German Consul to support creating a German language center in Tomsk

10 February 2021

Bernd Finke, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Novosibirsk, will support the TSU project to create a center for the German language in Tomsk. This was discussed during the visit of the Consul General to TSU and a meeting with representatives of faculties. The center will coordinate organizations that study and promote the German language and culture in Tomsk.

The center will perform a coordinating function and will become a uniting point for all organizations dealing with the German language and culture in Tomsk. The project is timed to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the beginning of teaching German at TSU; it will be implemented by the Faculty of Foreign Languages.

- Please accept my congratulations on the 120th anniversary of studying German at TSU. We are also interested in establishing contacts between TSU and German universities and are ready to assist. In addition, I am very interested in the plans to create a German language center in the city, - said Bernd Finke.

During the visit, he also met with the work of the university's scientific groups, which are implementing joint projects with German scientific and educational organizations.

The Laboratory of Translational Cellular and Molecular Biomedicine under the leadership of Julia Kzhyshkovska (University of Heidelberg, Germany) is engaged in the study of socially significant diseases: oncology and heart disease. Scientists are now focusing on studying immune problems that are relevant in the fight against COVID-19.

TSU materials scientists are conducting joint projects with Germany to improve the efficiency of high-energy materials, materials for extreme conditions, and light alloys. Small businesses from Germany are also involved in the work.

In addition, at the end of 2020, TSU radiophysicists and scientists from the German electron synchrotron center DESY, completed the development and testing of the world's first Compton microscope, which helps research at the subcellular level, that is, to study living, functioning cells without preparing them. This device of a new class based on scattered radiation does not destroy the object of study after its irradiation with an X-ray beam, as happens in transmission X-ray microscopy.