05 November 2019
The forum, organized by the St. Petersburg University of Management Technologies and Economics under the aegis of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh), opened on November 5 at the Azimut Hotel (St. Petersburg).
The geography of the congress is broad: representatives of almost all universities of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, guests from Russian cities located in four federal districts and foreign students take part in it. On behalf of the organizers of the congress, the rector of St. Petersburg University of Management Technologies and Economics Oleg Smeshko greeted all participants and wished them interesting meetings, memorable discussions and new contacts. The rector thanked the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh) and specialized committees of St. Petersburg and the Council of Rectors of Universities of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region for the cooperation and support in organizing the congress.
Four days of the International Student Congress “We are different, but we are together” include a rich program with plenary meeting, lectures, debates and expert discussion at round tables, a forum of foreign students, an international festival and other events. Its participants will try to take up the most pressing issues related to interethnic relations in academic environment and the export of Russian education.
“I hope that you will find answers to the questions, and St. Petersburg, as one of the largest educational center, will be grateful to you,” – addressed the congresses Pavel Goryunov, an adviser to the Governor of St. Petersburg, head of the information and analytical service of the City Center for Social Programs and the Prevention of Antisocial Phenomena Among Youth "KONTAKT".
“St. Petersburg has always been a student city, and we are interested in having friends from other countries in our audiences. The diversity of cultures is the diversity of the joys of life, – noted Stanislav Yeremeyev, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Rectors of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, in his welcome speech. – For us, Russians, this is very important. We must be able to have friends and find common ground. ”
“Youth is the main wealth of our city, it is the key to its development,” – emphasized Andrei Frolov, representative of the Committee on Multicultural Relations and the Implementation of Migration Policy in St. Petersburg, in his opening speech. “The continuity of generations is very important for us, and the values of multicultural communication come to the fore today - in Russia, as in a multinational country, vast experience has been accumulated.”
Adu Yao Nikez, the President of the Association of Foreign Students, thanked the organizers of the congress and proposed to make it traditional, expressing his willingness to support this initiative: “I look at the congress participants – people of different nationalities sit in the hall together – with different colors of eyes and hair, with different skin colors. And it is very beautiful!”
The International Student Congress “We are different, but we are together” continued with a panel discussion “Export of education in Russia: problems and prospects”, after which lectures began in the congress halls of the Azimut Hotel.