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  1. 1. Dear colleagues, dear friends, Today we are celebrating the 56th Anniversary since the foundation of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia! As the previous year was not an easy one either for our country or for the whole world, we have learnt to withstand difficulties and prioritize correctly. Today, as never before, we need to remember the general principles, which form the fundamental mission of the RUDN University: equality, friendship and cooperation. RUDN University academic and teaching staff’s professional skills and enthusiasm, professional zest of the researchers, unlimited energy of students serve the balks which help the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia strengthen its position as one of the leading multi-profile education and research centres in Russia and abroad. The hard experience of our predecessors, founders of the University, serves an inexhaustible source of inspiration and encourages us to preserve and develop the traditions of our mentors. Thousands of the University graduates hold senior positions and work in many countries all around the world. They, therefore, confirm the prestige of the Russian education and promote the fundamental principles of peace and cooperation. We hope that the basic principle of friendship, implemented in the learning process at the University, will bring fruitful results and allow to smooth things over in the world politics. 2(1502) 05.02.2016 For Electronic version, please, follow the website www.rudn.ru Happy Birthday, RUDN! PFUR Rector, Academician of the RAS, Chairman of HAC of the RF, V.M. Filippov Friendship Knowledge unites us Official publishing department of PFUR Academic Council
  2. 2. 2 2(1502) 05.02.2016 Friendship RUDN University Birthday is a good reason to sum up the previous year, as our Alma-mater is a peculiar body, which consists of thousands of people, and a place, where new ideas and concepts are constantly originated, experiments carried out, projects implemented. As the saying goes, hard work and eagerness are followed with good results. So, we would like to consider achievements of the RUDN University and the guests of the University in 2015. Home is best, but East or West are equally attractive! Meeting the President of Kazakhstan Awarding the diploma of PFUR Doctor Honoris Causa to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Сooperation between RUDN University and 17 Kazakh universities was discussed at the ceremony. Mr. N. Nazarbaev recalled his speech of September 18, 2015 delivered at General Debate of the 70th Session UN General Assembly, when he emphasized the importance of preventing international terrorism and religious extremism and urged to hold an international conference that would establish basic principles of international law. Mr. N. Nazarbayev noted that it would be beneficial if higher educational institutions could also contribute in the discussion of these matters. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, visiting RUDN University ‘More mature’RUDN University through events and faces ‘I wish your university great success and progress. I would like to thank you for this honour of having me here and awarding with PFUR Doctor Honoris Causa. I do carry proudly this title and consider it a sign of good friendship between the Palestinian and Russian nations’, - admitted Mr. Mahmoud Abbas in his speech. It shall be noted that there have been about 80 highly- qualified Palestinian specialists trained at RUDN University including about 100 Ph.D. holders. Delegation from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) visited RUDN University The Delegation headed by its Rector, Prof. P.Mitkas, expressed their interest in establishing and developing cooperation with RUDN University in the spheres of education and scientific research. The priority areas of cooperation are the joint Master degree programs and programs in Russian and foreign language, academic staff and student exchange programs including the programs within the European program ‘Erasmus-plus’. Considering the growing interest of the Greek in the Russian language, the parties discussed perspectives of teaching Russian. It’s important to note that Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is holding the World Conference, dedicated to the 2,400th Anniversary of Aristotle. RUDN University was invited to take part in the conference. Moreover, the meeting resulted in signing a Cooperation Agreement and Work Program for 2015- 2017 within the frame of the Russian-Greek Bilateral Year. RUDN - 56! At the eve of their birthday, people usually consider what they have done the previous year: what has been achieved, what new meetings have brought, what value has been received. Continuation on Page 3
  3. 3. 3 2(1502) 05.02.2016 Friendship RUDN - 56! Continuation. Beginning of Page 2 Delegation from the Soka University (Japan) visited RUDN Delegation from the Soka University headed by the Rector Baba Yoshihisa visited RUDN University and sent best wishes from the founder of the Soka University Mr. Daysaku Ikeda, who was awarded with the diploma of PFUR Doctor Honoris Causa on November 7, 2014. They informed RUDN University that they were planning to open a Russian Language Centre in cooperation with the Russkiy Mir Foundation. RUDN University Rector offered to introduce the Japanese language to the students of the RUDN Faculty of Philology and Humanities and Social sciences. Considering the proposal, the parties also suggested the possibility of providing support to the Soka University in training RUDN University academic staff in teaching Japanese at RUDN University. (For more information go to Page 7) Mr. Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary-General, visited RUDN University ‘RUDN University has always promoted the principles of peoples’ friendship in all the countries around the world. Many foreign outstanding public figures studied at RUDN’, - said Atul Khare. Mr. Atul Khare also carried out a meeting with RUDN students and shared with them his career experience. Undoubtedly, the main goal of the UN is to provide peace and security in the world, however, it’s not always easy to achieve. Mr. Khare confessed that the Department of field support is having issues in regulating complicated cases. There are more wars and aggression as well as political instability in the world today. The honored guest emphasized the importance of attracting more resources to eliminate issues than we did in the past. Delegation of the Henan University of Economics and Law visited RUDN University The Chinese delegation was headed by the Chairman of the University Academic Council, Professor Ian Tszyanyan. During the meeting, the parties exchanged opinions considering the perspectives of future cooperation between the universities. Among the suggested areas of cooperation werethefollowing:Russianlanguageskillsupgradeprograms for Russian language teachers, Russian language teachers training program for the Faculty of Foreign Languages at Henan University of Economics and Law, double degree programs in BA and MA studies. The Chinese delegation suggested developing academic exchange programs in the field of ‘History’ in cooperation with the RUDN University Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences. Secret of success lies in work RUDN Ecological Faculty won ERAECO National Award in the nomination of ‘ECO-Education’. Educational project ‘Innovative interdisciplinary complex of educational program of training specialists in the field of ecologicalexpertise’developedattheDepartmentofForensic Ecology, Ecological Faculty RUDN, became a laureate of the ERAECO National Award. The ERAECO National Award was established by ERAECO in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of RF, Department of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Protection of the Continuation on Page 5
  4. 4. 4 2(1502) 05.02.2016 FriendshipRUDN - 56! Our reporter Moscow City, UNIDO Centre of International Industrial Cooperation in the RF. RUDN is in the Top-500 World Best Universities in the International Rating of universities. The Rating evaluates activities of more than 3, 800 world universities and defines 750 out of them as the best. Our university ranks 491st. In 2015, universities from 78 countries joined the Top-500 list including 26 Russian universities. RUDN University is in Top-500 in the quality of education and is ranked 3rd among the Russian universities just after MSU and Bauman MSTU. RUR Rating ranks universities according to 20 Indicators grouped In 4 sections: quality of education, quality of research, internalization, financial support. RUDN educational programs are recognized as the best by the ‘Best educational programs in innovative Russia’ Project According to the results of the 6th round of the project ‘Best educational programs of innovative Russia’, 25 programs of the RUDN University have been recognized as the best. The judgment was based upon the expert voting, objectivity of the project can be proved by the contents of the offered programs, which are also being highly-recognized worldwide. To learn more about these programs, you can visit our official website. RUDN University is a leader in social media network activity. The 1st place in social media network activity goes to RUDN University, second with a great gap in points (more than 100 points) comes the Higher School of Economics, the 3rd is the Moscow Aviation Institute. 88 universities were ranked in accordance with their activity on social media networks such as Vkontakte and Facebook as well as on the number of publications made within a certain period of time. The ranking was carried out by Idea Logistics Agency ‘Interium’. RUDN University joined the Project ‘5-100’ The ‘5-100’ Project, which is aimed at increasing competitiveness of the leading Russian universities and strengthening their positions in the international ratings, has 6 more universities joined. The universities defended their programs in increasing competitiveness on the Project Expert Council session chaired by Dmitry Livanov, the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. There were 18 universities competing to enter the ‘5-100’ Project. The universities had to present their Long-term Development Programs in October 23-24 in the Far-Eastern Federal University. As a result, only 6 universities were chosen to join the Project including the RUDN University. RUDNUniversityjoinedtheBRICSUniversities In October 2015, the Forum of the University Presidents of BRICS countries took place in Beijing. Then the Forum participants discussed the major as¬pects of the concept of the BRICS Universities League. The organizers of the Forum was the Beijing Normal University, which also in cooperation with the Fudan University (Shanghai) initiated the launching of the BRICS Universities League. Among the participants of the Forum were representatives of dozens of universities from the BRICS countries. Russia was represented by a number of leading universities including RUDN, HSE, Ural Federal University, Kazan Federal University, MGIMO, MSU, etc. 56 years. It’s just the beginning! The University has become one year ‘older’. Within the previous 365 days RUDN students, teaching and academic staff organized and participated in a great number of events and meetings. RUDN broadened its professional network, participated in a number of prestigious projects, warmly welcomed its friends and guests in the University. That’s the point- not to stand still, but move forward. The most interesting things are awaiting in the future! Continuation. Beginning of Page 2
