Moscow, November 19, 2011
Dear commemorative meeting participants!
Ladies and gentlemen!
I’m pleased to congratulate Moscow State University and all of its teachers, staff members, students, and graduates in many countries all over the world on the occasion of this remarkable date that falls on the 19th of November 2011, the 300th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. His contribution to the development of world science, culture, and education is so important and significant in a great variety of knowledge areas, such as physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, meteorology, navigation, Russian history and grammar, political economy and population science, that the vast amount and encyclopedic nature of his research and discoveries continue to command the respect and amazement of many generations through the centuries.
This remarkable date was included in the List of commemorative dates for humanity by resolution of the 35th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference, and is now widely celebrated everywhere in the world.
Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov stood at the origin of a knowledge exchange process which nowadays has become global. It was he who introduced the most significant foreign scientific theories in Russia, assessed their strengths and weaknesses, and in his turn was eager to share original ideas and achievements by Russian scientists with the entire world scientific community.
Mikhail Lomonosov, who introduced the idea of establishing Moscow State University, which was founded in 1755, today would have every right to be proud of his creation. MSU, which bears his name and motto, "Science is a clear cognition of truth, an enlightenment of the mind", has become one of the recognized science and education centers of the world and has rightfully taken its place on the list of leading world universities.
When I visited the Lomonosov Moscow State University on the 9th of September this year as UNESCO’s Director General, I was so greatly pleased to note the high level of our collaboration, the real contribution of the University to promoting the ideals and principles of UNESCO in the spheres of science and education, and successful implementation of joint projects—in particular a new project by the UNESCO Department within the Global Processes Faculty that we have formally opened together with Mr. V. A. Sadovnichy, the Chancellor of the University.
During this visit I was also honored with the title of MSU Professor Emeritus. Since I feel a strong sense of belonging to your great university family, on the day of 300th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov, founder and inspirer of MSU, I’m sincerely wishing for this unique educational institution the achievement of even greater success in further development of world science and education.