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  • EduStars Winner Marina Barantseva: Teaching the Way I’d Want to Be Taught

    Marina Barantseva started out as a professional linguist and translator and worked in marketing for ten years before deciding to completely reinvent her life. She followed her childhood dream to become a teacher; for the past three years, she has been teaching English to university students. Last year, she won the ITMO EduStars contest of best academic practices. In this interview, we asked her about the trick to motivating students to attend 8 am classes and the reasons lecturers need to continuously learn something new. 


  • Physicist Tatiana Orlova On New Materials for Soft Robotics and Working in Europe

    In 2007, Tatiana Orlova received her PhD in solid state and liquid crystals physics from the Institute of Physics of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences. Since then, she has collaborated with Strasbourg University and the University of Bordeaux in France, the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and the University of Southampton in England. Two years ago, she joined the ITMO Fellowship & Professorship program that brings together experts in different fields. In this interview, we asked Tatiana about her international experiences, the projects she is working on at ITMO, and the advice she’d give to young researchers. 


  • $3,000 for a Special Kid’s Drawing: How ITMO Student Uses NFT Auctions for Charity

    In the summer of 2021, Daniil Zuyev, a student at ITMO’s Computer Technologies in Design Bachelor’s program, created the Osobenny Mir (A Special World) project based on the drawings created by children from the Yom-Yom inclusive center. A charity project by design, Osobenny Mir donates half of its revenue from NFT auctions to the center. However, unexpectedly, it also opened the world of contemporary art to Daniil – selected works were showcased at a virtual exhibition at the Hermitage and the Disartive Art & Tech Fair in Nizhny Novgorod, and one of the drawings was purchased for 230,000 rubles (about $3,000). In this article, Daniil tells us how he decided to combine NFT and charity and what it feels like to suddenly become a contemporary artist. 


  • Crocodile Tears, Plant Afterlife, and Mystic Science: What to See at the Paranature Institute Exhibition

    Until February 14, the doors of the Marina Gisich Gallery are open to visitors of the Paranature Institute, an exhibition showcasing the works of students and graduates of ITMO University’s Art & Science Master’s program. This is the renowned gallery’s first-ever collaboration with student artists. We spoke to the event’s curators and participants about what this means not just for the Master’s program, but the city as a whole, as well as how science art is being received by the art market and what are the biggest challenges in presenting and marketing such works.


  • Must-Know YouTubers in Russia

    From insightful interviews to breathtaking travelogs to snarky comedy, Russian-speaking YouTube has much to offer! Here’s who to stream to improve your Russian and widen your horizons.


  • ITMO Among Top 5 in Quality of Bachelor’s Admissions Among Russian Universities

    According to the latest admissions review, ITMO University is ranked among the top 5 universities in Russia that demonstrated great performances in terms of the overall quality of their admissions campaigns. The average Unified State Exam (USE) score among ITMO’s first-year students in 2021 has increased compared to previous figures and now reaches 93.7.


  • Student Spotlight: Sharaf Ahdaf Souf, Bangladesh

    Sharaf is an international student at ITMO who came to St. Petersburg from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently enrolled in ITMO’s Russian-language Foundation Program and will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from next semester. A painter and singer at heart, Sharaf is a very amiable and cheerful young man. We got an opportunity to hang out with him and talk to him about his experiences, expectations, and ambitions at ITMO.


  • ITMO.EduStars Winner Ksenia Kapelchuk on How Philosophy Can Help Get in Touch With Your Inner Self

    To stimulate its teachers and mentors, ITMO University has introduced the annual ITMO Edu Awards, meant to recognize superior accomplishments in education. ITMO.NEWS talked to Ksenia Kapelchuk, a philosophy lecturer and one of last year’s award winners, to learn more about what makes philosophy unique, how the pandemic affected teaching, and how she got into the art of fragrances.


  • This Weekend in St. Petersburg: January 15-16, 2022

    If you are freezing today, we are with you – and this guide is our version of the obligatory cold winter day cup of hot chocolate. Now, let's make some plans for the weekend – which promises to be much warmer this time around!


  • Cultural Holidays: Starting 2022 by Expanding Our Horizons

    The winter holidays were made for trying something new – be that sports, cooking experiments, or cultural discoveries. Get inspired by what our team is doing over the first days of 2022 to start the year off on a high note!