The mayor Petr Kulhanek and deputy mayor Jiri Klsak of Karlovy Vary have visited the university during their official visit to Khanty-Mansiysk, the capital of Yugra. 

Petr Kulhanek, Mayor of Karlovy Vary, and Tatiana Karminskaya, YUSU Rector, met this Tuesday to discuss prospective joint cooperation projects between the Czech city and Yugra State University. In her welcome address, the YUSU rector Ms. Karminskaya referred to Karlovy Vary as the jewel in the crown of Czech Republic saying it was a popular resort city among Yugra residents. 

She emphasized the fact that Yugra State University established friendly relations with Czech Republic long time ago. As far back as 2008, YUSU signed a number of cooperation agreements with Czech educational institutions – South Moravian Center for International Mobility, Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology and Mendel University in Brno.

Also, YUSU has launched a Czech language center to let school and university students take free language courses with a native speaker. High level of language proficiency the students obtain upon the completion of the courses makes it possible for them to pursue academic degrees taught in Czech. Over the past 9 years, about 25 YUSU students have participated in academic mobility activities with Czech universities. Five native-speaking teachers followed each other tutoring students and getting to know culture and traditions of Yugra.

With two consecutive years teaching at YUSU, Ivana Vrajova of South-Moravian Center for International Mobility attended the meeting and shared her impressions of the students.

Mr. Kulhanek made a point of telling about the population decline and youth out-migration in Karlovy Vary due to the absence of a university in the city. According to the mayor, this issue is finally addressed as Charles University in Prague will open a branch university in Karlovy Vary with 2 majors in Physical therapy and Balneology.

Rector Karminskaya upheld the mayor's position highlighting the case of Khanty-Mansiysk when its population grew significantly after Yugra State University had been established here. 

–Young people arrive here to study, later get jobs, make families, start businesses making urban population and regional economy grow, – she said.

The honored guests had a conversation about friendship and literature to be the way of the rapprochement between the Slavic nations. Later the delegation visited the Czech language center and the university campus. In the end, Petr Kulhanek invited Tatiana Karminskaya to make a visit in Karlovy Vary as a Yugra delegation official for the in-depth development of prospective cooperation projects.

English version by Azat Garipov.
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