The international essay competition "National Traditions"

The level of national culture has a great impact on the level of personal culture. The diversity of national cultural traditions - common heritage of mankind - reflects uniqueness of every ethnic group, influences the process of cross-cultural communication at different levels from conducting interstate negotiations to establishing friendly and professional contacts among individuals.

A story about national traditions is interesting in itself, but it can also become a kind of cross-cultural and interethnic dialogue among people from all over the world. An essay on national traditions is an opportunity to tell about some unique practice at the option of the participant, its deep sense and meaning. It's a message to the world that promotes understanding and tolerance and improves participants' general culture.

Main data

Count of winners 3
Allowed countries of participants All countries except Russia
Beginning Oct 29, 2020
Accept works until Mar 31, 2021
Evaluation before Apr 22, 2021
Ending May 1, 2021
Age restrictions Over 16

Competition regulations: The international essay competition "National Traditions"

The competition entry can be submitted in writing or in video format. The choice is up to you.

Here are 3 steps for you to do.

1) Choose the essay format. Complete the competition task.


  • Essay text (up to 2,000 characters without spaces).
  • Language - Russian or English.
  • Times New Roman, font size 14, line spacing 1.5
  • An illustration for the essay: a thematic picture or collage


Video essay:

  • A video of your story. It must last no more than 2 minutes. (script and director's approach are chosen at your discretion)
  • Off-text/narration/subtitles are provided in a separate text file.
  • Language - Russian or English.
  • Times New Roman, font size 14, line spacing 1.5

2) Post your competitive entry on social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook) using the hashtags of the competition #HED_contest and the competition sponsor, #DSTU_contest. Important! Your social account must be open.

3) Send an email to by Jan21, 2021. Attach a link to your competition entry posted on social media platforms and its text file. Wait for the result!

Attention! Only entries posted on the Internet for the first time can take part in the competition.


The prizes are provided by Dagestan State Technical University

1st place - a 20% tuition discount (the educational program)

2nd place - a 30% tuition discount (the preparatory department)

3rd place - a gift set of books about Dagestan.