On 3 September, ten new SCIT students started their year of studies in St. Petersburg. The official opening ceremony was attended by Vladimir Laptev, First Vice-Rector of Herzen University, SCIT administration, trainers and graduates. All present warmly welcomed the newcomers and wished them every success in mastering their chosen profession. Olga Silakova (alumna 2015) told them about her contract with WIPO, and Charlotte Wren  (alumna 2017) spoke about the opportunity of pursuing a double degree program with FTI UNIGE. The official part was followed by the traditional tea and cakes and informal socializing.