  5. 5. 5 2(1502) 05.02.2016 Friendship Rector of RUDN University Vladimir Filippov and the JSC ‘RKK’ chief Yuri Vlasov Opportunities of RUDN Why RUDN UNIVERSITY? Promoting, spread and supply of space products to the mass consumers are the major goals of the Russian space industry today. Russia needs to enter and develop its influence in the world market and receive benefit financially from the space industry technology. This thought had been expressed at the International Forum ‘Russian innovative technologies in the world market’, which was hosted by RUDN University in October 2015. These goals were recognized as primary and International Marketing Centre is appointed to take responsibility over its implementation. Our students come from all over the world. The University is acquainted with cultures and traditions of various nations. This knowledge helps to develop successful business- communication with foreign partners. RUDN University is an effective centre for training highly-qualified specialists in the spheres of international economics and business. As a proof, it shall be noted that most of RUDN graduates hold high positions in many countries, among them are presidents and ministers, famous public figures and successful businessmen. Association of RUDN graduates and friends can use its network and attract people from different spheres and countries to cooperate. ‘RUDN in cooperation with Roscosmos and URSC are searching for new ways to introduce the latest civil purpose products of the Russian aerospace industry. Since the day it was founded, the RUDN University has been training specialists for many countries and now we have an opportunity to train experts, which would promote Russian technologies’, said Vladimir Mikhaylovich. What is expecting RUDN, or a bit about the plans Of course, there is only an agreement signed. But in order to display the potential of the project, there are some secrets that shall be revealed. International Marketing Centre would carry out systematic research, aimed at revealing most beneficial conditions for promoting the aerospace industry products. For instance, active and thorough research of the Asian and African market, territories, which can be ‘used’. In other words, the centre will unite analytical work, political realia and human resources. In the nearest future there will be new departments established and provided with all the modern technology to carry out marketing research and develop marketing mechanisms to promote products and services. Moreover, RUDN is also planning to hold a round-table on ‘Issues and perspectives of promoting aerospace products in the world market’. ‘It’s not military and technical cooperation. It’s cooperation in implementation and use of space products in agriculture, environment management and farming sector management’, - explained Y. Vlasov, the CEO of the JSC ‘URSC’. For that we agree to work hard! The initial grounds are established. There’s much work to do. Including attracting human resources to work for the International Marketing Centre. All the students have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Centre. So here we go! RUDN students have a new sphere to display their skills and abilities. In the nearest future RUDN students will have a chance to participate in the work of the International marketing centre that would promote highly-technological products in the world market, as following the agreement between the RUDN University and JSC ‘United Rocket and Space Corporation’. Open horizon Signing ceremony Tatyana Mysova
  6. 6. 6 2(1502) 05.02.2016 FriendshipEvent Generations of students change, new forms of team work are introduced, however, the RUDN University traditions are preserved and achievements are not forgotten. Foundation and activities carried out by the International student construction teams are an important stage in the history of the University. At the beginning of the meeting, Vladimir Mikhaylovich reminded the words of the second UDN University Rector V.F. Stanis, who always attended meetings of the University student construction team: ‘Dear friends, you are the Golden Fund of our University! We feel proud of you!’. This time again all the brightest representatives of the ‘Golden Fund’ of the 1960-1980s, the veterans of the ISCT gathered together, old and greying but big professionals with great life experience. It shall be noted that their professional success was achieved due to the skills, working and managing experience obtained at RUDN during the 3rd labour semester spent in the International student construction teams of Karelia, Siberia, Moscow, Kazakhstan and many other regions in Russia and abroad. The book was created step by step. It took several years to collect, Marina Andreeva systemize and sort out data, photos, diaries and other materials from the members of the International construction team of different years and generations. This edition is the result of big hard work carried out by hundreds of construction team members. One of the features of the book is the photo section which includes more than 1, 500 pictures. The book is well furnished with the memories of many RUDN international student construction team veterans. ‘This work resurrected the years when I was a youth communist, when we were hard- workers, cheerful and very supportive. It feels like it brought me 40-50 years back. We were all different, but one thing united us, that is our aspiration to do the work properly, put everything together, preserve and forward to the future generations the memory of one of the most interesting stages in our life, one of the brightest stages in the history of the international student construction team’, - remembered Vladimir Mikhaylovich. What he remembered was the friendship, mutual respect and fellowshipwithinabiguniversityfamily. The present meeting with the veterans well proves that it’s not just mere words. Within half a century, thousands of young soviet, Russian and foreign students received international work experience. This was the reason that mainly determined the future of our construction team members. Members of our current international construction team ‘Meridian of friendship’ have to know the history of this organization. The time has, undoubtedly, changed the working conditions, but one thing has left unchanged – the new generation preserves the traditions of their fathers and grandfathers and work hard to build up and develop their University, Moscow and other regions. During the meeting, the participants showed respect and held a minute’s silence in memory of their friends, colleagues