Cooperation between PetrSU and La Rochelle University (France)
Petrozavodsk State University and La Rochelle University signed a Memorandum and an Agreement.
For the first time the signing procedure was held online.
At the meeting, PetrSU was represented by the Rector of PetrSU Anatoly Voronin, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs Marina Gvozdeva, the French language teacher of the Department of German and French Languages of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU, chairperson of the Friends of France Society Nadezhda Barymova, and others.
La Rochelle University was represented by the President Jean-Marc Ogier, the Vice-President of International Relations Eric Monteiro; the Special adviser in high school – university relations and student success Patrick Ancel; the chairperson of the Friendship Society Jocelyne Compagnon.
During the meeting, PetrSU and La Rochelle University signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The joint objectives of the two universities are to establish and promote academic mobility on the basis of reciprocity and mutual interest. The Memorandum of Understanding aims to establishing scientific, teaching and research relations between LRUniv and PetrSU.
Given the Memorandum of Understanding, PetrSU and La Rochelle University signed an Individual Agreement concerning Student Exchanges. The Agreement defines all the conditions and steps governing student exchange programs between the universities.
The Rector of PetrSU Anatoly Voronin noted:
“The relations between Petrozavodsk and La Rochelle span over 45 years. The longest running project within the sister-city relations is the cooperation between Lycee Jean Dautet (La Rochelle) and the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU, under which every two years students spend two weeks in the country of the studied language while living with host families.
PetrSU is grateful to the colleagues from France for the cooperation, which lasts for many decades. Over 100 student of Petrozavodsk State University are currently studying the French language. We are happy to start the cooperation with La Rochelle University. Now we are in the final stages of the development of a new strategic development program of our university and cooperation with foreign universities, namely La Rochelle University, is a vital area for development.”
The President of La Rochelle University Jean-Marc Ogier said:
“We are happy to take part in this ceremony. The signing of the agreement is the result of 18 months of preparatory work. Petrozavodsk and La Rochelle are united by 45 years of sister-city relations. I consider it a personal feat to bring the sister-city relations to the university level. We are entering the next stage of relations as we discover new areas for collaboration in the field of educational systems.”
At the meeting, the Rector of PetrSU congratulated Patrick Ancel on the awarding of the title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of PetrSU. He became the second French citizen to earn this title. The first Doctor Honoris Causa was Jocelyne Compagnon, the founder of the International Language and Culture Camp between students of PetrSU and Lycee Jean Dautet.
Patrick Ancel has stepped down as the provisor (head) of Lycee Jean Dautet and become the adviser to the President of La Rochelle University. In this capacity he has put in great efforts to connect the two universities and facilitate their cooperation in research and student exchange. Indeed, in September 2020 three students of the Institute of Foreign Languages were supposed to study on exchange at La Rochelle University on the French as a Foreign Language program, but due to the pandemic the visit was postponed.
“I thank for your contribution to the development of higher education in Karelia; you are an outstanding specialist and amazing person. It is a great honor for our university to have you done so much for our cooperation,” congratulated Anatoly Voronin on the award of the honorary title.
“I am touched to the heart as PetrSU has done me an honor by awarding the title of the Doctor Honoris Causa of PetrSU. Education knows no borders. It is first and foremost the history of humankind that knows no bounds. I am looking forward to our cooperation both in research and student exchange. I am sure that we can develop fruitful cooperation in various areas,” said Patrick Ancel.