On 3 June, a regular Academic Board session headed by the Rector Dmitry Endovitsky was held in the conference hall of the main building of Voronezh State University.
The university symbols were among the most important subjects discussed by the the Academic Board.
'The first and foremost reason for changing the existing symbols is the recommendation of national and international specialists in heraldry to introduce a new flag and arms as the existing ones do not meet the necessary requirements. We have studied symbols of the leading universities of the world and in our new project we also tried to retain the main symbols of the existing university arms: a book, keys and the sun,' said the Rector of VSU Dmitry Endovitsky.
Lubov Matveyevcheva, the head of the VSU Advertising Centre, made a report on this issue:
'In January the existing coat of arms was sent to be examined by Voronezh regional heraldry society and it revealed a number of non-conformities. The experts also noted that the coat of arms does not reflect distinguishing features of the university. The new symbols should demonstrate VSU relations with the oldest European universities – the Tartu University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, the Sorbonne and other universities – as VSU is a European university with a long history. The new coat of arms should be as concise as possible and not overloaded with elements. We followed the traditions of European heraldry which is based on simple images and objects depicted on the shield. The new coat of arms will have a Varangian shield.
When working on the new arms we consulted an independent expert from Moscow – a full member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, an associate professor of Moscow pedagogical university Oleg Naumov who has written over 100 books on genealogy, heraldry, the history of the noble class, history studies, bibliography, and archive science. He gave a positive account of the new coat of arms saying that it corresponds with the set goals and meets all the necessary requirements. It should also be mentioned that as the new coat of arms is concise and universal its elements can be used to design emblems and other formal elements for departments, organisations, and societies of Voronezh State University'. The new coat of arms, as well as the flag, and the standard, will be registered with the Voronezh regional heraldry society and Russian national heraldry society and VSU will receive numbered registration certificates.