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On a fine Sunday morning of 15th March, the Malaysian Chinese Student Community of Volgograd State Medical University had organized a Chinese New Year celebration festival with the theme: Chronicles of the Flying sheep. The theme reflects the fact that they as overseas students do not have a chance to celebrate this important festival back at home, so they adapted and celebrate in a land far away from home, as a big family.

The event was held in Hiroshima Hostel hall and was attended by various nationalities, namely, Malaysians, Vietnamese, Russians, Chinese and Indians. The concept of this event, is international culture sharing, with “making new friends of other nationalities and understanding each other's culture” as the main aim. Mandarin oranges (Bliss) were given out as door gifts.


Volgograd State Medical University received a letter addressed to the Rector, full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladimir I. Petrov, from Director, “KenRuss Medics Ltd.”, Ms. Galina Krumkacheva.

“KenRuss Medics Ltd.” is a long-time partner of our University recruiting African applicants for studying at Russian universities.

In her letter Ms. Krumkacheva notes a high professionalism of our African graduates. Most of them carry out successful professional activity and progress up the career ladder. There are no unemployed professionals among graduates of Russian schools. Read more...

Foreign office would like to inform, that Volgograd State Medical University received a note of thanks from Her Excellency Ms. Vorobyeva Lyudmila Georgievna, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia. In this letter Ms. Vorobyeva expresses her appreciation to the University and to the Rector Vladimir I. Petrov personally for developing of scientific and cultural relationships between Russia and Malaysia.

The representatives of Volgograd State Medical University associate professor I.N. Iezhitsa, associate professor A.V. Krasilnikova, faculty member V.V. Khlebnikov, as well as ex-employee of the University professor M.Y. Kapitonova are engaged in teaching and scientific activity at the medical faculties of Universities of Malaysia for many years. Read more...

Univ-Prof. Dr.Dr. OTTO JOHANNES SCHUBERT (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) was admitted to the Honorary Doctorate Degree (honoris causa) at the General Convocation held in Volgograd State Medical University on the 15th of October, 2014.

Prof. Schubert is a graduate of Volgograd State Medical Institute of 1969 an now is an outstanding scientist, implant surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, plastic surgeon. For all these years Prof. Schubert maintained closed partnership with the University and promote the cooperation between Volgograd state Medical University and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

After the General Convocation Prof. Schubert delivered two lectures on «Anomalies and developmental defects» and «Basics of treatment of maxillofacial anomalies».

As an expression of his thanks Prof. Schubert made a present of the unique illustrated edition “Das vorzüglichste Cabinett” to his Alma Mater. This book is available at the Library of the University.

A.A. Tchesnokov,
Director, Foreign office, VSMU

On the 5th of October 2014, Malaysian students of Volgograd State Medical University celebrated Eid Adha or the Great Day of Sacrifice. Eid Adha is a Muslim festival which commemorates the willingness of the Islamic prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail in an act of obedience to God. The celebration this year was organized by 4th year students. The event which was held at Hiroshima Hostel started at 10 in the morning. Malaysian students of all courses wore their colorful traditional clothes and had come to enjoy the celebration together with their curators Mr. Vladislav Goncharenko and his wife together with Mrs. Nina Arseevna.

Just like other celebrations, there were singing and dancing by the talented future doctors of VSMU. Some students sang Raya songs while being accompanied by a live band. A selection of classic favourites such as “Dendang Perantau” and the more jolly “Suasana Hari Raya” mixed with newer songs like “Anugerah Syawal” didn’t fail to entertain guests and keep them on their toes. Read more...

From 14 to 15 of December 2013 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) organized one of the major education fairs in South-Eastern Asia “The Star Education Fair 2013” (http://www.thestar.com.my/EduFair/). The educational fair is annually held in Malaysia (since 1987) and enables advancement of educational services of more than 200 educational institutions. In 2013 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre hosted “The Star Education Fair” (http://www.klccconventioncentre.com/).

