On May 24, 2022, Deputy Director of the Institute of Social Studies and Humanities for Study, Dean of the Faculty of Regional Studies and Ethno-Cultural Education of MPGU E.A. Omelchenko, Deputy head of the International Relations Office O.A. Morozova and Head Specialist of the Department of Continuing Additional Education I.E. Shevlyagina took part in the Expert Session on the preparation of new advanced training programs «Technologies for the international positioning of Russia in the field of promoting the Russian language and education in Russian», organized as part of the Second Kostomarovsky Forum, traditionally held in Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.
The keynote of the event was the discussion of the content of new advanced training programs in the Russian language, as well as the formation of competencies among specialists who study abroad. The moderator of the expert session was the Director of the Project Management Department of the PSRLI D.A. Gorbatov. The discussion was attended by the First Secretary of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights of the Russian Foreign Ministry D.D. Anisimova, head specialist-expert of the Department of Education and Science of Rossotrudnichestvo A.A. Dodonov, Head of the Department of Educational Programs of the Foundation «Russian world» V.B. Buyanov, Head Specialist of the Foundation for the Support of Public Diplomacy named by A.M. Gorchakova L.A. Dymova, Head Consultant of the Department of International Youth Cooperation and Tourism of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation V.V. Sidorenko, representatives of the departments and the Center for Additional Education of the PSRLI.
Elena Alexandrovna noted the special role of coordination between Russian and foreign departments and specific specialists in the process of planning and implementing projects to popularize the Russian language in foreign countries. During the discussion, the topic of the need to support work with young Russianists abroad and the use of “soft power” methods was raised, despite of the political position that was expressed by the leadership of a particular country in regard to Russia. The speakers noted the importance of face-to-face internships and trips of foreign students and teachers to Russia, in addition to distance forms of advanced training that have proven their effectiveness. The experts also touched upon the topics of ethnic psychology, intercultural communication and building a new model for Russia’s positioning in the international arena.