Happy New Year!

Date of material placement: 30-12-2014, 17:04.

Happy New Year!Dear Teachers and Students of North-Caucasus Federal University,

As this New Year is approaching we are looking back to draw a line under each of the 365 days, to see how happy we were while achieving new heights, and to make new plans for the future. The year 2014, even though it has had its tough times, yet has given us more than a few beautiful minutes, as well as it has enriched each of us with new experiences and bright moments.

This year has brought our University significant accomplishments in education, research, and innovation. We have started training in new areas, and over 3,000 of our graduates have found their employment both within the Region and beyond that; we have won new strategic partners and have gained even firmer ground in the academic community. We can absolutely safely say that following our traditions and ability to respond to the demand with a view towards the future trends have driven us to lots of success in 2014:

- our staff has demonstrated the whole range of the planned accomplishments subject to the Strategic Programme;

- we have successfully completed official accreditation within 197 fields and we are getting prepared to have another 46 training fields and 27 postgraduate programmes accredited;

- we have 3,733 cooperation agreements with various enterprises thus making our contribution in to the economic development of the Stavropol Region, the North-Caucasus Federal District, and Russia at large while always taking into account the demand placed by the potential employers, which resulted in 94% of our graduates getting employed within their professional background;

- our students have won numerous prizes at various Olympiads, contests, and festivals, and the team representing the NCFU at the I Russian Students Festival for Programming and Prototyping VUZPROMFEST-2014 has won us a gold defeating 11 other teams;

- the NCFU female team has won gold medals in Beach Handball contest;

- our student Sergey Maschenko has become the only foreign sportsman to win a gold at the 13th Funakoshi Cup Karate World Championship Tournament, which is one of the most prestigious tournaments of the kind, and there are still many more victories in sports we are proud of ;

- on September 1 the NCFU enrolled an unprecedented number of freshmen from 46 areas of Russia 38 countries abroad, and now our University is a second home to 30,000 students;

- we have hosted and joined 254 scientific conferences, both national and internationalж based on the decision adopted at the IIIStavropol Forum of the Global Russian Council we are going to establish a cultural & educational centre Russian World, which will function as an arena for developing innovative humanitarian technologies aiming at shaping the values and moral norms.

Most of our students (80%) come from the Stavropol Region, and it is they who will be responsible for propelling the economy of this region, and they will be in charge of the most daring projects.

Let this coming year be a year of new accomplishments, thrift and prosperity for our country!

On behalf of the NCFU I would like to wish your families and the large family of the North Caucasus to enjoy peace and harmony. Lots of health and long years to our older generations, the veterans who won the Great Victory, which we will celebrate together! And we wish you, all the people of Russia, love and well-being! Let all these troubles only make us stronger, and may our spirits be full of optimism and confidence that will lead us to the aims we have set for ourselves, for our closest ones, for our colleagues, for our so much loved Russia!

Alina Levitskaya

Rector NCFU