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Russia and France will create a network to study Siberia and Arctiс
In Paris, at the workshop Environmental Changes in Siberia, scientists from Russia and France have discussed creating a network to study environmental changes in Siberia and the Arctic. This macroregion has an impact on climate formation and the well-being of the entire planet, so French researchers are ready to participate in bilateral projects to obtain new information on the manifestations of global warming and its possible consequences.   Participants from the Russian side were TSU staff, V.E. Zuev Institute of Atmospheric Optics, and scientists from the Siberian Federal University, Moscow State University, and the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). France was represented by the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the largest French public research institution, uniting French government organizations specializing in applied and basic research.   - In Paris, we presented the results of several scientific projects and a tool for implementing them - a megatransect, a line of research stations and all-weather sampling points for studying environmental changes,- says Sergei Kirpotin, director of the TSU Bio-Clim-Land Center of Excellence. - Our experience aroused great interest among French colleagues because the presence of the transect helps us to research throughout the year. Many experts studying Siberia and the Arctic are forced to end their field season with the onset of cold weather. TSU has no limitations in this sense. Also, transects are a kind of supporting research axis, the infrastructure of which allows the implementation of logistics of several large projects at the same time with minimal costs. It is planned to create a new transect from west to east along the continental gradient of Siberia.   The megatransect is expanding dynamically due to the joining of scientific hospitals, which are partners of the SecNet network, created under the auspices of the university to study Siberia and the Arctic. The French are interested in researching this area. They are ready to combine their scientific potential and their resources with Russian centers under a joint network, which has already received the working title From the Tundra to the Steppe.   - The French scientists have very developed remote sensing technologies for the Earth, which are optimal for exploring Siberia and the Arctic because of their vast expanse and the presence of inaccessible places, for example, the Vasyugan marshes, - says Sergey Kirpotin. - France has very strong specialists in biogeochemistry. This area has a huge role in the study of climate. In France, humanities areas are actively developing in which TSU has created a huge scientific reserve, therefore, the field of joint interests is anthropology and the study of the indigenous peoples of Siberia and the Arctic. I am sure that by combining our competencies, we can get a synergistic effect.   Based on the results of the workshop and the negotiations, the parties formed the final concept of the research network. The next step will be presenting it to the leadership of the scientific centers of Russia and France - potential network participants - and to the governments of the two countries. It is assumed that the signing of the formal agreement will take place in 2020. Scientists note that the availability of a research network will be the basis for future joint projects, participation in international grants, and conducting the research necessary to understand and forecast the changes occurring with the planet.   As the French partners noted, now is the most favorable time for the development of bilateral collaboration in the study of Siberia and the Arctic, as the rapprochement of the two countries at the highest level has begun, including an active dialogue between the presidents of Russia and France. Evidence of this was the participation in the workshop of representatives of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French National Centre for Scientific Research directorate.
