Another intense day of activity is underway. It is now 5:15 PM as I lie back
on my bed to write this entry.
After visitng the downtown area and doing a little shoping I went out to the Shanghai International Studies
University. The highlight of the day and of the trip so far was the lucid
and frank dialogue I had with Andrei Aleksankov (pictured), deputy director
for international relations and marketing, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical
University, regarding the development of international educational programs.
We expounded upon the desirability of establishing multinational educational
programs with a number of countries participating and contributing the expertise
and resources whereby more comprehensive programs of education can be offered
to students. The countries of China, The United States and Canada were mentioned
as being among those of particular intrest to be in cooperation with Russia.
This is a venture that I have a desire to support and promote. I also enjoyed
speaking with other
members of the delegation including Assistant ProfessorAlexander
V. Elenskiy, PhD, Vice Rector for International Relations; and the bright
minded and well spoken Olga Dolinina (pictured), PhD, Head of International
Department, Director of Aptech Computer Training Center, Head of Applied
Information Technologies Department, Saratov State Technical University;
and one other gentleman whose card I have in Russian but am unable to translate
nor recall the verbal details. Sorry.
Following this adventure into the world of academia I met with
two fasciating students attending the university, Zheng Guang Liang and Wang
Ling Mei. We spent quite a while discussing issues in the realm of mental
problems, the existence of God, religious organization and the relationship
of the individual with material existance, love in the family and between
Although these things can only be lightly touched upon in such a short moment
of communication, it is apparent to me that such dialogue between individuals
so far apart in culture, age and sex can help to improve the relationships
that we as human beings desire and that efforts at understanding can prove
to contribute towards the spiritual well being and happiness of one another.