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PSU Center for Youth Policy Projects: Join and Cooperate!

Got ideas of how international students could cooperate with each other? Looking forward to learn new skills and join cool projects? Eager to contribute to the University life? A new Center for Youth Policy Projects, launched at Perm State University, invites you to join – on campus, and far beyond!

“We regard our Center as a starting ground to grow the youth policy at the University – a place where everyone can find something to their liking. And, it is the real needs and interests of students that will count! Our team is waiting for all those interested in volunteering, developing communities and associations, event management, tech solutions, and many more,”

says Alexandra Goldyreva, head of the Center for Youth Policy Projects, PSU.

The Center for Youth Policy Projects aims at providing space and support for both individual ideas or already existing projects, spontaneous and organized, including informal youth communities and established associations.

A great example of such activity is the Center of Foreign Culture launched by young PSU activists. Today, the Center team practices event management and volunteering, contributes to cross-cultural communication and learning, helps grow journalist, SMM and videographer skills, and even leads talk groups at the PSU Radio Station.

“The plans of our Center of Foreign Culture include working on their YouTube channel, participating local outreach events, writing grants, establishing links with universities in other countries,”

says Meylis Tuvakov, head and leader of the Center, a second year undergraduate, Faculty of Economics, PSU.

The Center of Foreign Culture has been created in February 2021 as a part of the PSU Student Media Center. Using the Center capacities, students may fulfil their academic creative and athletic potential, also complementing to the organization’s activities are aimed at helping foreigners adapt to a new mentality. To join the Center team, please contact Meylis Tuvakov at meylistuwakaw@gmail.com

Overall, PSU student initiatives urge to develop those competencies the students will need outside the University, in social and professional spheres. This might be empowered by participating in student grant competitions and case championships, interacting with partner NGOs and volunteer organizations, acquiring to and with a help from the “Priority-2030” Russian federal program.

Dive into Russia: Interview with Students from University of Oxford

The abridged version of the interview for Business-Class, 19, January, 2021

Arun Denton and Joseph Scull, students from New College, University of Oxford have shared their impressions to the Business Class (BC) News Agency – speaking of their studies in Perm, travelling around, volunteering and making friends.

BC: How did you come up with an idea of going to Perm, to study?

Arun: Joseph and I are studying Russian at the University of Oxford. In England, when doing a foreign language, you must spend a part of the 3rd year in the country of its origin. Here is where the twinning relations of our cities clicked. Some of our friends came and studied at Perm State University. They were quite happy with that, and told us about it. So, we considered it as a worthy option, and went to Perm.

BC: Were there any difficulties with preparing for the trip?

Joseph: It was all simple. We had to obtain a visa, quite a common procedure.

Arun: We too have been lucky entering Russia in mid-September. At that moment, the government canceled the mandatory two-week quarantine. So, we passed the PCR test and entered the country, experiencing no problems.

BC: Why would Russian be so interesting to you? And, when did this interest start?

Arun: When you are in school in England, at the age of 14, you have to choose a foreign language to study. So, I thought – why not Russian? Joseph and I are from different places: I am from Manchester, Joseph is from a small town of Sherborne in the south-west of the country. Yet, we were both lucky our schools had included Russian into their curriculum. The education system in England is meant to gradually decrease the number of subjects to study: first, these are 10 to 11, then 3 to 4, and finally, 1 to 2. In our case, we would tend to choose Russian language and literature.

BC: What is special about your studies here? And, how different would it be from studying in Oxford?

Joseph: Compared to Oxford, Perm State University has a lot of obligatory classes. At the University of Oxford, the main emphasis is made on independent students’ work, with individual tutorship being the core. Yet, Oxford differs from other British universities, where the system is closer to what we see here.

Arun: Now, due to the pandemic, basic disciplines are taught online, while classes of Russian are taught individually, on campus. This strategy appears to be quite effective and useful.

BC: Do you happen to communicate with other University students?

Joseph: For sure, we do. Still, due to the pandemic, as have to visit on-campus classes on our own, individually. Here in Perm, we are staying in the family of Irina, a teaching professor at the Faculty of Geography. She had introduced us to her students. We do meet often, the all guys are quite friendly and helpful.

