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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.

An Open Letter to the people of Perm, to the Perm Oxford Society, and especially to those of you who already have friends in Oxford

Ms Karen Hewitt, MBE, Professor at the University of Oxford, Professor Emeritus at Perm State University, our long time partner and friend, has sent a letter on behalf of friends in the Oxford Perm Association and from many other citizens of Oxford. The message is titled as “An Open Letter to the people of Perm, to the Perm Oxford Society, and especially to those of you who already have friends in Oxford”. Hereby, we publish the full text:

We are members of the Oxford Perm Association, an independent friendly society for anyone who is interested in Perm and in the culture of Russia. We have been working with you for nearly thirty years on projects from classical ballet to medicine to social work. Above all, hundreds of people from Oxford have lived with Perm families, and a similar number from Perm have lived with Oxford families over those thirty years. The friendships forged through these visits have been strong and long-lasting.

In 1995 Oxford City and Perm City were officially twinned. Our city administrations organised seminars on problems that both cities shared and they provided grants for special visits (such the young footballers from a deprived part of our city who came to Perm in 2017, and who still remember the kindness and enthusiasm of your people as ‘one of the very best experiences in their lives’). Soon after the outbreak of the present conflict with Ukraine, Oxford City Council decided to end the official twinning link, at least until such time as there is a proper peace agreement.

Members of the Oxford Perm Association regret this decision. Our official twinning has always been a city-to-city relationship, and has never been involved in the political decisions of our rulers. In Oxford we hate the destruction, the suffering and the deaths which are a consequence of this horrible and complicated international struggle. We condemn any actions which increase or prolong that suffering and we believe that the people of Perm are just as eager for peace as we are. Oxford’s relationship with Perm is built on civic action and projects, not on political decisions at the centre.

We also believe it is very important to keep open relationships between our cities, not just for friendship but also for information. When hostilities break out, each side tells its own story, and because they are different stories, the people on one side become isolated from people on the other side. Today, it seems to us to be more important than ever to avoid such dangerous isolation. We need to explain to each other, to learn from each other, and to keep our friendships strong.

Members of the Oxford Perm Association want to co-operate with the people of Perm. Realistically, since we are physically separated by conflict and sanctions, this co-operation cannot mean visits between our cities at present. But it can mean developing personal contacts and perhaps group contacts through emails, encrypted apps, and videos. We want to hear from you about life in Perm, your feelings, your actions, your worries – through those individual friends in Oxford to whom you write. If you have no personal friends in Oxford, you can always keep in touch via our website www.oxfordperm.org If you can write in English, it will be easier to find someone in Oxford who will write to you; but of course it is possible to communicate in Russian.

We hope that the official city twinning will resume when peace is properly restored. Meanwhile, please publish this letter wherever you can!

From Karen Hewitt, on behalf of your friends in the Oxford Perm Association and from many other citizens of Oxford.

PSU Exchange Students Participate Olympics Opening in China

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.

A Call for Scholarships in Norway (due to 1 March, 2022)

The Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation informs: following the agreement on cooperation in education from 27 April, 2010 with the Ministry of Knowledge of the Kingdom of Norway, a scholarship competition has been opened for Russian candidates to study in higher educational institutions in Norway.

Within the Program framework, the Norwegian host party may consider various training options, like summer school or academic mobility (one semester or whole academic year).

The Program university participants in Norway include:

Among the Norwegian partners of Perm State University are the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (Universitetet i Tromsø – Norges arktiske universitet), and the University of Bergen (Universitetet i Bergen).

To participate in the Program, a candidate must prepare two sets of documents. The first set should include one copy of all the documents required by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (one copy in Russian). The second set includes the documents required by a host (Norwegian university), using the language required, as well as the Diku – Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Education Quality Improvement.

Applicants’ documents must be sent in scanned form to Ms. Elena Sofronova, 8 (499) 236-25-57, esofronova@mail.ru. The deadline for submitting documents is 3 March, 2022.

The Norwegian side accepts applications electronically. The documents must be submitted to the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir) online by March 1, 2022, using the following link.

Please, see the information letter for a more detailed list of documents and additional information.

Belong to a different country, yet interested in studying in Norway? Learn more from https://www.studyinnorway.no/study-in-norway.

