Undergraduates and students of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications Maria Lazovskaya and Svetlana Evseeva returned from Germany, where they completed an internship at the University of Ulm. How to become a participant in such a program and get the most out of it, how to cope with language problems, discover new horizons for growth and development, but still link your future plans with Russia - in the comments of Maria Lazovskaya.

Maria Lazovskaya, 23 years old, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, Department of System Analysis and Operations Research, a 1-year master degree student in the program "System analysis of data and decision-making models", hometown - Krasnoyarsk.

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I was attracted by the variety of further development paths!

Even at school, I took part in programming competitions and Olympiads organized by Reshetnev University. In general, the IT direction was a priority at the time and when studying specialties related to IT I paid attention to the bachelor program "System Analysis and Management". I was attracted by the variety of further development paths after graduation and the opportunity to study the principles of artificial intelligence algorithms.

It took some time to fully understand how much, in fact, the university could contribute to the development of personal and professional qualities.

At the beginning of the second year I began studying robotics, participating in all-Russian competitions and conferences, and also putting into practice the knowledge I received at the university. At the moment, I am taking part in the Brainiac grant program of the Innovation Promotion Foundation with the project "AGV Robot Navigation System based on video data". As part of this project, I am developing a navigation system for mobile robots to improve the accuracy of determining their position and further create a fully automatic navigation system.

We need success in research work and knowledge of English!

The Department of System Analysis and Operations Research has been cooperating with the University of Applied Sciences of Ulm (Technische Hochschule Ulm, THU) for many years, students and postgraduates of the department often undergo training or scientific internship at THU as part of the student exchange program. THU provides a scholarship to the State of Baden-Württemberg, the selection is carried out by the department among first-year master's students. One "luck" is not enough here. To get the opportunity for inclusive learning, of course, you need success in research work-publications, grants, projects, and high academic results. Well, and knowledge of the English language.

The most interesting and important for me was the introduction of machine learning algorithms into robotic systems, i.e. the combination of artificial intelligence and "hardware", so the disciplines of the ICEP (International Computer Engineering Program) curriculum in Ulm were of great interest to me. Such training courses as Machine Vision and Computer Architecture helped me with further work on the grant project.

For me, such a trip was a great opportunity to get a new experience: the experience of staying abroad, the experience of studying at a foreign university, as well as the practice of English and German.

Do not be afraid of meeting with the unknown!

I studied under the ICEP (International Computer Engineering Program) curriculum. The teachers explained the material in details, drawing parallels with other disciplines, so the impressions of the program are only positive! Interaction with teachers and students at THU turned out to be very important for me, it was very interesting to notice the differences between education in Russia and in Germany.

Living in Germany, you are amazed at how close the settlements are located in relation to each other, in comparison with Russian cities. On weekends, and especially during the holidays, there was an opportunity to visit other cities in Germany and once again see the incredible beauty of European architecture. We have been to Munich several times, visited Stuttgart, saw the Alpine peaks in Oberstdorf, visited several cities on Lake Constance…

Before this trip, I had no experience of independent travel, and I was a little scared. Studying in Germany taught me not to be afraid of meeting with the unknown.

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But I prefer to live in Russia

The training at THU was conducted entirely in English, but all the material was presented as accessible as possible for foreign students, so there were no difficulties with mastering the curriculum.

I went to Ulm together with my classmate Svetlana Evseeva. There were no Russian students in our study group beside us. In general, we arrived at the most turbulent time in Germany in terms of covid restrictions: we were forced to keep the 14-squarantine, all training took place remotely. Of course, there was a little lack of live communication with teachers and classmates.

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Now I am sure that I will return to Europe again, however, I would still prefer to live in Russia. At the moment, my main goal is to continue my research, complete a grant project and write a master thesis.

Most of all, I remember a large number of examples of practical application of the material and laboratory work in the curriculum. Using theoretical knowledge in practice is always the most interesting part of learning. This trip helped me to understand the information I lack for the further implementation of the project.

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Studying disciplines from the field of scientific interest in another country allows you to get a versatile view of the subject of study and discover new horizons. I believe that the foreign program provides a good opportunity for further professional growth and invaluable experience.

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