BC: How did your parents and friends treat your idea of going to Perm?

Arun: None of them had ever heard of Perm before. In this regard, the fact of twinning relations helped a lot. Thanks to Mrs. Karen Hewitt, Professor at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, these links have been growing for quite a while, obviously having a long story behind them.

Joseph: My parents and friends see Perm as a fairly good option. Indeed, there are many foreign students in Moscow or St. Petersburg, where you can communicate in English. Here, Arun and I, just two of us, are enjoying the opportunity of nearly a private dive into Russia.

BC: To which extent have your expectations about Russia and Perm appeared to be true?

Arun: To be honest, I had little expectations, as I knew too little about the city, although I did read about the history of Perm, too. So, we have been making our opinion of the place right on the spot.

BC: Russians are be believed to be self-reserved or reluctant for communication… Have you come across that, at all?

Arun: Maybe, on the street, people do look closed and show less emotion. Yet, as you start talking, everything changes. We usually communicate with those whom we live with, our students, or folks in a café. We are curious to hear stories, and the locals expect the same from us. Almost all people are open and happy to communicate.

BC: What have you been doing during your spare time?

Arun: We have traveled around the Perm territory, a bit. We have been to the smaller towns and places of Kudymkar, Kungur, Ilyinsky, Chermoz, Khokhlovka, and the Usvinsky pillar stones.

BC: Not that every Perm-local visits so many places, like you have done…

Joseph: We know we have been lucky. As I said, we are staying in the family of Irina and Alexander. Irina is a teaching professor at the Faculty of Geography, and Alexander performs well as a tour guide, so we did have really interesting trips around!

BC: Are there any things, which you particularly miss in Perm – like pubs, football or Scottish haggis?

Joseph: Oh, no! I am very glad that there is no haggis in Perm (laughs). In fact, we do not feel being deprived of anything here. For basic needs, our life is set perfectly well. The Russian cuisine is different from ours, but we like it. Pubs are really very important in England, but there are good bars in Perm, too. As for football, we have seen Amkar FC twice, and once Molot hockey team. So, everything is fine, and not so boring at all.

BC: You have taken part in a volunteer campaign, here in Perm, right?

Arun: Yes, together with the “Territory of Rest” Day Shelter we have participated in the “Food on the Wheels” program – providing an opportunity for those homeless and in need – to get warm lunch. We helped distribute food, first in the disctrict of Zakamsk, other side of the river, and then in the city center.

BC: How long will you be staying in Perm?

Arun: We will be going home to England for Christmas. And, in mid-January we will be coming back to the city of Pyatigorsk – to continue our studies at a local university.

BC: Any plans to re-visit Perm?

Joseph: On a whole, we have an idea of crossing Russia by train, on the Trans-Siberian Railway – that would be great! Here in Perm, we have developed a great touch with Irina and Alexander – the family we are staying with. I believe we will try to visit them, for sure.

BC: Your future occupation – will it be connected with Russia?

Arun: I have always wanted to speak Russian fluently. It would be great to work in Russia, or with it.

Joseph: After studying in Russia, we will have one more year at the University of Oxford, so, there is plenty of time for future decisions.

BC: You have mentioned you learned about Perm through twin cities relations with Oxford. To which extent, in your view, does twinning make sense?

Joseph: I’ll tell you a short story. Arun and I were at Perm School №7 – meeting with schoolchildren, talking about England. Suddenly, I noticed a poster with my hometown of Sherborne there. It turned out that this School cooperates with the Sherborne Girls School, and my sister was here as part of an exchange program – can you imagine that? Unfortunately, there are currently no such exchanges. Yet, they should be restored, since they make people communicate and learn about each others’ life and culture – here, locally, in the middle of Russia.

Arun: The links between the universities are also quite necessary and useful. Every year, students from Oxford come to Perm to study and practice. New knowledge, new contacts – all these are really important for the modern world.

News Source (original).

PSU Interpreters Become Part of International Charity

Enjoy communicating with people and volunteering? Like languages and translation? Ever thought of becoming a part of big international charity? Make it happen with us, see successful practices and contacts below!

