Second St Petersburg International Science and Education Show at ‘Lenexpo’
The event took place within the framework of St. Petersburg’s Week of Science and Professional Education and presented the programme of higher, medium professional and additional professional education.
The opening ceremony was marked by the main theme of presenting the educational potential of St. Petersburg on the world stage as a city that provides higher professional education.
Vladimir Knyaginin, the Vice-Governor of St Petersburg, opened the ceremony and welcomed all participants on behalf of the local government, noting that: “The show has two purposes. The first one is our pride, and also work with professionals and demonstration of the latest educational technologies.”
Yekaterina Babelyuk, director of the Department of Government Policy in the field of higher education, addressed guests on behalf of the Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, adding that: “We see huge scientific potential, not just within the country, but on a global level.”
Mikhail Lobin, Vice-President of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of St. Petersburg, addressed the young generation: “Today’s show is centred not only on the best practices in higher education institutions, but also on getting to know professionals.”
Pavel Shevtsov, deputy head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, concentrated on the main idea behind the opening of the show: “Our task is to understand where we are located in the global educational space and correlate this with our international partners.”
Aleksey Demidov, head of the Council of Rectors of Educational Institutes of St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast, agreed with the opinion of Pavel Shevtsov, indicating that “St. Petersburg is one of the hundred best student capitals in the world” and added: “The show is an exchange of opinions and experience, a discussion space and a demonstration of scientific achievements.”
Yukha Ketolaine, director of the Centre for International Mobility of Finland, and Felix Valdes, general consul at the embassy of Spain in St. Petersburg, also spoke at the ceremony.
The seventh Russo-Finnish seminar on cooperation in the field of higher education, creative laboratories, strategy sessions, public talks and science battles all took place over the course of two days at the Salon, during which the main trends in the evolution of demand on the educational service market and in the field of professional education, and the presentation of St. Petersburg as a significant educational, scientific and cultural centre were discussed.
82 educational institutions and 14,000 visitors took part in the event.