A press briefing was held on May 31st to explain the organizational reform.
A debate on the place of Tatar language and culture in the University's current plans has been ongoing for some time now. Many interested parties have expressed their opinions on how this should be handled, and public interest has been understandably high – as it always is with questions of native culture.
As the Academic Council decided on May 30th, a new division will be created under the name of the Higher School of Tatar Studies and Turkology. Radif Zamaletdinov, Director of the Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication, said there are now six departments studying Tatar language, culture, and history; about 1,280 students are engaged in relevant academic endeavors – a third of the total number of students at the Institute.
More than 30 young people enroll every year in the programs on Tatar history, said Director of the Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies Ramil Khayrutdinov.
Rector Ilshat Gafurov concluded that the main goal for the University is to provide students with the competences necessary for successful employment. And as a recent survey indicates, KFU's alumni in economics and finance are tenth nationwide in expected salary upon graduation (adjusted to Moscow average); so it's safe to say employment prospects for our students are not bad.