The Center of International Education and University of Warmia and Mazury: Dialogue of Cultures
08.06.2021The Center of International Education of PSU together with the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland has terminated the implementation of a joint innovative scientific and research project of “Culture of the North Caucasus.”
The project has been implemented within the frameworks of the partnership between the Center of International Education of PSU, Pushkin Institute - Center of Russian Languages and Culture, and the University of Warmia and Mazury. The project was coordinated by Associate Professor N.A. Orlova, Deputy Head of the Center of International Education of PSU and Professor Iwona Anna Ndiaye, Head of Pushkin Institute – Center of Russian Language and Culture at UWM, Scientific Supervisor of Student Translation Club. The project was also joined by the lecturers of University of Warmia and Mazury Candidates of Philological Sciences Olga Letka-Spychała, Izabella Siemianowska, and Irena Chowańska-Szczurkowska.
The project’s target was a practice-guided translation, based on the culture of the Caucasus peoples, intercultural communication, and improvement of Russian as a foreign language of Polish students and masters.
At the first meeting, Prof. Iwona Anna Ndiaye said a speech of gratitude for Pyatigorsk State University, represented by its Rector Prof. A.P. Gorbunov, and Head of the CIE and EP Prof. V.E. Mishin for a long-term fruitful collaboration. She also thanked Associate Prof. N.A. Orlova for the innovative approach towards the project implementation, expertise in the field of Russian as a foreign language, as well as for the ideas for the project work and active realization.
The work under the project was then organized. It is worth noting that the project was under implementation for 5 months. It had several preparatory stages. The first workgroup, which included PSU tutors (1 and 2 year students) who introduced Daghestan peoples, customs, and traditions to Polish students. Under the guidance of lecturers of linguistics and business from the Department of Literature Translation at the University of Warmiua and Mazury, the students made presentations in Polish. The second workgroup under the guidance of PSU tutors represented Karachay Cherkess Republic, North Ossetia, Chechen Republic, and Kabardino Balkaria.
After the preparatory stage, the participants started to implement the project. They organized roundtables in ZOOM in order to get acquainted with the Caucasus. At the next stage, PSU tutors presented folk cuisine, telling Polish students about the Caucasus dishes using multimedia presentations and video. That stage evoked a special interest in Polish researchers. This project stage was aimed at the creation of the Caucasus dishes recipe book in Polish. Within the project, the peculiarities of national Nogayan, Kumykian, Lezginian, Darginian, Kabardinian, Cherkessian, Balkarian, Chechen, Ossetian cuisines were studied. The students and lecturers learned the recipes, the original names of dishes, and cooking traditions. The tutors (1 and 2 year masters) showed the author materials and videos of their favorite dish cooking.
The next stage was devoted to the creation of a digital guidebook on the North Caucasus in Polish. Polish students paid special attention to the Karachay Cherkess Republic. The project resulted in the creation of advertisements in both languages with information about the CMW.
The project was comprehensive and entertaining. No doubt, an important aspect of that was communication in Russian, which helped Polish students to improve their linguistic skills. It is necessary to note the peculiarities and difficulties of translation of texts with information about the Caucasus to Polish. The importance of the projects like that is no doubt in tourism popularization, the region attracts an interest of potential exchange students.
The following stage was the summing up. All participants were able to perform there. The online meeting helped to reveal the strong and weak sides of the project.
Pyatigorsk State University pays gratitude to University of Warmia and Mazuty in Olsztyn, Poland, for a long-term fruitful cooperation. Special thanks to Prof. Iwona Anna Ndiaye. On behalf of the project organizers we would like to thank lecturers of University of Warmia and Mazury (O. Letka-Spychała, I. Siemianowska, I. Chowańska-Szczurowska), students of University of Warmia and Mazury (K. Kwaśnik, A. Gazowiak, D. Nurmatau, M. Szuka, M. Jabłońska, A. Ostaszewska, W. Łapińska, K. Czuper) and master’s students of PSU (A. Khmelnitskaya, M. Botasheva, V. Lim, O. Smirnova, S. Sukiasyan, K. Shapovalova, K. Vartanyan, N. Bagyan).