and comrades who didn’t make it until today. After several veterans had delivered heart- breaking speeches, the participants of the meeting were offered to watch a documentary ‘RUDN Construction teams. Stages in history’, which was made by the RUDN TV based on the interviews of the members of construction teams. Time flies fast, veterans will be replaced with a new generation of students and teachers. Therefore, it’s crucial to forward such a nice tradition, so that the newcomers wouldcomeandcontinueit,aslabour nurturing is the most important constituency in any international and patriotic team. The RUDN administration awarded each veteran with a book for them to keep the memory of labour days in the International student construction team. In the name of all students of our Alma- mater, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the author and initiator of the current project and all the people, who participated and contributed in publishing the two-volume book of the history of the International student construction team. We are very grateful for the great work done in preserving the memory of the bright stages in the University history. RUDN held a meeting dedicated to the launch of the fundamental two-volume book ‘RUDN International student construction teams. History and modern times’, which is dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of RISCT. The project author and chief-editor is the Head of a research group in history Vladimir Savin. ‘It’s so nice that we’ve all gathered together tonight!’ Vladimir Savin and his book
  7. 7. 7 2(1502) 05.02.2016 Friendship International activity Anastasia Likhacheva ‘Music connected us...’ In December, the University welcomed the lovers of classical music. The University guests could visit the Russian-Japaneseconcert‘Wecreatebeautytogether’,whichbecamethebeginningoffruitfulcooperation ‘Anykindofarthasatendencytoconnectpeople’,wroteL. Tolstoy. His words remain valid even in today’s cruel world. Culture and art cannot only overcome differences between nations, but also unite representatives of different nations in indestructible units. This is the idea behind the ‘MIN- ON’ Concert association, initiated within the frame of the ‘MIN-ON Global Music Network’ Program and agreement on academic, cultural and educational cooperation signed between RUDN and University of Soka. Art for the sake of a human ‘Our goal is to facilitate the art for the sake of a human and the humanity,’ – this is how the initiator and the founder of the Min-On Concert Association, big friend of MSU and RUDN, Daisaku Ikeda defined the main idea behind the concerts he organizes. He believes that joint concerts do not only get young Japanese musicians closer to his colleagues abroad, but also serve a beneficial platform to strengthen friendship ties between Russia and Japan. Location This year the concert was held on three stages in Moscow on December 9-11. First, the Japanese musicians demonstrated special program for the Russian audience in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory; then, it was in the Emperor’s Hall in the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Finally, the third concert took place in the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. The art and professional performance of foreign musicians touched even the most experienced audience and critics. Popular classical compositions were performed in modern variations. Opening The concert was opened by the Merited Worker of the Russian Federation, Dr. in Philology, Professor Galina Trofimova. She performed a paraphrase on ‘Eugene Onegin’ at the concert. New talents Among the participants of the concerts were the winners and laureates of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Competition is held once in four years beginning from 1958. This competition serves a starting point for young talented musicians, gives them a chance to receive the attention and love of the audience and recognition of the world professional society, as well as to start a successful international career. For example, cello player Fedor Amosov displayed his outstanding skills when he played voluntary program, which was also one of his own compositions. Talented violinist Ruslan Turuntaev, who is also a laureate of the Competition, performed Russian Dance from Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite and sonata #3 (E. Isai) . Image of Japan Of course, the concert could not do without the national colouring. Tikudo Takahashi is one of the most popular musicians in Japan. He can play the Japanese national musical instrument called‘Tsugarushamisen’.Three-stringedmusicalinstrument played by plucking has absolutely no similarities to any other instrument, it is so peculiar. When hearing this instrument play, one would imagine samurai and their world full of chrysanthemum and green pheasant. Undoubtedly, most fancied at the concert were younger musicians Kanon Matsuda (piano) and Seiya Ueno (flute). Despite their young age, the performers have already become laureates and winners of a number of international competitions and have released their albums recorded in studios. Moreover, they are loved not only in Japan, but all over the world. Kanon performed four Preludes Op.10 for piano C-sharp minor (Rachmaninoff, Sergei) and Waltz in A-Flat Major (A. Scriabin). Incredible talent along with the powerful energy of the young performer created the atmosphere of peace and harmony. Flute player Seiya Ueno captured the audience from the first sounds of the ‘Karmen’ and held the audience in tension until the last second. RUDN postgraduate student Bris Fuako was also given an opportunity to display his program, which was the famous Italian composition ‘Funiculi-Funicula’, which became the highlight of the concert. Unite for a goal RUDN Vice-Rector for academic work Alexander Yefremov summed up the results of the concert. In his speech, Mr. Yefremov emphasized the importance of such events: ‘It is the wonderful music, that we deliver to the people’s souls, that unites us no matter what nation or race we belong to’.
