As part of the course, the students will master the basics of Turkish grammar, learn to understand native speakers by ear, and initiate dialogue. Attention will be paid to the development of listening comprehension through the study of the culture, traditions and history of Turkey.
“In class, we will analyze TV-series and films, as well as music, contributing to our vocabulary. Through our telegram channel we hope our students to discover Turkish literature, as well as learn to understand speech patterns used in songs, poems and films,”
says Medina Akhverdova, Turkish language teacher.
PSU did have previous fruitful collaborations with Turkey. In 2017-2019, Uğur Yılmaz, a student from Erciyes University (Kayseri, Turkey) studied the concept of Eurasianism and its reflection among Russians, Americans, Western Europeans and Turks – as a part of his master’s course at the Faculty of History and Political Sciences, PSU.
“We are both different and the same. Unlike other Islamic countries, similar of Middle East, Turkey is a secular state, and somehow a part of Europe. Turkish youth is less ‘traditional’ today: for instance, we all enjoy international pop hits and wear fashion clothes. The feature typical of Turkish students is their mobility: we enjoy travelling a lot. And, Russia offers much in that respect, with your beautiful lands and long distances,”
admitted Uğur when asked about similarities of Turkish and Russian cultures.
Besides Turkish language, the “Littera” Language Center at PSU offers courses of Chinese and Korean. Chinese is one of the most complex languages in the world; Korean is considered to be most logically organized. Not only will course participants be able to master their basics, but also to get acquainted with the oriental culture and etiquette.
“In addition to the basics of grammar and vocabulary Korean, our students enjoy the opportunity of discovering Korean traditions and common life, the basics of communication and behavior, including social expectations and things to avoid,”
says Alena Meyler, teacher of Korean language, graduate of the Faculty of International Relations, Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia).
To study Turkish, Chinese or Korean, invited are adults and children 12+. For more information, please turn to dedicated Littera link, or call: +7 (342) 237-63-35.
The Regional Institute for Continuing Education at PSU, established in 2004, remains one of the largest centers for additional education and professional orientation in the Perm territory – providing courses for all kinds of audiences, from college and university students to civil servants and practicing professionals. The institute is based at Perm State University campus and draws qualified teachers for its educational projects.
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First year students of the “Information Systems and Big Data” module, Faculty of Economics, PSU, have attended the Opening Ceremony of the XXIV Winter Olympic Games on 4 February, 2022 in Beijing (China).
Relations the countries in sports and education are part of the Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on International Relations Entering a New Era and Global Sustainable Development, officially published and approved by both parties.
According to Mikhail Gorodilov, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, PSU, “China has been our strategic partner for many years, and we are always happy to develop bilateral equal and mutually beneficial forms of cooperation.”
“The Faculty of Economics is now successfully implementing undergraduate programs in English, as well as summer school programs – enjoyed by international students, including 56 Chinese students in 2020-2022. Our partner universities from China have been successfully cooperating with the Faculty of Economics in various directions for many years,”
says Ekaterina Chuchulina, Assistant Professor, Head of the International Cooperation Project Office, head of PSU-China exchange programs at the Faculty of Economics, PSU.
China is now famous for having organized the Olympics at the highest professional level, overcoming the pandemic and global challenge. Perm State University is thrilled have its students in a heart of a world class event, attended by both Russian and Chinese Presidents, sharing positive vibe with the University. In 2022, PSU is expecting new exchange students from China and getting ready for new educational programs at the Faculty of Economics, PSU.
Song Tianyao (China), a graduate of Perm State University has recorded an unusual congratulation on the Chinese New Year. (As a sleeve note: Song Tianyao has recently defended her PhD (candidate of sciences) thesis in philology at PSU, congratulations!). Today, singing the famous Snowflake Song, she addressed all those Chinese and international students interested in East Asian culture – wishing everyone a happy holiday:
“… The New Year’s on the way,
Will make your dream come true:
As long as snowflakes are not melting,
Don’t let the snowflakes keep on melting –
Until the clock tower ends the tune,
Until the clock tower ends the tune…”
For the Chinese people, the New Year is not just a change of dates, as it marks the start of spring and so blossoming of nature. The astrological sign of 2022 is the Tiger, who shows respect to beauty and people following it. While the Tiger prefers the red color, the tradition in general supports fires and loud noises, believed to scare evil forces away. On the night of 31 January to 1 February, fireworks were around the University campus – the Chinese students celebrating the entry into a new life cycle.
