PetrSU Rector Met with Consul General of Finland in Petrozavodsk
The Head of the Petrozavodsk office of the Consulate General of Finland in Saint Petersburg Johannes Puukki visited Petrozavodsk State University.
There he met with the Rector of the Flagship University of Karelia Anatoly Voronin, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs Marina Gvozdeva and the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Konstantin Tarasov.
At the meeting, Anatoly Voronin told about various forms of cooperation with Finland. The principal collaboration is developed in education. Currently, almost two hundred PetrSU students study the Finnish language, half of them study it as the first foreign language, and the rest take it as the second foreign language or elective course.
“Annually, the competition for the programs with the Finnish language is sharp and increases by the years. Usually, 6-7 people compete for a place. The language is taught not only to philologists, as students of the programs Tourism, International Relations, Economics, History of the Countries of Northern Europe also take interest in the Finnish Language”, said Anatoly Voronin. He expressed his gratitude to the Consulate of Finland for their help in inviting Finnish lecturers, native speakers who teach our students.
Another opportunity to practice the language is an internship in Finland, which is stipulated by the agreements on cooperation with Finnish universities.
PetrSU Rector told the guest about the implementation of international projects financed by the cross-border cooperation programs, the cooperation with Finnish partner companies (Valmet, Metso, Autotech, etc.), the network project Finno-Ugric World as a model of harmonic intercultural and international dialogue, and the activities of the Association of Finno-Ugric Universities.
The introduction to the Baltic and Finnish activities of Petrozavodsk State University continued at the Ethnohouse where the Consul met with the Director of the Institute of Philology Anna Nilova, Professor of the Department of Baltic and Finnish Philology Tatiana Pashkova, and the employees of the Department.
Johannes Puukki learned what schools in Karelia, which institutes and programs teach the Finnish language (the Institute of Philology offers the programs “Finnish Language and Literature, Karelian Language”, “Finnish Language and Literature, Veps Language”, “Finnish Language and Literature, English Language”; the Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences has the program “History of the Countries of Northern Europe”), how many budget and paid places are available for the programs with the Finnish language, the opportunity to continue studying the language on Master Degree programs (“Comparative Studies: Dialogue of Cultures in World Literature” and “History of the Countries of Northern Europe (history, languages, the culture of Finland and Sweden)”, etc.
By the results of the meeting, the parties agreed to host joint events of the Department of Baltic and Finnish Philology and the Consulate.