Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) students competed Jan. 23 in the XI All-Russian Olympiad to recognize the best young scholars of the Persian language and literature.
More than 40 Russian students attended the competition. Universities participating included People’s Friendship University, St. Petersburg State University, IAAS MSU, Moscow State Institute, Moscow State Linguistic University, Kazan State University, Astrakhan State University, Bashkir State University and Dagestan University.
The first two of the four competition categories included Persian grammar, literary theory, history, listening, and written translations of Persian into Russia.
There were also two oral categories -- reading and speaking -- in which students read passages of Persian poetry or prose and then explained the poem. Juries, which were comprised of specialists in Iranian literature and culture and teachers from Russian universities, also asked students about the various pieces of literature.
MGIMO students were among the winners in team and individual competitions in four categories. Adlan Margoa, a third-year student from the Faculty of International Relations, took third place overall.
The annual event is organized by the Institute of Asian and African Countries, the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Iran in Russia, Moscow State University and the International Foundation for Iranian Studies.