“I would like to congratulate all those Chinese students currently studying in Russia on the Spring Festival,” says Song Tianyao. “We all know the severe virus situation makes us hard to follow it. Yet, I believe together we can overcome this challenge.”
The holiday begins a week before the event itself – started with a general cleaning, for the Tiger loves clean houses and hardworking people. Despite the distance from their homeland, each student strives to decorate a hostel space with bright colors – using lanterns and symbols of the year as decor. Students call their parents, yet refrain from communal celebrations around a broad dinner table with dumplings:
“For me, this New Year is quite unusual, as I am celebrating it alone, trying to stay safe and escape the potential illness. With the completion of my studies, I am planning to get back to China, so I have to limit my social contacts,” Song Tianyao admits.
The Snowflake Song was first performed in “The Magicians” Soviet film in 1982 by Olga Rozhdestvenskaya and the Good Fellows band. Although not a holiday hit, it became a favorite choice among many later artists, from pop to punk – seeing several remakes in 2002, 2008, 2014 and 2016.
“I came into this song completely by accident. Immediately since I heard it, I liked it. Our New Year’s songs are not related to winter, as we have a different climate all across China. And, in some parts, like the South, we don’t have snow at all,” the Chinese graduate shares.
On her arrival back home, not only Song Tianyao will be able to chat with her family at a holiday dinner, set fireworks and make a traditional family photo; she will also launch a paper lantern, lifting a card with her wishes up into the skies. Meanwhile, Perm State University will remain in touch with her and other alumni, waiting for new students and hoping for a brighter new year.
For three years, Song Tianyao has been working as an assistant for the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, PSU and teaching Chinese language to students of three faculties – Philology, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages and Literature. In December 2021, Song Tianyao defended her PhD (candidate of sciences) thesis on Artistic Reception of B. Vasiliev’s Military Prose in China.
In the academic year 2021-2022 at PSU, 28 people, including 22 foreigners (21 students from China and 1 native of Japan), are enrolled in the 1st year postgraduate course in Linguistics and Literary Studies – mostly due to another PSU alumnus from China, who currently teaches at the Chengdu Institute of the Sichuan University of Foreign Studies.
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22 international students out of 28 have been accepted to PhD programs of the Faculty of Philology at Perm State University (PSU), in 2021. 21 Chinese and 1 Japanese postgraduates will study Linguistics and Literary Studies – as 24 full-time students, and 4 part-time ones.
This is a small, yet meaningful record for the Faculty of Philology at PSU, which teaches a wider variety of courses – such as journalism, media communications, advertising and public relations, philology, pedagogics, informational and library studies, languages and literature criticism.
15 students came as future teachers of the Russian language from the Chengdu Institute of the Sichuan University of Foreign Languages. Notably, they were encouraged to apply by their young teaching professor Li Wenxu, who graduated from the Faculty of Philology, PSU in 2018.
“In their research, students from China particularly compare Russian and Chinese literature, examine the influence of the former on the latter, and study the literature of ‘eastern’ Russian emigration in 20th century,”
says Ekaterina Klyuikova, Deputy Dean for International Affairs, Faculty of Philology.
“Here at PSU, I learned to appreciate Russian military prose and rural writers. In Perm, I felt a real Russian spirit I missed to appreciate in the capital cities. The local culture brings us closer to nature and tradition,”
says Song Tianyao, PSU post-graduate student in Philology.
PSU School of Philology, founded in 1916 as a part of the Faculty of History and Philology, has passed a long way through transformation to the Faculty of Philology in 1960, and separation from modern foreign languages and literature in 2003, growing and getting recognition on national level, and beyond.
During its century-long history the Faculty served a launch pad for more than 6000 graduates in philological sciences: linguists and journalists, publishers and literary critics, teachers and writers, media managers and specialists in public relations.
The Faculty partners with universities from China, Korea, Macedonia, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Serbia, Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and the Baltic countries – extending international collaborations in study and research.
Perm State University discussed the prospects for scientific cooperation between universities in Russia and China at the Volga-Yangtze Youth Forum. At the Forum, PSU students and teachers presented several reports, covering the history of Perm Society of Friendship with China, the creation of tourist routes for Chinese students and the creation of a common academic network.
“During the preparation for the Forum, we worked closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Youth Policy of the Perm krai. The projects of our University were highly appreciated. In the future, we plan to hold a series of events to discuss the plan and algorithm for the implementation of projects that were developed at the Forum,”
comments Vyacheslav Tereshenko, PSU International Department.
