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Krakow University of Technology students on exchange with a university in Portugal

24 of August '20

Laura Janik, Malgorzata Barwinska, Natalia Choinacka and Aleksandra Debicka, students of the Faculty of Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology, talk about a semester spent at the Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal. Hear about studying in the picturesque town surrounded by mountains, traveling and interior architecture.

scope of the podcast

[0:01]
Introduction
[2:05]
What do you see as the main educational differences between the Polish university and the one you studied at?
[3:30]
What is the atmosphere at the university and faculty, what conditions does the university offer?
[4:58]
What is student life like , how much time is taken up by studying and activities at the university, and how much is for pursuing your own passions and social life?
[6:11]
What are the prospects after graduation from the university?

Laura Janik

A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology, she is currently studying for a master's degree. She also studied at a foreign university: Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal. She has co-authored projects presented at international conferences and symposia. Publication of ICERI 2018 International Conference of Education Research and Innovation, Sevilla. Publication of scientific paper: "World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences", Prague. Participant in the nationwide architectural workshop Architektour (Bytom 2016). Distinguished with her team in the competition for the development of the space at the historic railroad station in Sao Pedro do Sul, Portugal. Winner of the PLGBC Green Building Awards 2019, she gathered her professional experience working in Krakow architectural offices. Privately, she is a lover of yoga and a healthy lifestyle. She is interested in design in the broadest sense, painting, graphic design and applied art.

Malgorzata Barwinska

Student of architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. Participant of the OSSA student workshops in Gdynia. Winner of the first prize for teamwork at the "Book booth" workshop organized by the Cracow University of Technology in 2015. She spent one semester studying architecture at the Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal. During this time, she became a co-author of articles published at symposia in Prague and Seville. During her education, she gained experience in one of Krakow's design offices. In 2019, she and her team won the first prize in the "PLGBC Green Building Awards" in the category: best student environmental project. When designing, she focuses primarily on the environment and the human being. She is interested in personal development and healthy and conscious living. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting and spending time in nature.

Natalia Choinacka

A student of architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. As part of a foreign exchange, she studied at the Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal. Together with her team, she won 1st prize in the "PLGBC Green Building Awards" competition in the category: best student environmental project and 2nd prize in the competition "Soft mobility as an urban design solution for river banks in São Pedro do Sul" - Portugal 2018. Co-author of two publications at: International Conference of Education Reasarch and Innovation (ICERI 2018) - Sevilla 2018, WORLD MULTIDISCIPLINARY EARTH SCIENCES - Prague 2018. When designing, she attaches great importance to ecology. Her interests include travel, art and crime fiction.

Aleksandra Debicka

A student of architecture in the last semester of her master's degree at the Cracow University of Technology. As part of a foreign exchange program, she studied at Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal, as well as at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. She participated in the "Object Impossible 2019" and ,,KOŁO 2019" competitions. She and her design team won First Prize in the "PLGBC Green Building Awards" competition in the category: best student environmental project. Together with her team, she won 2nd Prize in the competition "Soft mobility as an urban design solution for river banks in São Pedro do Sul " - Portugal 2018 and co-authored two publications at: International Conference of Education Reasarch and Innovation (ICERI 2018) - Sevilla 2018, WORLD MULTIDISCIPLINARY EARTH SCIENCES - Prague 2018. She is passionate about music, concerts and coffee, looking at architecture from the outside, more everyday side.

The girls are also the authors of a project titled Breath for which they received the award for best student environmental project in the PLGBC Green Building Awards 2019.

Listen also to Aleksandra Debicka who talks about studying architecture in China.

From the podcast series titled: "All about education - the best universities".

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