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INTERNSHIP IN EU COUNTRIES:

EXPERIENCE OF UKRAINIAN SCIENTISTS "IN HOT TRACKS"

OR AN INSIDE VIEW

 

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At the moment, the scientists faced the question: where exactly to take refresher courses / internships? What should be the criteria for the quality of an internship and how much can it cost? And finally, who can pay for it?

The discussion of these issues in the scientific community made it possible to state that the priority countries are Poland, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic. Why exactly? Because the cost was the lowest. Of course, among the institutions in these countries that have undertaken to provide relevant services, there are prestigious universities, the image and quality of educational services of which are the key to the quality of training / internship for Ukrainian scientists. But by the way, as everywhere and always, I had to face the presence of this. A two- or three-day conference abroad, after which a certificate of completion of training / internship is issued, as they say "cheap and cheerful". And that's it, the requirement of the Ministry of Education and Science has been fulfilled. It is possible that the level of such scientific conferences really provides high-quality training / internships, but maybe this is not what is meant, nevertheless?

For those who have worked in the EU countries, it is no secret that “there”, to put it mildly, they treat any kind of formalization of scientific activity with incomprehension. After all, there is only real work that needs to be done: this is time and money invested in obtaining a real scientific and practical result.

And now an offer came from Estonia from the International Business School DKLex ACADEMY, which implements training programs according to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) standards in Tallinn. However, the cost of training and internships was at least one and a half times higher. But there were also very attractive aspects, in particular, the fact that the basis of special courses (modules) was the practical component of training and internships on the basis of all the main backbone organizations in Estonia. It is known that Estonia is the most tax-friendly country for doing business and is always a couple of steps ahead of many European countries. Among these organizations: the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tax and Customs Board, a bank, logistics centers.

The topics of the modules themselves were also attractive: “Fundamentals of the tax system in Estonia and the EU countries”, “Legal regulation and organization of business in Estonia and the EU countries”, “Tax planning opportunities in Estonia and the EU countries”, “Legal regulation and organization of business in Estonia and EU countries”, “Banking and financial system of Estonia and EU countries”, “Customs and transport and logistics aspects of doing business in the EU”, “Customs and transport and logistics aspects of doing business in the EU”.

And finally, a group of professionals from Ukraine was assembled, who decided for themselves that such an internship could be useful. Moreover, both in terms of the implementation of knowledge and skills in Ukrainian universities, and in terms of establishing partnerships in Estonia for further international cooperation. And all this despite the higher cost of the internship (obviously, a really high-quality product cannot be cheap!).



Below are the statements of the participants of the internship.

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“During this short internship period, I gained theoretical and practical knowledge about the legal regulation and organization of business in Estonia and the EU countries, including the corporate structure of the organizational and legal forms of doing business that are relevant to me.

During the classes, which made up the theoretical part of the internship, the topics of legal regulation of the economic activities of companies in Estonia and the EU countries, the basics of the tax system, the principles of banks, the procedure for making payments under foreign economic contracts, the conditions for organizing and building logistics schemes were discussed.

A big plus was the provision of all participants with printed materials in Russian containing the regulatory framework for doing business in Estonia.

I liked the logical structure of the lectures, which were complemented by practical examples of specialists in certain fields of activity. The organization, content, forms and methods of the internship are built in such a way that all participants are enriched with positive emotions. Thank you DKLex ACADEMY.”

Ekaterina Efremova
Head of the Scientific Department of Legal Support for the Functioning of the National Innovation System
Research Institute for Legal Support of Innovative Development of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine




“I want to share my impressions about the international internship under the program "Financial and banking system of the EU countries" (on the example of Estonia). It should be noted the excellent organization of the training; Useful meetings with professionals in the field of finance, banking and business; Surprisingly informative classes in the tax and customs department, the logistics center. Thanks to the warm atmosphere created by the organizers, I hope I managed to form stable professional relations with colleagues from Ternopil, Odessa, Kharkiv. I enthusiastically leaf through the educational literature and regulatory documents received during the internship, which highlight the European experience of the financial and banking institutions of the EU countries, and I look forward to the start of the new academic year in order to introduce students to them and introduce them into the educational process. I am grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to practice language, since at our department students study under the master's and bachelor's programs in English, accredited by ACCA. And of course, Tallinn itself made an amazing impression, with its architecture, narrow streets of the Old City, the cries of seagulls, the tranquility of beautiful parks, the regularity and reasonable organization of financial life!!!”

Svetlana Pokhilko
Associate Professor of the Department of Finance and Credit
Sumy State University





Thanks to the DKLex team for the excellent organization of the internship! The teachers are true professionals in their field. Thanks to them, I received not only theoretical knowledge in areas related to my scientific and labor activities, but also practical skills. The classes were interesting, the information was available in an accessible way, each member of the group received an individual approach, which cannot be found, for example, in classes at the university. Special thanks for the handout in the form of six printed manuals. In addition, a lot of gratitude not only for educational trips with lectures to the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tax and Customs Board, a bank, a logistics center, as well as entertainment events - a city tour, a walk in the park and, striking to the core, mini- cruise to Sweden with a sightseeing tour of Stockholm. From the trip and the classes themselves left only positive impressions. I advise everyone to visit such an event organized by the DKLex business school!”

