Turkish Students Study Russian Classical Literature


For the third year in a row, the Turkish students of the National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” took part in the Talent Show, a Russian language and culture event for international students. Students from Turkey and Vietnam showcased their talent giving various performances and public readings from famous Russian poets and writers.


Oksana Filatova, Dean for International Education at Obninsk Institute for Nuclear Power Engineering of the National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, said: “The Talent Show is an event held for Turkish and Vietnamese students and based on their performance of Russian poetry and songs. It is an experience of learning and understanding the authentic Russian culture that promotes better integration both on campus and with wider local communities.”


The event was excellently hosted by a second-year student Emre Erar, a fluent Russian speaker. Mehmet Ali and Mustafa Bardak taking a pre-university course performed a famous Russian song Katyusha and the Turkish student choir gave a really beautiful performance of Oi, Moroz, Moroz (Oh, Frost, Frost), a Russian folk song. Seven Muhhamed made a breath-taking public reading of Zhdi menya (Wait for me) poem by Konstantin Simonov. The event also saw an upbeat stage version of the Telephone by Kornei Chukovsky. Okan Yildiz shared his reading of Fyodor Tuytchev’s heartfelt poem I met you.



The event was also attended by Vietnamese students who performed their emotional version of Sneg (Snow), a modern Russian love song, and by Russian students of other local schools (Obninsk School of Physics and Engineering, General Secondary School No. 13, and Obninsk School of Technology) who presented their creative performances followed by a giant cake.


Anna Chekeres, Akkuyu NPP Student Programme Supervisor, said: “The Project Company is making sure that Turkish students have every opportunity to learn and develop their professional expertise in nuclear engineering. Their academic and professional success is essential to the success and development of the Turkish nuclear industry. The Project Company encourages the students to do their best in their studies and to be active contributors to the community life.”


Background: the Nuclear Engineering Programme for Turkish students operates under the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey dated 12 May 2010. Today, 190 Turkish students are enrolled in the Programme at the National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, including 64 first-year students, 48 second-year students, and 78 students taking a pre-university course.



Akkuyu NPP JSC Press Service