On 30 March, the second student conference within the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet project "European identity in terms of language policy of the European Union" was held in the conference hall of the main building of Voronezh State University. The project was implemented by the Department of French Philology with financial support from the European Union.
The conference was opened by Elena Alexeyeva, head of the Jean Monnet project "European identity in terms of language policy of the European Union" and head of the Department of French Philology. In her welcoming speech she emphasised the the importance of the interdisciplinary approach to training specialists in linguistics. She also said that such events can be a very effective tool for professional growth, as they allow students to acquire research skills and understand the modern international political, economic, cultural, and professional environment better.
Natalia Ushakova, a leading specialist of the International Cooperation Department of VSU, also addressed the audience and talked about Jean Monnet project as part of Erasmus+, as well as about other VSU’s projects supported by the EU. She also invited students to take part in a round table discussion “Academic mobility from the student’s point of view – new perspectives”, which is to be held on 18 May.
Among the participants of the conference were second, third, and fourth year students of the Faculty Romance and Germanic Philology. All the presentations were divided into two sections – studies of today’s political challenges faced by the European identity (migration problems, Brexit), and studies of the European identity from the point of view of humanities (European identity formation tools, its elements, and aspects). All the talks were presented in French. This time second year students (who only started studying French in the last year) also took part in the conference. Having participated the previous conference as guests, they became very interested in European studies.
The speakers were awarded participation certificates. They also received study guides developed at the Department of French Phylology in 2016 and telling about implementation of projects.