Irkutsk-Shenyang Friendship Teleconference: Meeting of Russian and Chinese Students
14 November 2022

On November 9th, an international videoconference "Irkutsk-Shenyang: Meeting of Russian and Chinese students", dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of friendly relations, was organized by the ISU International Institute of Economics and Linguistics.

Taking part of Irkutsk were: representatives of the city administration headed by Mayor Ruslan Bolotov; the administration, teachers and students of the ISU International Institute of Economics and Linguistics took part in the teleconference. Taking part on the Chinese side: representatives of the Shenyang government, directors of institutes of two leading universities of Liaoning Province – Liaoning and Shenyang, as well as representatives of the Chinese Consulate-General in Irkutsk.

Welcoming the participants, Irkutsk Mayor Ruslan Bolotov stressed that 30 years is quite a significant period, proving the friendliness and strength of twin-relations based on the political and economic partnership of Russia and China, sincere interest in the culture and history of the neighboring country. The head of the capital of the Angara region also noted that "the student conference is one of the opportunities to get to know each other better."

During the teleconference, Irkutsk students presented a video in Chinese about the sights of the capital of the Angara region, and also showed one day in the life of a student of ISU IIEL and told about themselves. Chinese students studying Russian spoke about the historical names of Shenyang, the iconic city places, presented the stages of the economic development of the city over the past few years. After the official part, university students got acquainted in free communication, talked about their studies and exchanged plans for the future.

Oleg Arkhipkin, Director of ISU IIEL:

– The ISU International Institute of Economics and Linguistics has been cooperating with Liaoning University for almost 30 years. We hope that the limits of our cooperation will expand, and our friendship – strengthen. We are very glad that it was on the basis of our institute that we managed to organize this "Friendship Teleconference", because maintaining informal communication between students is very important for the development of communication skills and international communication.

For reference

The 30th anniversary of the establishment of twinning relations between Irkutsk and Shenyang was celebrated on August 12, 2022. To mark this occasion, a number of events were held in Irkutsk, for example, 30 trees were planted on Konny Island, and an exposition dedicated to cooperation was opened at the Museum of Irkutsk History. An online exhibition also on took place on official websites, where photos and videos of Irkutsk and Shenyang were published.