Between 16 and 20 May, Voronezh State University hosted European Week in Central Russia. The event was dedicated to the memory of an outstanding scientist, PhD in History, Igor Zornikov.
At the opening ceremony, VSU Rector Prof. Dmitry Endovitsky addressed the audience with words of welcome:
“No matter what the geopolitical environment is, it’s evident that we’ve always been a part of Europe. Voronezh State University is now leading by the number of European projects and programmes it takes part in, such as Tempus, Erasmus+, Jean Monnet project, DAAD academic mobility projects. I am sure we have a lot to tell each other and we’ll be able to find new areas for collaboration. The intellectual bridge between Russia and the EU is very important. This bridge exists thanks to various academic and research projects, and we are going to make this bond even stronger. We are a key link between countries. It’s of great importance that we discuss such issues as European identity, migration problems in Europe and in Russia, and relations between Russia and the EU countries. To achieve our goal we are going to develop one of the most effective partnership projects - double degree programmes. We already have 10 such programmes – in linguistics, economics, tourism, physics, and mathematics.”
An honourable guest of our university, the coordinator of “Harmony” project, professor at the Department of Civil Law and Business of the Faculty of Law of the University of Seville, Miguel Angel Adame, also spoke at the opening ceremony.
The goal of the Harmony project is to develop the mechanisms of harmonising internationalisation strategies with due consideration for national interests of the countries involved (the EU, Russia, Belarus, and Armenia). The project includes the development of the major areas of the internationalisation strategy with due consideration for national interests of the countries involved.
The forum itself began with a presentation of the Erasmus+ programme by Natalya Aksenova, a representative of Erasmus+ national office in Russia. She talked about the programme, and its major activities in the area of higher education. She also gave the audience details on how to become a member of the programme.
“We are glad that this forum is not held in Moscow, but rather in Voronezh at Voronezh State University - the leading university by the number of implemented EU projects”, – said Natalya Aksenova.
The event attracted about 150 participants, including 25 representatives of foreign universities and organisations, and 70 representatives of universities in 35 Russian regions – from Kaliningrad to Yakutia.