PSU Alumnus Gets a PhD in Russian, Teaches at a Chinese 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.

Sunny Weather, Media and Voices Off-Line: PSU Greets Delegation from Kyrgyzstan

On 27 April, a delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic has paid a visit to Perm State University (PSU), discussing the challenges of media literacy, youth initiatives and university community.

The University offered a one day intense schedule for the visitors, including communication with PSU teaching fellows and activists, a visit to the Univer-TV Studio, University radio and student media center, department of public relations and press office. They peeped in a local broadcasting session and walked around the campus. The visit to PSU allowed the Russian and Kyrgyz colleagues to discuss common issues and plan further academic and practical cooperation.

“While our colleagues from Kyrgyzstan have planned a visit to several Russian faculties of journalism, Perm State University became the only local-based institution, from the thick of the country,” – admits Ivan Pechishchev, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, PSU. “Our colleagues included Perm into their agenda specifically to study our approaches and methods of teaching, knowing about the student initiatives and the university support. I am glad our colleagues did highly appreciate our media practices.”

The delegation from Kyrgyzstan included representatives of several known institutions, to mention the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Osh State University, the “School of Data” Public Foundation, Bishkek Humanitarian K. Karasayev University, Kyrgyz National Zhusupa Balasagyna University, Kloop Media Public Foundation, American University of Central Asia.

The Kyrgyz colleagues asked a lot of questions, showing interest in program topics and formats of activity. In response, they shared their own ideas and best practices, as well as the progress of those projects launched previously with the participation of Perm State University.

The Faculty of Philology, PSU is known for its fruitful cooperation with CIS partners. For several years, Ivan Pechishchev has been acting as a mentor for the Media and Social Innovation Lab, addressing representatives of the media industry, IT companies and NGOs in Central Asia, allowing to bring those best insights and media practices to local communities, acquiring to overall civil progress and sustainable development.

PSU to Launch a New Masters Program, Uniting Partners from Europe and Asia

Perm State University team has joined a consortium of scholars from Russia and abroad – discussing the new ARTEST project, aiming at implementation of digital methods of research and teaching within humanities. The partner universities from Russia, Germany, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Mongolia shared their positive experience in the field, as well as discussed possible tasks to perform.

In 2020, the ARTEST project became a grant winner of the EU international program Erasmus+. The main goal of the project is to rethink education in art and heritage and humanities in Russia and Mongolia, incorporating European standards and research practices in the field. The ARTEST program intends to create a new master’s program, run by the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, PSU.

“Our first meeting has demonstrated the willingness of partners to start the project. Albeit online, we managed to get to know the project teams and learn about their activities in digital humanities – serving a basis for creating an interdisciplinary master’s program. We are glad to start the project with such a positive “go” signal,”

says Natalya Dobrynina, Head of Department of Network Programs and Educational Projects, PSU.

PSU will serve the goal of re-translating its experience in to Asian partners from Tuva and Mongolia, while being a recipient of the knowledge the University learnt from European partners. Faculty of History and Political Science, Faculty of Philology, and the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, PSU will also take part. The consortium is coordinated by the University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln, Germany).

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