The Erasmus+ program is more than a mobility project – it is a unique chance to become part of the student community of another university, to experience studying and living in another country, to gain knowledge and benefit from new opportunities, and last but not least, to improve your language skills!
My name is Elena SERGHEEVA, and I am a 4th year student at the UTM Faculty of Food Technology, Department of Food and Nutrition. I was honored to be given the opportunity to spend 2 months of the last semester of my undergraduate studies at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) in Bucharest, Romania, at the Faculty of Biotechnology.
This semester’s main challenge was to write my Bachelor’s thesis and work on its practical part. Initially, my plan was focused on finalizing the theoretical part, as I gained access to e-book collections from 6 international publishing houses based on institutional IP. For my thesis, I conducted a survey with the students of this university and performed a comparative analysis of the results from the Republic of Moldova and Romania.
I had the amazing opportunity to use the modern equipment of the new laboratories of the faculty and conduct experiments for the development of a functional food product, including the execution of its physico-chemical analysis and the tasting of the developed functional product. This was all achieved with the help and guidance of my mentor, Dr. Mihaela GEICU-CRISTEA.
In addition to working on my Bachelor’s thesis, I was involved in various teaching activities, such as participating in laboratory works with students from different courses and different years. Some of these laboratory works were centered around determining the viscosity of different samples of yogurts, the acidity of cottage cheese with different storage conditions, as well as the activity of microorganisms in the soil when cellulose breaks down into a cotton cloth. I also participated in presentations and conferences conducted by professors from different countries, organized at USAMV. Among them, there were the presentations of the professors from Macedonia: “Sustainable apiculture in Macedonia” and “Fish parasites of public health importance”, carried out within the CEEPUS program. I was also invited on a trip to Pietroasa – a University research and development station for viticulture and winemaking.
Following the mobility experience, I completed the Bachelor’s thesis according to the terms and conditions established by the Technical University of Moldova. The paper includes research and analysis assessed by the coordinator of the sending institution – assoc. prof., Dr. Cristina POPOVICI, and by the mentor of the host institution – head of works, Dr. Mihaela GEICU-CRISTEA.
The research carried out at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest will be continued in an extensive scientific article, on which I have already started working.
I would like to express my deep gratitude for the ERASMUS+ and USAMV Bucharest Program, thanks to which my dreams came true!
The best, ERASMUS+ & USAMV!