“We Are”: Perm-Based International Students Celebrate Cultures at PSU

On November 17, Perm State University hosted for the “We Are” Inter-University Festival of International Students – uniting international students from

35 contestants from 10 countries of the world performed at the Festival, supported by 200 natives and many more Russian friends – 13 group advisers, 60 volunteers, as well as representatives from 7 Perm-based universities: Perm State Medical University, Perm National Research Polytechnic University, Perm State Pharmaceutical Academy, Higher School of Economics, Perm Branch, Perm State Institute of Culture, Perm State Agro-Technological University and Perm State University.

The Festival program included a recognition of the brightest international students of Perm, the Cultural Fair, the Sport Together barrier line, the World Cuisines culinary battle, the Graffiti Walls art stage, and the final live performance, followed by a friendly tea party. The Festival guests relaxed in a Creativity Space – practicing art therapy, creating a multicolored patchwork of sketches and prints.

The Cultural Fair united PSU Center of Foreign Culture,  PSU Students’ Media Center, PSU Students’ Eco Council, PSU Student Teams, Perm Regional Center for Foreign Students (at the Ministry of Education and Science of Perm krai), the All-Russian Civil Movement “Medical Volunteers” in Perm krai.

On the day of the Festival, a culinary battle took place: having received recipes and products, the participants were challenged to cook dishes of various cuisines of the world — from okroshka to bruschetta — as part of international teams. The winners became a united team of students from China, Turkmenistan and India from three Perm universities  – presenting their variation of the Japanese sushi.

According to Diana Kipyatkova, the Festival organizer at PSU, ‘We Are’ appears the brightest and most unusual venue in Perm, second to none, a palletful of colors, national costumes and languages, a virtual trip around the world. Having uniting the universities of the city, the Festival gives an opportunity to see foreign students not only as representatives of cultures, but as personal talents:

“We hope all the participants felt the friendly atmosphere of the Festival, and passed its vibe further on. This is the place to meet real friends and join a wider student community – getting to know oneself, sharing national culture, growing individually and most importantly, enjoying the moment!”

Mohammed Al Lami (Iraq), student of the Faculty of Geography and a graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU, shares his sparkle:

“This is the most amazing festival! Last time I was an organizer and presenter, it was a wonderful experience. A lot of people and positive emotions are what remained in the memory. This year I expect even more interesting activities, bright colors, people. I’m sure it will be fun!”

Jakkapob Dach-In (Thailand), a student of the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, recollects:

“In 2018, I went on stage to talk about life in Russia as a foreigner. I remember there were a lot of international students from all over Perm. Some shared their experience of living here, some performed, singing or dancing. This year I am gladly broadening my vision of that.”

According to “We Are” organizers, the goal of the Festival is to help international students adapt to the Russian student community – involving them into student associations, creating positive atmosphere in hostels, initiating new international projects. For the Russian students, it is an opportunity to practice foreign languages ​​with native speakers, with foreigners experiencing less language gaps.

International Linguists Discuss Teaching Practices

On 24-25 October, 2022, an international online conference “Linguistic Technologies and Innovative Language Teaching” was held at Perm State University, as part of Perm International Forum “Science and Global Challenges of the 21st Century”. 

Despite Covid restrictions in 2021 and growing number of objectives, the scholars managed to dive into the process of fruitful collaboration, internationally. The Department of English Language and Intercultural Communications at Perm State University (PSU) encouraged a broader dialogue – inviting colleagues from all over Russia, as well as long-time partners Prof. Dr. Michael Losavio and Prof. Dr. Adel Elmaghraby (University of Louisville, USA), and Prof. Dr. Reima Sado Al-Jarf (King Saud University, Saudi Arabia) to participate. Due to Professor Svetlana Polyakova, one of the key contributors to science diplomacy at PSU and in Perm, academic links grow into bigger projects and sister cities’ links.  In 2022, the conference participants included students and teachers from Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and the USA.

The scholars’ reports considered corpus-oriented approach to analyzing texts of different genres, comparisons within English scientific and technical discourse; news bioethics terminology; ethical-legal-technical challenges with the Internet of things; impact of pandemic crisis on university management; metaphors in philosophical discourse; cognitive linguistic analysis in advertising; economical, linguistical, juridical and educational issues in naming companies; approaches regarding British fiction as a tool in  tertiary level education.