PSU Scholars Participate 3rd Winter School of Translation

On 27-29 January, PSU linguists, translators and interpreters are taking part in the 3rd Winter School of Translation (St. Petersburg, Russia). Empowered by its online format, the number of the School participants has already exceeded 1200 people from 39 countries, which is a record.

The School program covers over a dozen language sections, including English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, German, Dutch, Japanese, and more. In 2022, the Turkish section is being held for the first time.

Well-known teaching professors and practicing experts in translation have been invited as speakers. Both lectures and workshops urge to update knowledge in a variety of subject areas, exchange experience, establish professional contacts, and expand skills in various aspects of translation.

The School has been organized by St Petersburg University (SPbU).

According to the School Organizing Committee, “the relevance of topics, as well as speakers’ status and experience make it sure the 3rd Winter School of Translation is gaining attention among the professional community. No doubt, the School’s regular character is already becoming a solid foundation for strengthening ties and maintaining interest within the translation profession.”

Interested in Scholarships? Love Asia? Study in Brunei!

The Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State of Brunei Darussalam welcome scholarship applications for the 2022/2023 academic year.

The Government of Brunei Darussalam Scholarship award provides applicants with the opportunity to undertake Diploma, Undergraduate Degree and Postgraduate Master’s Degree at any one of the following institutions of higher education:

The closing date for the reception of completed application forms, together with certified copies of relevant certificates and documents is, not later than 16:00 (Brunei time) on 15 February 2022.

As reported by PSU International Department,

Applicants need to provide two packages of documents: for the Russian and Brunei parties. The following documents are required from the Russian applicants:

  • a letter of representation;
  • biographical information;
  • certificate/certificate of knowledge of the English language;
  • international passport;
  • consent to data processing.

Please, see the links with comprehensive info in English and Russian here:

http://www.mfa.gov.bn/pages/bdgs/bdgs2022.aspx
http://www.psu.ru/files/docs/news/!2022/01-20_3/info_pismo.pdf.

In Russia, the documents must be sent to: Olga D. Poleshchuk, tel.: 8-495-788-65-91, e-mail: poleshchuk@list.ru

International requests beyond Russia will be answered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State of Brunei Darussalam: applications – applybdgs2022@mfa.gov.bn; queries: queriesBDGS2022@mfa.gov.bn

What is Brunei?

Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, also Brunei Darussalam. Located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, surrounded by the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Brunei is the only sovereign state entirely on Borneo – the island divided between Malaysia and Indonesia.

As of 2020, Brunei’s population was 460,345, of whom about 100,000 live in the capital and largest city, Bandar Seri Begawan. The government is an absolute monarchy ruled by its Sultan, and implements a combination of English common law and sharia law, as well as general Islamic practices.

Classified as a developed country today, Brunei gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1984. Growing its wealth from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, Brunei increased 56% GDP from 1999 to 2008, transforming it into an industrialized country.

Participate Scholarship Competition, Study in Slovakia

PSU International Department informs: According to an agreement between the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic on cooperation in the field of education in the 2022/2023 academic year, the Republic of Slovakia sets a training and internship Program for the undergraduate students (up to 5 months), and graduate students, scientists and teaching professors (up to 10 months).

To participate in the Program, the candidate must prepare two packages of documents.
The set of documents for the Slovak side includes:

  1. Filled in Questionnaire;
  2. CV;
  3. Motivation letter;
  4. Plan for study or scientific work;
  5. Letter – an invitation from a Slovak university (if possible);
  6. Letters of recommendation;
  7. Academic certificate/extract from the student’s record book or diploma;
  8. List of publications related to scientific work;
  9. Photos for the questionnaires.

For the Russian side, it is necessary to provide a letter of recommendation from the home university (PSU, in this case), a curriculum vitae, a certificate of knowledge of Slovak or English (in Russian), and the first page of international passport.

The deadline for accepting applications for the 2022/2023 academic year is 16:00 March 10, 2022.

Information about the program in English and Slovak, the questionnaire and the list of documents for the Slovak side are available on the website of the Ministry of Education Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic: https://www.minedu.sk/scholarships-offered-within-the-framework-of-bilateral-programs- of-cooperation-for-20222023/
Please, find more detailed information on the Program on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation http://academicmobility.ru/, or in the information letter (leave no spacings in the link).