  8. 8. 8 2(1502) 05.02.2016 FriendshipStudent’s life ‘Weakening of the RUB is good’ January 25, Russia celebrated Tatyana’s Day. Moslenta.ru correspondents interviewed RUDN students and asked questions about their life in Moscow and learnt how to learn 5 languages, bring up kids and play drums in the Kremlin. Kalidu Guisse, Senegal, postgraduate student, Philological Faculty We have an agreement signed between our countries, so annually 15 students from Senegal come to study in Russia. I also joined this program because I did very well at school. When I first arrived here from Dakar 8 years ago, it was difficult for me: I didn’t speak the language, the climate is different, the culture too. But, thanks God, I met nice people, who helped me to adjust and solve all the issues. We have an organization here, RUDN Campus Student Council, which helps those students, who come here to study, and protects their rights against the university administration. And it doesn’t matter what country you come from, they help everyone. I appreciate a lot how much the guys from the Council helped me during my first year here, it’s a good thing to do. So I decided to join them then, I helped them, and when the former Chairman graduated from the University, I was appointed to that position, and it’s been 4 years since I became Chairman of the RUDN Campus Student Council. We hold negotiations with the University administration, organize concerts, sport events, there are so many things to do. As I receive my scholarship from the government in euros, the weakening of the ruble is good for me. I receive the same scholarship, but more money in rubles. I study Russian at the Philological Faculty. When I graduate, I’m planning to get back home and work there, then back here again, to work in the Embassy in Moscow. It’s my dream. Triana-Romero, Columbia, 5th year student, Psychological Department My aunt and uncle studied in Moscow during the USSR. And when I was a child and went to visit them, I always went through the photo-album and imagined that I would come here on my own, when I grew older. When I finished school, I sent my application to receive a scholarship to study in Russia. I won a scholarship, and here I am, I’ve been here for 5 years. My husband and I live together in the RUDN hostel, he is Russian, we study together. Our daughter Elizabeth is 3 years old. When I first arrived here, to be honest, I was sad: I wasn’t used to living without my mother, my father, and it was cold here and the sky was grey, and there was little sun. But then I got used to it. And most importantly, something turned out to be great. Before I arrived here, I thought people were reserved in Moscow. But it turned out to be the contrary. When I learnt the language and started socializing with people, I found out that people here are very warm-hearted. I got used to it, and I liked living here so much that I decided to do my master’s degree here as well. I always dreamt of opening a Charity Fund to help single-mothers. Therefore, when I graduate from the University, I would like to open such a Charity Fund in Columbia, Bogota, where my parents are still living today. So my plan for the future is to help people. Arsalakh Samim, Afghanistan, 2nd year Master student, International law My father has long been living and working here in Moscow. And when I finished school in Kabul, he offered me to move here and study at RUDN, as the quality of education is much better here. So I arrived here in September 2009. I received a scholarship for 4 years and shifted to a fee-based tuition 18 months ago. According to my University agreement, I have to pay the tuition fee in dollars. I work in Moscow, my father and I have a shoe-department store, so I earn money in rubles, and the fact that ruble has lost its value against dollar is not so good for me, now I have to pay twice as much. But I can do nothing – I went to ask if it was possible to change the contract and me Continuation on Page 9
  9. 9. 9 2(1502) 05.02.2016 Friendship joined the joint program with the French university, I’ m going to take exams in Russian and French. Khaba Etien, Guinea, 4th year, Machine Engineering We have factories in my country, which produce aluminum. And I signed an agreement with the RUSAL company and came here to study, and after I graduate I will have to get back and work in Guinea, according to the contract. In Moscow, I presume, everything is ok. Before I arrived here, everyone told me that there are many racists in Russia. But it was the case in the 90s, and when I came here 4 years ago, I realized that everything was ok. Ordinary people, they are really cool. I am also an actor, I perform in ‘Afra drum show’, play the dzhemba. There are 5 of us: 3 guys play the instruments and 2 girls dance. Our team is international, we come from Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire, Congo and Benin. We have performed In many places: in Moscow, around the country, at festivals. Even In the Kremlin once. to pay in rubles following the currency exchange rate as on the date of signing the new contract. They said: ‘No’. The rest is alright, I’m very thankful to the teachers for their good treatment. The dean and everyone at the Department are good to me. I only go to the hostel to visit friends, I live in my own flat, I come to the RUDN to attend classes and take exams. When I was coming here, they told me: ‘Don’t leave your beard, shave it, as you might be attacked by the racists’. They said many things: about hooligans, gangsters, and many other negative stories. But what I like about Moscow is that I feel home. I am not always on the territory of the university, I always travel around Moscow. And there’s been no one who would look weird at me, or say bad things. Here relationships between people are as follows: I respect them, they respect me. I’m an international lawyer and I want to find a job in Moscow and be a lawyer. I attend many interviews and every time they ask the same question: ‘Are you a Russian citizen?’ And I’m still the citizen of Afghanistan. Well, I don’t know yet what’s going to happen when I graduate the university. Meanwhile, I’m trying to find a job in the Embassy of Afghanistan in Russia. Tsuy Yan, China, 1st year student, Institute of World Economy and Business I have been long in Moscow, since 2005. I’m used to Moscow and I feel home here. I was born in Ural, but I’m a Chinese citizen. The thing is that my parents are from China, but they met and got married in Perm, where they used to work then. There I was born. I went to visit China only in the summertime during my vacation. I have been into volley-ball since school years, I played for the team ‘Uralochka’ in Yekaterinburg and I moved to Moscow to keep on with my training, I was accepted to the school of Olympic reserve. I was in a Moscow united team, participated in the Russian national team, and now I play for RUDN. I have my classes in the morning and training in the evening after 6 p.m. Training takes place in the RUDN Physical Recreation (Sport) complex. Now I study world economy. Plans for the future… of course, they are bright and positive. I might stay in Russia for longer, I’ve just started my 1st year at university, I need to look around and understand what kind of company I would like to work in, what I want to specialize in. Now I’m taking a course in foreign languages, in ‘Translation’, I’m learning 5 languages: Russian, Chinese, French, Spanish and English. I hope that when I start working, it will be my asset, my support. As I Student’s life Continuation. Beginning of Page 8 Written by Oleg Matveev Pictures Artem Zhitenev
  10. 10. 10 2(1502) 05.02.2016 Friendship when Bo knocked to Oleg’s room and asked very politely to have a cigarette. Being turned down, but not offended, Bo went back to his room. Bo couldn’t bear another 5 min, so he went back to Oleg’s room and started begging him for a cigarette again. Oleg refused him politely for the second time. The third time the pack of cigarettes was thrown into Bo’s head. This shocked Bo and he gave up smoking. The theory failure Meanwhile, life went on in its usual way. Only two students didn’t study- soviet Oleg and Bo from Cameroon, as they had their own way of studying. Disso was observing the two guys and worried a lot that they would fail the exams. But Bo was self-confident as he received some pieces of advice from Oleg. Five days before the session started, Bo and Oleg went to the library and grabbed the required materials. Each went into his own room to start the racing and this is when the time changes its shape: there’s never enough time for the rest, for the food and you always want to have more hours within a day. After only one day, Bo started losing himself. Having lost the feeling of time, he started being late to the canteen. He was starving, was constantly exhausted, nervous as he was feeling more and more under pressure. And here came a sensation- for the first time in his life Bo failed an exam. The experiment ended Welcome, our foreigners Disso, student of the Engineering faculty from Sri Lanka, was bending over the drawing-board and making last corrections to his course paper, when his neighbor from Cameroon, called Bo, entered the room. Bo was a goal-oriented young man, the winner of the competitions among foreign students. That day he was wearing a grey hat with a tie tied to the latest fashion. With the suit bought in Paris, which outlined his figure, and with a bit slitted eyes he made an impression of a smart man. -That’s it, I stop studying, - said he irritatingly to his neighbor. And then he threw his bag on his bed. This news struck Disso, as Bo was an A-student, a role model for everyone. - Are you crazy? Disso paused, trying to guess, what might have caused such a spontaneous decision. - You might have failed an exam? - No, I am excellent,- said Bo climbing on the bed. -Then what’s up? - said Disso surprised. - Imagine, Oleg, a Soviet student who is living in the room in front of us, has also received an A-grade. -Why are you being jealous? That’s not good. He is your friend. -Of course, he is my friend. - Bo spread himself on the bed and shifted into a more comfortable position - but it’s not fair. He doesn’t study, he doesn’t attend lectures. He only attended the very first lecture and that’s it. But then he goes to the library, takes the book that the professor uses, and that’s it. If he doesn’t find the book he needs in the university library, he will do whatever it takes to get it. I stocked him. – Then he raised himself upon the elbow and pointed his finger up.- And he does nothing during the whole semester except learning languages, in the end- here you are, he gets an A-grade. Do you think that’s fair? Disso, a young man with curly hair and sideburns like the ones that Pushkin used to Soviet system of education It’s nice when people remember about RUDN and even send their works of art to the University. RUDN Newspaper editorial board publishes satirical stories written by students from the Engineering faculty in 1984, Alevset Alimuradov. We tried to find as many images to his story as possible. Student’s life have, moved away from the drawing-board. - You are smarty. You joined the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia after studying in Sorbonne, in Paris. What’s up? Try and do like Oleg does. Bo signed heavily. He had to take a decision. And? – kept on Disso, - Dare you? - I do, - said Bo with a firm voice. – You’ll see what I’m going to do the next semester. – To look more decisive, he stood up and shook Disso’s hand. – I’m not sure as we followed different systems of education, he had soviet, I did - the western. The beginning of the experiment Holidays passed by very fast, another academic term started. Bo stopped studying systematically. Not knowing what to do in his free time, he started taking classes of chess from Oleg. He became fond of chess very quickly and one could very often see him with the chess board in the University