Film director Emir Kusturica will become an honorary doctor of the Voronezh State University. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Academic Council of the university on Wednesday, April 3, the Press Service of the VSU reported.

– The initiative was put forward by the faculty of humanitarian departments of the Voronezh State University. Emir Kusturica as a world-scale personality actively contributes to the establishment of the Russian-Serbian dialogue; with his support, the Faculty of Philology of the Voronezh State University will gain great opportunities for studying Serbian, the academic interests of the Voronezh State University will be promoted in the Balkan countries. Of course, such a proposal was immediately supported, – rector of VSU Dmitry Yendovitsky reported.

Emir Kusturica is a Yugoslav and Serbian film director and actor. He is a foreign member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Republika Srpska. The artist was awarded the Order of Friendship: this state award of the Russian Federation is given for special merits in strengthening peace, cooperation and mutual understanding between nations. Emir Kusturica is also known as a member of The No Smoking Orchestra.