Key Achievements of the UNICO Center
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Altai State University (ASU www.asu.ru), founded in 1973, became a pioneer of classical education in Altai Region. Today the University is the centre for development of classical higher professional education, fundamental and applied sciences, social and cultural life in the south of Western Siberia.
(ad notam: Altai is the geographical center of Asia and the unique natural region. It is included in "Global-200“ list, i.e. the list of regions of the world which biodiversity preservation corresponds to the “ecoregion” concept).
In recent years the tendency of strengthening the positions of ASU as a center of international education, scientific research and cross-cultural interaction has been distinctly shown. ASU is one of head (basic) higher education institutions of the University of the Shanghai Organization of Cooperation (USOC), uniting more than 70 leading universities of Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan. The number of ASU foreign students mostly from the mentioned countries annually rises by 50%. The number of foreign visiting professors invited to ASU for the purpose of conducting academic process, carrying out scientific research, participation in educational and scientific trainings and other forms of academic mobility is constantly increasing. On the basis of ASU UNESCO chair (the chair of innovative education in the cross-border region) has been opened.
Under the support of the Russian Federation Ministry of Education and Science the 2012-2016 program of ASU strategic development "Development of Altai state university geared at modernization of the economy and the social sphere of the Altai territory and regions of Siberia” is being realized in the university alongside with the program of development of student associations’ activities and some others. Due to these federal subsidies the project "Increasing language competence of the ASU teaching staff and students" has been implementing since June 2013 on the basis of the ASU Linguistic Center. The project main objective is to consolidate the efforts to form and perfect the foreign language competence of teaching staff and students geared at integration into the international scientific and educational space.
So, the English language training has been conducted since 2004 by the Linguistic Center in the University. Being a catalyser of language learning processes it performs the following major tasks:
The ASU Linguistic Center's role in the UNICO project