In July – August 2008 for the first time a group of students from the University of Suwon (South Korea) visited our University. Their three-week program was very rich for events. A photo-report, given below, reflects its major points.
At the first businesslike meeting the students grasped essential information about the organization of their accommodation and program seriously and attentively. They seemed to be very quiet and even a bit outwardly restrained (of course were! it was their first time not only in Russia, bit also in the European part of the world!), but after immersion into the life, full of excursions, presentations and parties, the Asian guests got a chance to express their lively characters and various talents.
One day Sonnyon Y and Jiyeon U, who have been studying Russian at PetrSu since March, told the group of compatriots about their life in Petrozavodsk and about their trips to Moscow and S-Petersburg.
The Korean students became acquainted with the Russian traditions through master-classes. Under the supervision of specialists, the students practiced in traditional north-Russian handicraft, made traditional rag-dolls and penny whistles and also visited the exhibition of Applied Arts in the Centre of National Crafts.
On the 6th of August the South-Korean group presented PetrSU an extraordinary event, included both an official ceremony and student fervor. The university administration, Russian and foreign students, friends became the guests of this evening party. The rector of PetrSU prof. A.V. Voronin greeted the audience with the complimentary address. The evening program consisted of two parts: firstly the Korean students , using multimedia presentations with musical illustration, introduced to the audience history, culture, educational system of South Korea, made a demonstration of traditional costumes, sang national songs and the hymn, told about peculiarities of the Korean cuisine. Then the guests had a unique opportunity to taste some of dishes, they were told about before. Later the evening party was continued with a cognitive and entertaining quiz about the traditional way of life in Korea.
Students from Macedonia, Germany, Spain, England and South Korea took part in the Festival of Russian language. Irrespective of the level of Russian, participants with great pleasure drank tea from the samovar with traditional pies and spice-cakes, recited rhymes, performed sketches, and sang songs. The group of students from Suwon were the most active and cheerful participants and displayed all their talents. The most affecting moment of the Festival was the artistic performance of the Russian hymn by the Korean students.