Students of RUDN University, Sochi, OFF WE GO!

Students of RUDN University, Sochi, OFF WE GO!

RUDN University students and young scientists from 11 countries took part in the XVIII International Festival of Youth Scientific and Technical Creativity "Ot Vinta" (Off we go) in the mountain resort of Rosa Khutor. Students of the Agrarian Technological Institute, the Institute of Medicine, the Institute of Ecology and the Faculty of Economics presented scientific and practical projects.

The team of the Institute of Medicine presented the project “International Research Team: Learning to Work Together (International Medical Science Incubator)”. The team unites students from Albania, Haiti, Zambia, India, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka.

A team of students from Guinea and Zambia from the Faculty of Economics presented a project to export Russian grain to African markets in order to solve the food security issue.

 Two RUDN postgraduate students became winners and received I degree diplomas with commemorative medals:

  • Diakite Simbo (Mali), postgraduate student of the Agrarian Technological Institute, project “Development of technologies for protection against diseases of new varieties of wheat for growing in countries and regions with a hot climate” (on the example of joint scientific research between Russia and Mali);
  • Salazar Flores Cristian Alexander (Ecuador), postgraduate student of the Institute of Ecology, project “Problem of water quality management in countries and regions with a tropical climate” (on the example of the Republic of Ecuador).

The students shared their impressions of the trip:

Diakite Simbo (Mali), PhD student at the Agrarian Technological Institute:


“I liked the organization of the event. With such a large number of speakers, all reports were held within the allotted time. Various interesting innovative projects were presented at the festival, which can be useful and have practical application in people’s lives”.

Kasonde Aaron (Zambia), Master's student at the Faculty of Economics:


“Our team presented a project to export grain to African countries. I think I can bring some ideas to Zambia and implement them there to help people in Africa. Other participants came up with interesting projects. I hope they’ll get funding for their elaborations. It would be nice if a similar technology exchange platform could be created in my home country!”

Musonda Ketura (Zambia), student of the Institute of Medicine:


“We have an international team. We were pleased to present a project to organize the work of an international research team at the Institute of Medicine. I liked the festival, I learned a lot of new things. It was very nice to see among the flags the flag of my native country, thanks to the organizers!”

Lyudmila Lepeshkina (Russia), student of the Institute of Medicine: 


“Festival ‘Ot Vinta’ is not just an impressive and large-scale event. This is a place where young scientists and inventors can talk about their project and share experiences with each other. It’s a place where everyone will find inspiration to develop and realize their ideas. I wish there were more events like this. Perhaps next time at the ‘Ot Vinta’ festival I will present my personal project!”

Arnus Mayas (Syria), student of the Institute of Medicine:


“The festival was organized at the highest level! You can see the colossal work that has been done in the preparation process. There were interesting projects that helped to learn a lot of new things. The team and I realized what needs to be improved in our project so that it becomes better and we achieve better results next time”.

Gyata Estiliana (Albania), student of the Institute of Medicine:


“I am happy that I was able to participate in the festival. I got a lot of positive emotions, learned a lot of new things, and talked to interesting people. I want to thank for the invitation my teacher - Elena Kaverina. I will be happy to participate in the following events!”

Students and young scientists not only presented their projects, but also attended master classes, and participated in round tables and discussion platforms. 

Photo: press service of the “Ot Vinta!” Festival.


Festival “Ot Vinta!” (Off we go) is a key project of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation to support engineering creativity and career guidance for young people, scientific initiatives, technological entrepreneurship and innovative start-ups. 

The festival has been held since 2005. For 17 years, a generation of technical specialists has grown up, today acting as mentors for the participants of the Festival. Many of the authors of the projects of past years, for whom the Festival became a career “springboard”, are now successful businessmen and young specialists in the largest Russian industries, and have a “success story”, which in itself is a serious motivation for engaging in technological entrepreneurship.

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