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7:03 PM  April 28, 2021

About 300 international students participate in TPU online conference

© РИА Томск. Таисия ВоронцоваAbout 300 international students participate in TPU online conference

TOMSK, Apr 28 – RIA Tomsk. During the COVID-19 epidemic, the number of participants in the conference "Scientific Initiative of International Students and Postgraduates" held at Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) increased by almost a third, reaching 280 in 2021, Head of the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language Evgeniya Sherina told RIA Tomsk on Wednesday.

"Last year, we were one of the first in Russia to hold this conference in April in an online format, although we were expecting everyone in person. This year we are also holding an online conference. When it was in person, guys from other cities came to us, but there were not so many speakers, but now everyone has the opportunity to make a presentation so that they can listen to and ask questions. There are advantages (in the online format – Ed.)", – Sherina said.

According to her, about 200 people took part in the conference in previous years. This year there are more than 280 international students from 65 universities. Participants are residents of 49 countries of the world, including China, Indonesia, Egypt, Italy, Poland, Colombia, Sudan and others. Only one section is held in English – for those who study in English-language programs at Russian universities.

"All other students prepare articles, reports for publications, speak and make presentations in Russian. Not only those who are already fluent in Russian – undergraduates and postgraduates, but also students of preparatory departments who study Russian for the first year from zero, they are just getting ready to enter, but they are already taking the first step into science, for them it is difficult, but very useful", – the agency's interlocutor said.

Young scientists discuss modern and dynamically developing areas of science, including in the fields of ecology, agriculture, food industry, 3D modeling and others. In addition, many reports are a description of fundamental works, the results of which can both contribute to the further development of sciences and have practical application.

On Thursday, within the framework of the conference, an all-Russian round table of international students and graduate students "Multicultural digital space: challenges, risks, prospects" will be held.

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