“IPACS InterClub” held an event in the TED Talks format

March 20, 2023

On October 3rd, the International Club of the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS) of the RANEPA (IPACS InterClub) held a TED Talks event.

TED Talks is a platform where you can briefly share your experiences or ideas. The main topic of the event was “Stress and how students cope with it.” Members of IPACS InterClub and invited students of the Academy spoke about different ways to deal with stress.

IPACS InterClub Chairman Anastasia Belyakova addressed the participants with a welcoming speech. She introduced the speakers and spoke about the concept and rules of the event.


Alena Ivanova, a 3rd year student in the program “Economics and administration”, spoke about her experience of transforming stress into strength, talking in detail about Scandinavian practices.
“In the Scandinavian countries, people are very slow and grounded, but if they are still stressed, then baking is their favorite way to deal with anxiety and sadness,” says Alena.


Anatoly Konopako, a 1st year student in the program “Sports Journalism”, spoke about meditations.
He noted: “I myself constantly practice meditation, I think that it is very important in our time to turn off all thoughts and just try to find harmony with your body and soul.”

After the interactive, during which students could watch the video “How does stress affect the body and mind?” and answer questions about it, the floor was given to Nika Alekseeva, a 1st year student in the program “Politics and Law” (with in-depth study of foreign languages). The topic of Nika’s speech was Asian methods of dealing with stress, she emphasized:

“There are very different techniques for dealing with stress. Sometimes we don’t even realize that our body resists an alarming state. For example, I constantly want to sleep, I even almost fell asleep at the exam.”


The next speaker was Aruna Dzhumasova, a 4th year student in the program “Political Journalism”. She told the guys about how people deal with stress in Spain. They have a whole tradition called “siesta”, people come home from work at lunchtime and sleep, then wake up and go back to work.
Aruna said: “It’s hard to imagine something similar in the realities of our country and our mentality, but sometimes a lunchtime nap is very useful in order to recuperate and feel better.”


At the end of the interactive “Guess the meaning of an idiom”, in which the audience actively participated, Victoria Nesterova, a 2nd year student in program “Management of International Projects and Programs” (with in-depth study of foreign languages), spoke.
Vika told the students about mindfulness practice: “In this practice, it is very important to adjust your breathing, you have to concentrate on it as much as possible, feel the air, it’s a kind of meditation.”

The last speaker of the event, 3rd year student in program “Sports JournalismAnna Karapetyants spoke about how people in Finland live without stress in happiness, and what special techniques they use for this.

The speeches aroused great interest among the students, inspiring them to use received information in their lives, especially during the session.


“Ted Talks are a great form of giving your own opinion in front of people. At the last event, students talked about stress and how to deal with it. The guys were able to speak, share their personal experience – a technique for relieving stress, and answer questions from the audience. I think that this is a good way to once again talk in a foreign language or listen to the opinions of others,” says Egor Zolotov, a 3rd year student in the program “Regional Policy and Regional Management program” (with in-depth study of foreign languages).


“TED Talks event was another important step towards developing English language skills and expanding knowledge about coping with stress. High-quality reports of students, supported by examples from their personal experience, helped to take a fresh look at this problem and find the most suitable solution for them. Thanks to the competitions prepared for the audience, we were also able to become participants in the event by presenting our story in English using idioms and stable constructions. We can say with confidence that both the participants and the audience were satisfied in the end,” says Dmitry Borisov, a 3rd year student in the program “Management of International Projects and Programs”.

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