On 14-17 December 2016, St Petersburg University takes part in the international regional conference "Russian Language in Southeast Asia" held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The conference is organised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Personnel Training, the Vietnamese office of Rossotrudnichestvo — Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Hanoi), and the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL). 

The prospective participants are the leading Russian higher education institutions, representatives of the national associations of specialists in Russian philology as well as linguists, literary scholars, educators from the Social Republic of Vietnam, Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

T. I. Popova, Professor at the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language and Methods of Its Teaching, will make a report titled "Training of the teaching staff. The system of pre-university, university and postgraduate education. Scientific work and teaching methodology at the Russian language departments". N. I. Antonova, Deputy Head of the Department for SPbU Educational Programmes Promotion Abroad, will participate in the round-table discussion "Export of Russian university-level educational programmes to Southeast Asia". N. I. Antonova will make a presentation about SPbU and its educational programmes for international students.

SPbU's participation in this conference will contribute to professional networking between specialists involved into the Russian language distribution in Southeast Asia. Sectional meetings and round-table discussions held within the framework of this event will be a venue for multilateral humanitarian cooperation aimed at the exchange of research results, advancement of the cutting-edge teaching experience and discussion of the topical issues of the Russian language teaching in the region.