15 May 2018
Bust of Gamal Abdel Nasser unveiled at Kazan University

The event coincided with the 100th anniversary of the politician’s birth.

A sizable delegation of Egyptian dignitaries attended the ceremony, including two of Nasser's grandsons. Interestingly, the bust was sculpted personally by one of the guests, Osama El-Sayed Mahmood El-Servi, Counsellor for Culture of the Embassy of Egypt in Russia. This is the third such monument in Russia, after Saint-Petersburg State University and Moscow State University. The Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies (IIRHOS) of KFU was chosen as a leading center of Middle Eastern, Asian and African studies.

KFU’s Al-Khadara Center of Arabic Culture was established in 1999. Currently, it’s the only center of Arabic studies in Tatarstan. Students of all ages are always welcome here to acquire knowledge in Arabic language, culture, and history.

Before the ceremony, Egyptian delegates met with KFU executives at the Al-Khadara Center. An agreement was reached to create a collection of literature and tour guides in Russian, Tatar, and Arabic languages. The Embassy of Egypt will oversee this process. Cooperation with Cairo University and Alexandria University was also discussed.

In conclusion, Gamal Abdel Nasser Medal was awarded to several KFU employees – Rector Ilshat Gafurov, Vice-Rector for International Relations Linar Latypov, Director of the Institute of IRHOS Ramil Khayrutdinov, Director of the Higher School of International Relations and Oriental Studies Elmira Khabibullina, and Director of Al-Khadara Center Mohammed Al-Ammari.

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