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Volunteers from Slovakia will work on projects at TSU for 10 months
Two volunteers from Slovakia have come to the UNIVOL Volunteering Center as part of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) program. Peter Ribar and Esther Catherine Estock will work at the Center for Social and Professional Volunteering, and also the International Resource Center of the TSU Research Library, for 10 months. Their project is dedicated to youth policy in volunteering at TSU and in Tomsk.     The volunteers Peter and Esther will take part in university projects and implement their ideas for events and projects. They will also conduct master classes on how to use the ESC capabilities of Russian and international TSU students and non-profit organizations that are partners of the UNIVOL Center. It also will be possible to come to them for a consultation and just chat.     - Some time ago, I returned from a three-month volunteer trip to Russia. This visit enriched me personally and left a lot of positive impressions and interesting thoughts. This experience has changed my outlook on life in this country. Therefore, one of the reasons why I decided to take part in a long-term volunteer project at Tomsk University is my interest in a deeper acquaintance with Russian culture. Also, participating in the program motivates me to improve my Russian language, - says Peter Ribar.       The volunteer added that working with young people seems very important to him because it can positively affect their actions in solving vital problems and tasks.   — Thanks to the opportunities of nonformal education, European Solidarity Corps helps volunteers acquire new competencies needed in the modern world. At the same time, volunteers don’t have any special financial costs because this is a grant program. The goal of ESC is to help young people to develop their solidarity and tolerance through participating in nonprofit volunteer programs abroad, - explains Christina Buyakova, head of the UNIVOL Center.   Information about TSU in the European database can be found on the organization’s portal.   - I want to improve my English and I hope that after the project I can speak Russian. I also want to meet new people and learn more about life in Russia. I would like to change the stereotypical opinions of people in Slovakia about Russia. Therefore, I will write a blog about my experience or maybe even a book! - shares Esther Catherine  
17.10.2019 Read More
TSU is among 10 strongest universities in the QS EECA Rankings
  Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published its ranking of the best universities in Emerging Eastern Europe and Central Asia – the QS EECA University Rankings 2020. TSU has taken 8th place among the 350 strongest universities. The university improved its performance by criteria such as reputation among academic experts and employers, the number of scientific articles, including with the participation of international co-authors. In terms of the number of students per teacher and the number of teachers with a degree, the university received a maximum mark of 100 points. TSU had nearly the same result in the number of international students, where the university has taken 8th place.   This year the fifth edition of the QS EECA ranking was published and Tomsk State University showed excellent development dynamics: from 27th place in 2015, it entered the top ten among the 350 best universities in developing Europe and Central Asia in 2019, which includes countries such as Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, and others.   - The fact that TSU has not only improved its position but entered the 10 strongest universities in European and Asian countries, confirms the correctness of our chosen vector for the formation of the university’s ecosystem and for the export of educational technologies. Now these accents have formed the basis for a world-class research and educational center in the Tomsk Region, - said Eduard Galazhinsky. - The strongest position, the 1st place among Russian universities in the number of international students, is an indicator of high-quality education at Tomsk State University.     The published part of the ranking this year included 350 of the best universities in the region, 105 of them from Russia. In first place, as it was a year earlier, is Lomonosov Moscow State University. The experts rated universities by ten criteria. Academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, papers per faculty, international research network, web impact, staff with a PhD, citations per paper, international faculty, and international students were taken into account.
