The delegation of the University of Paris VIII - Bezunesh Tamru, the Vice Rector for International Affairs, professor of geography; Gérard Dessons, professor of literature; André Filler, professor of geopolitics, Marie Nadia Karfounkel-Karsky, professor of linguistics and translation – had a meeting with representatives of the Geography faculty, the Faculty of Philology and Journalism, the Institute of Social Sciences and the International Institute of Economics and Linguistics.
Vice rector for Science and International Affairs Alexander Schmidt comments on:
– Irkutsk State University considers developing international programs to be an important activity. We have posed a task to become a full-fledged member of the world education system and are going to reach our goal through new academic exchange programs and admitting more foreign students. Given the geographical location, ISU has a wide range of contacts with Asian Universities. We have a number of partner contacts with European educational institutes so far, and now we put all efforts to enlarge and strengthen this direction.
At the round-table discussion held on September 29 the representatives of ISU and the University of Paris VIII had talks about cooperation forms and directions, with a special attention being paid to academic mobility programs and joint summer schools for master and post-graduate students.
Vice rector for International Affairs of the University of Paris VIII Bezunesh Tamru notes:
– Now it is high time for us to implement joint programs. It is crucial to meet our Russian colleagues to discuss further steps that should be taken to put our plans in practice. And the main aim of our visit is to make all possible to turn the cooperation agreement we have already concluded into the effective tool fostering joint programs. We have had a very productive discussion and managed to determine some interesting projects. I think we can start joint project implementation in 2016. Above all, we would like to organize the Lake Baikal Interdisciplinary Summer School.
* The Agreement on cooperation between Irkutsk State University and the University of Paris VIII was concluded in September 2014 after researchers from the University of Paris VIII joined the project “Students’ Entho-confessional Attitudes toward Nature, Mental Health and Cross-cultural Interaction" headed by ISU professor Alexander Karnyshev.
* The University of Paris VIII is a public university in Paris, founded as an experimental academic centre in Vincennes. The University includes 10 faculties and 31 research labs. More than 20 000 students take courses under bachelor, master and post-graduate programs. The University of Paris VIII has over 250 cooperation agreements with educational institutes of Asia, Europe and North America.