Azerbaijan International

Winter 2004 (12.4)
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Baku Slavic University

Honorary Doctorates Bestowed on Heads of State

Above: Azerbaijan's President Heydar Aliyev (left first row) joined Rector Kamal Abdulla (right) and the Baku State University Faculty to bestow an Honorary Doctorate on Russia's President Vladimir Putin (center) in January 2001.

Above: 1. S.M.Mironov (Head of the Federal Council of Federal Duma of Russian Federation). Left to right: Arif Rahimzade (First Deputy Speaker of Parliament), Mironov, Kamal Abdulla (Rector of Baku Slavic University), and Nikolay Ryabov, Russian Ambassador (at the time) in Baku. May 24, 2002. 2. Georgi Pirvanov, President of Bulgaria, October 7, 2004.

Left: Constantinos Stephanopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic. June 22, 2004

It's not every day that Azerbaijan commands a visit from the Heads of foreign countries. But on occasion when they do, Baku Slavic University (BSU) is eager to use the opportunity to build educational and cultural bridges. Since 2001 when Vladimir Putin visited Heydar Aliyev, BSU has given honorary doctorates to the Presidents of Bulgaria and Greece.In return, these leaders have helped to create cultural centers inside the university, refurbish classrooms, provide computers and valuable books.

In addition to Russian, BSU offers Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian and Slovak. Greek, though not a Slavic language, is offered as well. Kamal Abdulla, BSU's rector, views the name Slavic University as symbolic. "It doesn't prevent us from teaching Turkic, Japanese, Chinese, Korean or even African languages in the future. Today, it's not enough to study Slavic languages and cultures; students should know something about the systems surrounding their specialties as well."

Honorary Doctorates from Baku Slavic University (BSU) have been bestowed on the following heads of State from foreign countries. BSU's Rector is Kamal Abdulla.

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