"More than just an English course," EDUC summer school participant writes a glowing review about her week in Brno

"Once we arrived, we really started wondering why everyone always goes to Prague when visiting the Czech Republic." Media center librarian Sarah Blum from the University of Potsdam highlights the qualities of our summer school for staff in her glowing review. She particularly puts emphasis on the variety of classes and overall experience of meeting new friends and exploring Brno. Read more below.

29 Sep 2021

Participants of EDUC summer school. Photo: Hana Poledníková

"Working in the media centre of a language centre (Mediothek) requires some understanding and knowledge of different languages, right? Since I work with many English native speakers, I actually use English quite frequently. But somehow over the years I became a little less fluent, and so I decided to participate in a refresher course organized by our EDUC-partner Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. The course was funded by the EU and in cooperation with the EDUC Alliance.

Despite the pandemic, MUNI (Masaryk University Brno) was able to organize a week of on-site classes for us, the staff of different partner universities across Europe. Once we arrived, we really started wondering why everyone always goes to Prague when visiting the Czech Republic. Brno is a gem, the second biggest city of the country, not even hidden and it is just fantastic. Its eclectic architecture, ranging from medieval to Art Nouveau, Bauhaus and Brutalist styles, merges elegantly to give the city its unique appearance. German, Jewish, Slavic and Roma heritage have left their traces everywhere in town. And who is actually responsible for the oh-so-vibrant atmosphere?  It’s the extremely high percentage of students–almost a quarter of the population; half native and half international students (around 80,000 in total)–contribute significantly to nightlife and the cultural scene.

After a very warm welcome, Libor Štěpánek (head of MUNI Language Centre) and his dedicated team of teachers and administrative staff introduced our group (from Italy, France, Hungary and Germany) to their institution and to an impressive schedule full of different lectures and cultural/social events for the upcoming week..."


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