It was important to Lobachevsky that students exist in harmony, balancing hard academic work with a taste for the finer things in life. A great sense of craftsmanship is needed in both cases, and many residents of Tatarstan develop this skill through their upbringing. The region is known for its spirit of sharpening skills and pursuing previously unattainable levels of excellence. For this reason, educational programs, including continuing education courses, are particularly popular in Tatarstan. The pursuit of such perfection is seen in arts and crafts, as fine traditional and national costumes find new life outside of museum spaces, and as architectural monuments are brought back to life thanks to the work of restorers.