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Students from Vietnam attend the TSU intensive Russian language course
Summer School 2019, organized by the University for teenagers from Vietnam, was the fourth annual one. The participants are pupils of the Tran Phu High School (Haiphong), which specializes in teaching Russian for high school students. At TSU, the students improve their knowledge of Russian. Many of them then become students of Tomsk State University.   It is possible to enter Tran Phu only by competition, which means that potential TSU applicants are highly prepared and motivated to receive higher education. They study Russian from the 10th to 12th grades, and, moreover, it is the only foreign language in this period of study.   - These are children focused on admission to Russian universities. We signed a collaborative agreement with this school in 2015. We also send our teachers to Vietnam. Starting this year, we will send Tatyana Kuryanova, a master’s student of the program Russian as a Foreign Language, to teaching practice in Haiphong, -says Svetlana Fashchanova, associate professor of the Department of the Russian Language at the Faculty of Philology.   During the Summer School, which is going on now and lasts from two to three weeks, the students study Russian every day for four hours with the TSU teachers. They not only learn Russian but also get to know the city and the university. By tradition, the school combines a tight training schedule and a rich cultural program that also meets the educational objectives of the course: excursions, master classes in making Russian national toys and painting spoons, and much more. One of the most remarkable excursions this year was a trip to the Semiluzhensky stockade.     - This year 11 people came to us. All of them are classmates, they moved to the 11th form, and they have studied Russian for only one year. But they already have a very decent level - they understand the main part of speech. However, Vietnamese teachers cannot explain all the characteristics of the Russian language and culture. This is especially true of country study, and we are focusing on this when preparing the summer school program. We are telling them about the history of Russia and Siberia - in particular, about our famous compatriots, - adds Svetlana Fashchanova.   During their stay in Tomsk, the Vietnam students also visit the TSU faculties - this helps them to choose where they will continue their education. This year there was a request to show the Faculty of Psychology and Faculty of Journalism, the Institute of Economics and Management, and the Higher IT School (HITS).   Most graduates of summer schools choose TSU for future higher education. For example, 20 graduates of the special school named after Tran Phu are now studying in TSU’s undergraduate programs.  
05.07.2019 Read More
Master's theses were defended at the IEM
Students have defended their master's theses at the Institute of Economics and Management. Almost 100 people from Russia, China, Laos, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan will receive Master's diplomas. This year, they dedicated their work to knowledge management, lean manufacturing, market introduction of an import substitution product, business modeling, franchising, improved marketing management, and other topical issues of economics and management.     Chen Meiyin from China, a Master’s student in the program Management, defended her thesis “Marketing Strategy for the Entry of a Russian B2B E-commerce Company into the Chinese Market”.   - After graduation, I want to find a job in the B2B sphere, so I was interested in exploring this topic. In addition, this year I had an internship at Supl.biz (a B2B online platform for small and medium-sized businesses, where entities can conduct transactions without any complicated documents, for example, an electronic digital signature or bank guarantee) and during Internship found that Supl.biz has problems with entering the Chinese market. Therefore, I decided to analyze in detail the marketing strategy of a Russian B2B e-commerce company in the Chinese market, - said Chen Meiyin.   As a result of the analysis, it became clear that the Russian B2B e-commerce platform could attract Chinese buyers and suppliers. However, in China there are some features that need attention.   - The level of English proficiency in China is below average, so Russian platforms find it difficult to enter the Chinese B2B market using only the English website. Further, people in China are more accustomed to chatting via Wechat or QQ than by email. They do not trust a site if it is not found in Baidu. In the future, when entering the Chinese market, this information will help Supl.biz to adjust its strategy, - the Master’s graduate said.   Sayabut Amphaivanh from Laos dedicated his work to the study of quality management in the hospitality industry in the city of Vientiane (Laos):   - My dissertation is devoted to the issues of hospitality and can serve as a guide for those who plan to conduct hotel business. The study focuses on the weaknesses of services, in particular, insufficient skills and qualifications of employees. This is due to the lack of a sufficient labor force with appropriate qualifications for the rapidly developing tourist market of Vientiane.   Sayabut surveyed about 100 respondents to find out the preferences of tourists. The analysis showed that the most important criterion for them is service, followed by the quality of food provided and the availability of entertainment.   - For success, a hotel in Vientiane should focus primarily on the quality of service. And this speaks to the need to transform the existing strategy in hospitality, said the Master’s graduate.   Ksenia Novosad defended in Finance and Credit:   - Today there is a global problem of waste disposal. Obviously, it can be resolved to a large extent with the participation of the government. I consider the situation on the example of a small rural settlement in the village of Krasny Yar and offer three options. The most profitable of them is a concession agreement between the administration of the settlement and the enterprise, which is engaged in sawmilling - said Ksenia.   The author of the work proposed a full-fledged plan for solving the problem; the administration of the Krasnoyarsk rural settlement has already read it.   -In addition to the economic justification, we have proposed a schedule for implementation with all deadlines, ranging from analyzing the supplier market and analyzing the internal capabilities and resources of the enterprise, to commissioning and purchasing equipment, - said Ksenia.
