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On February 4, the Czech Centre of Lobachevsky University was visited by Tomáš Hart, Minister Counsellor, Head of the Trade and Economic Department of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Russia. The aim of his visit was to discuss the prospects for cooperation and to plan activities for the Days of the Czech Republic in the Nizhny Novgorod region in June 2021.

"We want to bring to your city investment, diplomatic, cultural, tourist elite of the Czech Republic for the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod. Lobachevsky University will have an important role in holding the Days of the Czech Republic, because your excellent Czech Centre would be indispensable for the success of this event, especially in the cultural and linguistic aspects. Today and tomorrow we will hold several meetings in Nizhny Novgorod and gather all opinions so that in June we can show you the most interesting and beautiful things from the Czech Republic", - said Tomáš Hart.

Preparations for the Days of the Czech Republic in the Nizhny Novgorod region started in November 2020, with a focus on events aimed at the development of bilateral cultural and educational dialogue. Lobachevsky University has a long experience of cooperation with universities of the Czech Republic. The Czech Centre established at the UNN in 2005 serves nowadays as a base for learning Czech language and culture, for scientific and educational cooperation with foreign partners.

"The Czech Centre is 15 years old. During this time, it has already proven its worth. Undoubtedly, we'll have a very interesting programme in June! We have already set the days when our joint cultural and educational projects with the Czech Republic will take place. We have also selected a few ideas, such as film festivals, concerts and educational programmes. Our students will take an active part in the organization of events, since many of them study Czech," - noted Larisa Zhukovskaya, Director of the UNN Institute of Philology and Journalism.

The meeting was attended by Alexander Bedny, UNN Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Larisa Zhukovskaya, Director of the Institute of Philology and Journalism, Konstantin Kemayev, Head of the UNN International Cooperation Office, and Irina Graneva, Head of the UNN Czech Centre.