The Forum, which lasted 2 days, consisted of four sections:
science and innovation;
tourism, culture and art.
PSU delegates presented the following reports:
1. “The Introduction of Chinese Students to Perm Territory: Tourist Attractions and Routes” by Anna Sterlyagova, undergraduate student, Faculty of Geography, PSU (academic adviser: Svetlana Myshlyavtseva, Associate Professor, Department of Tourism);
2. “Perm Society of Friendship with China: History, Formation, Modern Development” by Mikhail Kamenskikh, Associate Professor, the Department of Culture Studies and Social-Humanitarian Technologies, PSU;
3. “Russia and China: Creating a Common Educational Space” by He Tingting, postgraduate student, Faculty of Philology, PSU.
“I was quite excited to participate in the Forum. We discussed new educational technologies as a tool of international cooperation, the mission of young teachers in education and international exchange, the cooperation of Nanchang University with Russian partners, and the importance of student mobility programs. It was interesting to ask questions to speakers both from China and Russia,”
comments Meilis Tuvakov, undergraduate student, Faculty of Economics, PSU.
The Forum has been attended by representatives of Universities located in the Volga Federal District, Russia, and the provinces of the upper and middle Yangtze River: Anhui, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, as well as the city of central subordination Chongqing. The event is part of the program of the Year of Russian-Chinese Scientific, Technical and Innovative Cooperation.
In June 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the Joint Statement between the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation on the Development of Comprehensive Partnership and Strategic Interaction Relations Entering a New Era. According to the Statement, 2020 and 2021 were declared the Years of Russian-Chinese scientific, technical and innovative cooperation.
During the Years of Cooperation, over 1000 joint events are taking place both in Russia and China, including scientific projects, conferences and exhibitions, as well as intensive exchange between scientific institutions, universities and innovation centers.
Delegations of Perm-based universities have been taking part in the Forum for several years already, promoting academic exchange and opportunities for international students. In 2017, PSU delegates attended lectures at Hefei universities, took tours to local enterprises, visited classes on Chinese history, culture and arts, and planted a tree in the Friendship Alley of Anhui University.
What do you become after the University? Yin Jiejie (China), our alumnus from the Faculty of Philology, talks about the reason he had chosen education in Russia, his achievements and discoveries during the student years, and his prospects after the graduation.
A passion to literature might be one’s pass to a university – Russian and Chinese, in Jiejie’s case. To compare them, he decided to study in Russia. “I was eager to see your country, meet Russian people, experience your culture and raise the language level,” confirms Yin Jiejie. “I also heard much about the beauty of Russian women.”
Jiejie had chosen Linguistics and Literary Studies as primary subjects. “To be honest, I’ve never heard of Perm before. A friend of mine recommended Perm State University, as she used to study here,” Jiejie recollects. “I remember my first steps on campus as a touch of a centenary history. Each building has its own story, resembling wisemen. I also liked the university sculptures. Most importantly, I received a scholarship by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. “
Russian writers Viktor Astafiev and Valentin Rasputin, widely known in China, served a research source for Jiejie, who studied ‘ethical space’ of their novels. During his spare time, Jiejie worked as a Chinese language teacher and translator, and was also engaged in arts and sports. He danced during performances at the PSU Student Club, and played basketball with the University team. In the countryside, Jiejie learned to take a steam bath, cook Russian dishes, and skate.
Recently, Jiejie teaches at one of the universities in China. “Russian education helped me find a reliable and respected job back home. I teach the Russian language, which I love, at Shandong Women’s University,” he comments. “Staying with students makes you feel young, task-oriented and learn new things.”
Today, a greater amount of foreign students at Perm State University come from China, followed by those from Iraq and Turkmenistan – choosing the Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Faculty of Philology, and Chemistry, as a primary choice.
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The Summer School “Digital Economy, International Business and Big Data 2021” has started its sessions at Perm State University (PSU). The School is run by the Project Office for International Cooperation at the Faculty of Economics, PSU with the assistance by the Department of International Relations, PSU.
The School’s topics cover digital economy, blockchain systems, cryptocurrencies, Bid Data, and a broad overview of world markets. The program includes a series of professional lectures with the participation of international scholars and practicing experts. A new trait of the Summer School ‘2021 is its online format.
