Italian student Noemi Baldi shares her impressions of Russia and Presidential Academy
Foreign exchange student Noemi Baldi has come to RANEPA Institute of Industrial Management (IIM) from the University of Siena, Italy, where she is in the second year of her Master’s program. She took Russian as an undergraduate, and was good enough even back then. The Italian student shares her learning experience in Russia and how her expectations met reality.
Thanks to the close cooperation between the Presidential Academy and the University of Siena, Noemi got the opportunity to spend a semester in Moscow and actually test her fluency in Russian and knowledge of the Russian culture. She also took subjects such as politics and sociology. “I was quite comfortable studying,” Noemi said. “All my teachers were attentive and helped me solve any problems related to my studies. Most of all I liked Psychology of Mass Communications, taught by IIM Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Anna Tsvetkova, and Business English taught by IIM Associate Professor Olga Korabelnikova. I was also very interested in learning colloquial Russian and modern slang.”
Her knowledge of slang helped Noemi communicate freely with her fellow students and friends, but, as she explained, it was nevertheless difficult for her to navigate in the large metropolis at first. “To feel at home in Moscow, one needs to be familiar with the Russian culture. So first of all, one needs to know and respect Russian traditions and customs, to be aware of how to behave in various situations,” Noemi says. One semester in Moscow completely dispelled the clichés she had when she came from Italy such as “Russians always eat meat balls and borshch” and “it snows all year round in Russia.” Not that she has anything against borshch, meat balls or snow.
Local culture is not the only thing Noemi Baldi takes seriously; she is serious about her professional development as well. During her time at RANEPA, she took part in a conference of the Moscow regional representative office of the Russian Political Science Association Council of Young Political Scientists, “Political trends and phenomena: what determines politics today?” and published an article on artificial intelligence.
In the future, Noemi considers teaching foreign languages – Russian and English – or working as a translator. Her immediate plans include completing the summer examination session at the University of Siena, writing a thesis and completing her study on Marketing, Communication and Media in Italy. Noemi Baldi hopes to return to RANEPA for an internship or a job some day, because, according to her, she has spent an excellent semester at the Presidential Academy.