21 May 2014
Foreign Lecturers from Asia on Training in TPU
Seven lecturers of the Russian language from Indonesia, Mongolia, India and Vietnam underwent refresher course last week in the Institute of International Education and Language Communication of Tomsk Polytechnic University; they studied new technologies of teaching Russian as a foreign language.
According to RIA Novosti, training was organized by the Department of International and Regional Links of the Tomsk oblast Administration within the work of the Asian Network of Major Cities (ANMC21). In September, the meeting of mayors of major Asian cities will take place in Tomsk.
“This is the first time we hold courses for the Russian language lecturers from far abroad,” tells Evgeniya Sherina, Deputy Director of IIELC for International Education and Cooperation. “We focus on teaching to speak, introduce computer technologies, developed in TPU, and Russian language testing system.”
Foreign lecturers also find it important that they learn more about Russian culture. They note that the interest to the Russian language and Russia as a whole has increased in their countries for the last several years. The main reason for that is business – Russian companies move to Asia, and Asian students want to study in Russia.
“Russian language is very popular in Indonesia now, since many Russian companies open their branches in our country,” says Susi Machdalena, one of the lecturers. “Mostly young people come to learn Russian language, since it is easier for them to find work with the knowledge of Russian: in a bank, tourism industry and many other spheres.”
According to foreign lecturers, study at Russian universities is considered to be prestigious in Asia. Therefore the primary “consumers” of the Russian language are prospective students.
“Annually Russia provides us state-funded places at the Universities. The best prospective students go there to study. If study at the own expense, the price is comparable with that in Indonesia, but accommodation is more expensive, especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg,” explains Suri Suryani from Indonesia.
Let us remind that 3422 international students study at Tomsk Polytechnic University, almost a thousand among them is from far abroad.