USU opens International Saint-Exupery Center
The event drew numerous guests, including governor of Ulyanovsk region, Sergey Morozov, rector of Ulyanovsk Civil Aviation College, Sergey Krasnov, representatives of companies and organizations that form part of the regional aviation cluster, high school and college students.
The center’s display features a collection of books, journal articles, portraits, exlibrises and other materials related to Saint-Exupery’s life and work. All of them used to belong to Civil Aviation College teacher Nikolay Yatsenko, who had collected them over many years and donated them to USU earlier this year.
The Saint-Exupery center is expected to benefit primarily USU language students, who since now will be able to examine the writer’s life and work in great detail while perfecting their French language skills.
USU rector Boris Kostishko acknowledged Mr. Yatsenko’s contribution to university’s academic, scientific and cultural development by presenting a certificate of recognition.
The opening ceremony featured a live link-up with Sorbonne professor of Slavic languages, editor-in-chief of “La Revue russe” magazine, Veronique Jober, who addressed the guests from Paris.
Ms. Jober, who has made multiple visits to Ulyanovsk to deliver lectures to USU students, expressed hope that the newly opened center would foster further, more fruitful collaboration with French partners.
Director of the International Saint-Exupery Center, associate professor of French department, Elena Mironova shared that the display would travel throughout Ulyanovsk region, so that everyone could have a chance to learn about the prominent French writer and humanist.