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9 Kazan universities partner with 2015 FINA World Championships

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12.03.2014, 22:36 Volunteers
Starting today, a number of higher education institutions of Kazan engage in the preparation for the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan. Nine universities and institutes have been officially announced today as non-profit partners for the event at the Coordination Council for Educational Work under the Rectors' Council of the Republic of Tatarstan.

So far, the organisers of the 2015 FINA World Championships have been joined by Kazan National Research Technological University, Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N.Tupolev, Kazan State Power Engineering University, Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, TISBI University of Management, Institute of Economics, Management and Law, Kazan State Medical University, Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, and Kazan Cooperative Institute (branch of Russian University of Cooperation).

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Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University is to become the tenth academic partner for the organisers of the FINA World Championships. The signing of the agreement with one of Russia's major higher education institutions is scheduled for April 2014.

According to Deputy Director General and Chief of Staff of the Official Organiser for the 16th FINA World Championships Kazan 2015, Larisa Sulima, beginning of the cooperation with universities and institutes opens the way to a major stage of preparations for the upcoming FINA World Championships. "In fact, today we have embarked on solving the most challenging issue, the employment one, as higher education institutions will assume an obligation to train volunteers whose help is integral to the success of any event. 10 universities of Kazan will resume their natural course of activities in the framework of a new project and continue running volunteer training centres which we founded in the build-up to the Universiade. First of all, the main focus will be on freshers who for this or that reason didn't get a chance to participate in the World University Games volunteer programme. First-year and senior students are the target audience of the public awareness and education project, titled 'Learn Everything About the FINA World Championships', which kicks off in universities next week. This event will be the first in an array of joint projects implemented by the Championships organising committee and partner universities, but not the last, of course."

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As part of the Learn Everything About the FINA World Championships project, university students will be given an insight into Kazan's successful bid to host the 16th World Aquatics Championships and learn a lot of fun facts, namely why this event stands out among the majority of other sporting events, who of today's top athletes will come to Kazan to compete for medals, what sports are included in the Championships programme and what high diving is. At these meetings, students will be able to sign up to volunteer at the FINA World Championships and at many other major sporting events which are due to be held in Kazan in the next two years.

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Speaking of the upcoming competitions, Director of the Volunteer Department, Alexander Karpov, said: "In two weeks the capital of Tatarstan will host the 2014 UEFA European U17 Football Championship elite round. In April the city will welcome the European Badminton Championship. In summer citizens of Kazan and visitors to the capital will have an unforgettable experience of watching live sporting action at the Fencing World Championships, FINA High Diving World Cup and many other events. We plan to involve 3,000 volunteers in the 2014 events. Participation in each new tournament, fresh experience will be surely helpful for those who will want to volunteer at the FINA World Championships in summer 2015."

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All in all, the FINA World Championships will have the support of 2,500 volunteers, 500 of which will be representatives of various regions of Russia and 50 will come from different parts of the world. The rest of volunteers will be recruited from Tatarstan. Since the number of volunteers for the FINA World Championships is significantly less compared to the Universiade (20,000 volunteers were used during the 2013 Games), the requirements placed on candidates have grown considerably. First of all, they include high degree of English language proficiency and event management experience.

 

Press Department of Organising Committee for 16th FINA World Championships Kazan 2015