International Winter School of Master’s Degree Program in St. Petersburg
From 21 to 25 January, Saint Petersburg hosted the International School of the Master’s Double Degree program “International Relations”; it was operating within the framework of the Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University.
The school was held at the Faculty of International Relations of St. Petersburg State University. Graduate students from the University of Tampere, SPbU, and PetrSU took part in it. A common theme discussed during lectures, seminars and panel discussions was the debate on cooperation in education in the North of Europe.
The School’s program is an integral part of the master’s curriculum; it included both academic lectures by leading Russian and Finnish specialists and practice-oriented events.
The students had the opportunity to attend lectures given by recognized experts on this issue – Professors Natalia Tsvetkova, Tatyana Gavrilova and Associate Professor Dmitry Lanko (SPbU), Head of the Master's Program Dr. Sirke Mäkinen (University of Tampere), professor of Tomsk State University Larisa Deriglazova, independent expert on university management, Doctor of Economic Sciences Svetlana Shenderova and Associate Professor of the RANEPA, Head of the German-Russian Exchange Organization Elena Belokurova.
The seminars discussed sections of students’ master degree theses, as well as their own experience of international academic mobility.
Summarizing their view of the conditions and problems of higher education internalization, students have prepared presentations held during a study visit to the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg. The students met with Deputy Consul General Lauri Pullola and Consul for Media and Cultural Affairs Anna Laine.
On the final day of the School, a panel discussion was held on the importance of international cooperation in education, the discussion was moderated by the Associate Professor of the Department of World History, Political Studies and International Relations of PetrSU Ilya Solomeshch.
Now the graduate students are on their final lap as they have to complete and submit their theses.
A new competitive enrollment on the Double Degree program is planned in the next academic year.