On 7 December, the Centre for the Russian Language and Culture, the “Pushkin Institute”, started its operation in the Faculty of Humanities of the UWM. “Pushkin Institutes” form an international network of institutions whose principal task is to support the development of research and cultural relationships with Russia, popularization and dissemination of the Russian culture and language through various research and cultural projects.
The head of the new unit at the University of Warmia and Mazury is Prof. Iwona Anna Ndiaye from the Institute of Eastern Slavonic Studies of the UWM Faculty of Humanities.
“This is an important event for us, the result of many years of cooperation with the Pyatigorsk University, our partner in a joint research project concerning intercultural communication in Europe. The main objectives of the Institute will include tasks related to education, culture and science. We believe that many specialists in linguistics will come here and our students will visit Russian universities,” Prof. Iwona Anna Ndiaye explains.
The outcome of the cooperation with the Pyatigorsk University also includes experimental master degree studies in intercultural communication in Europe, with Russian as the language of instruction, which were opened this year in the Faculty of Humanities. The authorities of the Faculty also offer those courses to students from Russia and Kazakhstan.
The ribbon cutting ceremony inaugurating the operation of the new unit was attended by a delegation from the Pyatigorsk State University (RF), with its Rector, Prof. Aleksandr Gorbunov. This university is a long-term partner of the Institute of Eastern Slavonic Studies. The Pyatigorsk University is also involved in the “Pushkin Institute” network.
The centre will also be open to the inhabitants of Olsztyn. As Prof. Ndiaye emphasizes, its plans include, among others, organization of the school and other competitions focused on the Russian language, literature and culture, courses aimed at improving the qualifications of Russian language teachers living and working in Poland and organization of research and methodological conferences on teaching Russian as a foreign language.