Between 31 October – 6 November the Historical Faculty and the club "Politics and Time" took part in organisation of the student project "Poland – Russia: Poland and the Polish as a part of public opinion in Russia" held within the Erasmus+ projects support programme. Among the participants were 13 students of the Faculty of History of Voronezh State University specialising in Politology and 13 students of the Jagellonian University's Institute of Russia and Eastern Europe (Krakow, Poland).
The first stage of the project was held in November-December 2014 in Krakow. The second stage lasted 7 days during which Polish students stayed in Voronezh and learnt more about Russian history and culture. All the project participants from Poland are members of a student research society in the Jagellonian University's Institute of Russia and Eastern Europe.
The goals of the project are to study the dominant stereotypes about Poland in the Russian society, to fight prejudices against each other and to promote Intercultural dialogue. To reach the set goals Russian and Polish students took part in educational workshops and discussions dedicated to the issues of creating and overcoming ethnic stereotypes. They also conducted a survey among the Voronezh youth trying to find out the most common Russian stereotypes about Poland.
During the event professors of the Faculty of History and the Faculty of International Relations, the Deputy Chairperson of the Public Chamber of the Voronezh Region Lubov Shevlyakova, the executive director of the Big Council of Non-Commercial Organisations Valery Chernikov, and the Deputy Chairperson of the Youth Parliament of the Voronezh Region Yulia Yushkevich gave a talk to the participants of the event.
On the last day of the project a football match was held between the teams of the two countries.
The project will promote cooperation between Russian and Polish students and will strengthen the ties between Voronezh State University and the Jagellonian University's Institute of Russia and Eastern Europe in Krakow.