Ekaterina Meleshenko
postgraduate student of the department "Sea transportation"
Odessa National Maritime University
economist of the 1st category of the financial and currency department of the Shipping Company "Ukrferry"




The first that struck me very pleasantly was the structure of the training. DKLex ACADEMY suggested building a structure that provided an opportunity during the internship to open and “launch” your own business in Estonia. That is, all professional questions of the program were compiled in such a way that the internship participant understood the whole logic of business processes in the EU and tried to implement it himself during the classes (simulation of real and virtual situations, scenario reproduction). It was characteristic that the learning process itself did not separate the scientific and practical components (as is done in our country), but considered them as attributes of a successful solution of problems, one of which is impossible without the other. As a financial director of a company, that is, a representative primarily of business structures, I want to emphasize that it is precisely this approach to practical training - in connection with science and practice - that is the key to successful business management.

I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that there were no random people among the participants of the internship. They were real specialists from science, well versed in practical aspects in their professional fields. Therefore, when solving practical problems in the classroom and modeling scenarios for the development of a particular business process in the EU, we most often received very interesting solutions that are completely uncharacteristic for Ukraine, but really work in the European Union.

Classes were conducted not by theorists abstracted from life, but by professional practitioners. There was not a single question left unanswered in class. And they are really open and willing to share all the knowledge and personal experience. Including unsuccessful ones. And it was precisely on it that competent scenarios were worked out (not how to come up with some kind of illegal scheme or evade taxes), but how to conduct business correctly in the EU legal field. And they don’t even think about any kind of illegal schemes. Example: Estonian Tax Department. Surprise and even shock! A handsome-looking man walks towards us, smiles and holds out his hand with the words: “Please, let’s go to the tax department, sit down and talk!” We go inside and we are led to all the internal premises of the department (which is 7 floors). We expect to see oak doors with a sign with a gold inscription "the owner of the study". But they are not. There are glass walls and doors. "Where is your office - ask the head." “So here it is - we hear the answer” - an ordinary table in the common room. And the continuation of the conversation: “Why do I need it, we are open to everyone.”

But we must pay tribute to the fact that the state is also striving to create all favorable conditions for business and taxpayers. They have no task to fine, punish, take away. The position of the Estonian Tax Board is “We are not a punitive machine, but partners. We serve and help you, we do not distract you from business, because we understand that it is you who earn money and create well-being.” That's what a civilized state is!

We ask if you had colleagues from Ukraine to learn from experience. Answer: "there were once, about five years ago, but after that they did not appear again."

An attempt to deceive once in the chain "customer - contractor" immediately leads to the end of the existence of the company that tried to deceive. The fact is that all transactions are immediately reflected in the electronic database of the Tax and Customs Board, and the presence of an open special electronic service discourages the desire to conduct business in bad faith.

And the technology of using electronic services of the Tax and Customs Board was the topic of the practical lesson held in the department.

And, finally, after the entire course of study and internship, ID-residency was offered as a bonus!

That is, doing real business in the EU is very real! And the fear that opening and running a business in Europe is difficult (such fear is most often characteristic of Ukrainian top managers) has no basis! Moreover, I believe that it is precisely this kind of knowledge that should be provided to students of Ukrainian universities. I say this because, working with students as part of undergraduate practice, and as a potential Ukrainian employer, I have a very good idea of the weaknesses in the professional training of graduates of Ukrainian universities. Maybe this is what was meant when the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine introduced the need for internships for Ukrainian scientists as an opportunity for effective integration of the Ukrainian scientific community into the European Union?

And of course I was impressed by the organization of the entire cultural program! Especially the weekend between the busy working days of the internship is a sea cruise to Stockholm. But all these positive emotions cannot be expressed in words. Therefore, guys, I recommend sincerely to walk you through our path. To understand all this, you need to live these 12 days by taking this course!

By the way, the cost of services provided by the International Business School DKLex ACADEMY, stating their very high professional level, is lower than it should be! But this is the personal opinion of a business financier.”

Elena Demina,
Financial director





In the period from June 13, 2016 to June 21, 2016, I completed an internship in the field of banking, tax, customs and logistics activities in Estonia and the countries of the European Union according to the program "Banking and financial systems of the countries of the European Union (on the example of Estonia)", which was conducted by DKLex ACADEMY in the city of Tallinn.

First of all, I note that all my expectations from this internship regarding the need for the necessary knowledge, scientific information and practical experience were justified and were positively evaluated and secured with a certificate in accordance with the standards of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.

I will dwell on the fact that the internship program was logically structured, that is, rich in information, but presented in different forms, which was well perceived and remembered. Invited lecturers-practitioners shared interesting stories from their experience, hypotheses about the financial development of European countries, analysis of the current state of the banking, tax, customs, logistics sector in Estonia and the EU countries. In addition, during the internship, I had the opportunity to visit the Tallinn Business Bank, the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the logistics center LogistikaPluss AS, the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, where the leading employees gave tours, and the heads and heads of the relevant departments or subdivisions of the functioning and condition their structures.

Also, along with studying in this internship, there was an interesting entertainment program, which consisted of an interesting trip on a cruise ship to Stockholm (Sweden), historical excursions in Old Tallinn, Stockholm, the Maritime Museum in Tallinn.

I thank all the participants of this internship for a good time, interesting acquaintances, useful training, exchange of experience. I wish you a peaceful sky above your head and new achievements in your professional and life plans! THANKS!

Alexandra Vasilchishin
Candidate of Economics, Associate Professor, Doctoral Candidate of the Department of Taxes and Fiscal Policy
Ternopil National Economic University

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