“This year, several PSU faculties are successfully implementing the Summer School ‘2021 program plans. Regardless of the restrictions period, caused by the pandemic, we haven’t cut on international programs or projects. As always, we are glad to accept international students and provide any possible assistance,”
comments Vadim Gataulin, Head of the International Relations Department, PSU.
Here at PSU, summer schools have received a priority status at growing student academic mobility. The School’s short-term format allows students to know better the University community and educational programs, as well as gain experience in joint research activities with leading university scholars.
“International educational programs are a priority direction at the Faculty of Economics. The challenges of the global economy provide us with the opportunity to set educational programs in an online format, with the participation of students and teachers from abroad. This year, we are delighted to have students from China as our participants! More more projects are yet to come,”
says Mikhail Gorodilov, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, PSU.
The Faculty of Economics, PSU has been already successfully implementing international educational programs, to mention the Winter School, the Double Degree Diploma, and the International Business, both as masters’ and bachelor’s courses, and supplementary professional upgrade.
Interested in modern economics and summer schools? Feel free to contact:
Ekaterina Chuchulina, Office Head, Project Office for International Cooperation, Perm State National Research University (PSU), Faculty of Economics, building 12, office. 203
Researchers from Perm State University will present their innovations and collaboration ideas to the academic and business community in China. The VI Roundtable, titled “Russian-Chinese scientific and technical cooperation in the development and implementation of high technologies” will be held online on Wednesday, 7 July.
The Roundtable will also discuss the issues of training qualified personnel for high-tech and innovative industries.
“Projects related to the agro-industrial complex, oil industry, trade, education, public administration, finance, information technology services and the entertainment industry, will likely be discussed”
comments Natalya Dobrynina, head of the Department of International Academic Cooperation, PSU.
At the present moment, more than 3.500 international students study in Perm and Perm region. Not only do they come here to study, but also learn Russian culture, in person.
Duan Jingzhi, a PSU student from China spoke to local news agency progorod59.ru about his life in Perm, Russian people, attitude to rallies, the pandemic and much more. Duan Jingzhi is 25 years old, he comes from the Chinese province of Shandong, located close to the Yellow Sea.
How did you find yourself in Russia? I have been living and studying in Russia for 4 years. My home university in China cooperates with Perm State University, so I naturally headed to Perm. Back then, I studied Russian for several years and decided to come here to continue. It was difficult to get in, since there were many who felt the same way, and everyone was taking an exam in the Russian language, similar to your Unified State Exam. I passed it successfully, and here I am.
By the way, in Russia it is much easier to get a diploma or enroll in a master’s program than in China.
For my bachelor’s degree, I studied philology and Russian literature. Now I am studying Sociolinguistics and Intercultural Communication for my master’s here, at the Faculty of Philology, PSU.
I also run private lessons in Chinese, for children. So far, I teach 6 students.
Communication When I arrived in Perm, it turned out, I did not know Russian quite well. Luckily, I met some Chinese friends here, they helped and explained me a lot. I didn’t see any problem with shopping or using the public transport. Yet, using taxi appeared a challenge. I mean, when the driver fails to find me and gives me a call, it is difficult for me to explain where I am, or where to go.
Studying the Russian Language I believe my level of Russian is not quite high enough. In speech, I find stresses extremely hard. Also, you have so many grammar rules, that I can’t remember them all. And, I’m not talking about grammar cases, yet…
I try to understand proverbs, or phraseological units. Still, I can’t comprehend them all, so hard is to grasp their meaning. Of the most difficult words, on the verge of my pronunciation, I can say ‘dostoprimechatelnost’ (sightseeing attraction). Whenever I hear any technical terms, from the professional vocabulary, I can’t pronounce them either.
I really like Russian poetry, we study it a lot in China. It does contain plentiful meanings, and they sound great, too. I love Pushkin and Lermontov.
I know Russian ‘mat’, obscenities, but I don’t use it. I don’t teach my friends in China such words, but they learn it from the Russian TV shows. There’s almost as much swearing in Chinese as in Russian. A funny fact, the Russian word ‘tipa’ (likely) sounds like a male genital organ in Chinese, in its obscene meaning.
“My Name is Ivan” Yeah, that’s true, my name is Vanya, or Ivan. Since my home university cooperates with PSU, Perm teachers visit us often. Once, one of them brought a list of popular Russian names, during the class – like Andrey, Dima, Kostya, Vanya and so on. I chose mine, as it seemed to me the most simple one, and when I arrived to Russia, I introduced myself to everyone as Ivan. And, my girlfriend Yanhau took the name Margarita.
