Russian State Library Hosts Opening of InteRussia Program on Russian Studies

Russian Studies
On May 17, the conference hall of the Russian State Library (RSL) hosted the grand opening of the "Education" block of Rossotrudnichestvo's "New Generation" program, within the framework of which more than 100 foreign specialists came to Russia for an internship. Among them are participants of InteRussia on Russian studies.

The foreigners were welcomed by Vadim Duda, Director General of the RSL, Yevgeny Primakov, Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, Victoria Karslieva, Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund, Dina Gorbatova, Vice-Rector for Education Development and Digitalization at the Pushkin Institute, as well as Roman Raikin, Vice-Rector for the Development of International Activities at the Altai State University.

Yevgeny Primakov started with the main objective of the program: "The main idea is to share with you something good and professional that we have: technologies, methods, knowledge. Then you will return home and start applying this experience, making your countries more successful and progressive in scientific and economic terms. It is important for us that your trip is not just a tourist one - it should be useful. The more benefits you get, the better we will do our job."

According to Victoria Karslieva, each internship is a real challenge for its organizers: "We strive to prepare the best program for you that no one else has, so that you can immerse yourself in your area of interest and become more professional. I wish you not to sit still and use all the opportunities that will be available to you. Make new contacts, attend expert meetings, propose ideas for joint projects - in other words, get the most out of this internship."

She was joined by Dina Gorbatova, Vice-Rector for Education Development and Digitalization at the Pushkin Institute: "On behalf of the acting rector and the entire staff of the Institute, we welcome the new InteRussia interns. This internship is special - it takes place in the year when the whole world celebrates the 225th anniversary of Pushkin. Therefore, it's great that we will be able to work together during this period. Our teachers are already competing with each other for the opportunity to become your mentors."

After the official opening, foreign interns attended a presentation of the best Russian practices in the field of international youth cooperation: grant and proprietary projects from the Gorchakov Fund, the "New Generation" program from Rossotrudnichestvo, Altai-Asian forums from AltSU and others.

The day ended with a business game "Dialogues in Russian", which was conducted by volunteers of the "Ambassadors of the Russian Language in the World" program.

This year, the participants of the InteRussia program in Russian studies are 26 specialists from 16 countries: India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Slovakia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Turkey, Mexico and Brazil. Next week, they will take part in the largest event on the study of the Russian language – the Kostomarov Forum, which will be held from May 22 to 24 in Moscow.

"In October of last year, I helped host the ambassadors of the Russian language at our university in India together with the first InteRussia intern Sonu Saini. That's when I got fired up with the idea of coming to participate in the program myself. I hope that during the internship I will be able to learn more about the Russian language and culture from experts. In addition, this is a great opportunity to communicate with Russian language teachers from all over the world," shares his expectations from the internship Vikram Chaudhari, a Russian language teacher at the University of Mumbai (India).

The InteRussia internship cycle was launched in 2021 by the Gorchakov Fund in cooperation with leading domestic research centers, universities, companies and media. The mission of the project is to strengthen and deepen scientific, public and cultural ties, to create conditions for a constructive dialogue between young specialists from Russia and foreign countries.

The InteRussia program on Russian studies is implemented by the Gorchakov Fund in collaboration with the ANO "Mezhdunarodniki", the Pushkin Institute, and Rossotrudnichestvo, with grant support from the Presidential Grants Fund.