The second Winter School of Intensive Russian for students of Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) was held at TSU. The students studied the language and culture, and on the eve of the New Year wrote letters to Father Frost.
- It was interesting to work with this group of students. They are very inquisitive, and absorb information and try to use it. For example, in class they asked questions or gave examples from excursions to the Tomsk museums, - says Valeria Kashpur, the school manager and TSU associate professor.
During the classes, the students from Singapore wrote letters to Father Frost. They asked for happiness, the opportunity to travel around Russia, good grades, and snowball games.
- TSU is a wonderful university. I really liked it. The teachers are friendly and sympathetic, and their explanations are understandable. I have long wanted to learn Russian, I read about Russia and wanted to visit this country. Now my dream has come true thanks to TSU, - said Eddie Soh, a participant in the Winter School.
TSU teachers are convinced that the language should be studied in parallel with the culture, therefore, in addition to the lectures, the guests visited the museums of Tomsk and TSU and a number of master classes, for example, wooden spoon painting.
- This school is one of the important achievements of TSU this year, - said Artyom Rykun, Vice-Rector for International Affairs. - We are developing our collaboration with Nanyang Technological University. For example, a group of people from Singapore wishing to visit Aktru is already forming.
In 2016 a memorandum of understanding was concluded between TSU and Nanyang Technological University, which is ranked 11th in the QS World University Rankings 2017/2018. After that, a Russian language school for 20 students from Singapore was held at TSU, and at the request of students at Nanyang Technological University, the first classes in Russian were organized for 40 people.