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The Russky Mir Foundation opened two Russian centers in China on the eve of the closing ceremony of the Year of Russian Language in China. The inauguration of the Russian center at the Dalian University of Foreign Languages was attended by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov and member of China’s State Council Liu Yandong. The university, which was...

16.10.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Community

On the morning of October 9, participants and guests of the book festival “Liber-2009” gathered at the Pushkin monument in Madrid, where a Russkiy Mif Foundation – initiated “Symbols of Russkiy Mir” event took place. Russian Ambassador to Spain A.I. Kuznetsov placed a wreath at the monument’s pedestal and opened the meeting with a warm welcoming speech. After...

09.10.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

The forum “Russia – India: Opportunities for Cooperation in a Multi-Polar World” took place in Moscow October 5-6.  Participants of this conference, which was organized by the Russkiy Mir Foundation together with the Unity for Russia Foundation, the Public Chamber and Observer Research Foundation, included renowned Russian and Indian political scientists and specialists in bilateral relations between the two...

06.10.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

On October 2 the Honorary Consulate of the Russian Federation in Verona (Italy) and the Association Discovering Eurasia (Conoscere Eurasia) hosted the opening of the Russian Room. The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko, Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Vyacheslav Nikonov, Russian Ambassador to Italy Alexey Meshkov and other Russian and Italian officials. ...

02.10.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Heart Memory

On September З0 the Open University of Tel Aviv hosted the opening of the first Russian Center in Israel. This initiative is part of a global project run by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. The project aims at promotion of the Russian language and culture worldwide. By now 36 centers have already been opened in different countries. The Open University of Tel Aviv is the second largest higher educational institution in Israel with the number of students exceeding 45,000. The university is known for...

30.09.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Heart Memory

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: Culture

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: History

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: History

On March 31, the eve of Nikolai Gogol’s birthday commemoration, the Russkiy Mir Foundation held a roundtable on “Nikolai Gogol and the Russian World: On the Writer’s 200th Birthday.” Taking part in the discussion were well-known philologists, museum directors, as well as representatives from state agencies and Russian organizations in Ukraine. The roundtable began with opening remarks by the moderator, first deputy executive director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Sergey Morgunov, who promised on behalf...

31.03.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

The forum organized jointly by EUROLOG-UK association and the Russkiy Mir Foundation gathered over 150 directors and teachers from 32 countries (Europe, the Middle East and the North America). Representatives of several countries, including the U.S. and Egypt failed to attend the event because of visa issues.   The event participants pointed out an absence of generally accepted programs and methods of teaching Russian to Russian pupils living in foreign countries. This prevents schools (located outside the country) from providing efficient...

18.03.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Science

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