On Chinese Food and Local Cuisine I cook only Chinese food – I’m not used to Russian cuisine, the spices are not the same. Although, I can occasionally eat borsch or bliny (pancakes).
There is no shop or market of Chinese food in Perm, so you have to order it from the nearest region, the city of Yekaterinburg. It is tiresome, at some point. I also go to Chinese restaurants. Before the pandemic, there were several good ones here, but now there is only one. It used to hire a chef from China, and the food was decent. Now that he has quitted, their Chinese food is getting a Russian flavor. I also often go to fast food, for some reason it tastes better in Russia than in China.
Relations with Russians I have a very good attitude to the Perm people. I was once in Moscow, and I didn’t really like the people there. People are more kind and neat here. For 4 years, I have made two really good friends among Russians. We often see each other and play football together.
About Russian Traditions There is a huge number of traditions both in Russia and in China. I do respect them, though I don’t understand most of them. I consider dipping into an ice-hole for Epiphany an extreme adventure. I can’t imagine how people go through this, especially children. I know about Shrovetide, Easter, Christmas, but I never celebrate these holidays. In general, I am an atheist, like most people in China.
Life in Perm is More Expensive than in China Here, I live in a rented one-room apartment. I pay RUB 13,000 ($170) per month plus RUB 3,000 ($40) for housing and communal services. In China, there are practically no such small apartments, mostly all of 80 sq.m (860 sq.ft). I would still pay less for the same back home, approximately around CNY 1,300 somewhere (RUB 14,690, $200).
Food is also more expensive here than in China. I am especially impressed by the prices of fruits and vegetables, as they are much cheaper in China. Rice and noodles are also expensive in Perm. In China, I would definitely spend less money on food. The ticket prices on local transportation are more than two times higher here. In China, all transport is state-owned and the fare is only CNY 1.
Travels Apart from Perm, I had a chance to visit Moscow and Yekaterinburg, only. In Moscow – I didn’t like it. Too much fuss, noise and Chinese people, too. We were lucky to see a real Russian village, it is incredibly beautiful there, of course. There are few places like this. Very calm, and I like that.
I also want to visit St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, and the Crimea, I guess.
On Having a Rest We love to get together with our Chinese friends. Sometimes we drink alcohol. I tried Russian vodka. By the way, it is way less strong than the Chinese one. For some reason, in Russia they like to add alcohol into soft drinks, like juice or cola, while in China we drink it without any additives.
Trips Home I have not been to China for 2 years, already. Now, to fly there, you need much more money than before the pandemic. The ticket costs RUB 13,500 ($170). Moreover, upon arrival you need to go for a two-week quarantine at the hotel; it’s a self-paid booking, and the daily cost goes up to CYN 500-700 (RUB 5650-7910, $75-105).
When I go home, my friends and relatives usually ask me to bring cigarettes or alcohol from Russia, just because they want to try it. I also bring cosmetics and make-up there, because they are much more expensive in China, so I sell them there.
Stereotypes I know that people all over the world find it difficult to ‘get’ us, they say that we are all alike. In Perm, for some reason they confuse me with Koreans, it makes me laugh. So, take it back: you, too, look the same for us.
In Russia, I first heard about the misconception of Chinese people having mostly a small foot size. I don’t know the exact statistics, but me, for example, I have a 42nd (43,5 European, 11 US), I believe this is normal.
In China, we also have stereotypes about Russians. For example, we call you “lau mause” – an old hairy man. Because we think you have a lot of body hair and your eyes look tired and old. And, of course, there is a stereotype that all Russians are always drunk.
About Pandemic All people in the world think that the coronavirus came from China. I don’t think this is yet accurate. I am looking forward for truthful and accurate information, a decent investigation of the case. Not sure if it all started in China. Somewhere in the news, I saw that in France the COVID-19 appeared first.
About Russian Politics Recently, rallies were held in Perm, as well as throughout Russia. I don’t really understand why people go to them. It seems to me that this way they will achieve nothing. It’s not good for people. In general, I have a negative attitude to this, and I believe that this is all an American conspiracy.
Plans I have six months left to study at my masters course, and I still want to go for a post-graduate study, continuing with my Russian. It will take another 3 years. Then I plan to return to China and teach Russian at the university.