13.11.2019 Read More
Huawei will provide scholarships to the best TSU students
A delegation of Huawei Co., one of the world leaders in telecommunications, recently paid a working visit to TSU. At meetings with the leadership of faculties and institutes, several areas of collaboration were identified. Meeting with TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky, company representatives discussed the possibility of joint testing of new technologies at the University and the allocation of Huawei scholarships to the best students and graduate students of TSU's specialized faculties.   - We know that TSU is one of the leading universities in Russia, so the company has an interest in collaboration in areas such as training on our models and creating good scientific projects,- said Xiao Chunpen, director of the Huawei Research Center in Novosibirsk. - We are already collaborating with the TSU Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and now we are discussing the technical details of a joint project agreement on big data transfer. The company is ready to support the best students and young scientists of the Institute and provide Huawei scholarships for them.   In addition to the IT area, collaboration can also be developed in other areas. In particular, the Chinese company was attracted by the TSU mathematical scientific school, which is successfully engaged in mathematical modeling and helps to solve technical problems for various enterprises, including software developers. New materials developed by TSU chemists for the space industry also aroused considerable interest.     TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky noted that to solve technical problems facing the company, the university can use both its own capabilities and the potential of the Big University, which is now being created. It will unite six universities and 12 academic institutes of Tomsk and representatives of business. There will be one entry point, including for contact with industrial partners. Along with this, company representatives were invited to organize a joint training ground for technology testing.   - Our city is unique because 80% of students come from other regions and countries, so Tomsk is such an educational hub, - said Eduard Galazhinsky. - In our case, there is a good opportunity to test new technologies through students who travel around the world. Now we have the introduction of new technical services as part of the Smart Campus project. With Huawei, we could create a joint training ground that will help us to test technologies and refine them taking into account the data received.   Representatives of the company noted that they were interested in this idea and needed to work it out in detail. Following the talks, the parties decided to create working groups that will coordinate the interaction. In November, TSU representatives will visit a research center in Novosibirsk to meet with Mr. Zhou Hong, director of the Huawei Institute for Eurasia Research and to discuss in detail the technical problems that the world leader in electronics production could solve with TSU’s participation.    
11.11.2019 Read More
TSU will open joint knowledge management center with Britain
Russia's first university-based International Knowledge Asset Management Center will be opened at TSU. The agreement was signed in Cambridge, UK by TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky and Ron Young, the general director of Knowledge Associates International (KAI).     The International Knowledge Assets Management Center (KAM) will engage in adapting and implementing the KAM methodology in the management of university processes to increase their efficiency. TSU and KAI will also jointly train university staff in this methodology, conduct research on KAM technologization, and develop educational programs for collaboration, positioning, knowledge management, and innovation. The KAM methodology developed by KAI is accredited by Anglia Ruskin University.   - The topic of knowledge asset management is of particular importance in the knowledge economy, which is based on the ability to turn knowledge into products and technologies. The newest and most advanced companies are now mastering the specifics of working with these assets, -noted TSU Rector Eduard Galazhinsky.   In addition to signing the memorandum, Eduard Galazhinsky took part in a master class on KAM methodology held at King's College Cambridge (UK). At the master class, the basics of the KAM methodology were clarified, the processes for applying it and their regulation and sequence were considered. The relevant standards were introduced separately, including ISO 30401, adopted a few months ago. This and other KAM-related standards will also be studied at the TSU Center. In addition, appropriate projects for applying them in universities will be developed, because the standards only set the requirements and criteria for achieving them, and ways to meet these requirements are just one of the key objectives of the KAM methodology.  
11.11.2019 Read More
TSU master’s student translated Tsvetaeva’s poems into Portuguese
