Developing Cross-Border Cooperation: Physical Training Environment for Healthier Life
Petrozavodsk State University, the Flagship University of Karelia, hosts research and practice seminar “Physical Training Environment for Healthier Life”.
It is held within the eponymous project implemented by Petrozavodsk State University and the Institute of Sports of Eastern Finland (ISLO) under the Karelian ENI CBC Programme in 2018-2019.
“This one of the two projects of the Institute of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism of our university implemented under the CBC programme. Altogether currently PetrSU has 17 such projects. This proves the importance of our cooperation with long-standing partners, particularly in the areas of quality, well-being, and healthy lifestyle. Development of this cooperation is a priority task of our university,” said Marina Gvozdeva, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of PetrSU.
Petrozavodsk State University as the Flagship University pays great attention to the creation of a comfortable environment for local people of the Republic of Karelia, as well as to studying the tourism potential of the region.
Valentina Kirilina, the Director of the Institute of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, told about the focus of the activities:
“Currently many people lack information about available sports grounds and facilities in the border regions, especially people with health limitations. Our seminar and the project in the whole aim to find solutions to these and other issues.”
Aleksey Ermashov, the acting Minister for Youth Affairs, Physical Culture and Sports of the Republic of Karelia, noted that the collaboration with foreign partners means broadening of the horizons, space, and knowledge.
On the first day of the events its participants, employees of PetrSU, representatives of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Physical Culture and Sports of the Republic of Karelia, sports organizations of the Republic, discussed the state of affairs in the area of physical education and sports with a focus on the activities of the Center of Sports Training, Swimming Federation of the Republic of Karelia, diving club in Karelia etc.
On the following day, the participants worked in groups and specifically discussed academic mobility of students and teachers of PetrSU and ISLO, prospects for cooperation between the two educational institutions in physical culture and sports, as well as the implementation of the microproject, KA2010 Physical Training Environment for Healthier Lifestyle.
The project will include studying of the level of awareness of local citizens and tourists about possibilities and services of sports facilities in Petrozavodsk and Joensuu, as well as evaluating the accessibility of sports facilities of the two cities for people with health limitations.