Ruzanna Ivanian


The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
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Ruzanna Ivanian

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Current occupation

Full time Associate professor at Saint-Petersburg State High School of media and media-technologies, part- time programme director of youth NGO "Youth information centre"

Work experience

Non-formal education

I am involved in trainings for 17 years. Since 2000 I work on local and international level as a free-lance trainer in field of youth work. At the moment I am member of Trainers pool of Council of Europe, Trainers pool for EVS of SALTO-EECA.

Besides training activities I also have a long experience of cooperation with SALTO, “Erasmus plus” as a project coordinator, expert, editor, author of texts. I was a multiplier of “YOUTH in action” programme in Russia, edited and wrote numerous materials for SALTO EECA in Russian and English including broshures, articles for “Youth in 7” magazine and guidebooks.

On a grass-root level I have experience about 17 years in training, project management and NGO management. On an international level - I was working full time for 4 years for UNICEF as a project coordinator in North-West region of Russia. In 2008 I was employed as an internal expert of local support office of European Commission in Saint-Petersburg. In 2010 – as a program manager for the Danish Church Aid. At the moment I cooperate from time to time on a volontarely base with the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

Russian trace

• I am involved in Russian youth NGO sector from 1999 as an NGO director and trainer. I was responsible for implementing around 30 projects. So I have gained the experience of adopting european approaches to the reality of former soviet countries. I know well the current realities of civil society in teh counrt.

I have very good knowledge of Russian state youth policy. For more than 16 years I was giving lectures at Saint-Petersburg State Economic University for the future social workers about Russian youth policy and youth work.
• Being a manager of youth NGO “Youth information centre” I have a long experience of co-operation and partnership with Russian governmental structures (I have run 7 projects financed by the Saint-Petersburg State Administration via Committee on youth policy; for 6 years I was a member of the consultative group of the Committee on youth policy of Saint-Petersburg State Administration, for one year I was a member of the sterring comitee distributing local grants for NGO's).

Formal education

Since 1999 I work for the Universities developing and implementing courses for the students of social work, youth work and media.
Some of the courses are:
«Social technologies», «Technologies in social work», «Social policy», «Social welfare in Russia and abroad», «Social projects management», «Social work with youth», «Youth work», «Introduction to social work», «History of social work», «Mass communication in social work».
“Online journalism"
" Emergency journalism", "Journalism and Political Sciences", “Media research”, "Investigative journalism", "Journalism theory",
“Specific competences in social work”
«Actual problems of social sphere», «Interaction of mass-media and NGO», «Traditions of charity in Russia», “Social problems in mass-media» and other/

• I am an author of several manuals in Russian for youth workers related to non-formal education, intercultural learning and participation. In total I have more than 100 publications including papers in scientific magazines and abstracts of conferences, 3 educational manuals on youth work (one recommended by the Ministry of education of Russian Federation), 4 manuals for social work students, four books.

• 2013 DAAD award
• 2013 Award of the Government of India
• 2011 Fulbright award
• 2010 DAAD award
• 2008 Award from S-Petersburg Government for the personal contribution to the development of youth policy in the city.
• 2006 Ekaterina Dashkova price for assistance in developing youth libraries in RF
• 2006 The Great bear price for the positive results in intercultural learning of young people in Saint-Petersburg
• 2005 Diploma of Committee on youth affairs of Saint-Petersburg State Administration for the good results in youth work

Educational pathway

As a trainer I grow up thanks to the trainings of Concil of Europe, SALTO-EECA and other international stakeholders. Some of them were mainly around non-formal education (how to do it on a good professional level) and others were mainly related to certain topics (for ex. gender issues in youth work).

My formal education included:

1) Louisiana State University Manship School of mass communication 2011-2012 Post-doctorate Fulbright researcher, scholar

2) Saint-Petersburg State University Faculty of Journalism 1998-2002 Ph.D. degree course. Completed. Got a Doctor on political sciences

3) Saint-Petersburg State Institute of Service and Economy, Faculty of social technologies 1993-1997 Diploma of honors, Social work expert. MA.

4) Saint-Petersburg State University Faculty of Journalism 1992-1998 Diploma of honors, journalist. MA.

Internship to Sweden 'New media" 2016
Course on «Management in film and the theatre production” run by the State University of films and television 2014
Summer school “European Union and relations of EU and Russia”, Saint-Petersburg State University, Faculty of international relations 2014

Course “Visual communication. Creating multimedia content”, March-April 2014,, 2014

Course “Social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility”, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, India, Gujarat, Gandinagar, 25 February – 5 April, 2013.

DAAD program. Internship to Fulda University of applied sciences, Germany 2010

Internships to Denmark, Finland, Germany, UK, France 1997-2011

Course for lecturers on information technologies in education of Alaska University, 2009-2010
Internship at Council of Europe, Directorate of youth and sport, November 2009

Internship to the USA, “Open world” program 2006

Language courses on French, regularly

One year course for managers of youth NGO’s of Saint-Petersburg State Administration 2005

Fields of training expertise

  • (intermediate) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (intermediate) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (beginner) Creativity & Art
  • (intermediate) Crisis Management
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (beginner) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Entrepreneurship (Social)
  • (intermediate) Equal Opportunities
  • (intermediate) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (expert) Financial Management
  • (expert) Fundraising
  • (beginner) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (intermediate) Health & Prevention
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (advanced) International Youth Work
  • (intermediate) Leadership Development
  • (beginner) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (intermediate) New Information Technologies
  • (advanced) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (beginner) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (intermediate) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (intermediate) Public Speaking
  • (advanced) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (beginner) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Youth Information Work
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (expert) Youth Policy
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (expert) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) Solidarity Fund for Youth Mobility (CoE)
  • (expert) European Institutions
  • (expert) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (expert) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) Private Foundations
  • (expert) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Children
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (expert) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (expert) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (expert) Global Cooperation

Other skills

mass-media, social work, journalism, cooperation with the authorities, youth policy

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Armenian
  • (fluent) English
  • (beginner) French
  • (fluent) Russian

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This profile was last modified on 2019-12-27

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