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First Pro-Rector Holds Meeting with Future Journalists

Date of material placement: 11-04-2014, 18:55.

North-Caucasus Federal University held a meeting for students majoring in Journalism, Advertisement, and Public Relations and Dmitry Sumskoy, First Pro-Rector. Also present at the meeting were Aleksey Erokhin (Director, Institute of Humanities), Olga Lepilkina (Head of Department of History and Theoryof Journalism), and Elena Ezhova (Head of Department of Mass-Media), as well as teachers from the departments.

When opening the meeting Dmitry Sumskoy immediately asked everyone to ask questions because students of Journalism have always been interested in everything not just at the NCFU yet everywhere around. And the students loved the ideaб just the way they love their future job, so most questions, of course went around that – Journalism and PR. Many wanted to know how Dmitry Sumskoy would like to improve the image of the NCFU and what students could do to be of help. And here First Pro-Rector mentioned that the University had already started this activity and the NCFU website each day displays lots of information introducing the readers into the affairs going on both in the University at large and at its departments and faculties in particular. And this resource does enjoy popularity as the number of daily visitors is over 20,000. The NCFU also launched a weekly TV-show at the local channel, and now work is going on around the launch of a new magazine for the youth. Of course, the NCFU is always open to the local media, even though we still have a long way ahead of ourselves. And this is where students will be of great help indeed, as Mr. Sumskoy puts it. Of course, he said, the University would be happy to support the best ideas coming from students who want to promote their University at all levels.

Of course, one of the most urgent topics discussed was the reorganization of the journalist education expected soon. Dmitry Sumskoy mentioned that there are plans to start a Higher School of Journalism at the Institute for Humanities. However, it is not enough to change just the name. The important part is to change the education itself, and it has to be taken seriously, First Pro-Rector was quoted as saying, - because the NCFU is training specialists not for Stavropol Region only yet for the entire North-Caucasus Federal District.

Another point of interest for the future journalists was Mr. Sumskoy’s vision of a perfect NCFU student, and the answer was more than fast – Mobile! The University has been actively investing into the programme of dual diploma, and more than a few of the NCFU students and postgraduates received training abroad. Now our students have a chance to undergo Master’s training in the best European institutions or spend a semester in another Federal University in Russia, while the exams and credits passed successfully in one place shall be transferred to the home institution. This means students can get diplomas from more than one Federal University, Dmitry Sumskoy noted. The important thing here is to be open and enjoy the options so generously offered by the NCFU.

There were many more things discussed including the change in the working schedule for the NCFU cafes, summer holidays, possible switch onto a five-day academic week and support to student projects and initiatives, and it would be no meeting without a discussion of the situation in Ukraine. Dmitry Sumskoy said that next year the Russian Government would allocate 18,000 free academic vacancies to applicants from Crimea and Sevastopol, and part of the vacancies shall come from the NCFU; besides, already now the NCFU Administration gets letters from schoolers and their parents from Crimea seeking potential admission or transfer to the NCFU.

However, even good things come to an end (hope this is just to come back soon) and to make the meeting memorable the students gave their First Pro-Rector a copy of the newspaper (An Hour And a Half) issued at the Institute of Humanities, and the breaking news on the front page was guess what? The meeting itself!

In the final speech Dmitry Sumskoy wished the students lots of success: It is really important that you become true professionals. We are happy to watch you achieve the best results, we can be proud of many of our guys, and we are always open to any discussion, just take my word for it!

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