We talked to Jan Bořil about his study at YSU, the differences between the educational systems of Armenia and the Czech Republic, and the students.
-Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from Czech Republic from Brno. It is the second largest city in the country. I am studying Masters in geoinformatics and cartography at Masaryk university and I am supposed to finish my studies this year. Apart from studying, I am also very passionate about sports of all kind (running, cycling, skiing etc.) and I just love mountains. I couldn’t have missed the opportunity to climb Aragats and Ararat during my stay.
- Within what program did you come to YSU, how long have you been here?
I came with an Erasmus+ ICM program. It is an exchange program organized by EU and both Masaryk and Yerevan State university. I should have come already last year, but then Covid-19 and distance learning happened, so my exchange was postponed twice. I came in September and I will leave at the end of January. The program is accessible for both Armenian and EU students, so I’d highly encourage anyone to try it.
- Tell us about the impressions you got here.
I had a bit of experience with post-USSR countries before I came to Armenia, so I had a bit of an idea what to expect, however I was still surprised by many things. The first one was that I am the only student at my class – that would never ever happen in Czech Republic. It is of course connected to the number of Erasmus students at my faculty, where I am the only one, thus I am the only taking the English courses.
-What do you think how similar and different are the educational systems of Armenia and the Czech Republic?
As I said, I am the only student attending my classes, so it is hard for me to judge anything else, but I was surprised by how the relationship between student and a professor is very personal – everything can be done, nothing is a problem, you can talk with your professors about anything. In Czech Republic, there is always kind of a ‘distance’ between a student and a professor.
- Your wish to our students and staff.
I wish everyone to survive the time of covid-19, hopefully it is going to be over soon. Don’t forget that knowledge is the most important thing you can get.