On the 2nd and the 3rd of April the International Conference «The Integration of the European and Russian Higher Education: Adoption of Common Educational Standards» took place at the Petrozavodsk State University. Among the speakers there were V.S. Syunev, Vice-Rector for Education of PetrSU; N. Scaramuzzo, Head of Educational Projects of the European Commission’s Delegation to Russia; G. Cullen, Manager of the Tempus Projects of the Bologna Process Implementation Department of Dresden University of Technology; E. Forss, Deputy Director of the Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University; А.G. Mezentsev, Head of the Education and Method Directorate of PetrSU; V.S. Maksimova, Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Science of PetrSU; О.S. Martjanova, Head of the Sector of Management and Quality Analysis of the Education and Method Directorate of PetrSU and other representatives of the educational institutes from Europe (mostly from Finland) and Russia (from Petrozavodsk, Murmansk, Novgorod and Arkhangelsk).
Both Russian and international students were among the audience. Our exchange students from Finland - Victor, Silija, Liisa, Susanna, Kaisa and Hanna and the Erasmus students from Italy - Elvira and Michela became the participants of the conference. On the agenda were questions about the experience of the European and Russian universities, the further perspective of the Bologna Process, the internationalization of the educational process and the common educational standards.
During the coffee breaks and the lunch the atmosphere was less formal and students got a chance to talk to everyone they were interested in and to discuss the realities of their studies in Europe and in Russia. It should be said that the working languages of the conference were Russian and English in both of which our students are competent.
Everyone was affected by the fact that our Italian students really came from Bologna, where the Bologna Declaration was accepted. Their references about the conference are posted bellow.
Liisa Tervo (Finland): It was interesting to see how conferences are held here in Russia – and they are actually more or less the same as in Finland. For me it was good to listen to presentations in Russian. They were quite interesting too, but the best thing was the open atmosphere during the conference.
Michela Casali (Italy): A well-organized and interesting conference about education and the Bologna process in Russia and other countries. I really like the fact that all the speakers did not talk about something abstract, but about real situation and projects which have been recently experimented or which are hopefully going to be applied.
Susanna Heinonen (Finland): It was very interesting to listen because all the speakers knew so much about the subject. The Conference was organized very well, and it was good that the students also were invited.
Elvira Oliva (Italy): I liked the international atmosphere, especially after the dinner it was very interesting to discuss different arguments and our different cultures with the guests. It was important to listen to the presentations in Russian about the subject I am interested in. I am very much interested in EU-Russia relations. And I totally agree with Signor Nicola Scaramuzzo when he said about only similar system, but not complete integration.