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Malaysia, Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in Malaysia (Russian Center of Science and Culture, Kuala Lumpur) and Malaysian educational agency “Russian Resources Sdn. Bhd.” were the providers of the joined Russian exhibition stand of Russian educational services for Malaysian young people. Read more...

On 5th November 2013 the 7th Malaysian Students Association Grand Election was held at Lecture Hall No. 3 of Volgograd State Medical University.

Malaysian Students Association or also known as MSA is the official student body of Malaysian students in Russia. It consists of four main bureaus: media, academic, sports and welfare. MSA is responsible in helping students in any problem from personal to social aspect.

The meeting was emceed by final year student Siti Nur Hazwani. The students were updated with the activities held by MSA during October 2012 till October 2013 together with its financial report. The meeting was continued with the financial report of the Stalingrad Intervarsity Games (STIG-X) that was hosted by students of Volgograd State Medical University on April this year. Project manager of STIG-X Daniel Mathew gave his speech of appreciation.

Highlight of the day was the Grand Election where the new committees were being chosen by the Malaysian student community. The election was successfully organized by Election Committee 2013, led by Firdaus Zaid.

The MSA 2013/14 Committee is listed as following:

  • President: Muhammad Syamil Sabri
  • Vice Presidents: Meerabaanu Muralitharan, Ker Jin Hoong
  • Secretary: Nasyrah Muhammad Nasir (head), Vaani Nedissa Gunasekaran (assistant)
  • Treasurer: Intan Nur Aini Asmal (head), Nur Sulastini Md Nor (assistant)
  • Media Bureau: Mohamad Yusri (head), Ng Yung Jeat (assistant)
  • Welfare Bureau: Aliff Faisal Ahmad Kamar (head), Amir Aqil (assistant)
  • Academic Bureau: Rita Melissa Jafri (head), Sathiyaraj Subramaniam (assistant)
  • Sport Bureau: Abdul Hadi Mohd Zahari (head), Tan Ee Lin (assistant)

Batch Representatives:

  • Pre-med: Nor Arief Norddin
  • 1st year: Muhammad Hafizuddin Mat Yaman
  • 2nd year: Mohamad Shamin Jamaludin
  • 3rd year: Muhammad Khairul Anuar Mohd Halim
  • 4th year: Nik Muhammad Syahrin Nik Burhanuddin
  • 5th year: Isyafiq Qamaal Ahmadi
  • 6th year: Mohamad Khairuddin bin Khazali

The election was ended with final speeches of vice-presidents - Yuwaraja Vijayakumar and Goldon Anak Molling, and president of MSA 2012/13 Syed Aidid bin Syed Abdul Rahman.

The MSA 2013/2014 Media Bureau

In August and September we have so many festivals in India: Raksha Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi etc. Among them Independence Day is the most important for the country.

Independence Day, observed annually on the 15th of August, is a national holiday in India commemorating the nation's independence from British rule on the 15th of August 1947. India attained freedom following an independence movement noted for largely nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress (INC).Independence coincided with the partition of India, in which the British Indian Empire was divided along religious lines into the Dominions of India and Pakistan.

On the 15th of August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, who had become the first Prime Minister of India that day, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. On each subsequent Independence Day, the Prime Minister has raised the flag and given a speech.

The holiday is observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events. Indians celebrate the day by displaying the national flag on their attire, accessories, homes and vehicles; by listening to patriotic songs, watching patriotic movies; and bonding with family and friends. Books and films feature the independence and partition in their narrative.

On the eve of  Independence Day, the President of India delivers the "Address to the Nation". On the 15th of August, the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gun shots are fired in honour of the solemn occasion. In his speech, the Prime Minister highlights the past year's achievements, raises important issues and calls for further development. He pays tribute to the leaders of the freedom struggle. The Indian national anthem, "Jana Gana Mana" is sung. The speech is followed by march past of divisions of the Indian Army and paramilitary forces. Parades and pageants showcase scenes from the freedom struggle and India's diverse cultural traditions. Similar events take place in state capitals where the Chief Ministers of individual states unfurl the national flag, followed by parades and pageants.

Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes take place in governmental and non-governmental institutions throughout the country. Schools and colleges conduct flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural events. Major government buildings are often adorned with strings of lights.

Naveen Giftson,
5th year student of General Medicine

At the end of August 2013 a delegation of VSMU, namely Vice-Chancellor for International Affairs, full member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Alexander A. Spasov, Dean, the Faculty of Dentistry, Sergey V. Poroyskiy, Director, Foreign Office, Andrei A. Tchesnokov, visited the Faculty of General Medicine, the University of Ostrava (the Czech Republic). During this visit the delegation negotiated with the leadership of the University of Ostrava as well as with the city leaders. During an efficient conversation with the Dean of the Faculty of General Medicine, the University of Ostrava, Pan Jaroslav Khoracheck, a preliminary agreement was reached. It concerns priority directions of cooperation up to 2013, statement of protocol, organization of working groups in the first quarter of 2014, development of a detailed plan for the current academic year. It was also discussed on the possibility of students and academician exchange programmes. Besides, it was touched on the issue of European and Russian extra-budgetary financing for implementation of common projects.

In addition to the negotiating in Ostrava, the delegation of VSMU took part at the 40th Conference of the International Association of medical education in the city of Prague. There were covered such the acute issues as up-to-date medical education, new methodological approaches, perspectives of development.

What is the meaning of a country if the country doesn't have a culture to reveal and be proud of its own identity? Even the Russians have their own native traditions and events which are well-known in all parts of the world. As for us, we indeed really know how much pride installed in each and every young to old hearts of the Russians towards their country, but nevertheless, so do us.

In Malaysia, we have our very own unique events which celebrate all the various multi-racial colors, the multi-religion harmony throughout the years. And one of the biggest events in Malaysia is Hari Raya. Yes, they ask, «Is it Hari Raya is just for Muslims?», but being not restricted not just to Muslims, our Hari Raya in Malaysia which supposedly to be only 1 day, extended to another 29 days. Why? Because the other 29 days, we celebrate true meaning of being tolerant to each other, we celebrate unity. Therefore, there is no any other exception for us in here too. «Once a Malaysian, is always a Malaysian».

22nd of September 2013 marked one of the greatest event organized by Malaysian students, a typical «Hari Raya Celebration» which has been held ages ago, generation by generation.

This time, there was a little bit of «twist» on the venue. Surprisingly it has been changed from the Hiroshima hostel hall to an open area in front of the Hiroshima hostel. And due to a lovely early autumn weather the concept was turned into a first-time-«open air»-event.

The theme for Raya celebration this year was «Warna Warni Raya» or in English «The colorful Raya», and unsurprisingly, the theme was well anticipated by the students as they wore colorful, funky traditional costumes. It really brought back the true definition of Hari Raya in Malaysia: fun, happiness, love, and colorfulness.

The event started at 10:30 a.m., starting with a recitation and then speeches from Malaysian community organization leaders: MSA leader, Syed Aidid Syed Rahman; Kelab Umno Volgograd (KUV) leader, Aziz Haladin. It wouldn't be a complete event without some performances, therefore, students from all batches who have been preparing for various type of performances months ago, performed their spectacular shows. The initial performance, «Qasidah» was performed, consisting of group of guys singing religious, harmonious Arabic song Li Ha Na Na. Main highlight of the day was the sketch performed by the ex-STIGX drama team, who performed the weirdly sad-but-funny sketch, but nevertheless, packed with lessons to be learned. Some other extraordinary performances especially from the first year YT students really lived up the day too.

There were exciting games, prize-giving ceremony for the graduating final year students (hopefully all) along with the event to cheer and bring up the «Raya» mood.

Last but not least, the foods. The foods prepared, though simple, but really tasted delicious and nice. A full stomach is a happy stomach therefore a photography session is always a must for such a great event. Clearly, the photos «flooded» into all kind of social networking, mainly Facebook and Instagram.

At 2:30 p.m. the event finished with a smile in each and everyone face. Till the next Raya!

Muhammad Hafidz Bin Hasan,
5th year student of General Medicine,
MSA Media Director 2012/13

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