A delegation from Tomsk State University is now in Saigon, Vietnam's largest city. TSU representatives visited schools and universities, conducted refresher courses for teachers of the Russian language, and signed a memorandum of understanding with Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University.
This visit has several objectives and is primarily to attract international students to TSU.
- Students from Vietnam are the best among international students for their level of training and motivation, - says Artyom Rykun, Vice-Rector for International Affairs. - We visited six schools, and the Russian language is taught in five of them.
In addition, expanding TSU’s collaboration with universities in Vietnam will be a result of the trip. The representatives of TSU signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University and conducted refresher courses for its Russian language teachers and the Russian language centre of the fund Russian World. 16 people participated in the seminar.
- Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University is the most prestigious pedagogical university in Vietnam - said Svetlana Faschanova, Associate Professor of the TSU Faculty of Philology. - Every year it gets more budget places in the Faculty of Russian Language, because in five years the Vietnamese government plans to make Russian the second language in all secondary schools, so accordingly they will need teachers.
In addition to collaboration on Russian language learning, Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University expressed interest in joint research in chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and physics.
Artyom Rykun, Vice-Rector for International Affairs at TSU, and Nguyen Thi Minh Hong, Vice-President for International Affairs at Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University, agreed to organize training courses for teachers from Vietnam with Rossotrudnichestvo quotas and to prepare a roadmap for establishing joint educational programmes on schemes 2 + 2 ( Bachelor's degree) and 1 + 1 (Master’s degree) in the Russian language, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.