On Saturday, November 18, a delegation from the PRC, led by the Consul for Education of the PRC in Yekaterinburg, Zhao Yan, visited SUSU. The foreign guests came to the capital of Southern Urals to communicate with students from China.
“You are lucky to study here. You are provided with good conditions and modern equipment. We are also lucky as we have long since wanted to come visit you. Today we did it. We would like to thank the university for what it does for us and our Chinese students. And we are grateful to you for coming to the meeting at the weekend,” addressed the Consul to Chinese students.
Together with her colleagues, Attaché Zhang Yanhui and Deputy Consul Wang Jun, Zhao Yan told Chinese students about behavioral rules in Russia and about the list of documents required from students for their comfortable staying and studying in Chelyabinsk.
Nowadays there are more than 400 students from China studying at SUSU; among them, 70 are learning Russian at the pre-university courses, and the others are successfully mastering educational programs, not only bachelor’s and master’s degree studies but also postgraduate studies.
Bai Xuhaoran came to SUSU by the advice of a friend from her alma mater Heihe University. Today she is undertaking postgraduate studies, studying linguistics and peculiarities of Russian language.
“My father advised me go study to Russia, and SUSU in particular was recommended to me by an employee of the university in which I used to study. I like everything here, especially teachers. People here are very kind. I also like Russian language but it is a bit hard to master,” shared her impressions Bai Xuhaoran.
SUSU has been cooperating with Chinese universities for a long time. Each year, South Ural State University admits several groups of students from the PRC. In turn, Russian students also have the opportunity to study in China. For example, an academic exchange program at the bachelor’s study level has been implemented with Zhejiang Ocean University since 2011. During a semester, students have the possibility to undertake education in English at the China’s university within their academic plan, gain international experience and get acquainted with Chinese language and culture.
“Generally, we cooperate on double-degree programs and academic mobility programs. Our connections have been well-established; annually, there are 50-100 students going to China for exchange study. This year was the first time that we welcomed 16 students from China who came by a special scholarship, which was granted by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation based on direct request of the PRC. We hope that today’s meeting will strengthen our relationships regarding student exchange,” said Ekaterina Yurovskaya, Head of the Foreign Student Support Department.
It should be noted that each year the variety of academic spheres, within which academic mobility is implemented, is extending, and the number of students who participate increases.