Fascinating events are being held during the week celebrating the 80th anniversary of South Ural State University. One of the pleasant additions to our big-scale festivities is the online meeting that has been organized for international alumni and members of the South Ural Association of International Students and Alumni. Graduates from various countries from all over the world joined the online meeting with their alma mater, including alumni from Sri Lanka, Côte d'Ivoire, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, and Kazakhstan. They sent over their congratulations on the SUSU's birthday, shared their warm memories of their student life, as well as their personal career success stories with each other.
"The university anniversary does not feel like a celebration to us if our nearest and dearest ones – our alumni – cannot join in," commented Head of the International Office Liudmila Lapina. "Today, the SUSU Association of International Students and Alumni is happy to gather our friends and our nearest and dearest ones in this online/offline format. Our alumni are still part of our university. The university exists for its students and for the people they become after graduation. That's why we bid you the most hearty welcome and we're very happy to see all those who could join us."
This year the SUSU Association of International Students celebrates a triple anniversary: not only the 80th anniversary of our university, but also the 10th anniversary since the establishment of the Association of International Students, as well as the 5th birthday of the SUSU Association of International Alumni.
"We remember well how our international alumni, who have joined our video-meeting today, while still being students themselves, greeted even earlier graduates five years ago," shared Head of the International Student Support Valeria Chachina. "Now we have an opportunity to meet everyone online. And it's really great since many of our alumni are now residing in different corners of the world and do not always have a chance to take a flight here. This is a wonderful tradition. We truly need to keep it up. And we indeed should meet up in any possible format from time to time."
Among those who joined the video-call or came in person to meet their friends from their student years were also the university alumni from Turkmenistan, India, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Côte d'Ivoire, and Tadjikistan. The majority of these alumni have became SUSU staff members after their graduation.