“DIY in your university!” International Student Construction Team “Meridian of Friendship” celebrates Builder’s Day
312 members of the International Student Construction Team "Meridian of Friendship" master new construction specialties in order to prepare university for the new school year.
Each year students repair about 27,000 m2 of the university's classroom and housing stock and improve the territory with a total area of more than 7,000 m2.
“The construction team is not only summer work, but also an organization that helps students from other countries adapt to Russia, gain important skills and abilities, and of course make new friends! The experience always has practical application and helps them in the future, they can independently make repairs in their room, fix or paint something correctly”, says Director of the Center for Youth Student Groups of RUDN University Mikhail Kondakov.
“I am grateful to the construction team for the knowledge and support that I received while working here. I remember that on my first working day I felt timid, afraid that I would not be able to correctly follow the instructions of my team leader. But the foreman became the first person to believe in me. I painted the wall, and it came out very beautiful! I was pleased that they believed in me and my enthusiasm. Since then, I gladly have taken up any difficult task. Thanks to the team for helping me to become better and give me the opportunity to develop my best qualities”, Babaka Maketikala, student of the Academy of Engineering from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“I like the construction team for the special atmosphere of friendship and support. Students gather to repair their university with their own hands, ”- Da Silva Teixeira Junior Isidro, a student of the Faculty of Science from Guinea-Bissau, a member of the “ Friendship Meridian ”, 3 years in the construction team.
A good tradition of the “Meridian of Friendship” has been the exchange of team members with other student units of the country. Among them, Krasnoyarsk State Medical University. Benitsiaphantouka Elid Ulrich from Madagascar, a student at the Faculty of Ecology, team leader of the “Meridian of Friendship”, spoke about his first experience with visiting teams:
“I will always remember my first trip - by train, and so far from the capital, I learned to paint and work in a team. There were different situations. The funniest and at the same time a bit offensive moment was when we dug a pit, and then we were told: “Sorry, the pit is needed elsewhere.” The construction team is a team that supports and cheers up at such moments. For me, the construction team is a strong and friendly family.”
The movement of student construction teams is very popular among students. Every year it accepts more and more young people into its ranks. This is a great opportunity even at the training stage to get the first working experience, make money and be independent.
Congratulations to the members, foremen and commanders of the “Friendship Meridian” on Builder's Day!
Morjadino flew from warm Sao Tome to Moscow to receive the profession of an architect of buildings and structures. He loves Khrushchev apartment buildings (5-storey buildings of the 60’s), lives according to the laws of Vitruvius and wants to create something useful for society. We asked Morjadino what motivated him to move to Russia, why he chose Architecture and what project he presented at the Golden Section festival.
July 18, one of the passengers of Qatar Airways Moscow-Doha flight QR340 felt bad. Alaa Al Hajj, a Lebanese resident of RUDN Institute of Medicine (Traumatology and Orthopedics), who was flying on vacation, came to his aid. The young doctor provided first aid and convinced the crew to make an emergency landing at Kuwait International Airport to transfer the passenger to the medical team. Thanks to Alaa, the man remained alive.
The third working semester of the International student construction brigade “Meridian of Friendship” was opened at RUDN University. Vice-Rector for Student Affairs Mikhail Katsarsky motivated the students to work, speaking about his student path in the construction team, tied bandanas to the leaders and handed out tasks.