A delegation from the Shenyang University of Architecture and Civil Engineering of the People's Republic of China visited NSUACE (Sibstrin)

On December 24-25, 2023, a delegation from the Shenyang University of Architecture and Civil Engineering of the People's Republic of China visited NGASU (Sibstrin).

The delegation consisted of Director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange Wang Xing, Professor, Director of the Institute of Management Liu Yachen, Chief Specialist of the Institute of International Education, interpreter from Russian Wen Yuzhu. NSUACE (Sibstrin) was represented by the director of the Institute of International Affairs, Natalya Sineeva.

Representatives of the Chinese university met with the rector of NSUACE (Sibstrin) Yuri Skolubovich. He made a presentation of the university, talked about its history and modernity, educational programs, scientific projects and opportunities that the university provides to foreign students.

Also during the visit, the delegation of the Shenyang University of Architecture and Civil Engineering held negotiations on cooperation with the director of the Institute of International Affairs Natalya Sineeva, the director of the Institute of Construction Vladimir Gvozdev, the director of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning Alexei Gudkov, and the head of the Department of Economics, Management, Sociology and Pedagogy Natalya Nizhalskaya.

The main topics of discussion were such areas of cooperation as academic mobility of students and teachers and joint scientific research in the field of architecture and construction. The parties plan that, as a result of the negotiations, a cooperation agreement will be concluded between NSUACE (Sibstrin) and Shenyang University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. This is especially essential because of the fact that Novosibirsk and Shenyang are sister cities.

Members of the delegation were also able to get to know NSUACE (Sibstrin) better, visited the university museum, laboratories, sports and fitness complex, exhibition spaces, the UNESCO International Chair and an introductory tour of the campus.

At the end of the visit, Wang Xing, Liu Yachen and Wen Yuzhu met with students and teachers of NSUACE (Sibstrin) studying Chinese. The conversation was coordinated by the director of the Center for International Projects of the Institute of International Affairs, Maria Markova.

Chinese language training has been taking place at NSUACE (Sibstrin) for the third year as an additional education programs. More than 20 students and teachers of our university studying Chinese. Thanks to the visit of the Shenyang delegation, students for the first time had the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice and communicate with Chinese native speakers.

Students and teachers prepared a large number of questions about the country and culture, about the Shenyang city, its attractions and the Shenyang University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The guys were interested in the details of students life in China, the level of security, the peculiarities of the northeastern dialect, Chinese cuisine, requirements for foreign students studying in China, the possibility of undergoing practical training in China, the prestige of the design profession in China and much more. Representatives of the Shenyang delegation noted their good level of Chinese language proficiency and invited our students and teachers to participate in grant programs. The grant training program fully covers university tuition and accommodation on the university campus, and also includes a monthly stipend of 3,000 yuan (more than 30,000 rubles). A necessary condition for participation in grant programs is proficiency in Chinese at the HSK 4 (B2) level.

Following the meeting, the director of the Center for International Projects of the the Institute of International Affairs, Maria Markova, noted that such communication greatly stimulates further language learning and motivates to improve the level. We hope that the first acquaintance with the Shenyang University of Architecture and Civil Engineering will mark the beginning of a long and fruitful cooperation and teachers and students of NSUACE (Sibstrin) will have the opportunity to gain new professional knowledge and improve the level of the Chinese language at a partner university in China.