“Italy? A wonderful place to study”

Yeltay Rachmanov is a surgeon and researcher, he comes from Kazakhstan. He obtained a Preventive and Adaptive Sport Disciplines Degree from the University of L’Aquila by taking part in the Erasmus Mundus Programme.
09 March 2015

It has been a long way from Aral, a small city in the centre of Kazakhstan, to L’Aquila in Italy where Dr. Rachmanov (born in 1985) studied and lived for two years. But if you ask him if he had enjoyed this study experience he will answer you with an enthusiastic “It was wonderful!” not without an exclamation mark. After obtaining a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Marat Ospanov West Kazakhstan State Medical University, Yeltay came to Abruzzo where he graduated with honours completing a degree course called Laurea Magistrale in Scienze motorie preventive e adattive (MA in Preventive and Adaptive Sport Disciplines). “This degree course has been organised under the aegis of the Erasmus Mundus TOSCA Programme, a programme aimed at transferring to Central Asia the European expertise regarding education and sciences” he tells us from China where he is currently based in order to get a PhD. What about his future plans? Firstly, he wishes to come back to his home country, Kazakhstan,  in order to put at the service of his country of birth the competences he could acquire abroad. “But for sure I’ll get back to Italy because with my professors and colleagues, both from Italy and Kazakhstan, we have built a bridge for scientific collaborations and activities”.

Hello Yeltay! We would like to ask you why from Kazakhstan you have decided to come to study in Italy…
“First of all, the MA course in Scienze motorie preventive e adattive (Preventive and Adaptive Sport Disciplines) promoted at L’Aquila covers up all my research interests: for instance, health promotion, sport activities adapted for elderly and disabled people, the prevention of aging diseases. Moreover, an other important reason is the strong research relationships between the University of L’Aquila and Kazakhstan which gave me a great confidence about the support I would have received from the Italian professors in order to develop my own projects”.

How can you describe this period in Italy?
“It was wonderful. In Italy we can say each corner has a story, people are open-minded and always ready to help. I had planned my research period in Italy in advance in order to attend lots of conferences, courses but also leisure activities such as concerts and sport events”.

And what about the university college?
“Italy is a very good place for study and research. At L’Aquila the quality of teaching is high, both professors and colleagues were always helpful and kind: I think this is essential in order to create dynamic and innovative academic institutions. The International relations office  invited me to take part in several events dedicated to the cooperation with Kazakhstan and these meetings have been really useful to me. Furthermore, the university office that deals with internships is very efficient too as it offers a wide variety of choices”.

Did you have other experiences of studying abroad?
“Before coming to Italy, I did 10 months of postgraduate research in Poland thanks to a scholarship founded by the Lane Kirkland Fellowship Programme. This research focused on the possibility of adapting the system of rehabilitation used in Poland to the reality of the Kazaky system. My host institutions there have been the Adam Mickiewicz University and the Poznan Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences.”

What are you currently doing?
“I am currently enrolled on a PhD course at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. My research is focused on the rehabilitation of the injured knee and the regeneration of knee’s tendons and cartilages. Chinese rehabilitation methods are well-known worldwide.”

How did you get in touch with AlmaLaurea and what do you think about its activities?
“I got in contact with AlmaLaurea for the first time while I was completing my MA graduation procedures and then I discovered it was, mostly thanks to its website, a bridge between the university life and the students’ future professional career, especially by giving information regarding Job offers and Careers days”. 


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