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International Summer Schools at NEFU

20.07.2017

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International Summer Schools at NEFU

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This season, three summer schools with the participation of foreign professors and students will be opened at North-Eastern Federal University, according to the International Relations Office of the university.

Summer programs are a way to get important academic qualifications at universities and colleges worldwide. "Summer courses serve different practical purposes for different students. Our summer schools "Lena Pillars", "Ecosystem of taiga" and "Summer in Siberia" are aimed at studying the ecosystem, geography, population, culture and language of the peoples of the republic", said Lena Vinokurova, an employee of NEFU International Relations Office.

Currently, the ecological and geographical school "Lena Pillars" of the Institute of Natural Sciences of the University was launched. "The natural park of the Lena Pillars gives us an opportunity to look into the distant past of the planet. It is a testimony of the "Cambrian Explosion" and the phenomenon of a permafrost karst", said Yury Danilov, head of NEFU Department of Geography. The two-week program of the school includes an ethnographic and natural science component. Students of the school will get acquainted with the specifics of field research in the conditions of the cryolithozone and will visit unique natural and cultural objects.

No less intense program awaits the participants of the school "Summer in Siberia": they will conduct cultural and ethnographic research, will visit Churapchinsky, Tattinsky and Megino-Kangalassky regions in order to get acquainted with the life and culture of the Sakha people. "The main difference of this year will be that the courses will be held in Russian. All foreign students have a good basic knowledge of the language, they can communicate with the population, take interviews, conduct research", noted Lena Vinokurova.

The third direction, the school on studying the ecosystem of the taiga will be supported by the University of Hokkaido (Japan) on the basis of the scientific station "Spasskaya Pad". Trofim Maksimov, the head of the BEST international scientific and educational center for biogeochemistry and climatology of NEFU Institute of Natural Sciences, said that last year during the field work in the Spassky Pad, students of Japan and NEFU studied the thermal regime of permafrost, the active layer and soil temperature. The results of these studies were presented at the international conference "The Role of Permafrost Ecosystems in a Changing Climate".

Author: Olga SAVVINOVA, NEFU Newsroom

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