Days of National Cultures at TPU
Along with academic and research activities, Tomsk Polytechnic University implements its third role obligations to inhabitants of Tomsk and its international students. The University sees one of its vital goals is to develop and support a multicultural and tolerant society free of stereotypes and negative cliches. It is vital because these conditions will be a solid ground for the further development of both the University and Tomsk. Additionally, these cultural events are aimed at the socialization of international students and to help international students to fight with possible depression, related to moving to another country.
For the first time, the multicultural project – the Days of National Cultures at TPU was conducted back in 2014. For the five years it has brought together representatives of more than 30 nations of the world: Russian Germans, the peoples of Siberia, the Caucasus, the Far East, Yakutia, Buryatia, Khakassia, as well as the peoples of the countries of near and far abroad: Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Greece, Armenia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Colombia, Vietnam, China, Korea, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Nigeria, and other countries. It should be mentioned, that this project will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year. For this time, it has become an important city event, one of the pearls of Tomsk. Every year it brings together about 3000 participants.
Recently, the project head announced plans to create an international inter-university student center based on TPU. The center can become a coordinating hub in intercultural communications and events. The main goal of this idea is to facilitate cultural exchange between people and different nationalities.