NATIONALITIES DAY AT MGSU
April 17, 2019
On April 16, MGSU hosted the Nationalities Day, held in its Assembly Hall by the Interclub of the centre for international education, Department for coordination of international cooperation. The event was prepared and launched by the students and postgraduates of different nationalities who had arrived from versatile countries and who study at our university and other educational institutions. Besides, several creative teams delivered their performances. The Assembly Hall was full, despite the fact, that the event was held in the middle of the examination period. The album of photos taken at the Nationalities Day will deliver more information about the event than any written word.
MGSU has students representing almost every nationality of the Russian Federation and 84 countries of the world. Therefore, the University focuses particular attention on the strengthening of trans-national links and the building of friendships between the peoples of the University. These efforts enjoy a strong support from the Ministry of Education and Science, embassies and permanent missions in the Russian Federation, local government authorities and non-governmental organizations, as well as associations of foreign students in Russia. This backing was witnessed at the opening ceremony of the Nationalities Day at MGSU.
Sixty-four exhibition stands, installed in the foyer of the University’s Assembly Hall, served to present the cultures of different peoples. There, representatives of versatile nationalities briefed the visitors about their native cultural history, geography, national costumes, and cuisine. Students and lecturers tasted delicious dishes from each continent to the sounds of the national music.
Ancient outfits and national costumes aroused particular interest. Embroidery patterns hide numerous secrets. They are not mere ornaments; rather, they serve as miraculous talismans that protect their wearers from diseases, troubles and evil spirits. Every nationality nurtures its art of ornamental motives, although some symbols, including water, sun, flowers, sacred animals, remain universal.
Following this “immobile” presentation, the guests were invited to the concert delivered in the Assembly Hall. Members of the Interclub prepared an extraordinary greeting ceremony for the guests and spectators. They were greeted in the languages of all the peoples, studying at MGSU.
Following that, the concert began. At the concert, students of MGSU and invited guests sang national songs, performed dances and delivered vocal performances. The stories about the geography of their home countries and traditions of good neighbourly relations served as the concert’s binding thread. In many countries, these traditions have something to do with a special attitude towards salt. The Russian proverb that can be translated as “to eat a peck of salt” has numerous counterparts in other languages. This information was delivered from the stage of the Assembly Hall of the leading university of civil engineering.
The stage performance did not leave a single person indifferent. A spectacular dance, performed by the Afghan students, elicited the applause both from their fellow nationals and every spectator present in the Assembly Hall. It is noteworthy that the cultures of the Oriental countries and those of Africa were not only extensively presented by on the stage, but also enthusiastically welcomed by the spectators.
This truly kind-hearted and open-minded festival was organized by the Interclub of the Centre for International Education, Department for Coordination of International Cooperation. An extensive support was provided by the Municipal council of the Yaroslavsky District, the Prefecture of the North-Eastern Administrative District, and personally by Alexey Belyaev, Prefect. Being a graduate of MGSU, he attended the event and delivered a warm and kind commemorative address.
Alexey Belyaev said: “Our country is extensive, it is home to almost half of the nationalities of the Russian Federation. Students of numerous nationalities study at my home university that teaches both civil engineering sciences and societal relations building skills. For example, I have fellow students of different nationalities. And we have been maintaining close friendly relations.”
A welcoming address was also delivered by Nazirzhon Abduganiyev, Chairman, Executive Committee of the Russian Peoples’ Assembly. He remarked that in the present-day world, it is highly important not only to become a professional, but also to develop into a true personality.
Andrey Volkov, acting rector of MGSU, Elena Gogina, Vice-rector, Igor Mischenko, rector of the Moscow State Academy of Water Transport, and Dzhamil Sadykhbekov, Chairman, Information Policy Commission of the Nationalities Council, Moscow Government, expert, Nationalities Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Elena Soom, Director, Interclub of the Centre for International Education, Department for Coordination of International Cooperation, MGSU, remarked: “People are afraid of something that they are unaware of. And if we get to know and to understand other cultures well enough, we will learn to trust each other. We can fail to understand Chinese or Spanish languages, but we will learn to speak the language of friendship.”
The festive music show did not leave a single person indifferent. It made the spectators change their mind in terms of the people around us, their cultures and traditions; it destroyed the mistrust in the relations and did away with the origin of any inter-ethnic conflicts.
Information provided by MGSU
Interclub of the Centre for international education
Department for coordination of international cooperation