For over eight years the citizens of the capital of Karelia have been attending courses of the Open University of PetrSU looking for the “opportunity to increase your educational and cultural level”, to “learn useful skills and abilities”, “broaden social network”, meet “professional teachers” and appreciate the “diversity of courses, ability to choose the area of interest”. This is a short list of reasons why the Opened University appeals to the broad public.
How it all began
The Open University was established in February 2010 at the initiative of Anatoly Voronin, Rector of Petrozavodsk State University. The unit was tasked with organizing and holding additional educational and instructional programs and events for the general public. The goals have not changed since.
During the first years, mostly adults, both working and retired, have attended the Open University (including teachers and employees of PetrSU).
As the Open University developed and strengthened its positions in the area of lifelong, and no less importantly free, education, more are more young people, schoolchildren, and students have been attending the courses. Every year around two thousand people come for knowledge to the Open University.
Focus on the interests of attendants is one of the chief principles of the Open University. Everyone can find courses to one’s liking as there is a bewildering range of options. The number of educational (on history, literature, music, fine arts etc.) and instructional (computer or foreign language skills) courses and classes is impressive.
Here is just a short list of the courses offered by the Open University over the years: “How not to get sick if you live in Karelia”, “Cottage business”, “Internet in everyday life”, “Computer in your home”, “Basics of teaching Russian as a foreign language”, “Rereading classics”, “Palace coup d’etats in the history of Russia”, “In search of symphony: state and church in the history of Russia”, “Karelia: ten centuries of history”, “Valaam: history in monuments and landscapes”, “Icon painting of ancient Karelia”, “Prehistory and history of the Winter War”, “The Great Patriotic War in Northern Europe and Karelia”, “My heritage”, “Practical photography”, “Flower growing. Landscape architecture”, “History of Petrozavodsk”, “Myths around us”, “Veps, Karelians, and Russians in ethnic map of Karelia”, “European politicians of the 19st century” and many others.
Each course is original and is presented in a series of lectures, which provides a comprehensive insight into one or another topic. The courses do not repeat school or university curriculum.
Besides, the courses are held according to a strict schedule which allows attending not one but several courses, and at convenient for most attendants time in the evening.
Who are the lecturers?
The classes are held by teachers of different Institutes of Petrozavodsk University and visiting specialists. For example, the course “Walks with Mozart” was read by music scholar, merited worker of arts of Karelia O.P. Belova; lectures on archeology, ethnography, ethnology of Karelia are read by scientists of the Institute of Language, Literature and History of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences etc.
All the lecturers share high professional competence, ability to educate and instruct people of different ages, levels of knowledge, training, and education.
Where can I find information about the courses?
On the official page of the Open University or in the community “Open University of PetrSU” in Vkontakte social network. We regularly publish news and announce events (schedules, upcoming lectures, cultural events in Petrozavodsk etc.), provide information about events held at different cultural and educational venues of the city.
Welcome to the Open University, the place of knowledge, creativity, and communication!