Astrakhan Technical Institute of Fisheries was founded in 1930. The history of its growth, development and expansion of educational and scientific activity is marked by the Institute’s transforming into Astrakhan State Technical University (ASTU) in 1994.
Astrakhan State Technical University is situated in one of the most picturesque places of our town, not far from the Great Russian River Volga.
A lovely academic town of the University is situated on a beautiful parkland. It occupies 8 teaching buildings with up-to-date lecture halls, well-equipped laboratories, a computing center and libraries rich in books. Various conferences and meetings are held Institute of Biology and Nature Management in the Assembly Hall situated in the main building. Here you can also find Director’s, Deans’ and other offices.
The University possesses several halls for residence (dormitories), on the territory of it you can see cafes, shops, a medical aid center and a clubhouse.
Director (or Rector, as it is called in Russia) is at the head of the University, while the work of the Institutes and the faculties is headed by Directors and Deans. The teaching staff of special and academic departments consists of very experienced lecturers and assistants, capable of giving their knowledge and experience to students.
Permanent Institute of Biology and Nature Management aspiration of university’s scientists to expand their research provides for the development of the University and increases its role that of an educational establishment and of a scientific center as well. This also results in the growth of teachers’ professional skills and the quality of undergraduate training. The University constantly improves forms and methods of training and offers its teaching staff new opportunities for innovation both in teaching and research. The success of the University’s education policy is confirmed by the fact that among its graduates there are governors, managers of large businesses, world-famous Institute of Biology and Nature Management scientists.
At present, the structure of the University includes several Institutes: the Institute of Distance Learning, the Institute of Marine Technologies, Power Engineering and Transport, The Institute of Biology and Nature Management, the Institute of Information Technologies and Communication, The Institute of Economics, The Institute of Oil and Gas. There are several Faculties at the University as well: the Mechanical Faculty, the Faculty of Law; the Faculty of Fisheries, the Faculty of Applicant Preliminary Training, the Faculty of Optional Vocational Training; the Faculty of International Student Preliminary Training, the Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education. Besides, there are several colleges that provide Institute of Biology and Nature Management secondary engineering training under the auspices of the University.
The opportunity to host different sports events is provided by excellent sports facilities of the University. They include a sports center with two swimming pools; halls for basketball, volleyball, tennis, acrobatics; a stadium, a gym, a football ground.
III. Remember the following words and word combinations:
To be founded – быть основанным
To be situated – располагаться
A picturesque place – живописное место
To occupy – занимать
To hold (held, held) – проводить
Faculty – факультет
Department – кафедра
To be at the head – возглавлять
Experienced – опытный
Aspiration – стремление, сильное желание
Auspices – покровительство
IV. Remember the following names:
|The Institute of Distance Learning||Институт Дистанционного Образования|
|The Institute of Biology and Nature Management Institute of Marine Technologies, Power Engineering and Transport||Институт Морских Технологий, Силовой Энергетики и Транспорта|
|The Institute of Biology and Nature Management||Институт Биологии и Природопользования|
|The Institute of Information Technologies and Communication||Институт Информационных Технологий и Коммуникаций|
|The Institute of Economics||Институт Экономики|
|The Institute of Oil and Gas||Институт Нефти и Газа|
|The Mechanical Faculty||Механический Факультет|
|The Faculty of Law||Юридический Факультет|
|The Faculty of Fisheries||Рыбохозяйственный Факультет|
|The Faculty of Applicant Preliminary Training||Факультет Довузовской подготовки|
|The Faculty of Optional Vocational Training||Факультет Дополнительного профессионального образования|
|The Faculty of International Student Preliminary Training||Подготовительный Institute of Biology and Nature Management Факультет для иностранных граждан|
|The Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education||Факультет Средне-Профессионального Образования|
V. Answer the following questions:
1. When was ASTU founded?
2. Where is it situated?
3. What can you see on the territory of the university?
4. What are the main Institutes and the faculties of the university?
5. Does the university have excellent sport facilities?
VI. Read and translate the following text:
Institute of Biology and Nature Management
Culture Services and Tourism. The course is designed to provide specialization in Ecological Tourism. The following options are available: Restaurant Services, Hotel Services. A graduate is qualified as a specialist in services and Institute of Biology and Nature Management tourism.