“As a Conference co-organizer and contributor, I feel a certain tendency of scholars at finding something unexpected, yet catchy and prospective, long ahead standard expectations. Comparing reports of our foreign partners to those from Russian universities, I’d say the former tend to be more tech-oriented – regarding issues of digital technologies within the use of artificial intelligence, or machine learning in relation to a more humane world. Revealing the difference in academic paradigm in Russia, the Western countries and Eastern world, seems like a promising topic for a new research,”

says Konstantin Klochko, Head of the Department of English Language and Intercultural Communications, PSU.

Among the Conference participants – the University of Louisville (USA), Delta State University (USA), King Saud University, Moscow State University, St Petersburg University, National Research N. P. Ogarev Mordovia State University, and many more scholars from joint research projects.

Book by PSU Geologists and Geographers to Be Published at Springer

The monograph by PSU scholars, titled “Sulphate Karst in Perm Region” will be published at one of the largest international publishing houses, Springer. The publication is included in the “Cave and Karst Systems of the World” book series, covering publications on karst-built natural sites of Brazil, Hungary, Madagascar, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, USA, Turkey, France, Croatia and South Africa.

The monograph “Sulphate Karst of the Perm Territory” was published in July, 2021, as a joint work of geologists and geographers of Perm State University (PSU). The publication have performed under support by the Government of the Perm Territory, as a part of a dedicated grant framework.

The research concentrates on sulfate karst, the character of its processing and distribution in the Perm region. The publication also contains an updated zone map of the territory, incorporating the use of GIS technologies, a detailed description of related areas describing the geological and hydrogeological conditions for the development of karst and karst phenomena.

Upon collaboration of the book authors and Springer editorial team, its new English language edition was announced for December, 2022. The publication is included in the Cave and Karst Systems of the World – to be the first among those publications on karst objects in Russia.

“Undoubtedly, the English version will allow a wide circle of international scholars to get acquainted with the results of our research. It will also increase the tourist attractiveness of the unique karst objects of the Perm Territory, such as the Kungur Ice and the Ordinskaya caves,” says Olga Meshcheryakova, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Geology of Technogenic Processes, Natural Sciences Institute, PSU.

To remind, PSU scholars had already had a successful cooperation with Springer in 2019, as they published the “Dams and Reservoirs in Evaporites” monograph in collaboration with Professor Petar Milanovic, the University of Belgrade (Serbia).

PSU Programmers Participate World Championship

PSU students have won the qualification in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Championship in the Ural region (Russia). The Cat$ team from the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, PSU, took 1st place in the qualifying stage and headed to the quarterfinals.

Seven teams reached for the quarterfinals on behalf of PSU. At the Contest, a team of three people is given a computer and a set of complex algorithmic problems – to be solved in five hours. The Cat$ team successfully completed 10 out of 11 tasks, showing the highest result among all teams in the Ural region.

“Not only do competitions in programming help to develop personal and team skills, but also serve as a good start in career progress. Our teams regularly participate in the ICPC qualifying stages, and always show good results. Last year, we missed a tiny bit to reach the finals. This year, we’re going to use our chance,”

says Mikhail Lizunov, team coach, graduate of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, PSU.

Attended by 25 teams from local universities and colleges, the qualifying round took place at Perm State University, with 16 PSU teams, on October, 8. Overall, 346 youth teams participated the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Championship in the Ural region.

The International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), is an annual multi-tiered competitive programming competition among the universities of the world. Headquartered at Baylor University (USA), the ICPC operates autonomous regional contests covering six continents culminating in a global World Finals every year.

The ICPC provides gifted students with opportunities to interact, demonstrate, and improve their teamwork, programming, and problem-solving prowess. It serves as a global platform for academia, industry, and community to assist the next generation of computing professionals.

PSU Celebrates International Translation Day

Students and teaching staff of the Department of Linguistics and Translation, Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, PSU, have celebrated International Translation Day.

For the Faculty, the 2021-2022 academic year had been fruitful in achievements and events. The Faculty students became winners in international translation competitions and language contests, research,  international projects with Mexico and Spain, translation volunteering and inclusive training at the University of Grenoble-Alpes (France).

The Department of Linguistics and Translation is recently teaching about 400 undergraduate and graduate students in Linguistics, as well as in Translation and Translation Studies. At the holiday, the Faculty announced best students in studies, social activity and translation achievements. Partners from and PSU alumni studying in Spain, Mexico and France shared their video greetings. Video ‘cards’ and creative performances by PSU first-year students topped the holiday celebration.   

The holiday also marked joint research projects by 4th year students in Linguistics and Translation, announcing the prize winner project – a multilingual website for PSU Situation Center, containing info on PSU values, student life, hostels, social and library services, psychological assistance and safety, as well as feedback, all using Russian, English, Chinese and Turkmen languages.

