PSU to Renew Links with Indian Partners

Mr. Vadim Gataulin, head of the Department of International Relations at Perm State University (PSU) took part in the Executive Council Forum 2022 at Woxsen University (Hyderabad, India).

The Forum, titled “Defining Purpose in HighEd: From India to the World” took place on 20-21 December, 2022, uniting international partner universities, along with Indian corporate and government bodies.  

The Forum united experts and practicing professionals in higher education from Brazil, the UAE, the USA and Thailand. Perm State University (PSU) and the Institute of Business and Business Administration at the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (RANEPA) represented Russia.

The objective of the event was to pen down the immediate future steps in higher education ensuring a sustainable growth for all learners. The expected outcome became a joint call to action in the form of manifesto ensuring a set of outcome-driven guidelines that centralize the ground activities.

The Forum topics covered the future of lifelong education, as well as needs of learners in the nearest decade; the introduction of climate change topic into the classroom; the implementation of the knowledge learnt; entrepreneurship in education; digitalization; the relations of industry and academia.

“Our interest in India is driven by the fact it is both a promising market for the export of educational services, and a potential source for joint research,” says Vadim Gataulin, Head of the International Relations Department, PSU. “Woxsen University is a young and ambitious private university striving to reach top positions in the national rankings. The live communication with a new partner allows to better comprehend and take into account mutual interests, estimating the capacities of both parties.”

To remind, a memorandum of understanding and an academic agreement between PSU and Woxsen University were signed in January, 2022, followed by a supplement regulating the start of a center of excellence for the digital economy and blockchain technologies. In addition to the existing interaction in economic sciences, PSU has found mutual interest with Woxsen University School of Art and Design, with one of the students of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, PSU, taking a study course there in 2022.   

Cooperation with India will also be performed by the Center for East Asian Studies, founded at the Faculty of Philology, PSU in January, 2023. The main goal of the Center is the development of East Asian studies in the field of linguistics, literary criticism and cultural studies, as well as teaching and providing  training, contributing to the overall research, study and personal progress of the students.  

For reference:

Woxsen University is a State Private University located in the state of Telangana, India. Established as Woxsen School of Business in 2014, today it is one of the leading educational institutes in India, spanning over 200-acre residential campus. The University consists of the School of Business, the School of Technology, the School of Art & Design, the School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, and the School of Architecture and Planning.

Hyderabad is the fourth-most populous city in India with a population of 6.9 million residents within the city limits, and has a population of 9.7 million residents in the metropolitan region, making it the sixth-most populous metropolitan area in India. With an output of US$74 billion, Hyderabad has the fifth-largest urban economy in India.

PSU Students in Politics Participate Model UN

Seven students in International Relations, Faculty of History and Politics, Perm State University (PSU) participated the Model UN role game, which took place in the city of Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan (Russia) from 31 March till 3 April, 2021.

After the grand opening of the Kazan Model UN at the City Hall, along with other participants PSU delegates developed draft resolutions, each representing a different country (Czech Republic, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Ukraine, Vietnam), following their objectives and the Conference format.

“I had a privilege of representing India at the UN Refugee Agency. It was difficult, yet interesting as we had to get allies and unite them in a coalition. Our committee worked the longest, perhaps because both coalitions were strong. Still, towards the end of the Model, we realized that we had common goals, which led to a faster quickly adoption of the final resolution,” recollects Anna Chernova.

Initially, I was attracted by the institution of UN – its formation, history and roles. The Model UN is a synthesis of a scientific conference and a role play, where one might get a pleasant feeling of diving into the subject of discussion and picking up new info gems. I defended the interests of Morocco on the topic “Countering the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes”.

“Due to the trip to Kazan, I realized I must definitely see what my future colleagues, those students from other universities are doing and studying. They did amaze me with their knowledge of international relations and international law, as well as their ability to perfectly present their subject. That gave me new insights and ideas for future career development,” admits Ekaterina Mekhonoshina.

“As a delegate of Vietnam, I experienced all the challenge of those countries who do not have the right to critically influence the final decisions by the committee. In order to convince the Security Council that Vietnam’s interests have much in common with their own, I used each opportunity to lobby it through public appearances, official debates and even coffee breaks,” Kirill Aleksandrov recalls.

“Thanks to my participation in the UN Model in Kazan, not did I only feel like a true politician and diplomat, but also developed my skills of public speaking. I had the opportunity to stand for Nicaragua, and was given a week to study its all possible aspects – geographical, economic, political, social, cultural, etc. At the end, we were given certificates for participation,” shares Marina Zhuravleva.

“In addition to students in political science, I managed to acquire a huge number of new acquaintances among lawyers, culturologists and political scientists. It was pleasant to conduct a dialogue with almost everyone, including foreign participants. The Kazan Model UN gave me a new understanding of the world and the society in which I live, including the neighboring republic of Tatarstan,” says Gleb Oborin.

For four days, PSU students acted as diplomatic representatives of UN member countries to resolve issues of concern to global community. At the end of the Conference, along other participants, PSU delegates voted on written policies, known as “draft resolutions”, with the goal of passing them with a majority vote. As a result, Model UN certificates will serve a great reminder and inspiration, for many.

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