Biology. A graduate is qualified as a biologist-ecologist. The course is also available on a modular basis with BSc in Biology program.
Ecology. A specialization in Ecology Law is offered. A graduate is qualified as an ecologist. A joint course with Ecology and Nature Management is available resulting in the award of BSc Ecology degree.
Microbiology. A specialization in Industrial Microbiology is offered. A graduate is qualified as a microbiologist. The course is available with Biology course at the level of the first degree BSc Biology program.
Multiple Utilization and Protection of Water Recourses. The course Institute of Biology and Nature Management is designed to provide specialization in ecological expertise. A graduate is qualified as an engineer. The course can be joined on a modular basis with Nature Management course resulting in the award of BSc Engineering and Technology.
Physical Education and Sport Studies. The course offers specialization in the principles and methods of coaching. A graduate is qualified as a specialist in physical education and sport studies.
VII. Describe your Institute and its faculties, using the following names:
1). Institute of Economics:
a) Finance and Credit;
b) Accounting, Business Analysis and Audit;
c) Economics and Management of an Enterprise;
d) Marketing Institute of Biology and Nature Management;
g) Commerce (Trading);
h) Documentology and Documentation Support of Management;
2). The Institute of Information Technologies and Communication:
a) Computer Science Applications (in Economy);
b) Computer Science Applications (in Services);
c) Integrated Information Security of Automated Systems;
d) Communication Networks and Systems of Commutation;
e) Mobile Means of Communication;
f) Computer Science and Management in Engineering Systems;
g) Computing Machines, Complexes, Systems and Networks;
3) The Faculty of Law:
VIII. Read and translate the text:
There are two main forms of education in the University: full-time and part-time. The Institute of Biology and Nature Management full-time students of the University have a four- or five year course of studies, while the part-time students study for six years.
Each academic year is divided into two terms. During the term students have to attend lectures, seminars and practical trainings according to the time-table. They also make reports, do laboratory and graphical works according to the basic program. The first-year students study such traditional disciplines as mathematics, chemistry, physics, history, foreign languages. In the third year students begin to study in depth the subjects connected with their future speciality.
Besides obligatory subjects students have Institute of Biology and Nature Management some optional courses. At the end of the term students have tests and take midterm examinations. Their credits and examination marks are entered in their record books. Those who fail in an exam, are allowed to make a second attempt.
The third-and-fourth-year students submit course papers on some special subjects. Graduates have to take final exams and defend their diploma projects worked out with the help of their supervisors.
The University offers a multi-level system of education and training and provides various types of programs for those who study either full-time or Institute of Biology and Nature Management part-time, as well as individual and distance learning programs. If you had already earned an academic degree in one of the sciences, you have an opportunity to do the same in some other field at ASTU. Having completed the chosen course and having met all the qualification requirements the graduates are awarded a special state certificate called "Diploma".
If you are interested in research you can undertake your work in ASTU having applied to post-graduate study: Master's degree or Doctorate courses. When the course has been completed, the Dissertation is then submitted to a specialized Dissertation Council of Institute of Biology and Nature Management ASTU. There are 30 Dissertation Councils in ASTU which are authorized to award Ph.D's. degree (or "Candidate's degree") and Senior Doctor's degree.
IX. Remember the words and word combinations and use them in your own sentences:
Full-time students – студенты дневного обучения
Part-time students – студенты заочного обучения
Term – семестр
To divide into – делить, разделять
The first-year student – студент-первокурсник
Future speciality – будущая специальность
Obligatory subject – обязательный предмет
Optional course – факультативное занятие
To take examinations – сдавать экзамены
Mark – оценка
A record book – зачетная книжка
To enter the university – поступить в университет
To graduate from the university – закончить университет
To fail in an exam – провалиться на Institute of Biology and Nature Management экзамене
To defend a diploma project – защищать дипломный проект
To work out – разрабатывать
A supervisor – научный руководитель
To provide – обеспечивать
To award – награждать
A research work – научно-исследовательская работа
A postgraduate – аспирант