В начале декабря 2014 года в рамках программы "Новое поколение" прошел визит в Российскую Федерацию делегации молодых представителей научных, образовательных и деловых кругов стран ближнего и дальнего зарубежья. Организаторы визита: Федеральное агентство "Россотрудничество" и МГГУ им.М.А.Шолохова. В составе делегации были представители 8 стран: Армении, Белоруссии, Бангладеш, Болгарии, Таджикистана, Узбекистана, Украины, Чехии.
Делегат от Бангладеш, журналист газеты "The Daily Star" Шахриар Фероуз опубликовал очерк о поездке в Россию и о своих впечатлениях от МГГУ Шолохова. Приводим фрагмент очерка (на английском языке).
Now it’s from Russian language to Russian brains, but more on Moscow landmarks will follow in the latter part of this story.
Room number 200, located at the second floor of the Sholokhov university campus in Moscow will be the ‘intellectual green room’ for three consecutive days for all participants invited to Russia including this author. Since I was never good in noting down important names and as everything was in Russian, from roundtables, conferences, Q&A sessions to lectures so interpreters were needed. Not one but I was provided with four of them. Except one, all of them turned out to be relatively young in age. Most of them were recent graduates or students of the Sholokhov University. They not only interpreted my questions and answers but also explained the subject topics of each session; brief me about the panel of discussants and help me with contextual information.... and also guided me to Moscow’s famous Biblio-Globus book shop for hunting down the collected works of Alexander Pushkin.
Before measuring Russian intellect, I must thank the Sholokhov university authority for efficient handling of lecture and roundtable sessions. Namely three persons - Margarita, Tatiana and Galina, all working for the university have proficiently organized and coordinated the programmes. They had been instrumental and the best of Russian hosts. They accompanied us almost every where.
For its hand-outs to the entire visit the university deserves a few lines of praise. In the field of technologies and applied knowledge for the humanities, Sholokhov is considered to be one of the major universities for higher education in Russia. This most fast-devolving university of 2009-10 has even won the scheme of state support for its strategic development. Named after the famed Russian novelist and Nobel laureate Mikhail Sholokhov, it’s also engaged in various political education and activism projects. Though sponsored by the ruling Russian political party – United Russia, it refrains from running United Russia’s unabashed political propaganda.
During the visit, this university’s staffs played a vital role for branding Russia besides promoting its diplomatic interests. It seemed to function like an ‘academic bridge’ for linking Russia with the rest of the world.
As Russia began to speak its mind, the interpreters kept assisting me by turns. And for me it was to follow - how brains complimented beauty. Beginning from 10 and lasting till 6 in the evening – the three days seemed like an adolescent toddler. Learning and asking about the history, politics, science, diplomacy, and literature about an old country which is now dubbed as the Russian Federation. Out of sheer curiosity, I was observing the queries, responses, and reactions of my fellow participants; a general topic that recurred from time to time was: how the relationship between Russia and its former states could be further strengthened.
The blend of discussants and lecturers was diversified. There were university professors, dean of faculties to journalists; university’s president to experts in Russian diplomacy; Leaders of opposition parties to spokesperson of the government’s media wing and many more. Their collective goal in room number 200 was simple: in spite of differing ideological standpoints and professions they all united to represent and re-define today’s Russia. Speak on its plans, roles, and contributions to the modern world. Let know of its wide-ranging diplomatic, financial, and geo-political interests.
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