This year, the end of summer has been memorable at Wet University of Timisoara as the university organized the 3rd edition of the international summer school event that is called “West University of Timisoara (Late) Summer School”. As WUT permanently aims to offer its students unique experiences and, since the summer school is a great international experience and opportunity for students, the university decided to transform the impossibility of the moment into the uniqueness of the moment by holding the 3rd edition of the WUT (Late) Summer School in an online format. The 3rd edition of the event was a multi- and inter-disciplinary event that took place in the period August 30th -September 12th, 2021, and aimed to offer Bachelor and Master students the opportunity to participate in a two-weeks study/training programme. The event gave students the possibility to choose from a variety of courses that mirrored the comprehensive character of West University of Timisoara.
Following the promotion of the summer school event, 71 Bachelor and Master students registered by filling in the registration form. The international participants came from countries such as: Albania, Algeria, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan and Vietnam. Each candidate had the chance to select minimum 3 courses out of the offer of 13 courses, in the order of preferences. The courses offer was:
– Historic and artistic crossroads
– Sympathetic Humour and Postmodern Irony in our times. Soothing the Soul vs. sharpening our Rhetorics
– Taxation and Accounting in the Digital Era and Global Economy
– Machine Learning Applied on Earth Observation Data
– Presentation skills and nonverbal communication
– Words’ Histories – Quantum Logics of Chemistry
– Biochemistry aspects in various medical conditions
– Key points in the History of Design (1900-2000)
– History of the universe and cosmology
– Getting the changemaker mindset: reinvent yourself as a social entrepreneur
– The Constitution today. Judicial review and civil liberties
– Counseling and self-development
Regarding the organization of the extracurricular activities, these alternated, combining the cultural activities with the diverting ones. Thus, the participants had the possibility to attend two workshops organized by the members of the International Relations Department, the first workshop being “English as a Global Language”, and the second one being “Stereotypes, Political Correctness and Culture Shocks”. At the same time, the participants had the chance to experience in a nutshell the Romanian culture and language by attending a Romanian language crash course, a yoga session with a specialized trainer, and a virtual theatre performance that took place on the virtual stage of the Radu Stanca National Theater (TNRS), located in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. In order for a , the participants enjoyed a virtual tour of the city of Timișoara, a tour that was organized by a tourist guide specialized in the history of the city but also of the Banat region. In order to be able to render in an even more palpable way the cultural and dynamic experience of the city that will be the European Capital of Culture in 2023, the participants were introduced to the city of Timisoara through a virtual tour organized by a tourist guide specialized in the history of the city and of the Banat region.
In the last two days of the WUT (Late) Summer School event, students participated in an examination and feedback session on the courses they followed and they provided a general feedback on the entire activity carried out during the event. To the detriment of online feedback, it relied on interactive and creative feedback, which is why it was concluded that this event offered the following opportunities: getting out of the comfort zone; appreciation of the availability of academic and administrative staff; free and unrestricted socialization environment; openness to interculturality and to people with other religious orientations; a better understanding of the concept of “time management”, flexibility in communication, and improvement of communication skills.