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MOSCOW, September 19 (Itar-Tass) — The Russky Mir Foundation will open a centre for the Russian language and culture studies at the University of Pisa.
The official opening ceremony will take place on September 21 within the framework of celebrations of the Year of the Russian Culture and Language in Italy.
This will be the second such centre created by the Foundation in Italy. The first one was opened in Rome in December 2010 to boost scientific and educational contacts between Italy and Russia in different areas of knowledge.
The University of Pisa is one of the oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions in Europe and Italy. Moreover, the university is the most important research centre in Toscana and the country in general. It supports relations with many educational and research institutions all over the world.
“The University of Pisa was chosen not accidentally,” an official at the Russky Mir Foundation told Itar-Tass. “There the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature teaches the Russian language and every year the number of students wishing to study the Russian language grows.”
The creation of the Russian studies centres is an international cultural project that is being implemented by the Russky Mir Foundation in partnership with the world’s leading educational institutions.
The project is aimed at popularizing the Russian language and culture, supporting the Russian language studies abroad, developing intercultural dialogue and strengthening mutual understanding between nations.
At present, the Russky Mir Foundation set up 76 such centres all over the world.