20-21 August 2015, the Intellectual Resources Center’s Ovsyankin library hosted training for tutors to work with international students.
This year’s international student enrollment stands at 200, the students coming from 33 countries. They will be assisted by tutors — the local students to help international ones to get accustomed to their new study environment and navigate the university life.
The 2015 team of tutors consists of 20 students of NArFU’s seven institutes. Notably, some of the team’s members are international students themselves, intending to contribute to the team’s work as once students with first-hand experience of getting used to a new community.
The training agenda included a series of presentations by NArFU’s International Relations unit. The tutor candidates were introduced to people with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They have received information about the countries the international students come from and were briefed on student registration requirements, and their core tasks and duties.
More details about how international students can be supported whilst adapting themselves to a new environment were provided by Elena Gryaznova, lecturer with NArFU Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication’s Department of Russian Language and Speech Culture. Elena has been tutoring international students for several years and has a hands-on experience in how inter-ethnic communication can be tuned.
The psychological side of cross-cultural communication was the topic of a training session hosted by Tatiana Bulygina, PhD in psychology, associate professor with Department of Psychology. Also, the tutors received a time-limited assignment to collect pieces of useful information about the six countries and share them with colleagues.
A discussion was triggered by the presentation of the last year tutor team’s performance, by International Friendship Club. Also, the training sessions have produced a ‘tutor’s log’, designed to help tutors in their performance.
Upon covering the training programme, the tutors were issued their certificates. The second day of training saw them enjoying a diverse cultural programme in Malye Korely.