When I first found out that there is Summer School organized in my favorite country, almost exactly in the topic of my research and well acknowledged scholars as teachers, I couldn’t believe my luck. The event was exactly what I needed. A lot of useful knowledge, presented in interesting and well organized way. Wonderful people from all around the world, with whom I could exchange opinions and experience. Hospitable and friendly organizers, who managed to turn Bucharest into my second home. I cannot imagine spending that week in a better way. I’m already looking forward for a next edition.
Date of Posting: October 2017
Jakub Staniszewski, PhD Student
Poznań University of Economics and Business, Poland
Department of Macroeconomics and Agricultural Economics


First of all, I would like to say thank you very much to professors and organizers of this ENHANCE Summer school for sharing their knowledge and hospitality. On the one hand, I think this summer school was a great opportunity for me to learn more about evaluation techniques in public policies program in agriculture. On the other hand, the fact that the students were from different countries helped me a lot to know about other experiences in the world which could serve as an example of public policies for my country.
Besides, I would like to say that this summer school was very well organized for which concerns the academic schedule, it was very precise and covered all necessary knowledge that we need. Moreover, the professors were experts in the field of study, and they motivated us to go deep in this topic. Also, extracurricular activities allow us to discover the city, enjoy Bucharest and the university.
Thanks a lot and I hope to see you again!
Date of Posting: October 2017
Daniel Durán Sandoval, PhD Student
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain


ENHANCE was my first summer school of life. The reasons for applying were to enhance my understanding of agricultural policies, meet new friends, explore the society and people, learn from them, and a good chance to visit Romania as well. The school was not only limited to class but also had some excursions, like visit to the Agriculture Ministry. With a week of intensive school and travelling afterwards, I felt that I had experienced more than I had thought. It was a nice chance to observe one’s life with and beyond the academic life simultaneously. I’m usually silent whenever it comes to writing because I feel that some of the experiences can’t be put into words. Let me observe once more closing my eyes and be more informal. Many amiable friends (from 15 different nations), the great hospitality of USAMVB, the gentle care of Andreea (like a real sister to everyone), the beautiful smile of Gina, friendly and enthusiastic professors- Stefan and Matthias, new hostel with funny stories of the showers, all participants in the same corridor of the hostel and so daily gathering and party till late at night, cool roommate (Gijs) & cute smiling neighbor (Magda), lovely tour partners- Francesca and Daniel, the cultural night with food, drinks and dance, almost daily guided tours, beautiful people and places around (Sinia, Brasov, Sighisoara).
Oh! I can’t go anymore as it makes me feel that I have left so many beautiful things behind in Romania. I’m extremely happy that this chapter exists in the book of my life.
Date of Posting: October 2017
Raja Ram Mehta
MSc. SIA (International Agribusiness and Rural Development Economics)
University of Göttingen and University of Kassel, Germany


I really appreciated the organization of this summer school as I think it represents an excellent opportunity to deepen the issues related to the evaluation of public policies in agricultural sector since it is rare to find a similar study program on this specific topic. The information acquired has fully fulfilled my expectations; the lecturers, with their experience and academic preparation, were always ready to answer our questions or to clarify our doubts. The organization was perfect and the organizational staff was present starting from the first request of information until our departure from Bucharest.
I really recommend this summer school.
Date of Posting: October 2017
Agrisystem Doctoral School, Università Cattolica di Milano, Italy


When I found the information about this year’s Summer School, I thought that it could be a great opportunity to broaden my knowledge and make scientific contacts with young researchers from other European Union countries. On the other hand, I was afraid that under the attractive names of the courses there was really valuable content. After a few days, however, it turned out that the level of classes was high, which was primarily due to the excellent lecturers. I will use my skills to address the problem of policy evaluation in both scientific and teaching work. Another value of the School was the opportunity to learn about many cultures, including those from outside Europe. I also hope that the contacts established with other participants will be the foundation for further cooperation.
Date of Posting: October 2017
Łukasz Kryszak, PhD Student
Poznan University of Economics, Poland


