HUFS Institute of Russian Studies (Director Pyo Sang-Yong) held the award ceremony for the winners of the 11th National Contest of Russian Debate for Undergraduates and Graduates at the Russian Embassy in Seoul on June 4, 2021 (Fri.).
The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including Russian Ambassador to Korea Andrey Kulik, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission to Korea Valerii Guenkov and Deputy Director of Rossotrudnichestvo Alexandra Kolganov. It was also joined by HUFS Emeritus Professor Kim Hyun-Taek and HK+ Research Professor Kim Jun-Seok of HUFS Institute of Russian Studies.
With the aim of boosting the public’s interest in Russian language learning and developing young Russian scholars, the contest has been held each year under the joint sponsorship of HUFS Institute of Russian Studies and the Russian Embassy in Seoul since 2011. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 10th and 11th contests were held online.
Under the goal of motivating students with little experience studying in Russian language-speaking countries, the 11th contest was open only to students with a maximum of two years of stay in such countries. Despite being held online, the contest was joined by 36 applicants from across the nation.
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, the contest was held under the theme of “Dostoevsky’s Novels and Literary Translation Issues”. During the debate contest, the participating students expressed their views on the online platform.
The winners of the contest were awarded scholarships by the Russian Embassy in Seoul and plaques of recognition granted by the HUFS President and Russian Ambassador to Korea.