On 15th March, a delegation from the Swiss embassy in the Russian Federation including the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to the Russian Federation Pierre Helg, and the employee of the Embassy for Fiscal Affairs Alain Perusse, visited Voronezh State University. The visit was aimed at developing partnerships with universities of Switzerland and developing mutually beneficial cooperation in different areas of the universities’ activities.
The Rector of Voronezh State University Dmitry Endovitsky told the guests about the history of the university, its structure, and the positions that it holds in international rankings, and its involvement in the implementation of European projects and programmes:
‘We are involved in active cooperation with many European universities and have double degree programmes with universities of Germany, Austria, France, Spain, and Ireland. The Alumni Association of Voronezh State University have been functioning for over 15 years and at the moment we are planning to start a similar Association in Great Britain. All in all, we have over 120 existing contracts with universities of Europe, the USA and China. Another interesting experience is centres of the Russian language. We have created and have been supporting three centres of The Russian language in China and are working on creating similar centres in Germany and Spain. A modern university has to know how to commercialise its innovations and we pay special attention to this problem – in cooperation with our business partners we participate in a number of high technology equipment production projects. Moreover, large international companies choose VSU as a base for their corporate training centres, which enables our students to receive both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.’
‘Our visit to VSU today shows our commitment to discussing ways and possibilities of developing cooperation with VSU. Russia is a very promising partner, especially in the area of research and education. I would like to thank you for a very informative talk,’ responded the Ambassador.
After the meeting the Swiss delegation visited VSU History Museum and Book Museum where the guests could see the most valuable library books.