Speaking about the results of the entrance campaign - 2017, I am pleased to note that it proved to be a success for Sumy National Agrarian University: this year, the student family of SNAU has replenished. 888 applicants have entered our university. The majority of them (571 students) will be government-funded. 317 students will study under the terms of a commercial contract.
This year the highest score of the certificate was 193.5 (for the specialty "Technology of production and processing of livestock products"). In general, we can state the overall increase in the average score of certificates of our applicants this year. Therefore, the majority of applicants came to us with an average score of 150, there were many entrants who had 160-170 and even 170-180 points in their certificates. This is a positive trend, which proves the fact that motivated young people who are able to study well, with a desire to obtain European-level education, are purposefully targeting at our university. It is very good that agrarian educational institutions are not filled by the residual principle, and many talented young people associate their future with the agrarian sector of our country's economy.
It should be noted that a lot of attention is paid to the practical training of students at our university: thanks to cooperation with the agricultural holding "Kernel", "UkrLandFarming", "NCH", "Industrial Milk Company", "Myronivsky Hliboproduct" our students adapt to the conditions of modern production during their studying, and many of them have jobs by the time of university graduation. Cooperation with local agrarian enterprises, such as "Vitchyzna", AF Severynivska, etc. also contributes to the fact.
Not only students but also teachers learn at SNAU: the modern world is changing so rapidly that it is impossible to be a good teacher, operating facts learnt 20 years ago. Therefore, the teaching staff of our university is constantly increasing its qualification, having internships at leading agrarian enterprises and abroad.
Thanks to our partners - Horsch, Kernel, IMC - last year we opened the Precision Farming Center, where future engineers will master geospatial technologies with Geoinformation and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). A laboratory of computer technology in livestock, opened at the Department of Biology and Technology, is equipped with new computers, which have licensed specialized programs, and which are indispensable assistants of the modern animal husbandry. Today a young specialist should have good command of a foreign language and computer in addition to professional knowledge. The Regional Center for Sustainable Development of Rural Areas, which was also opened last year, was primarily created for the students of the Master's course "Regional Management" implemented by Sumy NAU. The curriculum for this program envisages the study of the disciplines of the International Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) accredited by the European Union. It was tested in the training of masters in management and public administration.
Last academic year we began implementing a new project "Agrointernship" for the first time in Ukraine. Its participants were graduates of technological specialties. This project gives young professionals the opportunity to feel more confident in their work, since it is possible for them to get qualified advice from university researchers when discussing technological issues that arise during work. We determine the professional level of the students of agrointernship by testing called "100 knowledge, 100 skills". In future, the results will be taken into account in their training.
Therefore, it is possible to assert that Sumy National Agrarian University can offer the most up-to-date knowledge. Therefore, I congratulate all students and staff on the beginning of the new academic year 2017-2018, I wish you inspiration and success, professional growth and new heights.
For those who are just beginning to study at Sumy National Agrarian University, I want to say that the education received at our higher educational establishment will continue to be a solid foundation for building a successful career and achieving the most ambitious plans. The main thing is your desire to learn, all possibilities for this have already been created at SNAU.