In cooperation with the So!Art Association (Belgium), students of the Department of Linguistics and Translation, PSU provided support for the Artisans of Hope Project (Artisans de l’Espoir) to stimulate various skills of independence in children with cerebral palsy. The project collaborates with Russian and European specialists, enabling them to interact in a series of three-month distance internships.

Daria Tyurina performed two-way simultaneous interpretation of therapy classes online, edited and localized specialized texts, and helped in compiling a glossary of professional terms. Ekaterina Babich translated and worked on the content of fresh reports about the Association’s projects in social networks, while also preparing the project’s charity event.

“As a starting point, I had a poster for the upcoming charity evening in support of children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders. Lacking details, I had to do a lot of preparation myself, looking for additional information – from how the charity meetings are generally held, to the biographies of the participants and the assortment of the sponsoring store. I felt I was doing something really important, and it gave me motivation. I was pleased to make my own modest contribution to the So!Art activity, while gaining a lot of experience, knowledge and skills myself,”

Ekaterina Babich has stated.

Despite the remote character of interaction, the So!Art Association and students have been working in tight contact along the way, getting mutual feedback at every stage. This allowed the translators to upgrade their competences on the go.

“Ekaterina Babich approached her task thoroughly and creatively. She showed enthusiasm and a serious approach at creating announcements for one of our most important events. Daria Tyurina, on the other hand, coped with interpretation brilliantly. Taking into account the high level of knowledge and the variety of competencies of your students, we are very pleased with the result of our cooperation,”

comments Daria Gissot, head of the So!Art association, founder of  Artisans of Hope Charity.

The Artisans of Hope aims to bring together cross-border experience and socialization – teaching independence and physical stimulation skills for children with neurological and physical disorders. Inviting experts, combining best international practices, addressing various programs to help rehabilitate children with neurological disorders, the European socio-cultural association So!Art launches intensive courses and programs in the field.

Further prospects of cooperation Perm State University and So!Art include assistance for and rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy, as well as speech therapy and other competency-stimulating techniques. This is a complicated topic that requires high translation skills, which are permanently upgraded at the Department of Linguistics and Translation, PSU. The joint project will be continued in the near future, inviting University students for internships alike.

PSU International Students Join Medical Volunteers

Medical volunteers chose Perm State University as a place to run a round table with international students. On 30 November, the activists and audience discussed opportunities of foreign students in volunteering, regarding it as an excellent chance to meet the local Russian culture.

As a movement, the Medical Volunteers are famous for collaborating with more than 1,700 medical, educational, public and other organizations throughout Russia. The movement follows the mission of reviving the charity tradition and assisting health care at works.

To put it simple, what do medical volunteers do?

  • help at medical institutions;
  • teach the rules of first aid;
  • accompany sports and public events;
  • get engaged in prevention of diseases;
  • speak for and encourage blood and bone marrow donation;
  • promote healthy lifestyle;
  • carry out career guidance among schoolchildren.

The meeting at Perm State University ended with a motivational video about international medical volunteers, showing personal examples of how volunteering helped foreign students and served other’s inspiration. PSU students showed enthusiasm in running further projects in volunteering.

To remind, on 6-10 December, Perm Krai hosts Perm Forum of Public Activity and Volunteering, uniting educational institutions, non-profit organizations, social movements, public figures, business representatives, volunteers and all those involved, including active members of PSU community.

The All-Russian Public Movement of Medical Volunteers, started in 2013, is one of the largest voluntary healthcare organizations in Europe. With a support by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, it has more than 85 regional branches, uniting 86,000 people and providing aid for about 4 million Russians, annually.

Interested? Steps to Join Medical Volunteers

Eager to join the team and follow the Medical Volunteers mission?

1. Read the charter of the VOD “Medical Volunteers” in the document attached;

2. Make a decision to take responsibility for yourself, your team activity and beneficiaries;

3. Fill out the form following the link;

4. Register at: https://волонтеры-медики.рф/stat-volonterom/;

5. Also, register at a https://dobro.ru/, which serves unified info platform for building volunteer activity, nationally;

6. Let us know about your desire to become a volunteer by contacting our activist Ksenia Kurginyan: https://vk.com/kurginyasha;

7. Pass an interview and get your questions answered;

8. Do good deeds!

PSU Students Win RUB 2.5 Million Grant

Seven students from Perm State University have been announced laureates of “Your Move” All-Russian Student Competition, winning RUB 2.5 million ($34,000) for the university projects.

