NMSTU Develops International Relations with Brazil

NMSTU hosted the delegation from the Embassy of Brazil in Moscow to discuss collaboration on education and science.

The delegation members included Alvaro Augusto Guedes Galvani, the First Secretary, Head of the Department of Public Diplomacy, Culture and Education, and Gabriele Costa Guadagnin, Attaché of the same department of the Embassy.

On the 26th of May the guests met with the rector and vice rectors of the university and students of the Institute of Humanities. Students learning Spanish showed a lively interest in the meeting. “I began to learn Spanish two years ago. This is the most beautiful language in the world and a special one for me”, shared her opinion Rita Vikhareva, a second-year student of the Department of Linguistics and Translation, “This meeting opened a lot of new information about culture of Brazil that was always of interest for me. It was interesting to listen to the speech in Portuguese. Although, the languages have much in common, Portuguese differs from the classical Castilian Spanish. I am grateful to the university for this meeting!”

In his speech for the students and teachers Alvaro Galvani said that representatives of the Embassy were ready to collaborate with NMSTU on various fields. He focused on the presentation of international academic programs for students, “The Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo, the largest university of Brazil, and the World Academy of Sciences created a joint international course on diplomacy, science and innovation for students from various countries. This online course will begin in August. Students who would like to take part in the course should submit their documents for a competition by late May”.

The guests also described activities of the embassy and made the students familiar with the culture of Brazil. Konstantin Saveliev, professor of the Department of Linguistics and Literature Studies, shared his impressions about popularity of Brazilian writers among Russian young people.

“Now the young generation is interested in contemporary Brazilian literature, whose symbol is Paulo Coelho. We do not have to make students read his books. For example, The Alchemist is contemporary and easy to read, because the author has written it in plain language and ideas are easily conveyed, noted the professor.

NMSTU has been developing international relations with Brazilian universities since 2012. The NMSTU students several times took part in academic mobility programs implemented with the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Pernambuco), the University of Santa Catarina (Criciúma, Santa Catarina), and the Federal University of Uberlândia (Uberlândia, Minas Gerais).

The university has also close collaboration with the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Goiás (the city of Goiánia), whose professors several times gave lectures to Magnitogorsk students and participated in educational and scientific projects of NMSTU.

As part of the visit, the representatives of the Embassy of Brazil also visited research laboratories, the engineering center of NMSTU and enjoyed tours of the city, the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works and Mountain Ski Center Metallurg-Magnitogorsk.

“We spent two very interesting and busy days”, shared her impressions Gabriele Guadagnin, Attaché of the Department of Public Diplomacy, Culture and Education, “We got familiar with NMSTU, visited MMK. Everything was impressive! Brazil also has iron and steelmaking facilities, and we see great opportunities for a dialogue with you. Visit Brazil to expand the boundaries, as seeing once is better than hearing twice”.

The parties hope that collaboration between NMSTU and the Embassy of Brazil will open new opportunities on education and science with universities of Brazil.

The latest global events significantly limited international activities of the university; however, we kept working with foreign partners online.

“We chose Brazil as one of our priorities for collaboration and visited the Embassy of Brazil in Moscow”, explained Alexey Korchunov, Vice Rector for International Affairs, “We are glad that colleagues showed their interest in NMSTU and paid a return visit to discuss options of collaboration”.

Igor Kulkov, Lead Specialist for Coordination with Recruiting Agencies of the NMSTU International Office, explained that collaboration with colleagues from the Embassy would contribute to establishing new relations with universities of Brazil on academic exchange and science.

“This is an economically developed country, where there are industrial centers, including in the field of metallurgy. Thus, we have a full set of opportunities for collaboration both for students and scientists,” detailed Igor Kulkov.

The press conference devoted to the visit of the delegation from the Embassy of Brazil was useful to speak about various issues, including fields of further collaboration between the organizations.

“We determined points of collaboration both on education and science and technologies, including the Industry 4.0 concept and extended education. We are ready to welcome Brazilian specialists to carry out research and undertake special, tailor-made courses”, summarized the meeting Oleg Tulupov, Vice Rector for R&D of NMSTU.

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