I choose this Summer school because of the topic. It is very close to my professional interests. The summer school “Policy Evaluation in Agriculture” gave me the opportunity to discover more information about the normative foundations of policy evaluation over methodological tasks to public policy as the object of evaluation. I improved my current knowledge about the issue. It was very easy to interact with lecturers and I enjoyed the way they transfer the knowledge. During my education I learned about some parts of evaluation process, but during this week it was great to see the whole evaluation process logic from beginning till end. All parts of courses were well organized. The administrative organization and the atmosphere created between participants and lecturers during the courses were just excellent. In addition to the knowledge acquired the most important thing was networking. I met wonderful people, my friends, and there is opportunity for future (professional) collaboration. I really enjoyed my stay in Bucharest and I will come again for sure.
I want to recommend the program like this to all students and young researchers!
Thanks a lot to our Romanian hosts! Thanks for the opportunity to be part of such a good project! See you next year!
Date of Posting: October 2017
Magdalena Zrakić, Postdoctoral Researcher
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatia


The lectures were very informative and covered a wide range of policy evaluation tools. As a result, we developed a concept that evaluates specific agricultural policy instruments. I particularly liked that each group picked their own instrument. The lecturers and other trainees were engaging, very approachable and facilitated animated discussions.
Being able to connect with other young researchers and professionals from different disciplines all around the world was a privilege and a huge advantage of participating in the summer school programme. We had a great time both in- and outside of the course and enjoyed discovering Bucharest together.
I also found the course to be extremely well organised and everything ran according to schedule. The organisers responded quickly during all phases of the programme, helped out with travel plans and did everything possible to make me feel most welcome in Bucharest. I would like to thank everyone who made this trip one I will never forget.
Date of Posting: October 2017
Annina Hittmeyer
Master Student in Development Economics
University of Göttingen, Germany


The Summer School "Policy Evaluation in Agriculture" was a great opportunity for me to better understand the evaluation phases, as my PhD thesis is based on Agricultural Policies. The information was well structured and consistent, considering the short amount of time that we spent together.
The two lecturers were well prepared, they were able to answer all our questions and to clarify all the misunderstandings from our side.
I met a lot of wonderful people, from different countries, people with a lot of experience in the field and I can say that I had a lot to learn from both the lecturers and the other participants.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend this Summer School and see you at the next edition as well!
Date of Posting: October 2017
Roxana Franzutti, PhD Student
University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest, Romania


For me this summer school 2017 was so special and it was a great opportunity to learn about policy making in Agriculture from Swiss and German experts and more importantly to get to know, interact and network with many academically and professionally strong minds across the world in the Agriculture domain.
The structure of the course had the right mix of theory and practical session via working in groups for better understanding of the concepts taught in class. Apart from the lecture sessions, there was always a nice and fun part in the evening which will definitely be a cherishing moment for life for many. Overall it is a well packed program for the participants and I would for sure recommend to others to participate in the coming editions. Of course you will love the beautiful Bucharest :)
Date of Posting: October 2017
Master Student in Sustainable International Agriculture
Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany


The ENHANCE Summer School was an amazing opportunity and I am glad I had the chance to participate and work with a great group of people. The quality and experience of the lecturers Dr. Stefan Mann and Dr. Matthias Stolze was excellent, also their input during the group project was motivating and inspiring. The organization and the practical arrangements of USAMVB were great and it was for me very valuable to work with participants from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. We simply had a great week together from an academic, cultural and personal perspective.
I would definitely recommend Master students, PhD students and young researchers to participate in the next edition.
Date of Posting: October 2017
Gijs Vincent van den Berg
Wageningen University & Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Poland


During the ENHANCE Summer School I had an excellent opportunity to gain better understanding of agricultural policy evaluation. I really appreciate the experience and knowledge our lecturers shared with us. All lectures and tasks were very well structured and coherent, so we stayed focus from the very first minutes of classes until the very last one. I loved the atmosphere during the classes, ability to share and discuss our understanding and knowledge. Finally, it was interesting to meet so much young researchers and students from all over Europe. I truly believe that friendships created during this summer school will be long lasting and finally grow to common projects and works.
Many thanks to our lecturers and organizers of this summer school! It was a great experience!
See you next year!
Date of Posting: October 2017
Asta Bendoraitytė, PhD Student
Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania
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