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RUSSKY ISLAND, Vladivostok, September 1 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated students and teachers at Far Eastern Federal University on September 1, the school year beginning or Knowledge Day.
"Before beginning the talk, of course, I would like to congratulate you on the holiday -- September 1," the president said, opening the meeting with university students and teachers.
The president said it was very pleasant for him to note that the decision had been taken to hold the APEC international forum in Vladivostok, and the advantage was taken to develop the city infrastructure, solve a number of problems and build not just a hotel, but a university.
Putin underscored the need for highly professional specialists for Russian economy, including for the Far East -- the Vostochny space centre, which is under construction, the ship building complex and particularly to build civil ships.
Government members, including First Vice-Premier Igor Shuvalov and new presidential envoy to the Far East and Vice-Premier Yuri Trutnev, also were present at the meeting.
Putin already visited the university campus on Russky Island late on Saturday, together with the region's governor and the university rector. The president walked along the embankment and talked with students.
Putin visited the university in September 2012, when the APEC summit was held there, and in September 2011, when he was prime minister, and at the time, he inspected the campus construction site.
The campus with its park and the embankment occupies 200 hectares. The complex consists of 300, including 11 residential, buildings for 10,500 teachers and students. There are canteens, a cafe, kitchens and laundries in hostels, sport grounds for basketball, volleyball, handball and badminton, a tennis court, gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a stadium for almost 2,000 spectators.
The university was founded in 2010 with the unification of Far Eastern University, Far Eastern Technical University, Pacific Economic University and the Ussurriisk Pedagogical Institute.