Last June 24, a scholar from Dipolog City graduated with the highest possible honors from People’s Friendship University (RUDN) of the Russian Federation which is known to be one of the leading universities in the country with the key objective of providing quality education to students from developing countries.
Shyatesa Ceprado Razo took a degree in Master of Science in Agronomy under the sponsorship of Russian government and Armi Lopez Garcia, Russia’s Honorary Consul in Cebu.
Philippine Ambassador to Russia, Carlos Sorreta expressed his pride over Razo’s achievement and said, “She arrived in Russia in 2014 with zero knowledge of the Russian language. Two years after, she graduates at the top of her class in a degree program that was taught all in Russian. What she accomplished was no easy feat so we are very proud of her.”
Not only did Razo receive the “red diploma” which is equivalent to summa cum laude, but she also bagged the Best in Thesis award for her study on “Development of Immunoassay Amplification for High Sensitivity Detection of Plant Pathogen.”
“Shya’s experience shows that, with focus and diligence, the language barrier is not at all insurmountable. We hope that more and more young Filipinos will study in Russia and get the best of what this great country can offer, especially in the hard sciences and arts. We believe that academic changes are an important aspect of Philippines-Russia bilateral relations. This is why we actively promote this,” Sorreta added.
The Russian government offers scholarship to Filipinos who are interested in obtaining higher education in Russia every year; however, only a few people apply because of lack of information and language barriers.
Congratulations Ms. Shyatesa C. Razo for graduating with highest honors in the Master of Science in Agronomy (Major in…