For the first time, Igor Werneck, master’s student of the TSU Faculty of Philology, translated 15 poems by Marina Tsvetaeva, which relate to her early work into Portuguese. Translations are now published on a Brazilian poetry site.   Igor Werneck came to Tomsk from Brazil, speaks Portuguese, English, and Russian. He studied philology at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil), received a bachelor's and master's degree, and in 2019 decided to additionally obtain a master's degree in philology at TSU.   - I translated the early poems of Tsvetaeva (before she left the USSR) for my master's work in Brazil, these translations are in my dissertation and on the Brazilian poetic site, - says Igor Werneck. - In total, I translated 18 poems, of which 15 were translated into Portuguese for the first time.   According to the student, in Brazil, Tsvetaeva’s work is little known, all studies and translations of the poet’s work are selective. For example, there is an anthology of the Brazilian scholar Aurora Fornoni Bernardini, in which 20-30 poems.   - My university has no Russian language area at all. Usually, students learn other languages close to Portuguese. In our country, there are studies on Slavic studies, but they are only in large universities. I began to study Russian myself because I always thought it was very beautiful. Tsvetaeva was one of the first poets that I read in Russian, and immediately I was fascinated by her manner and language. Like her poems were music, you know? I think that’s why I chose her, - says Igor Werneck.   The graduate student noted that he tried to do the translation taking into account the characteristics of the Russian language. He tried to maintain the same pace of poems, the same rhymes, to preserve the phonetic aspects.   In Brazil, Igor explored the work of Marina Tsvetaeva under the guidance of Professor Prisca Rita Agustoni de Almeida Pereira, in Tomsk he works under the guidance of Professor Marina Khatyamova. He continues his research but focuses on the emigrant poetry lyrics - from 1922 to the return to the USSR.   I am only a girl. My duty (1909-1910);   In the Luxembourg Garden (1909-1910);   In the Fatal Tome (September 29, 1915);   Poems to Block 5 (May 7, 1916);   Poems about Moscow 7 (July 8, 1916);   Poems about Moscow 8 (July 8, 1916);   Insomnia 3 (July 17, 1916);   Insomnia 6 (August 1, 1916);   Insomnia 7 (August 8, 1916);   Insomnia 9 (December 12, 1916);   Insomnia 10 (December 23, 1916);   I am. You will. There is an abyss between us (June 6, 1918);   My easy tread (November 1, 1918);   Two hands, easily lowered (Easter Week 1920);   You went away, Bread taste is gone (January 23, 1940).
07.11.2019 Read More
Xenon cosmetics created by TSU scientists will be promoted in Korea
The innovative aleexe cosmetics, created at the TSU Laboratory of Biochemistry of Transport Systems, continues to develop its Asian market. Recently, it was presented at the InterCHARM Beauty Expo Korea 2019, Seoul (South Korea). Several international companies operating in Southeast Asia have expressed their willingness to promote these new xenon products in the Korean market. Therefore, the developers intend to conduct additional research to expand the product line.     Five years ago, scientists at the TSU Laboratory of Biochemistry of Transport Systems developed a transdermal method for delivering biologically active substances to the body using an inert gas, xenon. It is an enhancer for biologically active and medicinal substances, thereby improving the properties of ointments, creams, and gels.     The exhibition in Seoul is a good test platform, as South Korea is now one of the world leaders in the cosmetics industry.     - At the exhibition, great attention was paid to us. We not only received feedback from visitors but also returned home with new ideas and professional contacts, - says Alexander Verkhovsky, head of the TSU Laboratory of Biochemistry of Transport Systems. - We are currently negotiating with companies that have expressed their willingness to become our representatives in South Korea.     According to Alexander Verkhovsky, the attention of visitors and other participants to the products was because of its innovative component. A fundamentally new offering appears on the market quite rarely, so the use of xenon as an active component for cosmetics has aroused great interest from potential consumers, distributors, and other participants of InterCHARM Beauty Expo Korea.     - The fact that the university laboratory is behind our developments is a scientific component that first of all attracted the attention of the public, - Alexander Verkhovsky explains. - This status is rated higher than that of just a seller of brand cosmetics. Now we plan to increase the research and experimental part. We work closely with the Laboratory of Physical-Chemical Analytical Methods. This helps to determine how many active substances pass through the skin membrane and find the combination of components necessary for better permeability. Research is needed to create new products that are the most effective but at the same time safe for the consumer.     The company's plans include not only expanding the line of cosmetic products but also developing new transdermal methods for delivering drugs, for example, insulin and anesthetics.     This development of TSU biochemists is already sold in the UK, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Along with South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, and countries of Eastern Europe are considered a new distribution region.  