halls. He was happy like a child when he managed to win and he got very upset when he would lose. Bo’s next hobby was playing lottery. Ignasio, a student from the Dominican Republic, Oleg’s roommate, started playing lottery since the very first day of his studies in Moscow, although he never won. When Bo, a mathematician, joined him, they started developing mathematic models to the game based on the theory of probability. Once they even succeeded- they won a big sum of money. The emotions were taking over, they got sucked in the game. However, soon their luck started betraying him: either it was because the theory of probability betrayed them or their tricks had been revealed. And once they separated for a month being left without any means for living, as they had risked and lost the money they had received from the scholarship. Somehow with Oleg’s scholarship they managed to survive. Being down, Bo started smoking and very soon got addicted. He started coughing. Doctor prohibited him smoking, but Bo was so much addicted that he could not give it up. Then Bo came up with a cunning plan, he gave his cigarettes to Oleg and asked Oleg not to give them back to him despite any pledges. But it wasn’t even 10 min Continuation on Page 11
  11. 11. Valeria Belous 11 2(1502) 05.02.2016 Student’s life Temple of history Museum, it’s a word full of unsolved mysteries of the humanity and of what existed long before the civilization. Museum keeps the memory of the past and encourages people to move forward to the new and unknown. And, finally, museum is a temple of history, temple of knowledge and thought. with complete failure. Everyone worried a lot about Bo. At diplomats from Cameroon The Embassy of Cameroon asked Bo to explain himself. - I don’t know why that happened, - Bo was trying to explain himself, - I carried out an experiment and understood that our system of education teaches and the soviet system of education trains. - What do you mean? – the representative of the Embassy couldn’t understand Bo. Bo made a pause to collect his thoughts. - You know that soviet students, when training for an exam, can remember great amount of information and then they forget it if they don’t need it at all. For example, my group-mate O l e g , w h e n he is taking an exam, he knows everything. But t h e m o m e n t he leaves the room, he forgets everything. It’s like a recorder: if he wants- he records, when he doesn’t – he deletes. In my understanding, such a phenomenon is called a well-trained brain. - What’s the point of learning something if you forget it later? – the diplomat asked puzzled. - The thing is that Oleg studies at the Engineering faculty, but he doesn’t want to work as an engineer. He wants to become a translator. - Why? - Because they have lots of engineers and those have a very low salary. Whereas translators earn a lot. - Ok, all is clear with Oleg, - said the diplomat, - but what to do with our fellows? And Bo looked into the diplomat’s eyes and said: - We need to study in a Soviet school. Since then Bo stopped experimenting with his destiny and followed his learning style, and successfully graduated from the Peoples’ Friendship University and proceeded with his post-graduate studies. Bo always remembers his adventures as a childish attempt to interfere into ‘someone else’s business’. What about Oleg Many years have passed. A group of foreigners carried out a research on the level of education In Russian villages. The results were shocking: they couldn’t find almost anyone who would master a foreign language there. The group was almost about to get back to the city when they suddenly met a man in gumboots and work clothes. It was Oleg. He was pushing an overloaded truck and he looked very exhausted. - I’m sorry, - hopelessly asked one of the group members looking down at Oleg through his glasses. - Do you speak English? - the answer struck the man. Oleg full of pride answered in perfect English: – Yes, I do. I also speak Spanish and Arabic. – It’s unbelievable! - Exclaimed the foreigner. - An… But Oleg didn’t allow him to finish the question, easily guessing what was to come. He answered in a low and sad voice: ‘No one needs anyone and no one needs anything’ He turned around and kept on pushing his truck along the unpaved road, which was running from the barn to the dump in the end of the village. There are thousands of temples all around the world, each of which is valuable for the humanity, be it the State Historical museum in Moscow, or historical museum in the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. RUDN students had a great opportunity to learn more about the history of our University having visited the RUDN Museum on November 11, during the history class given by prof. Vladimir Kozmenko. The students were welcomed by the Director of the Museum Vladimir Velichkin, RUDN graduate, who knows the history of his Alma-mater perfectly well. So he told students that the Museum of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia was founded in 1993, and was initially called the ‘Museum of peoples’ cultures’. As the university was developing and more historical data was collected, it was decided to create a ‘Museum of the RUDN history’. The idea was realized in September 12, 2010, with the help of the RUDN Rector V.M. Filippov. The Museum is located in the building of the Faculty of the Russian language and general disciplines. There one can find not only the souvenirs given to the RUDN by honored guests from different countries, but also cups and medals received by students and student bodies in different competitions. There are also photo expositions placed in the RUDN Main building. Among a great number of artefacts visitors can find various particles which reflect customs and traditions of those countries, for example, flags, emblems, hymns, pieces of art, cutlery, household appliances, scripts written in different languages and many other things. Pictures that reflect student life are also exhibited in the Museum. In conclusion, I would like to give a call to everyone to visit the museum, develop and learn more about the history, culture, customs and traditions of not only the world states and countries but also of the educational institution where you study. Then and only then your life will become much more interesting and fulfilling. Continuation. Beginning of Page 10 Friendship
