Honorary guests of the evening were the Head of the European Union Information Centre, project coordinator of Barents EU Centre Kuznetsova Anastasia and participant of international exchange program “Erasmus Mundus”, student from the Czech Republic Eva Hejnisova.
A. Kuznetsova presented information on the activity of the Centre, perspectives of its development, as well as the possibilities it offers to students, postgraduates and teachers of PetrSU.
Eva Hejnisova told about the first president of Czechoslovakia – Tomas Masaryk, outstanding cultural and art figures (John Amos Comenius, Franz Kafka, Alphonse Mucha), reminded of the history of dissolution of Czechoslovakia into two independent countries. “We are often confused with each other and it is said that Czechs and Slovaks are similar, but there are two pivotal differences: first of all Slovakia has mountain scenery, lots of peaks; secondly 70% of population are religious. There are few mountains in the Czech Republic and almost everyone is an atheist. Although we have a lot of churches, it is difficult to find a functioning church”, - pointed out the Czech student.
The audience was shown a film about the Czech Republic dedicated to its best landmarks and places of interest, which long ago became pilgrim places, and many of them are of historical and cultural value and under the protection of UNESCO.
The participants had opportunity to ask the foreign student their questions. Thus, they wondered about her first impression of Petrozavodsk and what surprised her about our city and our country. “I was amazed by the Russian trains, the food in canteen and the manner in which your students take their ease – with songs and dances. You have a lot of singing people. We don’t sing that much in the Czech Republic”, - shared her impressions Eva.
When asked “Do the education systems of Russia and of the Czech Republic differ?”, the foreign student answered: “Yes! In Russia this process brings me pleasure, because here professors and teachers are interested in their students, are willing to give knowledge and are emotional over every single student. In the Czech Republic students come to the university to learn what they have to read!”
“The meeting was very emotional and fast-paced thanks largely to wonderful sense of humour of our guest from the Czech Republic. Eva is a nice, smiling, free-hearted, likeable girl, and it’s no wonder that right after arriving in Russia she has made friends, who rooted for her while she was telling about her country and helped her find more accurate definitions”, - said the divisional manager of human and educational work Elena Yagich.