TSU plans to be the centre for Italian students studying in Russia

A delegation of Tomsk State University visited some well-known Italian universities with which it has communicated for more than a decade. The result of these meetings was the extension of collaboration agreements and the creation of new projects that will allow TSU to become the largest training centre for Italian students in the Russian Federation.

Sapienza University of Rome is one of the oldest in European universities, founded in 1303, and one of the most dynamically developing. Today, La Sapienza is 213th in the QS ranking, and in some areas (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Humanities, and others) it is in the top 50 best universities in the world.

- Collaboration with TSU has been taking place for more than a decade, but in the present situation, when internationalization not only poses new challenges, but also offers new opportunities, particularly in regard to the conservation of classical university education, the convergence of TSU and Sapienza University seems logical and necessary, - said Artem Rykun, Vice-Rector for International Affairs.

The new agreement signed by the universities involves expanding collaboration in subject areas. According to TSU’s Vice-Rector, the universities plan to launch a joint project that will allow TSU to become the largest training centre for Italian students in Russia.

“L'Orientale” University of Naples has collaborated with the TSU Faculty of Philology for more than 10 years, through the efforts of Professor Olga Lebedeva (Department of Russian and Foreign Literature, TSU) and Michaela Boehmig (Department of Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies, L'Orientale University).
Student exchange programs between the universities are active: in ten years, 99 students from Italy studied Russian in Tomsk and 76 people from Russia studied Italian in Naples. In February 2016, the term of the contract between the universities expires, but the rectors Eduard Galazhinsky and Elda Morlicchio agreed to extend it.

- The rectors have noted that interaction is essential for universities, because it creates the multilingual and multicultural type of education that characterizes classical humanitarian and world-class universities - says Vice-Rector Rykun.

TSU and L'Orientale University also agreed to establish bilingual online programmes: Russian as a foreign language and Italian as a foreign language. The programmes will be open to not only partner universities’ students, but also to any interested person from Russia and Italy who wants to learn languages both full time and remotely.