05.11.2019 Read More
TSU is again among the Project 5-100 leaders
The Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Russian Universities Among Global Leading Research and Education Centres (Council of the Project 5-100) has recommended that the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation continue to provide state support in 2020 to 21 universities participating in Project 5-100. At the same time, the universities were divided into three groups, each of which included seven universities.   Group 1 is composed of National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), ITMO University, National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), National University of Science and Technology MISIS (NUST MISIS), Tomsk State University (TSU), and Novosibirsk State University (NSU).   Group 2 includes Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), Kazan Federal University (KFU), Sechenov University, Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Ural Federal University (UrFU), RUDN University, and the University of Tyumen.   Group 3 comprises Lobachevsky University, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), South Ural State University (SUSU), Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU), Samara University, and Siberian Federal University (SibFU).   The two-day meeting of the Council was attended by Tatyana Golikova, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (Chairman of the Council), Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (Deputy Chairman of the Council), Andrei Volkov, academic policy advisor of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, and Council members Herman Gref, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia; Alexander Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Malcolm J. Grant, Chancellor of the University of York; Weifang Min, President of Chinese Society for Education Development Strategies; Philip G. Altbach, Founding Director of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education; and Koenraad Debackere, General Manager of the KU Leuven Research & Development.   Representatives of regions also took part in the discussions, in particular, Tomsk Region Governor Sergey Zhvachkin, who arrived to demonstrate how important the university’s position is both for the region and for the positioning of the university as a whole in world rankings.     When allocating universities to groups, the Council’s assessment took into account three parameters: achievements in rankings, values of indicators characterizing the scientific, educational, international, and financial activities of the universities, and an assessment by members of the Council. The distribution of universities into three groups provides the subsequent differentiation of state support to universities, that is, the amount of the subsidies allocated to them by the Government of the Russian Federation from the federal budget.
05.11.2019 Read More
Professor from Italy spoke about stereotypes and marketing of Siberia
Roberto Bruni, Research Fellow in Business Administration, Professor at the Department of Economics and Law, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy), spoke recently at the Institute of Economics and Management (IEM) about how the university can influence the positioning of the city and increase interest from investors, professors, students, and tourists.   The expert spoke at the panel discussion of the international economic symposium Positioning Tomsk as a University City, and also gave lectures on territory marketing for International Management master’s program students.     - We met with students four times for 4 hours and talked about the role of territory marketing in the development of countries and cities. What are the features of the territory, and how can university employees, internal and external stakeholders, and active citizens be connected to create a system that will help develop the territory, - said Roberto Bruni.   He noted that this program is very interesting for him, because the class is international: students from India, Africa, and Russia study here and they are really interested in how to apply this topic in Tomsk.   - I have some experience in teaching in Russia, and I will share one observation – when there are only Russian students in the audience, they are often shy to express themselves. The dynamics get bigger when the class is international. This learning situation is much more productive, as one student engages and triggers the interest and activity of another, - says the professor.   At the panel discussion of the IEM international economic symposium, Professor Bruni also spoke about the role of the university in the development of the region, emphasizing how important it is to involve the university in this process. After all, it is the university that has the knowledge and tools that can help in attracting various stakeholders (companies, internal and external investors, and Tomsk citizens), to unite everyone in achieving a common goal.   - It is important to work with stereotypes and subjective interpretation and change them. Many Europeans still think that Siberia is only snow, cold, prison, and bears. At the same time, there are rich traditions, culture, and knowledge, and your university occupies high positions in world rankings.     However, as the expert noted, simple advertising is not the main factor in achieving this goal. People today do not trust it. We need to do more in public relations, organize international congresses, invite international experts, and explain what interesting things they can find here, as well as investors, students, and visitors to the city.   Summary of the speech: the correct positioning of the territory is human-made. The key is to model the process of the emergence of new knowledge, to create and emphasize the uniqueness of the city, and then its perception will be objective.  
