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The Russian Center at Yerevan State University held a seminar June 28 – July 4 on raising the qualifications of Russian language teachers.  Over 70 teachers from Yerevan State University as well as instructors from Anania Shirakatsi University participated in the seminar.  The participants listened to lectures and took part in master classes lead by specialists of the Pushkin State...

06.07.2009 Subject: Education

Russian Language Olympics took place at Heilongjiang Academic and Technical Institute in Harbin, China, with the support of the Russkiy Mir Foundation and Far East State University. First, second and third year students of non-profile departments took part in the competition, which included singing of Russian songs, interpretive reading of poetry and prose and role playing. "The students prepared for this event long in advance and each song or poetry reading was an performance in and of...

03.07.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Diaspora

The Far East Branch Office of the Russkiy Mir Foundation hosted a meeting of the executive committee of the Asia-Pacific Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature.  Participants of the meeting included leading specialists of institutes of higher education in the Far East and was chaired by Alexander Zubritsky, who in addition to heading the organization is also the representative of the Russkiy Mir Foundation for the Far East. The instructors reviewed the results of the previous academic year.  The...

30.06.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Community

On May 22, a cultural program that was held as part of the international conference “Anna Akhmatova and Nikolai Gumilyov in the Context of Russian Culture” took place in Bezhetsk (Tver Region). The conference was supported by a grant from the Russkiy Mir Foundation.  Approximately fifty participants of the forum gathered spontaneously to visit the monuments to Akhmatova and Gumilyov as a way of expressing their feelings for the poets, as well as to read their poems. The...

25.05.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Culture

The roundtable on “Cultural Diversity Confronting the Challenges of Globalization”, which took place at the academic conference “Global Studies – 2009: Exiting the Global Crisis and the New World Order”, was organized with support from the Russkiy Mir Foundation.  The Foundation’s interest in such discussions is quite understandable, as solving the task of supporting Russian language and culture and raising the attractiveness of the Russian language abroad is an example of a response to the challenges to cultural...

23.05.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Community

Using a grant provided by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Vjatcheslav Ivanov Research Center in Rome has completed a project entitled “The Legacy of Vjatcheslav Ivanov: A Meeting of Humanistic Ideas from Russia and Italy.” As part of the project, a website (http://www.v-ivanov.it/) has been created, which makes digitized copies of the center’s Roman archive available online. Among the materials available are poems, articles, translations, Ivanov’s letters and books from his library. ...

05.05.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Culture

The Week of Contemporary Russian Cinema, organized jointly by the RCSC and Film Trust India was opened by Prof. Vijaya Muley, renowned film scholar, documentary filmmaker and educator. “Poor, Poor Pavel”, directed by V. Melnikov, was screened as the inaugural film. This will be followed by “The Island” directed by P. Lungin, “Brother” directed by A. Balabanov, and “The Best of Times” directed by S. Proskurina, in the following days. Welcoming the...

05.05.2009 Subject: Culture

In early May, Blagoveshchensk State Pedagogical University will open five Russian language and culture centers in northeastern China. The project will take place through a grant of 800,000 rubles provided by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Contracts on the opening of the centers have been signed with institutes in Harbin, Changchun, Heihe, and Daqing. The centers have already been provided with teaching kits, and plans have been made to create a library of Russian literature and Russian documentary films. ...

30.04.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Education

World Russia Forum is an annual event dedicated to U.S. - Russia relations. The 2009 Forum Agenda featured panels on business, economic, and security cooperation, as well as in science, education and culture.  For two days leading American and Russian political leaders, businessmen, and scholars discussed specific proposals on how to reset the course from confrontation to strategic partnership and alliance between our two nations. As President Barack Obama settles into the White House, everyone is asking the same question: "Will the change that he promised actually...

29.04.2009 Subject: Politics

The International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL) will hold a conference seminar in Milan on issues related to teaching Russian as a foreign language. The conference is being supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Particular attention will be paid to the testing system that is widespread both in Russia and abroad. Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science has approved the requirements for public testing of Russian as a foreign language, which determines the level of Russian language...

24.04.2009
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: RussianLanguage

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The question, “What are you, illiterate?” has long been regarded as ironic. Indeed, some may be more capable than others, but everyone in Russia can read and write, so no one would ever think of patting themselves on the back for it. International Literacy Day is celebrated right between Knowledge Day (1 September) and World Teachers’ Day (5 October). Perhaps this is why this holiday isn’t very widely celebrated in Russia.
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