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VLADIVOSTOK, October 3 (Itar-Tass) - A three-day conference of the International Association for Intercultural Cooperation Studies (IAICS) opened on the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) campus here on Thursday, with delegations from 28 countries participating.
The attending linguists, culturologists, political scientists, sociologists, religious scholars and other experts will discuss the problems of establishing intercultural communication.
According to FEFU Rector Sergei Ivanets, it is symbolic that the forum is taking place on the Russkiy (Russian) Island, on the campus of a Federal university which even during its construction became a floor for intercultural communication. "Multilingualism has now become habitual for FEFU, a higher learning establishment which intends to get integrated actively into the world educational space," he emphasized.
The University official said cultural values and knowledge are generated not by an isolated group buy by a network of experts who from any part of the world. This makes it possible to unite foremost specialists from various regions and even countries into an integrated creative team, which greatly accelerates the dissemination of knowledge in various fields.
The work of the conference will be done within the framework of numerous panels and symposiums dealing with various aspects of communication. The announced subjects for discussion are the use of new technologies for exchanges of cultural heritage and scientific ideas, acceleration of the pace of scientific and technical progress, and the role of education and society in intercultural communication.
The IAICS annual conference is one of major world interdisciplinary forums. It is held for a nineteenth time already but Russia is playing host to it for the first time.