05.07.2019 Read More
TSU entered group 101-150 of the ShanghaiRanking in Metallurgy
The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has released its Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019. TSU entered the group 101-150 in Metallurgical Engineering; in addition, it is included in the ranking in Physics (401-500) for the third time and for the second time it is included in Earth Sciences (401-500).   - The classical university is traditionally strong in engineering and technical disciplines, because the TSU ecosystem itself is geared towards the development of interdisciplinarity, breakthrough areas of science, and interaction with industrial partners. Developments of TSU scientists in biomedicine, materials science, and physics are carried out also in international collaborations and are known all over the world, - noted Eduard Galazhinskiy, TSU Rector.   For example, now a TSU team of scientists led by Professor Victor Günther creates medical materials and implants with shape memory - biocompatible alloys whose behavior corresponds to the behavior of biological tissues. In addition, scientists from the Laboratory of Physics of High-Strength Crystals SPhTI TSU created a new alloy with shape memory. It is able to compete with alloys of titanium nickelide, which is the most popular and sought-after compound, on the basis of which medical instruments, implants, actuators, thermal sensors, and other structures are created. All these developments are in demand in surgery, oncology, dentistry, aviation, aerospace, automotive, and robotics.   In the ShanghaiRanking 2019, TSU entered the group 401-500, having traditionally shown good results in physics because of many years of successful work in world-class projects. TSU is the only representative of Russia in the TOTEM collaboration and a full member of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN. Now TSU scientists in collaboration with the German national synchrotron center DESY (Hamburg) are creating a microscope for studying biological objects, and the first tests of the device have been successful.   The group 401-500 is also located in Earth Science, including through environmental research under the guidance of Oleg Pokrovsky, a leading scientist in landscape biogeochemistry.   In 2019, more than 1,700 universities from 86 countries are represented in the ShanghaiRanking. The best educational institutions are selected on the basis of five criteria: productivity of scientific activity; citation index normalized by thematic categories; international collaboration; number of materials published by the institution in the best journals; and scientific awards. Universities are ranked in 54 subjects in engineering, and life, natural, medical, and social sciences. At the same time, experts take into account only the highest achievements of universities presented in the best scientific journals. Bibliometric data are taken from the Web of Science and InCites databases.
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3 students from China with double degrees chose a TSU master’s program
Ten students who came from China to study at Tomsk State University in the double degree program with Shenyang Polytechnic University received bachelor's degrees in philology in June. Three of them chose a master’s program of the TSU Faculty of Philology to continue their studies.   This is a significant result, notes Svetlana Fashchanova, associate professor at the Russian Language Department of the Faculty of Philology. Usually graduates try to continue their studies at universities in Moscow or Saint Petersburg.   - Perhaps one of the reasons for choosing TSU as the university for their master’s work was the university’s increased positions in the rankings, and the high ranking (group 100-150) in the Modern Languages area in the QS World University Rankings by Subject. In addition, in recent years, the support of the social life of international students has noticeably improved, thanks to the International Student Services Center of the TSU International Division, which affects the quality of their life in Tomsk, - says Svetlana Fashchanova.     TSU has implemented a joint program with Shenyang Polytechnic University since 2010. Under the program, students from China study for the first two years at their university and come to TSU for the third and fourth years. At the end of their undergraduate studies, they receive two diplomas - Chinese and Russian.   The first graduation of such students was in 2012, when 12 graduates received diplomas in the philology specialty. In total, 86 philologists with double diplomas have graduated during the program.   Since last year, two chemists, four programmers, and one economist are studying at TSU under the double degree program with Shenyang Polytechnic University.
