Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (PSLU) was founded in 1939 and today, it is a major innovative educational and research centre of Southern Russia, widely known in the country and abroad under the brand name “The University that opens and transforms the world”. PSLU is one of only three universities in Russia that specialize in teaching foreign languages, it is oriented towards and beyond the Black Sea and the Caucasus region, and is the leading Liberal Arts University in Southern Russia. It is the university of creative ideas, creative professions, creative practices and technologies.
The national coordinator Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alla Kondrasheva is Associate Professor at the Department of Historical Research at Pyatigorsk State University. Her main research interests are focused on geopolitical, economic and cultural processes in the Central and Eastern Caucasus. She is currently studying the traditional social organization of local ethnicities in the 18th and 19th centuries and the activities of the then Russian government aimed at including the Caucasus region into the economic and legal framework of the Russian Empire.
Doc. Dr. Stavris V. Parastatov is Full Professor of International Relations, Political Science and World Economy at Pyatigorsk State University. He is currently researching Balkan geopolitics, perspectives for EU-Russia relations, as well as the history of Greek-Russian relations.