Documents for the Russian and Slovak sides must be sent by e-mail: poleshuk@list.ru
Contact person – Olga D. Poleshuk, phone: 8-495-788-65-91, e-mail: poleshuk@list.ru

Studying in Russia? Learn History, Meet Friends, Build Collaborations!

Are you a foreign student studying in Russia? Looking for new friends or research collaborations? Interested in Russian culture and history? Students from Perm State University, as elsewhere across Russia are welcome to take part in 2nd International Winter School of History ’2022.

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Russian Historical Society, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Tula Region and the Tula State University invite Russian and foreign students to participate in the 2nd International Winter School of History ‘2022.

Students of all undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses may take part. The School will be held from 21 to 25 March, 2022. Applications are due to 25 January, 2022.

The School will cover the following theme tracks:

  • history of Russian economy and industry;
  • history of Russian literature;
  • history of Ancient Russia and the Moscow kingdom;
  • history of the Great Patriotic War (WWII);
  • history of the Russian Empire.

The School Committee covers costs of travel, accommodation and meals for the School participants. A prerequisite for participation are: certificate of vaccination against coronavirus infection; certificate of contraindications to vaccination, or a previous illness. Applications are accepted in two categories: international students studying at Russian universities, and Russian students.

Applicants must fill out an electronic form, and send a motivation letter indicating personal information and preferred track (no more than 2,000 characters). For international students, required is a letter in Russian, for the Russian students the one in English.

Please, see related links in the comments below:

2nd International Winter School of History ’2022: https://tsu.tula.ru/winter-history-school-2
Application form: http://tsu.tula.ru/download/Formazayvky.pdf
Information Letter: http://www.psu.ru/files/docs/news/!2022/01-11_3/infopismo_Tula.pdf
Further contacts: Olga E. Shumilova, hs-tula@mail.ru, tel: +7-910-940-76-24.

PSU Student from Columbia Wins Russian Language Contest

Fernando Castro (Columbia), 1st year student at the Faculty of Geology, PSU, took 3rd place at the Perm City Inter-University Olympiad in Russian as a Foreign Language.

In 2021, students from 9 countries and 6 Perm-based universities, entered the Olympiad. The contest tasks included a test, an written, and oral tasks. The winners of the Olympiad are:

1st place – Umaima Guidir, Morocco

2nd place – Wongai Chimamise, Zimbabwe

3rd place – Fernando Castro Eszibel Eloy, Colombia

To apply for the Olympics, contestants had to introduce themselves, talking about their age, studies and and hobbies, country of origin, future profession and future plans, as well as feedback about Perm.

The founders and organizers of the Olympiad were Perm Agrarian and Technological University; Perm City Youth Parliament; Perm Ethno-Centre Non-Profit Partnership; and Perm City Youth Palace. For the second year, the Olympiad takes place in online format. The has been supported by grant from Perm City Competition of Youth Initiatives Improving Inter-Ethnic Harmony.

Supporting the initiative, the grant competitors offer projects aimed at inter-university interaction of foreign students, improving inter-ethnic relations and international communication in Perm. Some projects regard social and cultural adaptation of foreign students, other aim to develop their creativity and individual progress, preventing inter-ethnic conflicts.

Proud of Your Research Being Published? Let Everyone Know!

PSU International Department reminds about a brilliant opportunity to get recognition from a published article, which can make young scholars improve their academic performance while studying in Russia:

Irkutsk National Research Technical University, a long-time partner of Perm State University, invites for the International Competition of Scientific Articles to be held on 10 December, 2021 (applications are due to 9 December).

The competition aims to generate and promote interest in research activities, improve the level of scientific culture and the quality of professional training. International students, undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates in sciences and arts are welcome to participate.

The competition is held in several modes:

  • oil and gas business;
  • mining;
  • architecture and construction;
  • economics and banking;
  • hi-tech;
  • aircraft and mechanical engineering;
  • linguistics.

The competition is run by the Department of Advertising and Journalism, Irkutsk National Research Technical University. Please, address your questions and publications to Anna Baldynova and Larisa Erbaeva at nirs_rizh@mail.ru.

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