In the competition finals, the participants developed projects with teams of previously selected spheres. Among the prize-winners are PSU international students and, particularly, Meylis Tuvakov (Turkmenistan), Faculty of Economics, who initiated the Center of Foreign Culture at Perm State University.

Alisa Okulova, a 4th year student at the Faculty of Philology, and her team have developed a “Restart” Project solution – helping graduate students cope with burnout:

“My team and I worked on a mega-challenge of Stress-Free Space at universities. Our “Restart” project involves the creation of a platform – providing access to useful info, videos and dialogue with a chatbot, and also advice from university psychologists and students who have coped with emotional burnout,”

shares Alisa Okulova.

Meylis Tuvakov, known as a curator of PSU Center of Foreign Culture, unites a team of task-oriented, fast and able volunteers, aimed at collaborations on and off-campus, including sports and creative projects.

“To improve yourself and show progress, one has step into a team. Together, we try to implement cool ideas into projects of all kind. Not does it only help us to promote ourselves or faculties we belong to, but also develop successful communication, team work, brainstorming, leadership and more – turning them to action,”

Meylis states.

The Grant will be given to several PSU projects and will be regarded as an investment into student activity, on the whole.

PSU Launches Inter-Collegiate Volunteering Week

Got bright ideas? Like interaction? Looking for friends? The roundtable titled “Can a Foreign Student Be a Volunteer?” will take place on 30 November at 6pm, in Russian and English languages.

The roundtable, run by the Youth Project Office at PSU, is a part of a bigger venue called “DobroLIVE” – a place to learn about volunteering, join projects and share positive vibe in a great company.

The event aims to increase the level of knowledge in volunteering among students of Perm Territory. On 29 November5 December, the participants will meet experts, learn skills, play games, resolve group tasks, participate in sweepstakes, as well as enjoy a family house gathering, both on- and off-line.   

DobroLIVE is a part of the Priority 2030 Strategic Academic Leadership Program, which aims to form a wide group of universities urging to become leaders in creating new scientific knowledge, technologies and developments for implementation in the Russian economy and social sphere.

As part of the event, a recruitment of coordinators from educational institutions of Perm territory will take place. “We regard DobroLIVE as a platform for those who want to plunge headlong into volunteering and those who miss having good warm evenings in excellent company,” the organizers note.

Currently, there are about 300 international PSU students staying in Russia, and many more in Perm. Along with the Russian residents, they are invited to participate workshops and discussion groups of the Volunteering Week in Perm.

Please, see links to detailed program and an application form in the comments below.

Picture source: Youth Project Office at PSU.

Please, get more info and register for participation here.

PSU International Students Help Discover Campus Life in Perm

The Center of Foreign Culture launched by young PSU activists welcomes international students of Perm and Perm region, as well as all those interested in cross-cultural communication and learning, eager to participate in collaborations and projects. Joining the Center’s team will allow one try his/her skills as an SMM specialist, videographer, volunteer or event manager.

Today, the team of the Center for Foreign Culture includes eight students from various faculties of Perm State University. The Center activists have become recent guests at the International Talk Broadcast on Radio PSU; they volunteered at the Velikaya Perm – 2021 All-Russian Football Tournament, attended the Navruz holiday and filmed a story about it.

“The plans of the Center of Foreign Culture include working on their YouTube channel, participating local outreach events, writing grants, establishing links with universities in other countries,”

says Meylis Tuvakov, head and leader of the Center, a second year undergraduate, Faculty of Economics, PSU.

The Center of Foreign Culture has been created in February 2021 as a part of the PSU Student Media Center. Using the Center capacities, students may fulfil their academic creative and athletic potential, also complementing to the organization’s activities are aimed at helping foreigners adapt to a new mentality. To join the Center team, please contact Meylis Tuvakov at meylistuwakaw@gmail.com.

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