23.10.2019 Read More
International students read Russian poetry at a competition
For the first time, the TSU Faculty of Historical and Political Studies held a competition, “Russian Poetry without Borders”, among international students. Students from China, Mongolia, Indonesia, Palestine, Laos, and Turkey performed works by Rozhdestvensky, Tyutchev, Asadov, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Yesenin, Pushkin, and other Russian poets.   The Faculty of Historical and Political Studies includes 111 students from 14 countries: Bulgaria, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cyprus, China, Colombia, Congo, Laos, Mongolia, Palestine, USA, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Ecuador. The faculty implements two undergraduate programs for international students - Resource Potential of the Siberian Region and Business Communication and World Politics Studies. The guests of Tomsk study anthropology and ethnology, foreign regional studies, history, regional studies of Russia, international relations, and political science.   - The faculty’s staff conducts comprehensive work with international students. In addition to a large number of hours in English and Russian, we offer several types of practice, such as orientation practice, obtaining primary professional skills, and speech communication. Our teachers talk about the cultural features of Russia, about the economy, politics, and history of our country, and the features of the infrastructure of Tomsk, - said Tatyana Andreeva, the acting head of the Department of International Business Communication.   Every month, the faculty holds extracurricular activities that contribute to the adaptation of international students in Russia - quizzes, a dialogue of cultures, and excursions. At the same time, students are immersed in an environment where they use both English and Russian. Teachers do not leave students alone in an unfamiliar country. In each group, there are mentors from among the teaching staff who work with international students and help to do homework and solve everyday problems.     One of the participants in the competition was Hu Shenen, a sophomore from China, who studies Russian regional studies and is one of the best students in the group. Hu Shenen read a poem by Marina Tsvetaeva, “Communication through Dreams”.   - Russia is a large country, close to China, so I chose it. Coming to Tomsk was fate. I immediately fell in love with this city. It is small and very quiet, I like it. Learning is difficult because of the language, but the teachers help, and I found many Russian friends: they help me learn Russian, and I help them learn Chinese. When I finish my studies at TSU, I plan to become a businessman, - said Hu Shenen.     Sofia Mardapitta came to Tomsk from Cyprus. Her mother is Russian, and her father is half Cypriot and half English. Sofia is studying in the 2nd year in International Relations in a group with Russian students. She has a black belt in taekwondo and a certificate in deep diving and is also professionally engaged in gymnastics.   - I did not plan to study in Russia, I wanted to go to Europe and learn Chinese. But in Europe, there was no Chinese, and my mother advised me to go to Russia. The choice was between Moscow State University and TSU, and I decided to try in Tomsk because Moscow is too big a city, - said Sofia. - My grandmother lives in Tomsk, and I was here when I was little, but I don’t remember anything. When I arrived last year, in October it was beautiful, but then it suddenly snowed. I had a cultural shock.   Sofia said that in Cyprus she studied Russian with her mother, so she arrived in Tomsk already prepared. She was surprised that the people in Russia, although friendly, were rather closed.   - The second language that I study at the faculty is German. I translated from Chinese because I realized that it is better to learn at your own pace. I was lucky because two Chinese women now live with me, and I still learn this language, - said the student. - It’s difficult to learn - the most difficult subject for me is philosophy, and the easiest is English.   Ahmed Alkhaldi came from Palestine. He received his first education - document management - in his homeland, and then, on the advice of a friend, he came to Russia and began to study anthropology and ethnology. His native languages are Arabic and Hebrew, and he also speaks fluent English and Russian.   - I chose anthropology and ethnology because it is interesting to me. I am the first international student to start studying in this area, and the only international student in the group, - said Ahmed Alkhaldi. - Teachers give a lot of information and tasks: per week I do 3 reports and essays. Palestine has a different education system, it was difficult to readjust, but I’m used to it in the third year.       Like Sofia, Ahmed Alkhaldi noted difficulties in communication.   - In the first year, it was difficult for me to make friends with someone, and it was strange. I even wanted to stop my studies and go home, but the staff talked to me and I changed my mind - it was a good choice. I have friends now.   In the future, this student wants to develop visual anthropology at the TSU Faculty of Historical and Political Studies: the study of films and photographs as the historical heritage of different cultures and the documenting of traditions and customs of peoples with video and audio tools.  
23.10.2019 Read More