Various parties gathered in the conference hall in the KFU Main Building. As International Organisational Committee Chairman Krasimir Manev thanked representatives of the Republic of Tatarstan for their excellent work in preparing for the Olympiad. Despite only arriving the day before, he has already had the chance to acquaint himself with the infrastructure of the coming competition.
Dr Krasimir Manev: “At this stage in preparations for previous Olympiads, it was often unclear when and where exactly the competition would take place. Here, however, I see you are completely prepared, both in terms of infrastructure and personnel.”
Organisers were today also introduced to the competition merchandise and equipment. A feature of the preparations has been the use of exclusively Russian suppliers – the goal not simply being to conduct the competition at a consistently high level, but also to maximise the value of the Olympiad legacy.
Rector of KFU Ilshat Gafurov: “We even went so far as to ensure the furniture is supplied locally from Tatarstan. The computers are also being provided by a Russian company. We have obtained the necessary equipment with a view to it remaining here after the Olympiad and continuing to be employed in the education process.”
Kazan University also has an interest in such a large event taking place in its grounds. It’s an important task: showing guests and Olympiad participants the possibilities of the Russian education system. As Jamil Salmi, international expert in higher education, pointed out in his open lecture at KFU yesterday, you need to actually come to Russia to see just how everything is developing.
Meeting the Rector of KFU enabled several questions of organisation to be answered straight away. Over the next couple of days, members of the organisational committee will be subject to a schedule of on-going consultancies and negotiations, before on 15th February visiting the location where the competition is to be held, as well as participating in a press-conference with journalists.