WIT’s Department of Science is promoting the internationalisation of its programmes through engagement with Erasmus+ and international partners
The Department of Science at WIT recently welcomed visitors from Zealand Institute of Business and Technology in Denmark.
Monica Blomstedt, a lecturer of food science and nutrition at ZIBAT in Denmark, completed a staff mobility for teaching/training under the Erasmus Plus Programme at WIT. While at the institute she was hosted by Eleanor Kent, Assistant Head of Department of Science, Dr Elaine Duggan, Programme Leader for Food Science programmes and Dr Pippa Haughton, lecturer in food science.
Teaching and training
The ZIBAT lecturer presented lectures and practical classes to students of the BSc in Food Science and Innovation and the BSc in Food Science with Business. She also attended a Food Analysis Laboratory session and remarked how impressive the blend of theory and practical was delivered by the lecturer. Blomstedt visited Waterford Crystal and took a stroll around the city during her stay.
Erasmus + student meeting
While at WIT she met with Sandra Havbro, a student from her home institute who is here in WIT on a student Erasmus + exchange.
Sandra is taking modules in Year 3 of the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science. Sandra is enjoying her time here and is keeping her friends in her home Institution updated on her experiences. She finds some aspects of the programme challenging but overall is coping well. Sandra said, Irish students are very friendly and helpful to her and include her in all aspects of the programme.
According to Blomstedt “students are the best ambassadors for promoting international exchanges”.
Awareness of internationalisation
Joe Power, Programme Leader for the BSc in Pharmaceutical Science said Sandra is studying modules at WIT which gives her a broader scientific dimension to her programme of study in ZIBAT. Power also pointed out that the presence of international students in the class is good for Irish students. It increases their awareness of internationalisation in education.
Blomstedt will be encouraging her colleagues to visit WIT in the near future and WIT students will certainly be looking to Denmark for some possible traineeship opportunities.
Assistant Head of Department of Science, Eleanor Kent said that “the Department of Science is promoting the internationalisation of our programmes through engagement with Erasmus+ and international partners. This engagement is important for the graduates of the future.”