Russian language NIS dedicates special attention to activities and projects facilitating the reaffirmation and popularization of Russian language in the Republic of Serbia The most important activity of the Company in this goal is the organization of the NIS Olympics in Russian language in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, the Russian Center in Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj High School in Novi Sad and the Slavic Society of Serbia. The Russian Language Olympiad is a competition in knowledge and command of the Russian language, organized for the students of the final grades of elementary schools, as well as for all high school students and faculty students in the Republic of Serbia, Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska. The goal of this competition is the popularization of the Russian language and the increase in the number of students who study Russian in Serbia and the region. The first NIS’s Olympic Games in Russian language took place in May 2013, with 490 participants from 78 schools in Serbia, Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska. In 2014 the Olympics entered the official calendar of the competitions of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. The Olympics in Russian for students were introduced in the school year of 2016/2017 and that was the first time for Bulgaria to compete. At the sixth NIS Olympics in 2018, nearly 1,500 elementary, high school and faculty students participated. With the aim of introducing and popularizing Russian language in educational institutions in Serbia, NIS has been supporting bilingual classes in schools since 2014. In “Jovan Popovic“ primary school from Novi Sad, “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” High school in Novi Sad and in the secondary school of the town of Aleksinac bilingual instruction classes were set up. In „Jovan Popović“ primary school in Novi Sad two bilingual instruction – Russian and Serbian language – classes were inaugurated. Their curriculum has been accredited by Serbia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Seeking to improve the skills of teachers and streamline the bilingual class process of instruction, NIS has allocated funds and lends support to the training of three lady-teachers at Nizhny Novgorod Linguistics University, where they will intensively immerse in the Russian Language environment and learning, focusing on the Russian language teaching methodology. In the school year of 2014/2015, NIS was supported by Serbia’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development in setting up a Serbian-Russian class with sciences and maths as majors in the secondary school of the town of Aleksinac. So far, NIS has provided financial support for the adaptation and equipping of more than 10 classrooms and Russian language cabinets in schools whose students achieved significant results at NIS’s Olympics in Russian. In 2018, the company NIS, based on the number of participants and placements in the sixth NIS Olympiad in Russian language donated money to 6 educational institutions (5 primary schools and the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade) in the territory of the Republic of Serbia in order to equip and adapt the Russian language cabinet. NIS cooperates with the Pedagogical Faculty of the University of Novi Sad, where a database of teaching staff for bilingual classes in schools is created with the aim of educating and certifying teachers for the Russian language. Cooperation was also accomplished with the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, with which a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed in 2016, and in 2018, with the support of our company at FPN, the Center for Russian Studies was opened. One of the most important partners of NIS in the field of popularization of Russian language is the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade, with which the Memorandum was signed in 2013. Group projects have been realized with the Faculty, such as the digitization of the work of Ivo Andric, the only Serbian nobelman, and the translation of the largest sections of the Serbian classics within the Library “Literature and Language” into Russian with the aim of promoting and improving culture and science. NIS actively supports the international and domestic participation of the Faculty of Philology at fairs and expert meetings aimed to promote and affirm Russian language, literacy and culture. In the school year 2018/2019 the office for Russian language at the Faculty was adapted and in cooperation with this faculty the realization of the teaching of Serbian language in the Russian school at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Serbia began. Teachers and professors of the Russian school are given lessons by students of master and doctoral studies at the Faculty of Philology as a practical part of teaching methodology. NIS cooperates with universities in the Russian Federation: – Ukhta State Technical University, with which a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed in 2013. A total of 6 professors from this university teach at the Technical Faculty “Mihajlo Pupin” in Zrenjanin – in the department of “Industrial Engineering in Exploitation of Oil and Gas”, which was accredited in 2014 with the aim of educating staff for the business needs of NIS. – Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod with which a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed in 2016. In 2017 professors from the University were included in the commission at the NIS’s Olympics in Russian. NIS Company also actively cooperates with the Russian House and with the Federal Agency of the Russian Federation “Rossotrudnichestvo”.