The YUSU delegation, headed by rector Tatiana Karminskaya, broke ground in Kazan, Russia's Republic of Tatarstan capital, as they visited Kazan Federal University -- KFU. The foundation of the prominent university dates back to 1804, with its long row of world-famous alumni and faculty. For instance, Nikolay Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician and geometer, known primarily for his work on hyperbolic geometry, was a KFU rector for almost 20 years. Everyone might also be familiar with the names of revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, writer Lev Tolstoy, chemist Aleksandr Arbuzov, military surgeon Aleksandr Vishnevsky.  Moreover, the University Museum is known to be one of the most honorable and significant sites in KFU, where the YUSU delegation had a fascinating guided tour around the place.

Later that day the YUSU leadership met their KFU counterparts. The meeting was attended by KFU Vice-rector for Academic Affairs Dmitry Tayursky, Vice-rector for Research Danis Nurgaliyev, Vice-rector for Innovation Dmitry Pashin, Director of Institute of Management, Economics and Finance Naila Bagautdinova, Director of Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication Radif Zamaletdinov, Director of Institute of Computational Mathematics Sergey Mosin, Director of Institute of Ecology and Nature Management Svetlana Selivanovskaya, Head of Department of Algebra and Mathematical Logic at N.I. Lobachevsky Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics Marat Arslanov, Director of Department of PR and Marketing Leyla Mukhtarova, Director of Academic Department Alina Khalilova.

The attendees agreed on key issues and objectives of the delegation visit. Then, the YUSU representatives did split by their majors to visit relevant institutes and divisions at Kazan Federal University: Institute of Management, Economics and Finance, Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, KFU Higher School of Journalism and Media Communications, Department of PR and Marketing.  

The participants teamwork resulted in the particular proposals for further cooperation between the two universities: joint academic activity, including networked Master's and PhD degree programs in Applied Geology, Mining, Oil and Gas, Geodesy, Computer Science and Technology.

YUSU and KFU agreed to schedule individual faculty academic mobilities to be hosted at Kazan Federal University. It was decided to elaborate a list of prospective joint research topics in strategic academic units to be funded both by YUSU and KFU, including in-house university grants. Also, the counterparts planned to go into the issue on making the YUSU professorship a part of KFU-based Dissertations Defense Boards. The foregoing questions constituted minutes of the meeting and will be addressed throughout the year. 

"We have common topics of interest both for YUSU and KFU," rector Karminskaya said. "During the visit we have managed to devise an action framework which will help the two institutions build mutually beneficial relationships."

The KFU delegation return visit in YUSU is scheduled for late April. 

English version by Azat Garipov.
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