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Matej Bela University in Banska Bystrica received books in Russian as a gift

From April 8 to April 12, 2019, a delegation of the Surgut State Pedagogical University (SurSPU) headed by the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Doctor of Philology Dmitry Larkovich visited Slovakia. The delegation included scientists and teachers in the field of philological education and journalism.

The University is one of the bigest higher educational institutions of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District. The university has close ties with Slovakia. It has been working for several years with the Slovak Matej Béla University (UMB) in Banska Bystritsa.

After visiting the Russian Center in Bratislava, the delegation went to Banska Bystrica. Russian scientists were warmly greeted by the rector of the Matej Bela University Vladimir Gyadlovski, the vice-rector for international cooperation and continuing education, Katharina Khovantsova and other Slovak scientists and teachers.

The members of the Russian delegation held a number of lectures for students on the history, culture and art of Ugra, conducted a friendly meeting with the rector of the UMB, signed a plan of joint activities for the next two years, worked as a jury of the student competition of Russian poetry performers.

One of the central events was the transfer of books in Russian as a gift to the UMB library from SurSPU. The collection includes works by Russian writers and poets, biographical, scientific works and manuals on literary and Russian history, methodical literature and textbooks on linguistics, stylistics, lexicology, phraseology and translation.

The Russian Center of the European Foundation of Slavic Literature and Culture (EFSLC) in Bratislava took an active part in the preparation of the campaign for the transfer of books, assisted in their transportation. The Russian center also donated to the two universities collections of books on military history topics, written in collaboration with the president of the EFSLC Professor Igor Bondarenko. Books were also donated to each member of the Russian delegation.

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