Eurasian virtual bridge of knowledge in the pathophysiology

For the first time ever, at the Academic and Research Medical Institute of SumDU, the project of bilateral virtual academic mobility with Osh State University (Kyrgyzstan) was launched. The idea of ​​collaboration between universities of Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan was born during the joint on-the-job training at the Open Medical Institute of American and Austrian Foundation (Salzburg) by Doctor of Medicine Roman Moskalenko and Doctor of Medicine Roman Kalmatov in 2019. Immediately, this year, the framework agreement on collaboration was signed between SumDU and Osh State University. Intensification of joint activities occurred already in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread implementation of distance learning technologies. At the start, the course of pathophysiology was chosen, which aroused the greatest interest of the partners from Osh State University, they were interested in the opportunity to cooperate with a famous Ukrainian scientist Professor Alexander Vasylovych Ataman. After negotiations between the stakeholders with the participation of the Head of Academic and Research Medical Institute Andrii Loboda, all technical details were agreed upon, and the project was started on September 20, 2021.

The aim of virtual academic mobility was to exchange technologies of teaching the subject and pedagogical developments. From both sides, one academic group of students (12 people)  took part in the projects, the volume of virtual academic mobility corresponded to 1 academic credit. The lecture material was taught by Professor O.V. Ataman and Professor R.K. Kalmatov, the practical classes were taught by Associate Professors Victoria Ilyina and Ibrahim Atabaiev from the Ukrainian and Kyrgyz sides, respectively.

The project of virtual academic mobility lasted almost 2 months,  at the end of the work, the students received the appropriate grades, which were mutually taken into account in partner universities, and certificates approved by the rectors of both universities.

Ukrainian and Kyrgyz students demonstrated a good level of knowledge and ability to respond to modern challenges, teachers of both universities praised their training and ability to study.

Summing up the interim results, one can say that it was the valuable experience of cooperation that would be further developed and strengthened between our universities and countries.