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Russian-Language Open Education Centre Launched in Harare 

Harare, 16 October 2023: In a significant stride towards strengthening bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and Russia, the Russian-Language Open Education Centre was inaugurated in Harare. 

Organized by the Russian Biotechnological University (ROSBIOTECH) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, this event marks a pivotal step in the advancement of Russian culture and education within the country.

The newly established center, located at the University of Zimbabwe, is set to offer a series of free courses in the Russian language. These courses are tailored to cater to a diverse range of interests and will be available to a wide audience, fostering cultural and educational exchange.

The inauguration ceremony drew prominent figures, including the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Zimbabwe and the Republic of Malawi, Nikolai Krasilnikov. 

Also in attendance was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor Dr. Paul Mapfumo, as well as deans of faculties and representatives from ROSBIOTECH.

Anastasia Khodyreva, the Curator of Educational Development Projects for the Russian language, highlighted the breadth and depth of offerings at the new center. 

The curriculum will feature six free courses throughout the month of October, covering diverse subjects, including digital technology in professional activities, fundamentals of intercultural communication, and Russian art. 

These courses have been carefully designed to cater to individuals who utilize Russian in their professional lives, offering opportunities to enhance both business and conversational language skills, along with additional valuable skills relevant to their respective fields.

In addition to the courses, the center will host a variety of educational events, including lectures, workshops, and cultural and scientific programs. 

Khodyreva warmly welcomed anyone with an interest in Russian language and culture, extending an invitation to graduates of Russian universities, Russian language teachers, and representatives from academic institutions to participate.

The Russian-Language Open Education Centre’s launch exemplifies the commitment to fostering cultural exchange and educational development between Zimbabwe and Russia. It is expected to attract a broad and enthusiastic audience eager to engage with Russian language and culture.

This story has been adopted from The Herald-Zimbabwe.

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