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TSU is 268th in the QS World University Rankings
Quacquarelli Symonds has published its ranking of the best universities, QS World University Rankings 2020, one of the most authoritative rankings in the worldwide academic community. Tomsk State University entered the first quartile (top 25%) of the strongest universities in the world, taking 268th place. The Russian Federation is represented by 25 higher education institutions, and TSU ranked 4th among them.   Tomsk State University improved last year's result in the QS World University Rankings by 9 points. According to TSU’s Rector, Eduard Galazhinskiy, the higher the position of the university, the more global the competition and the more significant even a small advance. In total, over the past five years, TSU has risen in the QS ranking by 283 positions.     The ranking evaluates six parameters: academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty/student ratio; citations per faculty; international faculty ratio; and international student ratio.   - The fact that TSU not only improved its position but entered the top 25% of the strongest universities in the world, confirms the correctness of our chosen vector for the university ecosystem and for the export of educational technologies - said Eduard Galazhinskiy. - The strongest TSU position is 29th place among the universities of the world in the ratio between the number of academic personnel and the number of students. According to the compilers of the ranking, this is an indirect indicator of high-quality education.   The university also showed noticeable growth in the share of international students (21 points), becoming the 113rd in the world, and in academic reputation (19 points) - this indicator has the greatest weight and makes up 40% of the total university assessment.   Tomsk State University entered the QS ranking for the first time in 2014, then it was in group 501-600. For five years afterward, the University has continuously showed a positive trend.
25.06.2019 Read More
HITs students will pass their test at a cybersport championship
Freshmen of the TSU Higher IT School (HITs) are organizing a championship in eSports – the games Dota 2 and Counter Strike. In this form, students from ten countries will take a test in intercultural communication. During the championship and the preparation for it, future programmers also acquire soft skills needed in their professional activities — they learn to work in a team, overcome technical and organizational problems, and take responsibility for decisions made.   - We gave the students one month to organize the championship, - explains Denis Zmeyev, an assistant at the Department of Software Engineering. - They solved all the issues independently - from the booking of audiences to the organization of technical support, refereeing, and online broadcast of the championship. Only through well-coordinated interaction can you cope with this rather serious test. Thus, students learn to find a common language with people of another culture, to distribute the load correctly, and to make informed decisions. In the future, this should help the graduates of HITs to organically integrate into any team and be successful, regardless of the country in which they work.   Along with the organization of the championship, some of the freshmen are going to participate in it as players. Students of the Higher IT School of TSU from Russia, Laos, USA, China, Singapore, Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, and other countries will be on the teams that will compete for the title of the best. In addition, second-year students of HITs, representatives of the TSU Law Institute, and TPU, TUSUR, and SSMU students participate in the Dota 2 and Counter-Strike tournament.   - The decision on the choice of games for the tournament was made by a vote, - said Rufina Rafikova, one of the main organizers. - The choice was not only between games but also between genres. For example, the strategy genre was abandoned because of the length of time involved. The need for teamwork also left an imprint on the final decision.   The championship will take several days: qualification games and the quarter-finals will take place on June 19, and the semi-finals and the final will be held on June 22. Winners will receive prize-certificates from partners of the tournament.   On June 21, the first-year students will have to pass another test - the exam in the programming course. Since the basic principle of HITs is to teach future software engineers through solving real-world problems, students will need to create a computer game from scratch to pass the exam. Work goes on in groups for a month. On June 21, at the exam, students will present 16 demos of new computer games. Evaluating the originality of ideas and technical solutions will be teachers and representatives of IT companies - partners of the Higher IT School.
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