Grodno State University became a member of the Eurasian Media Studies Center

7 October 2022

Faculty of Journalism, Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov signed an Agreement on scientific and educational cooperation with another EAEU university, on the basis of which students are not only taught journalism, but also conduct research on the national media system – Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno. The solemn signing in an online format took place on October 7 in the Meeting Hall of the Academic Council.

Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Professor Elena Leonidovna Vartanova and Rector of the Grodno State University named after Yanka Kupala, Candidate of History, Associate Professor Irina Fyodorovna Kiturko, after welcoming speeches in a solemn atmosphere, signed cooperation agreements with the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov.

– We are very pleased with the development of a new good-neighbourly direction with our colleagues from Belarus. Moscow University has been cooperating with the Belarusian State University for a long time, but journalism is definitely needed not only in the capitals. So, in Russia today the most demanded specialists in our field are specialists of regional mass media, – Elena Leonidovna emphasized.

In turn, Irina Fedorovna noted that within the framework of the forum of regions, which was held this year in Grodno, the Yanka Kupala State University also signed an agreement on cooperation between universities with the rector of the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov Viktor Antonovich Sadovnichy.

“However, cooperation at the level of faculties is no less promising and in demand for our university at this stage,” Kiturko concluded.

– Taking into account the primary role of the mass media in hybrid conflicts, and, on the contrary, the unifying potential of this tool of soft power, in the conditions of instability and polarization of society caused by changes in the geopolitical arena, specialists of the post-Soviet media industry and representatives of higher schools who train young journalists today it is extremely important to unite efforts, – notes the director of the Eurasian Media Studies Center, Ph.D. Olga Vikhrova.

In 2021, the Faculty of Journalism of Lomonosov Moscow State University also signed cooperation agreements with the universities of the EAEU – the Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilev (Republic of Kazakhstan), Belarusian State University (Republic of Belarus), Institute of Media, Advertising and Cinema of the Russian-Armenian University (Republic of Armenia) and Faculty of Journalism and Information Systems of Bishkek State University named after K. Karasaev (Kyrgyz Republic).

The main task of the Eurasian Media Studies Center is to unite the intellectual potential of states in order to organize interaction between the leading centers of journalism education in the field of media research, journalism and media systems of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as the exchange of experience in the professional training of qualified personnel, which will contribute to the subsequent intensification of the Eurasian dialogue in the media.