PSU Gains the Gold Standard Status among Oxford University Partners

The Oxford University has granted PSU the Gold Standard Internship Host sign. For seven years, Perm University has been hosting numerous delegations from Oxford. PSU is confidently competing with leading Russian and world universities – in terms of providing high quality summer courses.  

“In recognition of the support your organization has given our students over the last few years and of the quality of the internship experiences you have provided and maintained, we would like to award you a Gold Standard Internship Host badge for display on your website, should you wish to use it, ”

the Internship Office, Careers Service, University of Oxford wrote to PSU. 

In order to claim for the Oxford reward, a university must meet a variety of criteria, including the quality of feedback from the students, provision of resources for interns, and the total duration of participation in the summer educational programs.

“We have been coordinating the internship program since 2012. During this period, 155 students from Oxford took participated summer schools in various disciplines. We are deeply convinced that academic success is closely related to personal adaptation, especially for students from afar. It is important for us that the guys feel at home, ”

says Lyudmila Kadzhaya, Head of the International Contacts Department, PSU.

PSU is proud to provide Oxford students access to professional laboratory equipment as part of their research – the opportunity undergraduates would rarely enjoy abroad. Acquiring practical skills in Russia helps foreign undergraduates to apply for higher degrees and better jobs back home. 

As a part of off-campus outdoor practices, Oxford students study rare plants and animal species, raft down the local rivers, discover the wildlife and natural landscape of the Western Urals. Besides the course program, PSU offers classes in Russian language, enables contacts with experts in the field of research, shows students them around the city, and assists with living facilities and comfortable settling.  

Summer schools are a great chance to discover a new country. In addition to a variety of cultural events, including theatre plays, art exhibitions, sport matches, our interns get a unique life experience: from living in a dormitory to workshops in national cuisine.”

says Vadim Gataulin, Head of the International Relations Department, PSU.

The Gold Standard Internship Host sign grants PSU the opportunity to present its programs for Oxford students on a priority basis. For the summer 2019, PSU offers 6-week undergraduate courses in computational and theoretical physics, microbiology and pharmaceutical chemistry.

For the first time, students in archive and museum activity will participate summer schools at PSU in 2019: the Museum of History of Perm University offers international interns a unique opportunity to deal with collections of Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and Middle Ages. The Faculty of Philology is expecting interns in Russian language and literature for the autumn 2019 semester. 

COVID-19: Important information

Perm State University regrets to inform you that there has been a coronavirus COVID-2019 outbreak in Russian Federation. 

Perm State University is monitoring the situation closely and we are following advice and guidelines given by the Federal and Regional Authorities of Russian Federation in an attempt to limit and slow down the spread of the virus. We are prepared to implement our contingency plan should the need arise.

Perm State University can assure you that PSU Staff doing all the necessary for providing security to all the students.

Perm State University made all the arrangements for distant (off-campus) education for the students and they can study without any health risk. All PSU’s facilities where international students live are safe.

PSU Team clearly understand that situation with COVID-19 is not very optimistic, but we hope for the better scenario and keep working for distant admission procedure for all candidates. We will continue to review the situation and will update information. 

Find out more information about COVID-19 situation in Perm Region (in Russian)

Kind regards

International Team
Perm State University

PSU Scientists Propose Means to Protect Dams from Destruction

PSU geologists and microbiologists have patented a way to protect dams from destruction at high concentrations of methane at their base. The new method will improve the safety of the operation of those dams dependent on sandy and clay soils.

“Dams based on clay and sandy soils are potentially susceptible to intensive microbiological processes, as a result of which an abnormal amount of methane can be released in underground space, compared to normal conditions. This, in turn, can lead to the softening of soils and the deterioration of their physical and mechanical properties compared with the design, and therefore negatively affect the safe operation of hydraulic structures. We saw our task in resolution of this problem, ” states Artyom Demenev, senior researcher, PSU Natural Sciences Institute.

PSU scientists have suggested that iron chloride (FeCl₃) be injected into the ground through injection wells and emitters. The addition of additional substances will reduce the emission of methane by microbes, preventing the destruction of dams.

“Microorganisms found in sand and clay can consume all kinds of substances and emit methane during their processing. We decided to replace the products they consume with iron chloride, during the processing of which only iron oxide is released in acceptable standards. Thus, methane emissions will be less, which means the properties of soils should not deteriorate, ”

Vadim Khmurchik, senior researcher, PSU Natural Sciences Institute

According to the research team, the solution they propose is cheaper than standard methods of control, as well as environment-friendly.

“Usually, special antiseptics are used to solve such problems, but they are more expensive and toxic than the method offered. In addition, the formation of harmful substances during the implementation of our technology is reduced, in comparison with traditional methods, ”

Nikolai Maksimovich, Honored Ecologist of the Russian Federation, Deputy Director, PSU Institute of Natural Sciences.

The invention by PSU researchers may be applied around the Volga basin and South Russia, as well as other territories with increased methane generation at the base of dams. It’s adaptation also appears reasonable for the use in landfills and waste shafts with significant underground methane emissions.

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