Research meets culture: Students visit St Petersburg

Magnificent City of the Tsars: Students in front of St Isaac’s Cathedral. (Photo: Nikita Shchekutin, ITA)

ITA | This year, it was the fourth summer workshop in St Petersburg organized by the Institute of Transport and Automation Technology (ITA). Students from Hanover visited their partner institute at Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University and explored the City of the Tsars.

The summer workshop is much sought-after by German students: "Every year, there are three to four times as many applicants as places", says Björn Niemann of ITA, the one who is in charge of the programme organization, together with his colleague Nikia Shchekutin. This year, ten students of Leibniz Universität Hannover had the chance to take part in the workshop and received a DAAD research grant.

At the Polytechnic University, they were welcomed by Professor Vyacheslav Shkodyrev. He is Head of the partner institute in Russia, offering the Master programme "International Mechatronics" in cooperation with ITA. The Master programme is entirely held in English language, giving students the opportunity to study one year in Russia and one year in Germany.

Apart from presentations, the summer workshop also included a tutorial and a company visit. Moreover, cultural highlights were not to be missed, as for example the Winter Palace, the former official residence of the Russian monarchs which today houses the Hermitage Museum, one of the most important art museums in the world. After one week in St Petersburg, everybody agreed: Anytime again!

by Patrick Heitzmann

Image gallery for this article

  • Magnificent City of the Tsars: Students in front of St Isaac’s Cathedral. (Photo: Nikita Shchekutin, ITA)
  • Panoramic view from the colonnade of St Isaac’s Cathedral. (Photo: Nikita Shchekutin, ITA)
  • Workshop at the Polytechnic University. (Photo: Nikita Shchekutin, ITA)
  • Joint course for German and Russian students. (Photo: Nikita Shchekutin, ITA)
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