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Shenia Lorente Fortes is one of the best students

06 August2019
Shenia Lorente Fortes is one of the best students

Shenia Lorente Fortes, Master’s degree student of the Presidential Academy from Spain, told about her studies at RANEPA, interest for the Russian language, disciplines and her favorite teachers at the Academy.

When handing over the diploma to Shenia Lorente Fortes, Valentina Komleva, the Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Regional Studies and Regional Administration, the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS), called her one of the best students of this year’s graduates of the Master’s degree course. The girl received certificates for high achievements in studies and for the best graduation thesis by criteria “Relevance, high quality of research and development of author’s proposal to share international experience and solve important social problems of public administration”.

Shenia Lorente Fortes comes from a small town near Barcelona. She studied at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, Autonomous University of Barcelona. She chose the Russian language to study for several reasons and believes that in Europe people know little about Russia.

Circumstances turned out amazingly: on the next day after Shenia asked her supervisor the question about possible studies in Russia, a delegation of the Presidential Academy came to the University, and the girl could get information about RANEPA at first hand at the meeting with Valentina Komleva and Olga Pirozhenko, Director of RANEPA Center for Russian-Spanish Cooperation.

Shenia came to Moscow soon to study at the Academy. “First, I encountered some difficulties at studies, as I understood Russian at the mundane level. And here the level is academical and subjects are complex and unknown. But during the first year I accustomed, my command of the Russian language got better and better. Friends whom I met at the Master’s degree course, also helped me in various issues. I managed to accomplish my studies well,” the girl noted.

“Most of all I liked the subjects delivered by Valentina Vyacheslavovna Komleva, as she told very well about such things that I have even never been thinking about. It was interesting to learn about Russian philosophers, the Spanish girl confided, I thoroughly enjoyed classes with Yana Borisovna Mukhina who is very knowledgeable about history of foreign affairs and strategy of Russian foreign policy, and she is very exacting. They are my two favorite professors!”

The student prepared an excellent paper on a complex subject “Peculiarities of regionalization in modern Spain and Russia” and considered Tatarstan and Catalonia as an example. For two years, Shenia perfected the Russian language, that even caused a curious situation. In her studies, the girl had to make a presentation and was nervous. She received an admonition from a teacher who believed that she is a Russian student who just did not prepare well enough. The Spanish girl explained that Russian is not her mother tongue. The teacher was very surprised and apologized, having noted that the girl has no accent at all.

The whole family of Shenia came to attend the official graduation ceremony: her dad Jordi Lorente Lopez, her mum Angela Fortes Villegas and her younger brother Mark Lorente. The parents told that they feel great pride in their daughter as she graduated from RANEPA with honors.

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