On 22 December, a grand opening of the first representative office of St Petersburg University in the Federative Republic of Germany will take place in an online format. The project will be implemented on the basis of the Freie Universität Berlin – one of the largest partners of St Petersburg University involved in a number of large-scale joint research and academic projects.

The first agreement on collaboration between the universities was signed in 1968. Since then, the partners have worked together for over 50 years. Today, the Freie Universität Berlin is among the key partners of St Petersburg University not only in the number of joint projects, but also in the variety of research and academic cooperation formats.  

Nikolay Kropachev, Rector of St Petersburg University, and Günter Ziegler, President of the Freie Universität Berlin, will give welcoming addresses. Then, the ceremony of ribbon-cutting and unveiling the sign plate of the new representative office till take place. Simultaneous interpreting into Russian and German will be provided. Tatiana Chernigovskaya, a prominent researcher and populariser of science, Director of the Institute for Cognitive Studies at St Petersburg University, will give a video lecture titled ‘Brain and Mind’ as part of the event. The lecture will be delivered in English. 

Sergei Nechaev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Federal Republic of Germany, and Ute Katch-Egli, Deputy Consul General of Germany in St Petersburg, will be honorary guests of the event. 

Expanding the network of representative offices of St Petersburg University abroad is one of the key instruments of developing international cooperation.  The main fields of joint activity within this initiative include: supporting new joint research and development projects; holding scientific conferences, expert round tables and video bridges for students and researchers at the universities of Germany; coordinating collaboration with all partner universities in Germany; and mutual promotion of the language, history and culture of Russia and Germany. Due to the activity of representative offices, more international citizens learn about the possibilities of Russian education, while students at St Petersburg University expand the range of possibilities for academic exchange and study abroad. 

Today, representative offices of St Petersburg University operate in the Republic of Korea, China, Spain, Greece, Italy and Turkey. The ceremony will take place in Zoom with a broadcast in YouTube. Use the following link to connect.