TSU students from Italy and China have become winners of the 5th Online Festival of Friendship “In the World of Russian Literature”. The Festival is a video contest in which international students demonstrate their knowledge of Russian culture and their creative talents, and is conducted annually by Moscow State University.
International students learn about Russian literature during their studies at the Faculty of Philology. According to Svetlana Faschanova, lecturer in the Russian language, students from Italy are studying at TSU on an individual curriculum drawn up by our university and our partner (University of Verona or Sapienza University of Rome). Typically, these students are interested in Russian literature, and the many works that the Tomsk philology students study do not frighten them.
The prizewinners of the Festival were TSU students from Italy and one student from China. Italian students Valentina Mellino and Mariachiara Polvere read the fable by Ivan Krylov The Ant and the Grasshopper; their compatriots Judith Sellemond, Elena Piana, and Lisa Mazzanti recited a poem Dream by Vasily Zhukovsky. Zi Chen, a student from China, performed a romance on the lyrics of Anna Akhmatova’s "Come to look at me”.
The contest is held by Moscow State University for undergraduate and graduate students and interns studying Russian as a foreign language. This year, more than 160 students from 53 universities (46 Russian and 7 overseas) and from 42 countries were the finalists.