Today we are witnessing impressive, large and qualitative steps of Azerbaijan’s integration towards Europe and into the whole world within the framework of economic, social, cultural life as well as diplomacy and international relations. As a result of the great leadership of our nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev, thanks to his steadfast efforts, the gradual education reforms in Azerbaijan in the early 1990s, at all stages and levels, have already shown their effectiveness and results. The education system of our country has improved through the guidance of a defined set of goals set within the framework of “National Strategy for the Development of Education in the Republic of Azerbaijan,” which gave rise to hopes and confidence for the future to each public servant.
The leadership of our esteemed President Ilham Aliyev and his executive decrees and orders aimed at improving our education system in accordance with the highest standards and the achievement of concrete targets, state programs have adopted scholarship programs that are sending the Azerbaijani youth to prestigious educational institutions abroad, are the calls and instructions for all national higher institutions and are the foundation for being on the list of first-rate universities in the future.
The main feature of dialectics and philosophy, as well as future plans of our education system is to save the experience gained through past decades and to maintain the principles that enable the continuation of a set of the values, traditions, national mentality and the principles of loyalty.
Baku Slavic University, which commemorates its 70th anniversary this year, is committed to these principles and carries out its current and future activities in accordance with these principles.
In the 1940s after the War, Baku Slavic University, which was established and functioned under different names in different periods, has aimed for a long time to prepare professionals of the Russian language and literature teachers, currently it is a center of scientific and educational activities assigned to train high-skilled specialists in Russian language and literature, Slavonic studies, Translation art, International relations and pedagogical specialties.
Equipped with a wise foresight by the great national leader Heydar Aliyev, the profile of Azerbaijani Pedagogical Institute of Russian Language and Literature was expanded with the aspiration to further develop the educational, literary, cultural, political, diplomatic and socio-economic relations with our neighbor country, Russia, the CIS, Eastern, Central and Southern European countries and the Slavic-Greek world. Baku Slavic University, a unique public institution of higher education, was established in 2000. Unlike other Slavic universities in the CIS, Baku Slavic University was established with the initiative of Azerbaijani Government and aims at meeting the educational needs of our country and of its population.
At a time when the Russian language evokes a great interest in our Republic, the University has made the preparation of pedagogical expertise as its top priority, prepares textbooks on the Russian language and literature for secondary schools, remains a scientific and methodological centre for the Russian-language schools and for all of these reasons Baku Slavic University carries out joint projects with leading Universities and scientific and methodological centers in Russia.
Today Baku Slavic University functions as one of the biggest centers of Russian Slavonic philology in the Caucasus and Transcaucasia and it carries out scientific researches in Azerbaijani, Turkish-Slavic and European studies, promotes multicultural studies of the Azerbaijani people in the world, as well as holds international scientific conferences.
Students from all over the world learn the Azerbaijani and the Russian language at Baku Slavic University and have the chance to get the bachelors, masters and post-graduate degrees on different specialties.
Baku Slavic University is an institute of higher education with great scientific and pedagogical potential. There are more than 50 candidates of science, professors, and more than 200 Ph.D. Professors and Assistant Professors. There are plenty of cooperation agreements with foreign universities which make it possible for specialists from other Universities, as well as our teaching staff to get the chance of working here and abroad.
The world’s prominent political leaders, religious and public figures are among the honorary doctors of our University. Lectures delivered by the honorary doctors, especially by political leaders, educational and cultural centers inaugurated on their presence, the attention paid by most of them to relations between their country’s universities and BSU has made a unique impression on our professors and students.
As a continuation to the wonderful and impressive legacy of Academician Kamal Abdullayev, we pay a great attention to the accomplishment and realization of the scientific potential of our University, promotion and publication of research projects carried out by our department chairs and scientific and research laboratories, regular publication of scientific works, etc. The University publishes “Scientific Works” (Language and Literature, Social Science Series), as well as a number of scientific publications prepared jointly with various foreign universities, the magazine “The Russian language and literature”, scientific journal “Tagiyev’s readings,” thematic and high school yearbooks, various dictionaries and reference books, encyclopedias, textbooks and monographs. It is not a coincidence that the scientific research schools at the University, formed during the period of Former Soviet Union have fulfilled their mission and have expanded the scope of research today.
Indeed, there are honorable successors of these scientific schools including professors Mehmet Tagiyev and Ali Huseynov with their work on lexicography and phraseology; literary relations and investigation founded by professors Michayil Rafili, Murtuz Sadikhov, Habib Babayev, pedagogical and methodological departments directed and formed by professors Leila Vakilova, Bashir Ahmadov, Chingiz Badalov; Translation and Azerbaijani studies and multiculturalism departments, established during the modern development stage and due to efforts and the effective initiative of Honorable Academician Kamal Abdulla; Dostoevsky’s studies, carried out by Prof. Mammad Qojayev and many others.
Baku Slavic University carries out preparation of experts for the unique majors in bachelors, masters and postgraduate degrees. Students and professionals from more than 15 countries get their education in our campus.
The university focuses on the implementation of the concept of continuous education and as a result our University involves the School and Lyceum Complex under Baku Slavic University, where students get elementary, secondary and higher education. The Department of Additional Education, which includes professional development, retraining and probation, is another effective way to strengthen the potential of our future experts. Graduate Dissertation board carries out training of young and new scientific and scientific-pedagogical researchers in the Russian language and literature, literary theory, comparative linguistics and the like.
The University always focuses on the development of the creative potential of the students, their leisure time, and students’ involvement in student-youth organizations. In the exams dedicated to the life and work of the Great National Leader Heydar Aliyev, conducted among 43 high school teams, the team of our University students won the first place. The students of our University, Eldar Gasimov and Aysel Teymurzadeh, who graduated from the School and Lyceum Complex under Baku Slavic University, represented our country at the “Eurovision” song contest. Students from philological faculty, collected interesting samples of folklore during their expeditions in Ivanovka village of Ismayilli Region, populated by the Russian population, and they have published a book volume of fascinating folklore samples named: “Russian folklore of Azerbaijan.”
The University marks its 70th anniversary with great expectations for its future. This anniversary is not only for the professors and students, but also for local and foreign friends of our University, graduates, for everyone who cooperates with us, incoming students and their parents.
*Prof. Dr. Nurlana Aliyeva is the Chancellor (Rector) of Baku Slavic University, Doctor of philological sciences, Emeritus University Professor Honored Teacher of the Republic of Azerbaijan