Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Portuguese Republic Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro has come to St Petersburg University for a reconnaissance visit. He met with the Rector Nikolay Kropachev and students of the University who are studying Portuguese.
The Rector of St Petersburg University said that the University is actively developing academic programmes with a foreign component. It was noted that at present scientific and academic contacts between St Petersburg University and Portuguese universities are not sufficiently in-depth. The meeting of the parties can change the situation for the better. For example, active cooperation with representatives of Japan, China and Korea has increased the number of academic programmes with a foreign component fivefold in the past five years.
Nikolay Kropachev also emphasised that at present students are striving not only to study the language or culture of a particular country, but also want to acquire highly specialised competences. So, the competition for admission to the academic programme with advanced study of the Chinese economy and the Chinese language is several times higher than for the programme only with the study of the Chinese language. One of the most important principles of the work of St Petersburg University is close cooperation with employers. They can influence the content of academic programmes and initiate the creation of new ones by participating in the work of academic programme boards. Today, about 1,700 external experts in the field of business, politics, and culture approve topics of graduation projects. They are involved in examination boards and listen to students’ answers during examinations. Ambassadors and general consuls of foreign countries to Russia have already been cooperating with St Petersburg University as heads of academic programme boards.
Mr Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro expressed his readiness to promote cooperation with St Petersburg University in education and science.
Next year, both countries will celebrate the 240th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between them. So, I would be happy to take the opportunity to deliver an open lecture on international relations or law at the University.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Portuguese Republic Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro
At the end of his visit, the Ambassador of Portugal met with students of the University and talked to them in his native language. Mr Paulo Vizeu Pinheiro was interested in what had motivated them to study Portuguese, and how they are going to use this knowledge in their professional field. He also said that the government of Portugal is focused on the development of the tourism industry. It is interested therefore in attracting from abroad highly qualified specialists with knowledge of several languages.