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HSE University in Nizhny Novgorod Concludes Agreement with Alliance Française

HSE University employs highly qualified French language specialists, and the number of educational programmes that involve studying French is increasing every year. The number of students wishing to study both the French language and French culture is growing as well. The partnership agreement between HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod and Alliance Française Nizhny Novgorod, a cultural and educational non-profit organisation, marks the beginning of a new stage of the existing partnership.

Signing of an agreement between HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod and Alliance Française Nizhny Novgorod

Signing of an agreement between HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod and Alliance Française Nizhny Novgorod
© Photo by the press service of HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod

HSE University in Nizhny Novgorod held a ‘Francophonie Festival’, during which a cooperation agreement was signed with Alliance Française Nizhny Novgorod.

Natalia Rodionova, Director of Alliance Française Nizhny Novgorod

Natalia Rodionova, Director of Alliance Française Nizhny Novgorod

HSE University has always been energetic, dynamic, and positive. The agreement signed today is a further step in enhancing our cooperation that began back in 2012.

The agreement was signed before the launch of the Bachelor's programme in Foreign Languages and Intercultural Business Communication. The programme will maintain the strong traditions of the Nizhny Novgorod school. It helps student master French at C1–C2 level, offers international student mobility, and provides opportunities to receive international certificates without leaving the campus. Students study general and business French while gaining insight into the culture of French-speaking countries.

Anna Blyakhman, Director of HSE University in Nizhny Novgorod

It’s common now for people to speak of the new reality, but sometimes it is very important to understand that there are things that remain unchanged. It makes things feel calmer, clearer and simpler.

Respect for the cultures of other countries and a desire to learn foreign languages are exactly the constants that make us feel confident about the future.

DELF/ DALF and TEF international exams are an important part of the parties’ cooperation. Several teachers from the HSE University Campus will take internship at Alliance Française in August and may go on to become DELF/DALF examiners.

HSE University in Nizhny Novgorod is launching several new shared programmes. A DELF preparation course will begin in July, and the professional refresher course ‘Fundamentals of Foreign Language Teaching’, which focuses on the French language teaching methodology, will be launched on October 1. The campus also plans to re-launch the Interpreter in Professional Communication programme, which will offer courses in Chinese and French in addition to traditional English courses.

Konstantin Bannikov, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (Nizhny Novgorod)

HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod is a unique expert platform. The agreement with Alliance Française—a leading organisation and the ambassador of everything representing French culture in the region—was a logical step in the development of our bilateral relations.

© Photo by the press service of HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod

Nelli Boryshneva, Head of Centre for Language Learning and Teaching Methodology (Nizhny Novgorod)

We are very glad to continue our partnership with Alliance Française. I am sure that students already studying or planning to start learning French will have additional educational opportunities, including short-term internships in France and chances to take part in Alliance Française's competitions and projects.

© Photo by the press service of HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod

After the agreement was signed and the official ceremony ended, an interactive concert programme in French was presented by students of the Faculty of Humanities (Nizhny Novgorod) who study French in the Philology and Fundamental and Applied Linguistics programmes.

Eva Patrakova, 3rd-year student of the Faculty of Humanities

Eva Patrakova, 3rd-year student of the Faculty of Humanities

French is the language of feelings. It brought us together through our love of it, and it inspired our creativity. We enjoyed preparing for the festival immensely—we memorised lines, practiced pronunciation, and prepared props. We could feel the atmosphere of festivity and magic even during the rehearsals. It was the first time that I took part in an event where everyone spoke almost entirely in French, so everything was so new to me. We shared our excitement about learning French, and we felt like we were in the centre of Paris.