On 4th December, a meeting between the University administration represented by the Rector Dmitri Endovitsky, Vice-Rector for Economic Development and International Cooperation Oleg Belenov and Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Russia, his Excellency Vygaudas Ušackas, Head of the EU-Russian Cooperation Programme, the EU Delegation to Russia, Mr. Nicola Scaramuzzo and Counsellor of the political section of the EU Delegation to Russia Mr. Piet Blondé, – was held in the Main Building of Voronezh State University.
"Voronezh State University is famous for its scientific schools in the fields of physics, nanotechnologies and biological engineering. I know that you have heard of our legal scientific and teaching school. We are very optimistic about the future of our university and our ambition is to get leading positions in the Black Earth macro-region. We focus on educational quality, promotion of our university in international projects, and extensive research. Voronezh State University graduates work in almost every country of the world. We understand that success for our university depends on the educational qualifications of our students" – said VSU Rector Professor Dmitri Endovitsky in his welcoming speech.
The Rector also spoke in detail about the university's scientific achievements:
"Every year we are getting more and more investment from the business community. For example, two processing lines enabling production of optical laser sorting machines have been launched at Voronezhselmash. We receive regular orders for these machines, from China among others. Our chemists have created a new Green Chemistry industry which enables production of unique beauty products in the process of food-industry waste recycling. This project is run by VSU and the company EFKO. Our physicists are actively involved in radioelectronics research and work in collaboration with Concern Sozvezdie. Our university has also shown very good results in the Humanities".
"In 1988 I participated in a conference, held by the Law Faculty of Voronezh State University and it is a great pleasure to come back and feel the hospitable atmosphere of the University again. It is a great satisfaction to see Dmitri Aleksandrovich's dynamic team. VSU is the most active participant of EU-Voronezh academic exchange and cooperation programmes" - said Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, his Excellency Vygaudas Ušackas.
His Excellency Vygaudas Ušackas spoke about one of the largest EU educational projects:
"We have launched a new framework programme – Horizon 2020. This is a tender project for both scientists and students. We know that some changes in higher education in the Russian Federation have brought some reforms in the scientific sphere and we hope to maintain the momentum created by Russian scientists. Horizon 2020 is a major financial instrument open to everyone. This year Russia and the EU have been working to strengthen their relationship and political events do not influence it in any way. There is equality and partnership with Russia and BRICS countries. Project participation can always be guaranteed if it is co-financed by Russia. We want all regions to be aware of it and get more actively involved in this project.”
Additionally, his Excellency Vygaudas Ušackas shared information about new upcoming projects:
"This year a new programme is launched– Erasmus+ which will be financed exclusively from our side. It will have simplified participation procedure and we hope it will give a chance for up to three thousand students a year to visit different EU universities. A university will only need to have a memorandum of cooperation with any European university. I am sure that VSU has such partners. Moreover, we are planning to develop a new type of educational cooperation - lector’s exchange. At the moment we have an approximate list of candidate universities that might take part in such an exchange programme. Certainly VSU – a Russian university that is most actively involved in cooperation with European universities is one such candidate".
he meeting was followed by an open lecture from Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, his Excellency Vygaudas Ušackas, which he read to VSU students, professors, and guests – Russia – EU relations. He also took part in a round table discussion European Identity and Political Challenges.