German Ambassador in Russia pays a visit to USU
On May 19, the university hosted a delegation headed by Mr. Walter Jurgen Schmidt, the German ambassador in Russia, which arrived in Ulyanovsk for the opening ceremony of the year of Germany in Ulyanovsk region. The delegation members, among them the regional representative of the German embassy Mr. Maximilian Spinner, met with USU faculty and students to discuss current and future collaboration with German partners in education, science and culture.
USU president Yuri Polyanskov and rector Boris Kostishko shared with the audience the history of successful cooperation with German educational institutions, which started in 1991. Today, almost two decades later, USU boasts a unique Russian-German faculty offering dual-degree opportunities and has thriving partnerships with three German universities, Duisburg-Essen, Osnabrueck and Niederrhein.
The ambassador commended the university on the efforts to promote Russian-German collaboration and promised that the embassy would do its best to continue to extend all possible support and assistance. The most immediate projects undertaken by the German government include the establishment of a research and science center in Moscow, which is intended to bring together all Russian organizations working with German partners.
The question and answer session at the end of the meeting focused mostly on the policy of the German government regarding German language studies promotion in Russia. According to Mr. Schmidt, the two major ways of stimulating learners’ interest are creating specialized organizations, such as Goethe Institute, and implementing joint projects in cooperation with the Russian government.