Representatives of Novosibirsk State University discussed cooperation with Chinese education and scientific organizations at a meeting with Madame Ghen Liping, Consul General of the People's Republic of China and her colleagues in Yekaterinburg.
Ghen Liping stressed that science and education are an important component in the development of the region and it is important for both sides to maintain friendly relations and strengthen cooperation. The Consul General expressed the following hope, “We know that your university is one of the most prestigious universities not only in Russia, but also abroad. It's nice to know that NSU is connected with the leading Chinese universities in a close and fruitful cooperation. I think that the spheres of cooperation will continue to expand”.
NSU Rector Mikhail Fedoruk explained that Chinese students are the largest group of foreign students at NSU and the University is paying a lot of attention to educational cooperation with universities in the PRC. “The Chinese students adapt quickly to the university environment but do not forget their traditions. This is supported by the University where we organize festivals and events dedicated to the culture of China”, said Mikhail Fedoruk. The Rector also talked about joint educational programs between NSU and Heilongjiang University in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, economics and jurisprudence. Representatives from NSU noted that the double diploma program is in great demand among the Chinese students, and many students with Bachelor’s degrees who come for internships continue their studies in the Master’s Degree program at NSU. During the meeting, promising projects with NSU in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous District were discussed.
Cooperation between the countries involves all levels of education from school to graduate school. Special attention was paid to scientific contacts between NSU and Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Shanghai University of Science. Representatives from the Center for Chinese Language and Culture at the NSU Humanitarian Institute introduced the Consuls to Sinology as an important area of research at the NSU Departments of Oriental and Archeology. This includes comprehensive study of the language, history and culture of China.