UNESCO department "Titular Languages in Cross-cultural Educational Space" was established in the Ulyanovsk region
The Governor Sergey Morozov visited the new subdivision of the Pedagogical University on 15 September. The event took place within the VII International Cultural Forum.
"Establishment of the UNESCO department shows that achievements of the higher education institution are internationally recognized. Now the Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University has a great opportunity to participate in various international cultural, educational and scientific projects. It is the first UNESCO department of this type in our country. It shall become a curator, a methodical center, an intellectual tutor of the associated UNESCO schools located in the territory of the Ulyanovsk region. It is one more resource for development of not only your university but also the whole region. In the long term, the department will become an additional regional center to strengthen our communications with UNESCO, with other states", - Sergey Morozov said.
Creation of the department is included into the UNITWIN programme aimed to provide extensive support of international cooperation in the field of higher education. Currently the programme involves approximately 800 institutions of UNESCO in 126 countries; 60 of them are in Russia. In 2016, the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and the principal of ULSPU Tamara Devyatkina signed an agreement on creation of this facility.
"We have completed some great work over this time. The thing is is that four years are required to receive the official status of UNESCO department. We did not just submitt the application and waited. We were also working: held various festivals, conferences, provided training of our teachers and students abroad through exchange groups, including the ones in France and Kazakhstan. The uniqueness of our department is that it will study titular languages. These are the languages which correspond with the name of an ethnos or a country, members of a culture, identity of a particular people", - Tamara Devyatkina commented.
According to the federal experts, establishment of such a scientific organization of the international level will help to promote the region outside the country.
“UNESCO opens the opportunities for interaction between both higher education institutions and people. It is a bridge that allows to learn more about each other. ULSPU will work in the sphere, which does not belong to only one sector; it involves interdepartmental interaction. I think that training of specialists, who will be able to resolve issues of national, cultural and educational policy, will become one of the department's major areas of work. All these directions are strategically important for Russia today”, - said Olga Astafyeva, a professor of the UNESCO department of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).
Currently a number of projects are being implemented in the region in collaboration with UNESCO. One of the key ones is UNESCO Associated Schools. As the Minister of Education and Science Natalya Semyonova noted, over the five years of its implementation, the project attracted about 20 schools, which were included into this international network. The key areas of work include ecology, environmental protection, study and preservation of historical and cultural heritage, as well as study of human and children rights.
It is planned that the UNESCO department will allow to consolidate the activities of these schools in implementations of international projects.