Home > Blog > Empowering Minds and Cultivating Connections: The SPINAKER Summer School Experience at Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

Empowering Minds and Cultivating Connections: The SPINAKER Summer School Experience at Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

17 Jul 2023
AIT webmaster

Muhammad Ahmed, Susu Myint, Shubham Dhital, Syeda Noor ul Saba Bukhari and Yumna Javaid Khan, Master’s students from the School of Environment, Resources and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), were thrilled to be part of the prestigious SPINAKER Summer School 2023. They share their experience at SPINAKER:

Under the radiant summer sun, we embarked on an exciting journey to join Poland’s renowned SPINAKER Summer School. Packed with anticipation, we were ready to immerse ourselves in a world of knowledge, culture, and new friendships.

The SPINAKER Summer School Program at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology is a prestigious educational initiative designed to provide students with a unique learning experience in diverse and technically advanced fields. This intensive program brings together students from various backgrounds, allowing them to expand their knowledge, gain practical skills, and engage in cutting-edge research projects. With a focus on theoretical foundations and hands-on applications, SPINAKER equips participants with the tools and expertise needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving world of technology.

Wrocław University of Science and Technology (WUST), renowned for its academic excellence and commitment to innovation, provides an exceptional setting for the SPINAKER Summer School Program. Located in the vibrant city of Wrocław, the university offers a stimulating environment that promotes learning and collaboration. The program is led by a team of distinguished professors and industry experts at the forefront of their fields.

During the orientation, upon our arrival, we were warmly welcomed by a diverse staff and a vibrant group of participants from around the world. The atmosphere was filled with curiosity and a shared desire to expand our horizons and make the most of this unique learning opportunity.

The days at SPINAKER were packed with a dynamic mix of interactive workshops, thought-provoking lectures, and diverse curriculum activities. The talented and passionate instructors guided us through various scientific and technological subjects. We engaged in intriguing discussions, collaborated on group projects, and discovered the joy of intellectual exploration. However, it wasn’t just the classroom experiences that left a lasting impression on us. The summer school also organized exciting excursions to explore Poland’s rich cultural heritage. One of the highlights was our visit to the majestic Książ Castle, nestled amidst lush greenery. The castle’s grandeur took our breath away as we roamed its historic halls, marveled at the exquisite architecture, and listened to the enlightening tales shared by knowledgeable guides.

Beyond the organized activities, the true beauty of SPINAKER revealed itself in the connections we forged with our fellow participants. From engaging conversations during coffee breaks to late-night discussions under starlit skies, we were inspired by our newfound friends’ diverse perspectives and shared passions. We laughed, learned, and formed bonds that transcended borders and cultures.

Another unforgettable adventure was our exploration of the enchanting old town. Walking along its cobblestone streets, we were transported back in time, surrounded by beautifully preserved buildings that whispered stories of bygone eras. The aroma of freshly baked pastries filled the air as we indulged in traditional Polish delicacies, savoring every bite and immersing ourselves in the local culture. As we wandered through the streets of Poland, our hearts brimmed with excitement. We handpicked a medley of Polish chocolates in quaint chocolate shops, each a tiny treasure. Back on campus, we delighted our advisors by presenting a token of appreciation for their unwavering commitment to our academic growth, sharing the sweet taste of Poland, and creating moments of pure bliss.

As the summer school ended, a bittersweet feeling enveloped us. The experience had been transformative, fueling our thirst for knowledge and instilling in us a newfound confidence to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. We returned to our universities with a wealth of knowledge, cherished memories, and a network of lifelong friends who shared our passion for learning.

The SPINAKER Summer School Program in Poland was an extraordinary journey that broadened our intellectual horizons, ignited our curiosity, and enriched our understanding of the world. It was an experience that would forever hold a special place in our hearts, reminding us of the transformative power of education and the beauty of connecting with like-minded individuals on a shared quest for knowledge and growth.

Participating in the SPINAKER Summer School Program offered us numerous benefits. Not only did we acquire valuable technical skills and knowledge, but we also had the opportunity to network with peers and professionals worldwide. The program fostered a strong sense of community and encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration, enabling students to broaden their perspectives and forge lasting connections. Additionally, we gained exposure to potential career opportunities in academia and industry, as the program often featured guest lectures from renowned researchers and industry leaders.

The SPINAKER Summer School Program at Wrocław University of Science and Technology is an invaluable experience for students passionate about their careers and eager to excel in their respective fields. It equips them with the tools and insights necessary for future success while providing a supportive and engaging environment for growth.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to the International Affairs Unit, especially Dr. Sumana Shrestha, Director of International Affairs, Office of International and Public Affairs and Ms. Sarina Pradhan Thapa of the Office of Dean SERD for providing this wonderful opportunity to us and guiding us throughout the application and selection process.