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Russia and China: find the difference
Zhang Yaliang is a student from Baoding, China who has just has finished the preparatory Russian course at TSU. He can be found on evenings cooking with his friends and they toss words between them. Zhang  has already acquired a Bachelor’s degree and is on his way to obtaining a Master’s here at TSU.    How long have you been in Russia?   -For eight months.   Why did you choose to come to Russia?   -Because I wanted to learn Russian well. As you know, there are many people in China and many students. Although there are many universities for students to attend, only a few to get into a good university. I attended a not so good university, the conditions weren't good. But the conditions here are good. Also, I have friends who studied here at TSU that's why I came here.   Where did you beginning learning Russian?   -I began learning Russian in China but It was very bad. When I was there I didn't want to study Russian. I just didn't want to. I just wanted to play with friends, and that was all.   Tell me about the Russian classes.   -It was difficult sometimes, but overall it was fine.   Do you speak with your Chinese friends in Russian?   -Of course not. [laughing] But almost every day I speak with a Russian friend.   Do you feel satisfied with your level of Russian now?   -Now, it's fine. I can almost speak with people. But sometimes it's difficult to understand and difficult to say what I want to say.   Are you more confident in your ability than when you arrived?   -Yes. Eight months is a long time but my Russian is not so good. If I tried harder to study it would have been than now.   Why didn't you try harder?   -It doesn't mean that I didn't try hard, just that if there was the possibility for me to try even harder then it would be good. Not bad. In all of the sections, the result was fine. But I think it was a bit easy. Here, in the Pre-university Preparatory Faculty, the classes are fine. I have a friend who studied in the Philology Faculty and it was difficult.   What are your plans after completing your Master’s?   -I’ll be here for two years more. Perhaps I'll work in Tomsk as a translator. There are many Chinese factories in Tomsk.   What are some of the things which you’ve found to be different from China?   -The buildings, the people, the culture.   How so?   -For example, we usually fry, you need a long time a long time to cook. Russians prepare quick and easy meals. Also, I lived in the south of China, the air is very bad there. The first time I came here I was surprised, the air is very fresh air.
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The first defense of a PhD TSU dissertation was held
On August 27, the first defense of a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy TSU (PhD TSU) in the historical sciences took place at the University. The candidate was Supreet Singh Sethi, a graduate of the Faculty of History and a young scientist from India. He presented a work on the specifics of US–India relations. Members of the council recognized it as worthy and voted to award the degree.   Supreet Singh Sethi became the first graduate student at TSU to whom the Academic Council of the University will award a PhD TSU with a university degree diploma. He defended his dissertation on general history on the topic “The Significance of India in the US Pivot to Asia (2011–2017)”. He analyzed the importance of India for US policy in the Afghanistan–Pakistan and Asia–Pacific regions.   Since 2014, 7 postgraduate programs in English have been implemented at TSU. These are PhD programs where postgraduate students from Bulgaria, Holland, Pakistan, India, Algeria, and China also study. It was at their request that the decision of the TSU Academic Council in 2016 formed and introduced its own system of awarding the degree of PhD TSU.   - Very high requirements are set for the defense of a PhD thesis at TSU. For example, the main scientific results should be published in peer-reviewed scientific publications included in the international citations Scopus or Web of Science - at least 3 publications. In addition, the members of the council should have scientific papers on the topic of the dissertation listed in Scopus or Web of Science, - said Tatyana Kasatkina, head of the Department of Postgraduate Study at TSU. - Today we saw a worthy level of preparation for both the dissertation and in his scientific and qualification work.   Specialists and experts on the topic of the dissertation from TSU and leading Russian universities were included in the temporary board that was formed for the defense of the dissertation. The chairman was Vasily Zinoviev, Professor at the Faculty of Historical and Political Sciences of TSU.   - This is TSU’s next step in our gradual entry into the international education system. It means that we can not only prepare Bachelors and Masters among international students, but also postgraduates who can both defend candidate dissertations by our standards and do work in the Anglo-Saxon system of education, in this case - a doctor of philosophy, - said Vasily Zinoviev. - It is useful for us that we were able to familiarize ourselves with the views of the representative of another country on the relationship of different countries. Also for us this is the first experience of such a defense, but there was no doubt that the work is worthy and of a sufficiently high level and that the specialist knows his business.   By the end of 2018, two more PhD dissertations (in sociology and in the chemical sciences) are planned to be defended at TSU.   The PhD TSU degree was approved at TSU in 2016. Those who have completed postgraduate studies at TSU in PhD programs or have already defended their candidate’s or doctoral dissertation at TSU can apply for it.   Those wishing to apply for a PhD TSU degree should contact the postgraduate department.  
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Entrepreneurship is the skill of finding the problem and solving it
Hein Roelfsema, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Utrecht University School of Economics and a member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Economics and Management, spoke recently with students and teachers on the topic of entrepreneurial thinking in life and in the management of the university.   Dr. Roelfsema began with the fact that today the university needs to be an entrepreneurial institution to stay afloat. The world is changing, and the university must also change. It is important to change the internal culture. Today's path for universities is the path of entrepreneurial ecosystems, - he said. Among the key tasks of the transformation, he outlined the need to form interdisciplinary and interfaculty teams in order to “think more broadly”.   Despite the fact that someone is a specialist in biology, and someone else is good in chemistry or law, the task is to unite and study global social processes, and universities should aim at this path, - said Dr. Roelfsema. When there is a disjunction between the specialists in neighboring areas, nothing will work out quickly. It is necessary to create a favorable environment for collaboration between specialists in different disciplines.   According to Dr. Roelfsema, hubs can be such hotspots - various associations, discussion platforms, and joint projects. At the same time, it is also necessary to involve the stakeholders: business and external partners.   Dr. Roelfsema noted that the model of “a vinaigrette of faculties and problems”, when there are no strategically important directions, and there is an illusion that everything is important and so an equal quantity of resources is invested, is inefficient.   It is very difficult to manage a large structure, so everyone needs to work on one strategy. If you are trying to develop everything at once, this is not a strategy. What is more important, business, financing, or research? The moment of choosing priorities comes. Depending on the challenge that faces you, you need to develop units. If you have 50 faculties, it's difficult, and if 5 centers are working on several main tasks, it's much easier. We must not teach what needs to be learned, but how to learn new skills. It is important to be able to plug in and learn throughout life. This applies to both teachers and students.   Dr. Roelfsema also noted the importance of academic entrepreneurship and developing it in high school. In his opinion, it is necessary to focus on 5 factors: be proactive, ready to risk and compete, increase autonomy, and also respond quickly to market demands.   Teachers and guest partners came to the second seminar, “How to Become an Entrepreneur: World Outlook, Skills, and Secrets of Mastery”, even though it was announced as a student seminar. Not everyone was familiar with each other, but Dr. Roelfsema was able to unite participants so that all ten groups worked as well-coordinated business teams.   At the seminar, the groups felt themselves to be real competing organizations, accomplishing a practical task: to build the highest construction from 10 spaghetti pieces, sticky tape, and a toy balloon. Indeed, practical assignments have become the starting point for making general conclusions about how to start your own business, what skills are needed for this, how to interact with each other, and what strengths and weaknesses each has.   An entrepreneur is someone who looks around very closely around and can see the problems and weak points in the environment. And, seeing this, an entrepreneur can find an effective solution, - said Dr. Roelfsema.  
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With a little help from my friends
We are publishing interviews that were made by Hilesha Humphreys, a student of the Faculty of Journalism.
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