Ural Forum of International Students and Graduates

November 14-16, 2019
URAL FEST - what is it?
On November 14-16, 2019, South Ural State University will host a large-scale forum dedicated to the training of foreign students in Russian universities - Ural Festival of students (URAL FEST), which is held by the Association of international students of the Southern Urals.

This event will bring together students and graduates from different countries who have chosen to receive prestigious higher education in Russia. Experts from Moscow and forum participants from Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Orenburg, Kurgan, Ufa and other cities will discuss the specifics of training and residence of foreigners in new conditions for them, intercultural communication, effective interaction of students, graduates and the University, as well as many other issues.

Educational trainings, international excursions, cultural and sports events will be organized for participants of the Forum. All this will allow us to take a fresh look at the development of international relations in the field of education, make promising acquaintances and contribute to internationalization of Russian universities.

Greeting of the Rector of SUSU
Dear forum participants! I am glad to welcome you in South Ural state University!

From the point of view of strategy, the education of international students is very important for all countries of the world, including Russia. The President and the government of our country set a task to increase the number of educational services provided to international students.

In Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute (nowadays - SUSU) until recently we haven't had such a tradition, as there were no international students. It all started when our University became a member of the 5 – 100 project. We have a range of educational services for foreign students, and today we are actively working in this direction.

Alexander Shestakov, Rector of South Ural State University, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, honored worker of the higher school of the Russian Federation, Vice-President Of the Russian Union of rectors
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Now a lot of students from other countries study at SUSU. Thanks to the decent level of services, we have gained credibility in the international educational sphere and now we set a goal-to move to an even higher quality level of training of foreign students at our University.

This is not an easy path, there are many problems. School education in physics and mathematics, for example, in many countries is significantly inferior to the education that children receive in Russia. An important issue related to education is the socio-cultural adaptation of students. It is not easy for young people in another country. We must do everything to make their stay in Russia comfortable and to promote their successful studies.

The Forum will allow us to discuss all the problems related to the education of international students. Best practices will be presented here. There will be an opportunity to exchange experience, and every University has a good experience. From this point of view, the large-scale forum, which will be held in SUSU, will be very useful.

Our University has the Association of foreign students of the Southern Urals, as well as SUSU entered the all-Russian Association of international graduates. Much is being done to attract a large number of international students with a good level of training to our University. We strive to provide quality education so that when our graduates return home with diplomas, they can successfully develop their economies and not forget Russia.

Dear friends, I wish you productive work at the Forum and constructive discussion of topical issues! I wish the participants of URAL FEST to find ways to improve the quality of education of international students, opportunities for deeper acquaintance with the history and culture of Russia. I am convinced that the forum will help to improve the activities of each University in this direction.

Experts in the field of intercultural interaction and communication as a basis for professional growth will speak at the festival within the framework of round tables.

Olga Yaroshenko

Vice-rector for international activities, candidate of pedagogical sciences

«SUSU is a whole planet, a world of unique opportunities, ambitious plans, new beginnings and hopes for foreign students and successful self-realization for graduates!»

Vladimir Chetiy

President of the World Association of Graduates of Higher Education Institutions, organizer of numerous forums of international students and graduates who have been educated in the Russian Federation, recognized expert in the field of promoting Russian education abroad

«If we work with foreign students today, tomorrow graduates will work with us»

Yuriy Vorotnikov

Political consultant, political technologist, documentary film producer, author of a book and several articles, organizer of major socio-political projects

«International graduates are the best "ambassadors" of our history, culture and views abroad. And constant communication with them will allow us to interact even more closely with other countries on social, economic and political issues»

Uvindu Wigevira

President of the Association of international Students of the Southern Urals

«We came here to study from different continents. We are so different but SUSU unites us. We study together like a famliy. We have a motto "Variety is our strength, wealth, and beauty!"»
Ural Fest program
Thursday, November 14, 2019
07:00 - 11:00 Registration and accommodation of nonresident participants.

11:00 - 12:00 Exhibition of Achievements (SUSU main building, prospect Lenina, 76, 2-3 floor).
12:00 - 12:45 URAL FEST opening ceremony (SUSU Assembly Hall, prospect Lenina, 76, 2nd floor).
13:00 - 14:00 Session of the Ural Interethnic Center.
13:00 - 14:00 Presentation of the activities of foreign students in different universities/regions (Sigma building, prospect Lenina, 78 B, 2nd floor).

14:00 - 14:45 Lunch.

15:00 - 17:30 Work of round tables (Sigma building, prospect Lenina, 78 B, 3rd floor):
- Association of international students: the main problems and prospects for the development of student self-government.
- Accommodation and education of international students: student initiatives and new format of work in universities.
- «Communication of generations»: effective interaction of students, graduates and university.

17:30 - 18:30 Dinner.

18:30 - 22:00 Events of the speed-dating format for dating and socializing (SUSU student's center, prospect Lenina, 80).
22:00 Summing up the rest day of the festival.

Thursday, November 14, 2019
9:45 - 10:00 Gathering of participants (Sigma building, prospect Lenina, 78 B, 2nd floor).
10:00 - 10:15 Opening of the day.
10:15 - 11:30 Continuation of the round tables (Sigma building, prospect Lenina, 78 B, 3rd floor).

11:30 - 11:45 Break.

11:45 - 13:45 Educational trainings (Sigma building, prospect Lenina, 78 B, 3rd floor)
- professional growth, career.
- oratory
- intercultural communication.

13:45 - 14:30 Lunch.

14:30 - 15:30 Preparation for sports games.
15:30 - 17:30 Sports games (SUSU athletics arena, Sony Krivoy St., 60).
17:30 - 18:30 Free time.
18:30 - 22:00 Gala dinner (by invitation).
22:00 Summing up the second day of the festival.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:45 - 10:00 Gathering of participants (Sigma building, prospect Lenina, 78 B, 2nd floor).
10:00 - 11:30 Closing ceremony.
11:30 - 14:00 Departure / tour around Chelyabinsk.
The forum is held within the framework of grant support of the Federal Agency for youth Affairs «Rosmolodezh». The main organizer is the Association of international students of the Southern Urals. The main partners are the World alumni Association, the Association of international students of Russia, The Department for youth Affairs of the Chelyabinsk administration, the State budgetary institution «Youth resource center».
Project coordinators
Uvindu Wigevira
President of the Association of international Students of the Southern Urals, a student of SUSU from Sri Lanka.
Ekaterina Yurovskaya
Head of the International support Department
Valeriya Chachina

Specialist of the International support Department
If you have questions about the Festival, you can contact the SUSU International department.
Address: 454080, Chelyabinsk, prospect Lenina, 76
office 353, SUSU main building

Phone: +7 (351) 272-30-74
E-mail: chachinavk@susu.ru
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