26.06.2012 - ODG

Director-General receives Honoris Causa from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

© UNESCO/Paola Leoncini-Bartoli – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with Mr. Valery Solomin, the Rector of Herzen State Pedagogical University, Mr. Gennady Bordovsky, President of the University, Mr.Grigory Ordzhonikidze, Secretary General of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and Dendev Badarch, Director UNESCO Office in Moscow, St Petersburg, June 2012.

On the occasion of the 215th Anniversary of Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, received an Honorary Degree and medal from Mr. Valery Solomin, the Rector of the University, during a solemn ceremony presided over by the Rector, Mr. Gennady Bordovsky, President of the University, and the Members of the University Council.

The Herzen State University, Russia's leading pedagogical university, was founded in 1797 by Emperor Paul the First and remains dedicated to teachers' training in a wide variety of disciplines. The University integrates today more than 30 educational and scientific institutions and has accumulated considerable theoretical and practical educational potential and knowledge. It holds a UNESCO Chair on Sciences of Education, created in 1993, one of 138 Chairs and Departments.

"This University has deep roots in this country's tradition of humanism. Education is the foundation for citizenship. This vision is as relevant today as it was at its foundation," said the Director-General.

During a bilateral meeting with the Rector and President of the University, Irina Bokova expressed deep appreciation for the translation and launch of UNESCO's flagship Information and Communication Technology Competency Framework for Teachers by the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education in December 2011.

She recalled the successful cooperation with Professor Bordovsky, in the context of the UNESCO Chair, and Russia's support to enhancing teacher capacities in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

"The world needs quality teachers, with the skills, to borrow Ivan Betskoi's words, to foster new citizens", she noted.

Following the ceremony, the Director-General was guided through the old and the renovated premises of the University, which contains the world's largest collection of children's books in different languages, dating back to before the Russian Revolution in 1918.




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