The results of the “Russian Volunteer Centers” contest have been announced today by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. 26 educational institutions – 25 universities and one college – have been successful in their bids to become organization and performance centers for volunteers in the run-up to the XXII Olympic Winter and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi. The contest was organized by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee with the support of the Russian Ministry of Sport, Tourism & Youth Policy and the Ministry of Education and Science.
Bids for the “Russian Volunteer Centers” contest were judged in 11 individual areas: Transport, Medicine, Doping control, Team and Delegation Services, Protocol and Language Services, Technology, Ceremonies, Communications and Press Operations, Administration Management and Accreditation, Services, Event Services and Paralympic Integration. The contest received 126 bids from 51 higher and 9 further specialist educational institutions from all regions of the Russian Federation. The overall leader in terms of bid numbers was the Krasnodar Region, with Moscow and Saint Petersburg coming in second and third place.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President & CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee said:
“The programme for the preparation of the Olympic volunteers is one of the largest and most innovative of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee projects. We have an ambitious task ahead of us - preparing tens of thousands of specialists for working at the Games in Sochi. This contest has enabled us to incorporate all the regions of Russia into the volunteer movement - from Arkhangelsk to Pyatigorsk, and from Saint Petersburg to Vladivostok. The universities and organizations who have responded will allow us to create a firm foundation for the preparation of thousands of volunteers for working at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. The creation of an infrastructure for the preparation of volunteers for such events in Russia will be one of the most important legacies of the 2014 Games, the significance of which is difficult to overstate.”
The volunteer centers will open mid-2011 and the mass recruitment of volunteers for the Sochi 2014 Games is planned for the beginning of 2012. The selection and training of the volunteers will take place between 2012 and 2013. During the training the teams of volunteers will take part in the scheduled test events. About 25,000 volunteers will work during the Games in Sochi in more than 20 areas - from meeting the delegations at the airport to helping organize the closing ceremony. In addition, around 3,000 volunteers, trained by the city of Sochi, will help visitors attending the Games to travel between the city’s venues and ensure a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
Winners of “Russian Volunteer Centers” contest:
Bashkir State Medical University (BSMU) — “Medicine”;
Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services (VSUES) — “Services”;
Volgograd State University (VolSU) — “Administration Management and Accreditation”;
Kazan State Technical University named after A.N.Tupolev (Tupolev KSTU (KAI)) — “Technology” and “Ceremonies”;
Kuban State Agrarian University (KubSAU) — “Ceremonies”;
Kuban State Medical University (KubSMU) — “Medicine” and “Doping Control”;
Kuban State University of Technology (KubSUT) — “Technologies”;
Kuban State University (KubSU) — “Team and Delegation Services, Protocol, and Language services” and “Communications and Press Operations”;
Kuban State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism (KSUPhEST) — “Services”;
Moscow University of Industry and Finance (MUIF) — “Team and Delegation Services, Protocol, and Language services” and “Ceremonies”;
The Moscow State Automobile & Technical University (МАDI (STU)) — “Transport”;
The Moscow State Humanitarian University named after M.A. Sholokhov (MGGU named after M.A. Sholokhov) — “Paralympic Integration”;
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) (MGIMO) — “Team and Delegation Services, Protocol, and Language services”;
Novorossiysk College of Building and Economics (NCBE) — “Services”;
Omsk State Transport University (OSTU) — “Transport”;
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) — “Doping Control”;
Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (PSLU) — “Team and Delegation Services, Protocol, and Language services”, “Communications and Press Operations” and “Administration Management and Accreditation”;
Russian State Social University (RSSU) — “Paralympic integration”;
Russian State University of Tourism and Service (RSUTS) — “Event Services”;
Saint-Petersburg State University of Service and Economics (SUSE) — “Services”;
North Arctic Federal University (NARFU) — “Transport”;
Sochi State University of Tourism and Recreation (SUTR) — “Services”;
Tver State University (TvSU) — “Communications and Press Operations”, “Administration Management and Accreditation” and “Event Services”;
Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) — “Technologies”;
Yugra State University (YuSU) — “Event Services”;
South Russian State Technical University (Novocherkassk Polytechnic Institute) (SRSTU (NPI)) — “Transport”.