In the 2018/2019 academic year, students from 15 countries completed a unique additional academic program at Tomsk Polytechnic University. Representatives of Hungary, Ecuador, Malaysia, and other countries were trained for master and PhD programs in Russian.
Every year, the Pre-University Department of the Division for Russian Language at the School of Core Engineering Education admits about 30 foreigners who are going to pursue a master or PhD degree.
Oxana Palmina, chief expert at the Pre-University Department says:
‘In the 2018/2019 academic year, young bachelor and master students from 15 countries including Hungary, Vietnam, Ghana, Zimbabwe, India, Indonesia, Iran, China, Malaysia, Senegal, Mali, Sudan, Thailand, Ecuador, and South Africa studied under the program.
From October to June, they learned the Russian language and culture.’
Earlier the students of the program had earned their degrees in home countries, learned Russian at the Pre-University Department, and now 24 graduates applied for master and PhD programs at the TPU Schools of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Earth Sciences & Engineering, Computer Science & Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing Production.
‘The most popular directions among the program graduates are Nuclear Physics and Technology, Oil & Gas Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science and Technology. To learn Russian being one of the most difficult languages is not easy. It is even more difficult to study special sections on mathematics and physics in the foreign language, read and understand scientific and professional texts, compile reports, and make speeches at conferences. However, in just a year our students succeed. This is all thanks to qualified teachers, modern techniques, and, of course, the dedication of the students themselves. We have nine graduates with honors,’ adds Oxana Palmina.
One of the excellent graduates is Dzhankhorbani Mehran from Iran. He has applied for the PhD program Geology, Exploration and Development of Minerals at the School of Earth Sciences & Engineering. Mehran’s scientific interests are in well-drilling technology. When he arrived in Tomsk, Mehran spoke a little Russian and understood simple phrases. During his studies, he significantly advanced in Russian. At the end of the academic year, he successfully reported at the All-Russia Conference Scientific Initiative of International Students and Ph.D. Students at Russian Universities, which is annually held on the basis of the TPU Division for Russian Language. For his report, he was awarded a III degree diploma.
The additional educational program for preparing foreign citizens to study at the graduate and postgraduate schools of TPU and other universities of the Russian Federation, supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, has been implemented at the university since 2006.
In the 2018/2019 academic year, students from 33 countries completed programs at the Pre-University Department.