International Translation Day is an international day to recognize translation professionals. Celebrated on 30 September, introduced by the UN General Assembly resolution in 2017, the holiday is linked to St. Jerome, the Bible translator, considered historically as a patron of translators. The day expresses solidarity with the worldwide translation community and translation profession that has become increasingly essential in the era of globalization.

Dr. Boris Proskurnin Becomes PSU Distinguished Professor

PSU Academic Council has awarded the title of Honored Professor of Perm State University to Dr. Boris Proskurnin, Head of the Department of World Literature and Culture, Doctor of Philology, Professor.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Boris Proskurnin has been contributing to PSU progress – starting as a student and a fellow assistant, and reaching the professor and Doctor of Sciences status, devoting most of his life to alma mater. His biography covers building the University literally, as part of a student construction team, as well as a running PSU Student Club (1973-1976). Combining research and teaching activity with the Head of the Department of Foreign Literature post, Dr. Boris Proskurnin also headed PSU International Department (1999-2003) and PSU Methodological Council (1998-2003).

Dr. Boris Proskurnin is among key researchers of Victorian literature in Russia, and an expert on Anthony Trollope (1815-1882). His name is associated with the first contacts with the University of Oxford, contributing to growing sister city relations of Perm and Oxford. For almost twenty years, Dr. Boris Proskurnin served as a Dean of the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages ​​and Literature. Thanks to his personal strive and the team he led, PSU gained new prospects fruited in solid national and internationally recognized projects.

Since 2002, the title of Distinguished Professor has been awarded to professors who have made a significant contribution to Perm State University progress. At the present moment, 27 names of prominent scholars are listed in the Book of Distinguished Professors, stored at the Museum of Perm State University History.

Meet Record-Winning Yachtsmen Family, at PSU!

Fancy discovering the world? Curious about complex independent expeditions? Want to make your own journey media-popular? Seeking for support by the Russian Geographical Society?

On 28 September, Perm State University (PSU) runs a meeting with Russian travelers Andrey and Marina Klochkov, famous for their southernmost family circumnavigation in history. The meeting will be held with the support by the Russian Geographical Society, Perm Branch.

In the spring of 2022, Andrei and Marina Klochkovs, accompanied by their daughters Anastasia and Lada, successfully finished their three-year voyage on board of yacht Lady Mary. The sailers crossed the equator four times and reached Antarctica.

Exciting stories, photos and videos about distant lands, fears, trials and overcoming obstacles, as well as travel planning tips, equipment used and media support for both beginners and experienced travelers – find out this and more at our meeting at PSU!

Date and time of meeting: 28 September at 5pm – introduction of travelers, press-conference; 6pm – lecture for PSU students and teaching staff.

Place of meeting: Perm State University (PSU), ul. Bukireva, 15, building 1, Conference Hall.

The Klochkovs family records:

  • first world ascent with juniors on all three great capes – Cape Horn (Chile), Cape Leeuwin (Australia), the Cape of Good Hope South Africa) and all the southern capes of the planet;
  • passing two poles of the planet: the Ocean Pole of Inaccessibility (Point Nemo) and the Pole of Sailors (Cape Horn);
  • 5 autonomous ocean crossings, lasting from 53 to 85 days;
  • 65 thousand nautical miles, of which more than 15 thousand miles have been in high latitudes, including ice;
  • cabin girl Lada Klochkova, the youngest post-Soviet sailor to pass Cape Horn and sail to Antarctica.

Awards and Nominations:  

Media Resources on Klochkovs’ Travels:  

 Picture Source: Klochkovs’ Page at VKontakte    

PSU Scholar from Macedonia Participates All-Russian Conference on Linguistics

Senior Lecturer Aleksandar Taleski (Macedonia), along with his colleagues Leonid Pakhomov and Daria Pavlova, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, PSU, presented reports at the All-Russian Scientific Conference with International Participation “Cognition, Culture and Communication in Modern Humanities”, held in Novosibirsk (Russia).

The Conference, attended by philologists from more than 30 cities of Russia and neighboring countries,  discussed the issues of conceptualization, communication, metaphorization, cognitive modeling of various processes, and all related aspects – both in real life and virtual reality.

Aleksandar Taleski spoke about the study of dual spatial orientation in virtual reality:

“Participation in a conference is always an opportunity to discuss important issues, get feedback, exchange experience. In my report, I presented the features of spatial orientation in virtual reality – the ways people feel about themselves and language means they use to express it,”

shares Aleksandar Taleski.

