Legacy, supervised by a world renowned academic and specialist, Professor Dimitra Papadimitriou in the field of Sport Business Administration. To be exposed daily to the heartwarming and welcoming people of Patra, to the traditions and cultures, have made me feel part of life here in Greece, that I don't want to leave. The students and staff which I have met on campus at the University of Patras have been so helpful and friendly, that it has created an environment which makes a foreigner feel at home. A heartfelt mention and extreme gratitude goes out to 4 hard working women, Maria Kotsari at Erasmus, Iya Marachades at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), my Professor Papadimitriou and her assistant (PhD student) Charitomeni Tsordia, who have put forth tireless efforts, time and energy in order to make my experience here possible! Being the first from Canada and outside the European Union, as well as adding the complexity by being a student at RIOU in Sochi, has not made it an easy feat to be here...but we did it!!!! :) I can't be more proud to represent my country of Canada, RIOU, as well as my International Bobsleigh Skeleton Federation, as they are the primary reason why I have been set on this amazing life altering academic and cultural immersion journey. Upon completion of my experience when I return to Russia to defend my thesis then back to Canada, I will have a camera full of diverse memories and a heart full of stories to share which will last a lifetime and inspire the next generation of academics to apply for your program as well as others to visit your beautiful paradise. Despite the current economic crisis, you would never know because of your deep rooted strength in character and positive determined spirit that the saying which I have learned in Olympia rings true....Greeks are not like Heroes...Heroes are like Greeks!
 
Efaristo!
Thank You!
Spasibo!
 
Christina Nathalie Smith
 

Professor Tomislav M. Pavlovic, University of Nis, Serbia

I would like to inform you that I arrived in Patras on 15th September, 2016 and I came back to Serbia on 29th September, 2016. During my stay at the University of Patras  I have met the staff and students at the Physics Department and other Departments of the University. I have presented and discussed my research work PhD, Master and undergraduate students on the following topics: Solar Energy Systems, Photovoltaic/Thermal collectors, Photovoltaics and Thin Film Technology for energy systems. My teaching hours number including discussion and research contributions consisted of 18 hours. I have also delivered a lecture at the Physics Department on Tuesday, 20th September to the PhD, Master and undergraduate students on Solar Energy Improvements in the Laboratory for Solar energy installed at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Nis. Also, on Friday, 23th of September, 2016 I presented a lecture in the Central Library of the University of Patras on the following topic: Renewable Energy Sources in Serbia and Solar Energy Activities in Laboratory for Solar Energy installed at the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Nis, Serbia. It was meant for the Professors, PhD, Masters and undergraduate students. 

I would like to express my cordial and warm gratitude to the Erasmus Program, professor dr. academician Yiannis Tripanagnostopoulos, International Office for Erasmus Project at the University of Patras for this unique opportunity given to me to be at the University of Patras.
 
Academician Tomislav M. Pavlovic
Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Nis, Serbia
 

Dr. Albarahmieh E.

Among programmes of exchange, we hear about, Erasmus plus is one of the greatest. At the department of materials science-University of Patras, I have had the opportunity to this eye opening experience of Erasmus exchange for training and learning. Research team members I met there, represented by Dr. Kalosakas G., Dr. Bouropoulos N. and Dr. Karoutsos V. are dynamic, passionate, and cooperative with great competencies reflected in their research activities. The scientific diversity and friendly community there gives the individual the best chance for producing quality work.  Throughout our meetings, we focused on the exchange of information in pharmaceutical-material sciences that may be involved in establishment of a collaborative model. Introduction to the department labs was also included. I would like to thank members of the department and postgraduate students there; Mr. Thanos and Mr. Anant, in addition to Dr. Kanellopoulou D. for being so nice. Special thank goes to Dr. Kalosakas G. for making this opportunity possible in addition to his kind hospitality, which creates memorable experience. I will be looking forward to meet him in Jordan!

Esra’a