Petrozavodsk – Tampere – Saint Petersburg: Cooperation Continues
The double degree Master program in international relations that unites students and teachers of Tampere University, Saint Petersburg State University, and Petrozavodsk State University continues despite the crisis.
At the end of March, the participants held an online-conference at which the Master students presented the concepts of their theses. The head of the program Professor of Tampere University Pami Aalto, the Associate Professor of SPbSU Dmitry Lanko and the Associate Professor of PetrSU Ilya Solomeshch offered advice and recommendations so that the future Master theses will be on the high research and methodological level.
Ekaterina Shestakova (the 1st year student of the Master program History of the Countries of Northern Europe):
“Yes, coronavirus has dramatically altered our plans and we could not go to Saint Petersburg to the seminar and, perhaps most heartbreakingly, the international spring school in Petrozavodsk too has been canceled. All the same, the work continues in the full blast: all assignments are sent via the Moodle platform. We also receive feedback and comments from our teachers. Consulting too is done online. Thus, for instance, Prof. Pali Aalto has organized for us (PetrSU students) a separate online meeting at which we have discussed outlines of our theses. We have been given valuable advice, recommendations and it matters a lot. The content of the educational process remains the same. We hope that once the pandemic is over we will meet with our Saint Petersburg and Finnish friends and catch up. Meanwhile, we continue working online.”
Mariya Pimenova (the 1st year student of the Master program History of the Countries of Northern Europe):
“Although the quarantine has changed our plans, we have found a way to continue our studies. Teachers from Tampere check our homework on the Moodle platform, while the meeting with academic advisers planned for March in Saint Petersburg was held online via MicrosoftTeams. As it turned out this form is a great alternative to face-to-face consultations! We discussed our future Master theses with Ilya Solomeshch, our academic adviser at PetrSU, Pami Aalto who supervises our works at Tampere University, and Dmitry Lanko, the Associate Professor of the Department of European Studies of SPbSU. Making notes and looking up the necessary information is even easier online when you have a notebook at hand. Modern problems require modern solutions!”
Meanwhile, the partners discuss a strategy for the further development of the program. It is evident that the international spring school that was to be held in May at PetrSU has to be switched to a series of online conferences. Currently, the teachers of the program develop the best possible format and topics.