“Studying mechanisms of reading and interpreting text in native and non-native languages is an important topic of cognitive research, which bears cross-disciplinary experimental character and uses methods of eye movement registration, visual analytics and virtual reality technologies,” mentions Daria Pavlova in reference to the studies she conducts with St Petersburg State University.

Philology, in all its aspects, has been one of the core PSU disciplines since the University foundation in 1916, as a part of the Faculty of History and Philology. Since its early days and further on, passing transformation to the Faculty of Philology in 1960, and separation from modern foreign languages and literature in 2003, it keeps on growing and gets recognition on local and national level.  

For a long time, the Faculty of Philology has been building academic relations with partners from abroad, to name Austria, Baltic countries, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, UK and former Yugoslavia states – aiming at productive cooperation in science and teaching, contributing to double degree programs, participating summer language schools, running joint research projects and leading publishing activity.

At PSU, education in philology involves a variety of modern disciplines. Apart from studying literature and learning languages, students explore local traditions and folklore, study Internet technologies and web design, master media relations and content management, and tend to create their own projects. The Faculty students take internships at local and national radio and TV-companies, publishers, PR-services and advertising agencies, as well as drill their skills at PSU campus media.

Scientists from Russia and Belarus Discuss Chemistry in Education, at PSU

The Faculty of Chemistry at PSU has initiated the 6th Prikamie (Perm Territory) Congress of Chemistry Teachers, titled “Continuing Chemistry Education as a Tool to Overcome Modern Challenges”. For four days, off- and online, chemistry school teachers and university staff from all over Russia and the Republic of Belarus are discussing the challenges and perspectives of modern chemical education.

The Congress unites several key partners, to name the Faculty of Chemistry at Moscow State University, the Association of Teachers of Chemistry, the “Chemistry at School” Magazine, the Petroleum+ Perm School #102, award-winning teachers and experts in chemistry. The Congress provides a broad overview of online resources for schools, colleges and higher educational institutions, as well as  explores students’ progress in chemical science using competitive environment and dedicated study groups.

“For the Perm Territory, which has been long associated with “big chemistry”, the objective of training highly qualified personnel for the chemical industry is especially important. Teachers of chemistry play an important role in that process. For a number of years, the Congress has been bringing together experts and industry professionals, teachers and students of various levels – serving a platform for sharing established practices, discussing challenges and prospects in chemical education,”

states Professor Irina Mashevskaya, Congress organizer, Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry, PSU.

Earlier in 2021, Counselor of Republic of Belarus, paid a visit to Perm State University (PSU). Mr. Vitaly Voytik, Adviser on Trade and Economic Issues, Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Yekaterinburg met Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector to discuss cooperation with scientific and industrial bodies of Belarus, stating education as one of the key priorities for such interaction in the future.

Besides education, possible cooperation in chemistry involves technical solutions in ecology and agriculture. About 40% of global potash salts are being produced in Belarus and Russia, and so does bring their industries closer. The Republic of Belarus lays special emphasis on cooperation with the Perm Territory, since the official signing of the cooperation agreement in 2016. Since that time, the trade turnover between Belarus and Perm territories raised up to $ 500,000,000.

“The Republic of Belarus is becoming an important partner of the Perm Territory. This opens up wide opportunities for both PSU and Belarusian enterprises. The University acts as a key member of the Perm Scientific and Educational Center “Rational Subsoil Use”, as well as the Photonics Competence Center, creating an extensive scientific and industrial base for international cooperation. As the IT sphere is extensively developed in Belarus and Perm, the interaction of the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, PSU with Belarusian colleagues offers new prospects in artificial intelligence research,”

commented Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector, in 2021.

Half of PSU International Students Got Vaccinated, Safely

About 50% of foreign students who had come to study at Perm State University, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 – the service offered since 30 September, 2021, territorially.

“Previously, the status of international student did not allow a foreign citizen to be vaccinated against coronavirus, locally. For now, legal contradictions have been resolved on the federal level. In the Perm Territory, a batch of Sputnik Light vaccine has been purchased for foreign citizens,” PSU International Department has commented. “Since the end of September, 2021, vaccination against coronavirus has been set at the Perm Regional Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS and Infectious Diseases.”

According to PSU International Department, over 300 PSU international students there have been staying locally in Perm or inside the country, for the current academic year. Out of them, 150 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus infection, by the end of October 2021.

At the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, as well as at the Faculty of Biology, the amount of vaccinated foreigners international students is reaching 100%. For vaccination, PSU international students are welcomed to apply to the dean’s office of their related Faculty.

Vaccination is regarded as a reliable way to defend oneself during the pandemic.

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