The delegation of diplomatic corpus of African states arrived in Kazan on January, 24. The visit to Tatarstan happened upon KFU’s initiative.
“We have been planning this meeting for a long while. Today 18 ambassadors of African states visited Kazan Federal University for the first time”, explained Linar Latypov, KFU Vice-rector for International Relations.
The delegation includes Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassadors of such Republics as Benin, Mauritius, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Zambia, Côte d'Ivoire, Tunisia, Mali, Ethiopia as well as the representatives of Embassies of Mozambique, Burundi, Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Congo, Ruanda, Kenya. The visit’s goal is strengthening of partner relations with Kazan Federal University. Today 53 students from Africa study at Kazan Federal University. The delegation’s representatives are interested to increase the number of African students in Kazan University.
The delegation was offered a detailed KFU tour including the Universiade Village, IT-lyceum, and Museum of History. After the visit to the Museum the guests met with the students from African states.
Eric Ndayshemia (Burundi), a graduate student of the Institute of Ecology and Geography:
“This meeting is important for me. The Ambassadors of African states came to the University for the first time. I am grateful to the Rector and to the guests for this opportunity to meet and communicate with the official representatives of African states”.
Ennia Sekai Mufudza, a student of the Preparatory School for International Students (Zimbabwe):
“Indeed, it is a high-profile event for us, students. I would like to share our plans, projects and problems with the Ambassadors. They are civil servants and each of them is close to President of one or another country. It means that our proposals and ideas will get a hearing”.
At the meeting the Ambassadors preferred to listen to the students. “The University is primarily associated with its students. Today we give you a floor”, extended an invitation to open discussion one of the Ambassadors.
The students shared their impression on Kazan, KFU, plans. Everybody could ask a question to the representative of his/her state.
The delegation will stay in Kazan until January, 25. Today the guests meet Rector Ilshat Gafurov. Tomorrow the ambassadors will visit laboratories and attend the concert devoted to the Day of Russian Students (“Day of Tatiana”).