The IV International Student Scientific and Practical Conference "Consequences of Pandemic on the Regional Economy" was held at the International Institute of Economics and Linguistics. Students and teachers from different countries discussed the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event took place on March 31st on the online platform. Representatives of the university community from Germany, Russia and France took part in it. English was chosen as the working language. The organizer of the conference is the Department of European Languages at the International Institute of Economics and Linguistics (IIEL), ISU.
Petr Kalugin, Associate Professor, Candidate of Sciences (History) (Germany):
We live in a difficult time, when we are all separated by a pandemic - this is a challenge to the scientific community and universities, for which international relations are as important as air. However, thanks to such online conferences, we are able to overcome distance and disunity, to build bridges between countries. It's great when students and teachers from different countries are in the same, albeit virtual, space.
Dr. Yulia Elokhina, ISU International office head, Candidate of Sciences (History) (Russia):
The pandemic had a serious impact on academic mobility programs, but could not stop cooperation with long-standing and reliable foreign partners, in the list of which the Savoie Mont Blanc University (France) undoubtedly occupies an important place. While the borders are closed, cooperation between Irkutsk State University and the Savoie Mont Blanc University is carried out in a distance format. Within the framework of a large-scale international conference which was attended by students and teachers of the ISU and the University of Savoy Mont Blanc, very important issues related to the impact of the pandemic and restrictive measures on the development of various sectors of the economy in Russia, Germany and France were discussed. Participants from the conference shared the results of their research carried out at the intersection of different scientific areas, tried to compare measures of state support for the tourism sector, took part in the discussion.
Within the framework of the conference, the participants discussed important issues related to the impact of the pandemic and restrictive measures on the development of various sectors of the economy in Russia, Germany and France, and also shared the results of their research, and compared government support measures for the tourism sector.
Anna Sinchuk, ISU student:
A friendly atmosphere, competent speakers, relevant and interesting reports. For all this I would like to express my deep gratitude to the organizers of the conference! I can say with confidence that most of the information received is transformed into knowledge.
Artem Korol, ISU student:
This was my first experience of speaking in English in front of a large foreign audience. To be honest, I'm not completely satisfied with my performance, I was worried, and in general I could have prepared better. Now I will try to take part in such projects, try to overcome the fear of performing. Many thanks to the organizers for this opportunity!
Mathilde Martin & Paul Legrand, students:
Dear Russian students, we would like to address this message to all of you, it was so great to see and listen to your presentations which were all really interesting. We were especially impressed with the level of technicality and accuracy of your presentations on the impacts of covid. You were all very inspiring and welcoming! This conference was a good opportunity for us to practice oral English and improve our skills, so we would like to say thank you. Spending almost 4 hours with you was like taking a small trip abroad, which is exactly what we needed during this difficult time. We wish you all the best and hope to see many of you this summer around our lakes and mountains.