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On July 22 the first Russian Center of the Russkiy Mir Foundation in Vietnam opened in the capital city of Hanoi. Earlier we spoke with Professor Nguyen Trong Do, rector of the International School at Vietnam National University, about this event and the situation with Russian studies in Vietnam. – What is the situation with Russian language studies in Vietnam? – The International School at Vietnam National University has a successful Russian language department. We have five highly qualified Russian teachers. The department is headed by the world-renowned Russian-language specialist Tuet Min. Currently 170 students study in the...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

On June 29 the Russkiy Mir Foundation opened in the Netherlands its 55th Russian Center. Located in Groningen University, one of the oldest educational institutions in Europe, the Russian Center became not only the first such center of the Foundation in the Netherlands but also the first Russian Center to receive the status of an academic department, which will have an academic council consisting not only of Russian specialists but also representatives of other departments. The status of an academic department brings the opportunity to defend theses, including doctoral dissertations, at the Russian Center. We spoke with Archpriest Simon of...

Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Education

In recent years interest toward Russia and Russian culture has been on the rise in France. It is no coincidence that 2010 has been declared the Year of Russia in France, which entails over 350 various cultural events related to Russian history and culture: exhibitions, tours by musical groups and much more. The celebration of the Year of Russia in France will undoubtedly have a positive influence on the teaching of the Russian language, which hasn’t been all that popular in France recently. Although one shouldn’t call it a crisis situation, as in comparison with other countries, particularly in Eastern Europe, there are a...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

On August 4, the Israeli Knesset’s Committee on Education, Culture and Sports discussed a proposal by Vice Speaker Alex Miller and public immigrant organizations, led by the Israeli Association for Immigrant Children, to make changes in the country’s school curriculum. The proposal aims to give all students the opportunity to study Russian as a second foreign language at the elementary and secondary school levels. We asked Dr. Marina Niznik, an instructor at Tel Aviv University, to comment on the Israeli deputies’ initiative and the general situation with Russian language education in Israel. Dr. Niznik is the head author...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education


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