An introductory informational meeting took place in NArFU for the students from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and for students from NArFU enrolled in the English program “Diverse Arctic: Local Challenges – Global Changes”. It is an interdisciplinary program which was a result of collaboration of several institutions of our university – the Institute of Humanities, Social and Political Studies, the Institute of Economics and Management and the Institute of Philology and Cross-Cultural Communication.
The meeting started with greeting words from Marina Kalinina, Vice-Rector for International Cooperation. She told about the process of internationalization which is gaining pace in our university. In the framework of this process NArFU gradually increases the number of foreign students and teachers as well as the number of English-taught courses and programs.
- We need to create more courses and programs in English; we would like to see more foreign teachers here in NArFU, - Marina Kalinina said. She also spoke about the offered courses and history of international programs. Marina Kalinina noted that the current project is a pilot project for the university, and if it goes well, then next year the scope of program will expand and NArFU will welcome students from other Nordic countries.
After Marina Kalinina the teachers involved in the program took the floor. Andrew Repnevsky, Anna Solovyova, Maria Lvova and Irina Tyurikova said a few words about themselves and their subjects and promised the students a lot of interesting and productive lectures.
Representatives of NArFU’s Department of Academic Mobility gave the students some practical information about the university and the town, and told about the activities that will take place within the opening week for international students on the basis of NArFU. The staff talked about clubs and other student unions of the university, the most interesting events and wished the participants of the program to have good time in Arkhangelsk. The students also introduced themselves and received brochures with a map of the town, phone numbers of the emergency services and NArFU’s international department, information about the banks, libraries and other places that the students might need during their stay in Arkhangelsk.
Lectures for the participants of the program “Diverse Arctic: Local Challenges – Global Changes” will begin this week.