I would urge our universities to open branches of their preparatory faculties abroad. [...] If they know Russian, they will be even more willing to come and study our programmes — Victor Koksharov, Rector, Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N.Yeltsin.
The question of sub-faculties abroad is very important. When students arrive, the first issue is the Russian language, and it’s also very important to help foreign students adapt socially and culturally. So that it doesn’t turn into a situation where they come and eventually have to deal with our law enforcement agencies — Pavel Shevtsov, Deputy Head, Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo).
Where can we practice, you tell me!? Students need to practise, to get to know your culture, to learn a lot of things about Russia. It’s important! — Mohamed Elsergani, Cultural Attache; Director of Cultural Bureau, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Moscow.
Maybe – if we want to prepare potential foreign applicants to deal with the language and the culture – we should consider creating, along with the existing university sub-faculties, some kind of nationwide organization – like a Goethe Institute, for example – which could build up a training system according to unified curricula. And to create a unified examination system — Stanislav Prokofiev, Rector, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.
I often have to explain that promoting the Russian language – and universities are definitely doing a great job; many have great Russian as a Foreign Language and Russian Studies departments – is a whole package that develops trade and economic relations and science. But if you’re only working in one place, it probably won’t be enough to get the job done — Pavel Shevtsov, Deputy Head, Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo).