Finno-Ugric Studies
Finno-Ugric Studies

The uniqueness of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra lies in the fact that the historical and modern culture of many peoples living in Yugra exists in an open dialogue and mutual enrichment. Here, the traditions of indigenous nature management and the pace of industrial development require a respectful attitude to the cultural and spiritual needs of all population categories. Cultural identity coexists with "cultural globalism", and it is important that they help each other in developing a multicolored though unified cultural environment.

The shared goal of the cultural capacity of Yugra is to make people as accessible as possible to cultural values and information, to reveal their creative abilities, and to provide comfortable and meaningful recreation. The preservation, development and raising awareness of the traditional culture of the Northern small indigenous peoples are an important component of the entire state and cultural policy of the region, which determines the attitude not only to the past but also to the future. The historical culture of the region and its identity reflect harsh living conditions that created a special cultural environment and amazing folklore of the Ob Ugric peoples.

Yugra State University tries to contribute to the preservation of the languages, literature, culture and ethnic identity of indigenous peoples (Khanty, Mansi) living on the territory of Yugra through establishing international collaborations for the implementation of educational programs and research; developing an integrated system of scientific research in Philology, History, Cultural Studies,
Pedagogical Training, Psychology, Tourism, Intercultural Communications; promoting mutual understanding, tolerance, and rapprochement of cultures through intercultural dialogue.

The university hosts the Center of Northern Peoples, the Museum of Northern Peoples, t he Creative Workshop for Arts and Crafts of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Craftswomen Club, Hungarian Language Office, realize a postgraduate degree program in Linguistics and Literary Studies, with major in Languages of the Peoples of the Russian Federation (Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic Languages).

Yugra State University is a member of the International Network of Arctic Universities (UArctic). In cooperation with UArctic, YuSU participated in programs organized by the UArctic leadership and its members - the North2North International Mobility Program: providing tuition free training and internships at member universities of the UArctic Network. It is also a member of the National Arctic Research and Education Consortium (NAREC, http://arctic-union.ru/). Since 2011, Yugra State University has been a member of the Association of Finno-Ugric Universities (AFUU). http://iafuu.ugrasu.ru/), presiding over in 2019-2021. In 2019, the university was the venue for the International Youth Festival "Finno-Ugric Spring 2019" held in Khanty-Mansiysk, May 21-24, that incorporated the following events: 6th International Finno-Ugric Student Forum "Wealth of Finno-Ugric Peoples"; 8th International Pageant "Miss Finno-Ugric Student 2019"; Regional Applied Research Conference "New Horizons of Development and Window of Opportunities for Small Indigenous Peoples of the North".

Every year, with the participation of Yugra State University, a number of international projects for culture and art of indigenous peoples of the North are held under the auspices of UNESCO/Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO: International Environmental Campaign "To Save and Preserve", International IT Forum, International Festival of Crafts of Indigenous Peoples of the World, International Congress of Traditional Art Culture: Issues of Folk Art Fundamental Research, International Environmental Project "Red Book Through the Eyes of Children", International Conference On Education For Sustainable Development.

In accordance with the Yugra State University Development Program, the university focuses on the scientific problem of designing a sustainable development model of the region as a technological springboard of Russia, providing that the main biosphere functions are fully preserved and the quality of ecosystem services that provide comfortable living for both the indigenous peoples of the North and the rest of the region's population is maintained.

Finno-ugric partners of the university:

For more information, please contact:

Tatyana Dyatlova, coordinator of finno-ugric studies: ta_dyatlova@rambler.ru

Oksana Gololobova, head of the international cooperation center: o_gololobova@ugrasu.ru