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The nationwide thematic action "Turkmenistan is the Heart of the Great Silk Road", which was initiated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, continued throughout 2018 in a variety of directions - from historical to modern socio-economic and culturological.
Various conferences, exhibitions, seminars, scientific symposiums and festivals held as part of the action (both in Turkmenistan and abroad) were aimed at presenting the topic of interconnection of the Great Silk Road and the historical mission of the Turkmen state as a central link in the economic and humanitarian cooperation of the regional states. These events helped to make on objective assessment of the historical path of Turkmens and become acquainted with their national-cultural originality, traditions, customs and life principles, deeply understand the invaluable contribution of the Turkmen people to the global scientific, economic and cultural progress. The Great Silk Road as a unique phenomenon in the world history that connected dozens of states through trade, informational and cultural contacts was presented not only in the context of history and spiritual values of the Turkmen people but also in terms of the future of the country.
A festival of the Turkmen student community of the Russian higher education establishments was one of the impressive events of the memorable year. It featured a mini-football tournament as the thematic component of the cultural action. At the same time, the festival provided a framework for Turkmen students to establish face-to-face contacts with their Russian peers and acquaint representatives of Russian culture with the ancient traditions of the Turkmen people.
Turkmen students from ten Russian higher education establishments of different regions of the country gathered in the hospitable building of the Ogarev Mordovia State University (MSU). Turkmen students studying at the higher education establishments of Maikop, Voronezh, Kazan, Yoshkar-Ola, Nizhny Novgorod, Penza, Saratov, Ulyanovsk, Cheboksary came to Saransk. The city of Saransk was represented by the team of the Ogarev Mordovia State University. The festival was organized by the administration of the MSU jointly with the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Russian Federation.
Rector Sergei Vdovin greeted the visitors on behalf of the populous Mordovian university:
"It is a great honor for us to host such an event. We constantly pay great attention to the sociocultural adaptation of foreign students at our university. We hold various activities in all areas. It is very pleasant to know that students from the countries of near and far abroad take active part in them. More than 1800 foreign students from 53 countries currently study at the university. Students from friendly Turkmenistan make a significant part of them - about 500 people.
The presentation of the theme "Turkmenistan is the Heart of the Great Silk Road" included a colorful photo exhibition at the main lobby of the university, exposing the modern transport reincarnation of the Great Silk Road routes. The thing is that early this autumn the international rally-raid "Amul - Hazar 2018", bringing together the contestants from dozens of countries, ran through the places where ancient caravan routes once passed. The exhibition featured a few dozen photos about the thrilling events of the major international contest in which President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also participated. The photos depicted all the details of the exciting race.
The atmosphere of friendly interactions at the festival contrasted rather sharply with the intense sport rivalry on the football grounds. Following the two-day tense competition, the title of the tournament winner went to the football team of the Adyghe State University (Maikop).
Presenting the winners of the sport competition with cups, medals and valuable prizes, members of the festival organizing committee noted that regardless of the value of the prizes, the festival made another contribution to the maintenance of interethnic peace and friendship of the peoples, thus achieving its main objective.


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