First European Union Centre opens in Siberia (30/06/2011)

On 4 July 2011 at 10:00 am, the Tomsk State University will host an opening ceremony of the European Union Centre in Siberia (EUCES). The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Tomsk State University. It will be the third EU centre of this kind in Russia – recently similar centres have been established in Kaliningrad and Saint-Petersburg.  

The mission of the EUCES is to facilitate closer relations between the European Union and Russia as strategic partners through joint educational, research, innovative and outreach activities in the Tomsk Region and Siberia as a whole. 

In Siberia and in the Tomsk region in particular, great attention is paid to the education and innovation. For instance, in May 2011, the XIV Innovation Forum – INNOVUS took place in Tomsk bringing together experts, owners and top managers of the leading Russian and European companies. In addition, the Tomsk Region is one of the most active participants to the EU research and education programmes such as the Seventh Framework Programme, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, etc. Therefore, the establishment of the EUCES is yet another opportunity to bring EU programmes closer to Tomsk and Siberia. 

The following keynote speakers will take part in the EUCES opening ceremony:

  • Michael Webb, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Russia;
  • Alexey Pushkarenko, acting Vice Governor of the Tomsk Region for Research, Innovation Policy and Education;
  • Alexey Stukanov, Head of Department for International and Regional Cooperation, Administration of the Tomsk Region;
  • Mikhail Babanskiy, First Vice-Rector of the Tomsk State University.

The EUCES opening coincides with the EU study week which starts on 3 July. Undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Siberian Federal District participating in the school will discuss the most pressing issues of the EU-Russia relations under the newly agreed Partnership for Modernization.

Media representatives are invited to the EUCES opening ceremony on Monday, 4 July 2011, at 10:00 a.m. to the Tomsk State University (conference hall of the Scientific Library).

For media accreditation and additional information, please, contact:
Larisa Deriglazova, EUCES Director: +7 (913) 117-03-64
Nina Rozhanovskaya, EUCES assistant: +7 (906) 947-81-26
Ivan Godenov, EUCES assistant: +7 (923) 404-35-40
Website: http://euces.tsu.ru/ru/

Background information:

The European Union Center in Siberia (EUCES) is one the 32 EU Centres established all over the world: in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Russia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

The EU Centre initiative was launched in 1998 and is supported by the European External Action Service (http://www.eeas.europa.eu/eu-centres/index_en.htm). In 2011, three Russian centres have joined the network, namely the centres at the Baltic State University named after Immanuel Kant in Kaliningrad, at the European University in St. Petersburg and in Tomsk.

The EUCES was established as a research, education and training centre at the Tomsk State University (TSU) bringing together other four leading universities of the region – Altay State University, Kemerovo State University, Irkutsk State University, and Tyumen State University. The Novosibirsk State Technical University is an associated partner.

The EUCES’ objective is to carry out training, research and outreach activities. The EUCES opening became possible owing to the longstanding efforts made by the university under European educational, structural and research projects: the TSU has implemented 17 TEMPUS and 17 INTAS projects (The International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union) and has taken part in the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes.

All five EUCES’ partner universities offer bachelors’, specialists’, masters’ and PhD level programmes in European studies. Every year over 20 students specializing in European studies graduate from the Tomsk State University alone. Moreover, the TSU has a unique double-degree masters’ programme in European studies together with the Free University of Brussels, world’s leading centre of training in this field. 

The EUCES will work to improve and obtain national accreditation for European studies programmes at partner universities, to enhance teaching and research qualification of the faculty, and to further develop collaboration of the universities with local authorities, business community, educational organizations and civic society in order to raise the awareness about the EU in the region. Annual summer schools for students and scientific conferences for the faculty will be held in different Siberian cities.

The European Union Centre in Siberia is funded by the EU.

For more information about the EUCES: http://euces.tsu.ru/ru/

EUCES address:

Office 49, 34a Lenina ave.
Tomsk State University
634050, Tomsk
Tel.: +7 (3822) 52-99-18
E-mail: euces@euces.tsu.ru
Website:  http://euces.tsu.ru/ru/