Tomsk State University
Official presentation of certificates to the winners of grants was held in the Research Library of the University.
- Today, one of the priorities of Tomsk State University is to attract international students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, - said Victor Demin, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, in his welcoming speech. - And all who are present may later enter our postdoc programmes. Many visitors note that Tomsk and our University are characterized by a "home" atmosphere. I hope it will be cozy and comfortable here for you too.
More than half of the international graduate students will study at the Faculty of Philology, which already has graduates. Tatiana Demeshkina, the Dean of the Faculty of Philology spoke about successes that have been achieved by their past graduates who returned to their homelands, and expressed the hope that the current generation of graduate students also will be successful.
- Our University has positioned itself as a university that unites Europe and Asia. And today we see a striking confirmation of this, because among our graduate students there are representatives of European and Asian countries. Such an international dialogue will mutually enrich us and undoubtedly give a good result - said Tatiana Demeshkina.
This year scholarships for international graduate students were established at Tomsk State University for the first time. Competitive selection was conducted from August to mid-October, and 19 people were chosen who will now be taught in the University under the supervision of our scientists. The winners were from eight countries: Germany, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, and Mongolia.
Some of them came from partner universities, but others found the TSU's postgraduate website. By the way, knowledge of the Russian language was not a prerequisite for applicants. Only those who chose the philological direction speak Russian. At the other faculties training will be conducted in English. However, the curriculum includes courses in learning the Russian language.
- I've studied the Russian language for six years. Now I'm studying in graduate school at my university and also work as a translator, - says Vishal Kumar Sinha, a new graduate student of TSU (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India). - I've heard that you have a very good faculty of philology, and a good library, so I decided to come here. Of course the Russian language is very difficult, but cooperation between India and Russia is developing, and my friends are working in companies where knowledge of the Russian language is necessity, so studying it offers good prospects.
TSU plans to continue holding such contests. Currently there are negotiations with several companies that will present the interests of our university abroad and attract international graduate students to us. Also, information about grants to study at TSU will be distributed at international exhibitions.