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The benefits of soft power were discussed at MSTU


MSTU Department of International Relations and Communication held the debate club discussion "University Education as Soft Power" within the 65th anniversary celebration.

The students made every effort to organize the debate club meeting at high level; the round table discussion was held in the English language.

Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Boris Petrov welcomed the participants with a short speech.

– Today we face a rather complicated international situation, with all civilized world fighting against terrorism. I believe that you, the students, being active members of our society will contribute to the discussion of serious issues related to the military operation in Syria, problems of war, peace, and politics, as well as contribute to the establishment of the power balance. I wish you good luck and, as we say at our marine university, "fair wind and seven feet under the keel"!

Elizaveta Kariakina, representative of the foreign languages study center "Logos" made a detailed report on the concept of soft power in international relations.

The means of soft power in higher education exemplified by MSTU experience were presented by Head of International Cooperation Department Natalia Anikeeva.

– Soft power is a relatively new idea, and this term has only recently become a part of the educational environment. However, soft power technology and tools have been used for quite a long time in higher education, Natalia Anikeeva commented.

Frode Melemvik, Director of the High North Center for Business and Governance at the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway, talked about the five pillars of higher education and pointed out that these include an international component, creativity, usefulness, social and ethical values.

Jens Revold, Project Manager of the Faculty for Biology, Fisheries and Economics at University of Tromsø the Arctic University of Norway stressed the necessity of implementing soft power in the High North politics.

– Norway and Russia have developed quite good relationships with respect to the management of biological and hydrocarbon resources. We have gained good experience, Mr. Revold underlined.