Summer schools for young international students have begun at Tomsk State University. Students from India, the UK, Italy, Slovakia, the USA, Finland, Zambia, Norway, Zimbabwe, and other countries gathered in Tomsk to be trained at TSU.
Today, the university administration, faculty, and international students were present at the opening ceremony of the summer school season. Victor Demin, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, told international guests of Tomsk State University about the programmes that TSU offers them.
Five schools in various areas have begun. Students will learn the Russian language and cross-cultural communication, and management and information technology. In addition, another TSU international summer school on the geology, geography, and ecology of the Asian highlands, which took place at the TSU research station Aktru in the mountains of Altai, was held in July. This spring, a training school on the Russian language was held for students of the University of Leeds (UK).
- The novelty of the current summer session is that we have opened three new schools, and begun to hold school on demand, - says Lydia Dmitrieva, head of the International Student Services Centre. - For example, a school in Aktru was held at the request of the leadership of one of China's largest universities, Sun Yat-sen University, and the programme was developed specifically for them. We will continue this practice and already we are preparing for the winter school of our partner universities.
Participants of the summer international schools will not only attend courses in their areas. An extensive excursion programme to learn about the culture and history of Siberia and Russia was prepared for them. They will visit Tomskaya Petroglyph Museum, Tomsk cathedrals, and Kedrovaya Zaimka.
Some gifts - T-shirts, brochures, and notepads with the symbols of TSU - were given to international students so that they can take home with them home a memento of Tomsk and the University.