On the 3rd of October, Voronezh State University was visited by the representatives of Oxford Russia Fund – Alastair Tulloch, Director and a Trustee of ORF; John Nightingale, a Trustee of ORF; Boris Saltykov, a Trustee of ORF: and Alla Sergiyevskaya, Head of the ORF Representative Office.
ORF currently has several programmes: a scholarship for full-time Russian university students majoring in humanities, "Books for the University Library" and "Electronic Library" projects, summer schools for students, English philology seminars, as well as supporting Russian and international academic and educational conferences.
In the course of the visit, the delegation attended a meeting with VSU Rector Dmitriy Endovitskyy.
– "We have been engaged in active collaboration with Oxford Russia Fund for seven years. ORF lends considerable support to the students majoring in humanities, in addition to assisting us in training prospective specialists for the country's economic and political elite. I would like to especially focus on the screening system that you have developed in order to select talented students with the required cognitive skills. We are proud to say that over 1000 VSU students were able to meet all the necessary criteria and did not only obtain the scholarships but also made use of the means of social mobility to realize their creative and leadership potential," said Rector Endovitskyy.
– "25,000 Russian students have received the support of Oxford Russia Fund. Voronezh State University is a very important partner for us, and our long-standing and effective cooperation is to be further strengthened in the future. We are willing to support your proposals on boosting our collaboration," stressed Alastair Tulloch.
– "When our Fund was set up, it had a complicated task of selecting 20 universities to be on our list, from hundreds of Russian universities. In Central Russia, Voronezh has always stood out as a student city. And I can say that we did not hesitate to select Voronezh State University as one of the best universities in Central Russia," said Boris Saltykov.
During the visit, the issues of creating a Scholarship Holder Association (Club), as well as the possible ways of developing cooperation were discussed.