IGUMO keeps developing its international collaboration. Students undergo international internships, practice languages in dialogue with foreigners, and carry out educational and cultural projects at an international level.
From the first year of their studies, IGUMO students take part in international exchange programs. At the moment, the Czech Republic and France are the most relevant areas of foreign internships.
IGUMO students have been visiting the University of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic regularly since 2015 as part of a student exchange programme. Throughout a month, they study courses of world history or literature, attend excursions, practice English, and master the basic vocabulary of Czech.
In 2019, IGUMO established cooperation with the School Supérieure De Design (France). As part of that, student exchanges will take place annually. The internship programme will include excursions and project activities.
In addition to France and the Czech Republic, IGUMO students go to other countries to present their projects.
In February 2020, they visited Germany’s legendary Bauhaus School of Design in Dessau. The children presented the project titled ‘n+1: habitat formula’ within Open Studios. The experts highly appreciated the students’ research on the role of public spaces in people’s lives and visualization of results by means of contemporary art.
IGUMO-based Chinese College was established in April. Thanks to that, students have already acquired new opportunities. They attended workshops with Chinese speakers, learned a lot about that country, and expressed their desire to learn Chinese with native speakers. After students take their first steps in mastering the Chinese language, they will also have an opportunity to visit the country.
In addition to travelling to different countries within internships and summer schools, IGUMO students also communicate with students from abroad and representatives of the international professional community during exclusive workshops.
Over the past academic year, the students had meetings with such international guests as Kaixuan Feng (China), artist; Jiří Hönes (Germany), journalist and magister atrium; Roberto Conte (Italy), photographer; Daniel and Françoise Cartier (Switzerland), photo artists; Anna Wolf (Germany), analyst at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research Munich; Frank Rodick (Canada), photo artist; Nathalie Savary (France), Head of the Development Department at the School Supérieure De Design in Troyes; and Joynicole Martinez (USA), Director of Research & Development at World Women Foundation.
International activities are an integral component of IGUMO projects.
Within the framework of the Institute’s project Global Women Media, IGUMO hosts international summits. Every year, the event brings together women leaders from different countries presenting reports on relevant topics. Last year, students visited Belgium within the Summer Peace Summit. In 2020, the Summit was planned to take place in Turkey but was held in an online format because of the pandemic.
The Global Talents web-portal launches marathons with the participation of embassies of different countries and colleagues from abroad. Within that project, students are often invited to visit the Embassies of the Czech Republic and India.
In summer, Global Talents held an online meeting with Zambian students who promised to come to Russia and invited IGUMO students to Zambia.
The Days of Contemporary Art (DOCA) annual festival has also acquired international status. For many years already, it brings together artists, photographers, and interesting speakers from all over the world.
IGUMO esports movement is also gradually entering the international level. In July 2020, the IGUMO conducted first negotiations with the University of Applied Management (Germany) on cooperation in this field. It is planned to hold a friendly esports tournament between German and Russian students.
IGUMO cooperates with representatives of almost all continents in one form or another. The international cooperation expands the worldview, teaches to overcome cultural barriers, brings up a tolerant attitude to other peoples, and provides an opportunity to practice the language.
Kristina Danilina, Agency for Relevant Communication students’ business incubator
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov20.07.2020