  12. 12. 12 2(1502) 05.02.2015 Friendship При перепечатке ссылка на «Дружбу» обязательна. Рукописи не возвращаются и не рецензируются. Мнение автора может не совпадать с точкой зрения редакции. За достоверность фактов, фамилий и цифр Главный редактор: Алексей НЕБУЗДАНОВ Редакция: Дарья КОЧЕРОВА Алена СУББОТА Анастасия ЛИХАЧЕВА Александр ПЕТРЕНКО Mandatory link to «Druzhba» by reprinting The manuscripts are not being returned or reviewed The author’s opinion may differ from the redaction’s point of view The author of the published material is responsible for the realibility of the facts, names and data. Frienship Academic Board of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia Founder – RUDN. Registered in State Committee on print press №018324 Published since 1962, twice a month Address: 117198, Moscow, Miklukho-Maklaya, 10/2, of. 266 Newspaper ‘Friendship’. Tel.: 434-3133 E-mail: gazetadruzhba@pfur.ru Imprinted in PPD RUDN Order № Circulation 2000 Chief editor: Alexey NEBUZDANOV Editorial board: Tatyana MYSOVA Darya KOCHEROVA Alena SUBBOTA Anastasia LYKHACHEVA Alexander PETRENKO Design: Alexey FADEEV Typography: Alexander PETRENKO We are the future! More attention is being paid to the issues of traffic and transport on the roads in Moscow. The best example is the case of Lubyanka Square: now it has a status of a multi-level junction, but many Moscow citizens want to make it available for the public use again. The changes in the Square raised mixed feelings among the Moscow citizens. The Moscow government took the public opinion into consideration and announced a tender for the best Square design project. RUDN student Idris Suliman won in the competition among students-architects, winning the hearts of the jury with the elegance and simplicity of his design project. Make a way for the young architects Lubyanka Square has always been one of the most favorite places of the citizens. In the XIX c. it was decorated with a bronze fountain where the citizens could get drinking water. In the middle of the XX c. it was replaced with a statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky. In 1991, the monument was taken away and since then the place is left unfinished. In order to solve this issue the Moscow government decided to announce a contest among students, young architects, for the best Lubyanka Square design project. There were more than 30 projects participating in the contest, 10 out of which were chosen to be considered in the 2nd round. The top 3 projects were selected, Idris Sulimanov’s project was recognized to be the best one. It was him who managed to find the issue and work out the most optimal design solution. Not just mere‘concrete blocks’ Idris Sulimanov arrived in Moscow 3 years ago. He applied to study at RUDN and was offered free tuition education in the University. So he decided to move to Moscow from his home country Syria and try to start a new life away from the war. Initially, he was considering to become an economist, but the profession of an architect grew over him more and more. Soon he understood that he was really keen on architecture and this field of studies would allow him to open up his potential. ‘Most of all I like creativity in my specialty. I can create something that will help people to live a better and more comfortable life, unite them and facilitate their movements. I believe that architecture is not just mere concrete blocks, but philosophical approach in the profession of an Person architect’. Unexpected victory It was Andrey Tukanov, professor of Idris, who told him about the contest. The student immediately agreed to participate in it as he wanted to try himself. ‘I found it to be an interesting experience to participate in the contest. I have long known about the issue of the Lubyanka Square and, I believe that the solution to this issue was very obvious’. The young architect had been developing the concept of his design project for 3 weeks. Meanwhile, he was preparing for his exams at the university, which considerably slowed down the process of the concept development. One cannot say with full confidence that he believed in the success of his project. Idris hoped to receive one of the top places for it, but he didn’t anyhow expect that the jury would so highly appreciate his project. The finalists of the contest presented their projects in the Central House of Architecture. After the juries announced the list of three finalists, Idris couldn’t believe it at all that it was his project that was recognized as the best. Beauty in minimalism The young architect carried out his project in the minimal style. The student was inspired by the ‘Black square’ of Malevich and, in general, the art of the Suprematism art movement. Idris wanted to move away from the historical parallels and the previous fountain on the Square, but create an absolutely modern area. According to the project, the Square is to be decorated with a 25-metre quadrangular fountain made of glass that will be lit up from inside with laser lights. The water from the fountain will go into a special pool. Under the stele there will be cultural and entertainment areas for the citizens, such as museum, cafés and supermarkets. Check it out by yourself Despite the decision of the jury, the final decision was taken by the citizens. Three best projects were presented on the website zafontan.ru, where the citizens could learn more about the projects. The voting lasted until January 15, and now we are waiting for the results. We believe in the victory of the student of our University. Alena Subbota

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