On 7 June, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ireland to the Russian Federation, his Excellency Adrian McDaid, visited Voronezh State University. Among the participants of the visit were employees of the Voronezh Region Economic Development Department and Voronezh representative regional office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The programme started with the visit to the VSU’s Book Museum, where the guests had a chance to see unique publications dedicated to Irish studies.
Then, the ambassador met the university staff, the lecturers, and the students in the VSU’s conference hall. The rector of VSU professor Dmitry Endovitsky welcomed the participants of the event:
“There a lot of people in our university who love Ireland with all their heart. Our university has many contacts with Irish universities, we run academic exchange programmes, and conduct joint research. Since 1998, five Irish ambassadors have paid visits to VSU”.
The rector gave a presentation about VSU.
The director of the International Project and Programme Centre, Alla Akulshina, talked about VSU’s international projects and programmes.
“Our university is taking an active part in international programmes. It influences university life a lot – more courses in English are appearing and the academic mobility is being developed. Now, we implement 22 projects, including structural projects which are aimed at the reforming of the system of higher education, the introduction of new master’s programmes, the development of joint programmes, and the development of the employment system. Another important issue is the programmes aimed at the development of academic mobility. Not all European universities know that they can apply for financing aimed at supporting the development of academic mobility with Russia. We will be very grateful to you if you inform the Ministry of Education of Ireland about such opportunities”.
The Dean of the Faculty of Computer Sciences, Eduard Algazinov, gave a speech entitled “Master’s Programmes, Research Projects, and Educational Centres at VSU” and noted that Russian IT community has a very high opinion about the level of IT industry and IT education in Ireland:
“The Faculty of Computer Sciences implements eight master’s programmes which can be of interest for Irish students. The cooperation between VSU and Irish universities open up new opportunities for both sides”.
The Dean of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics, Informatics, and Mechanics of VSU, Alexander Shashkin, talked about the faculty’s IT research results, the cooperation with businesses, and the areas of research at the faculty. The Director of the Centre of the Irish History Studies, the Head of the Department of the World History and Oriental Studies at the Faculty of History, Alexander Miroshnikov, spoke about the long lasing cooperation between VSU and Ireland. Our university was the first Russian university to open an Irish centre and the first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ireland to Russia, Ronan Murphy, is an honourable doctor of Voronezh State University.
In his response, the ambassador thanked the university’s administration for a warm welcome and announced a new meeting with representatives of academic community which will take place this autumn in Ireland:
“The system of education in Ireland is one of the strongest and most developed in the world. It has direct connections with the business community. We are going to continue our discussions about cooperation between VSU and Irish universities this September and other universities will be involved. My mission is the development of contacts between people and countries. I will do my best to assist the development of the cooperation between Russian and Irish universities, including the development of double degree programmes and joint research”.