Consuls of the Republic of Korea and the United States of America taking Masters programs at Far Eastern Federal University
In the new academic year Mr. Kim Byoung-Chul, consul of the Republic of Korea in Vladivostok, and Ms. Elizabeth MacDonald, consul of the United States of America for political and economic affairs in Vladivostok, chose international Masters programs at Far Eastern Federal University.
The diplomatic representatives opted for the Master Program in international relations "Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region: politics, economics, security". The program was worked out at the initiative of the faculty of the School of Regional and International Studies of FEFU headed by Mr. Vladimir Kuznetsov, professor, Ph.D. in political science, and was approved by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies of the University of California, Berkeley (USA). The courses will be taught in English by FEFU professors who participated as fellows in programs in Berkeley as well as by visiting professors of the University of California.
Mr. Kim Byoung-Chul, consul of the Republic of Korea, says, "I believe that the best way to know Russia is to enter a university here. And the more I learn about Russia, the more I'm able to do for the benefit both of Russia and Korea. From the time I decided to come here, I've looked for the way I could study in university. I appreciate that FEFU has made a good program. In classroom, I seem to be a freshman - indeed after only one week at FEFU I feel happy to be a freshman once again".
In October 2012, Far Eastern Federal University has launched ten international masters programs that are being taught in English. All of them are available to both Russian and foreign students. The faculty will include professionals who studied abroad as well as visiting professors from foreign universities. All international programs were worked out by FEFU in cooperation with world leading universities among which Princeton University (USA), Nagoya University (Japan), University of Southern California (USA), University of Queensland (USA).
Mr. Aleksei Starichkov, deputy pro-rector for international relations of FEFU, says, "This represents new and better quality of education. Several international programs of our university approved by foreign higher educational institutions already enable students to obtain two diplomas, a state-recognized one and an internationally recognized one, at the same time, which in turn opens up broad horizons for FEFU graduates. That is why our university becomes more attractive including to foreign diplomats."
Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) is one of the federal universities designed as an elite higher educational institution of Russia. FEFU was established by the edict of the President of the Russian Federation in October 2009 uniting four Far Eastern universities the history of which can be traced back more than 120 years. FEFU development program seeks to create an international scientific and educational centre that will represent Russia in the Asia-Pacific region. The priorities for the university development program include "Ocean resources", "Energy resources and energy-efficient technologies", "Nanosystems and nanomaterials", "Transportation and logistics", "Cooperation of Russia with the Asia-Pacific region", and "Biomedicine."
The unique educational environment of Russky island (Vladivostok) will be available not only to students but also to the citizens of Primorsky Territory and will bring about ideal conditions for the educational process and the fulfillment of creative potential. In October 2012 after the APEC summit, a new campus of FEFU has opened its doors to students and professors.