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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 12. September 19, 1945

Soviet University Soon to Reopen

Soviet University Soon to Reopen

The University of Odessa will be ready to open this autumn, according to a recent dispatch from the Soviet Union. Driven from Odessa by advancing German and Rumanian troops in 1941 and from Maikop in 1942, it found refuge in Bairenalia, in central Asia. On a recent visit by aeroplane and truck to the original site Nikolai Savchuk, university director and professor of biology, found that two of the main buildings still are intact. He announced immediately that all Odessa professors now in central Asia would return, but that the student body would be made up of young people still in that area, and not those who had moved with the university. The returning faculty will find that the Nazis blew up three university buildings in Odessa and stole much valuable equipment, including 30 per cent, of the 1,500,000 books which were in its scientific library.