On January 18, in the Academic Council Hall of RSUH, an extended meeting of the Coordination Council of the Forum of Rectors and Deans of Humanitarian Universities and Faculties of the CIS Member States was held. The issues under discussion were the state and prospects of academic and educational cooperation and the determining of the vectors of its development in the CIS
The plenary session was opened by the Rector Bezborodov:
“Our university has launched an extensive program of interaction with the countries of the post-Soviet space. In addition to the exchange of experience, coordination activities and joint work in the present, our work is aimed at the future. A meeting with young scholars from the Commonwealth countries in the summer of 2023 confirmed my words. … It is very important that young experts from the Commonwealth countries are interested in our common past and its academic and methodological understanding”.
CIS Secretary General Sergei Lebedev sent greetings to the Forum participants, saying:
“I am confident that the Coordination Council of the Forum will discuss the issues and make decisions on further expanding the ties between universities of the CIS countries, which will undoubtedly contribute to the development and strengthening of common humanitarian, educational and academic space of the Commonwealth of Independent States".
Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Konstantin Mogilevsky noted in his welcoming speech:
“The Russian Ministry of Education and Science, together with our colleagues from the CIS, is not only updating the regulatory framework, but also strives to support promising initiatives and projects within the framework of university development programs".
Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy spoke on the effectiveness of the event:
“The session of the Forum demonstrates the demand for this format of interaction between the academic and educational communities of our countries and the great importance of cooperation between the heads of universities and faculties. It is an important element in the formation and functioning of the common humanitarian space of the CIS”.
President of the Russian Union of Rectors, Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy said:
“In the conditions of the contemporary contradictory world, the value of a liberal arts education is only increasing, despite the fact that, at first glance, knowledge in applied fields related to technology and economics is coming to the forefront. We need to see the role of the CIS countries in the world and understand the motives for the actions of certain social systems, states, and politicians”.
The welcoming address of the head of Rossotrudnichestvo Evgeniy Primakov said:
“Rossotrudnichestvo occupies a particularly important place, being an indispensable companion and assistant in organizing and conducting the Forum sessions. We are ensuring progress in the field of international humanitarian relations, including academic and educational ties. I am confident that the current meeting will bring many fresh, promising ideas and projects”.
The Forum participants were also greeted by Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Leonid Slutsky, Co-Chairman of the Coordination Council of the Forum Rector of MGIMO Anatoly Torkunov, Academic Head of the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Chubaryan, Rector of the Moscow State Linguistic University Irina Kraeva, Rector of Moscow Pedagogical State University, Alexey Lubkov, Acting Rector of Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University Denis Fomin-Nilov, President of Southern Federal University Marina Borovskaya, Dean of the Faculty of History of Belarusian State University, Alexander Kokhanovsky, Dean of the Faculty of Philology of the Gumilev Eurasian National University. Ardak Beisenbay, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation of Urgench State Pedagogical Institute, Dierzhon Nodirjon Ugli Abdullaev, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Tajik National University Khuchamurod Quddus Safaralizoda, and others.
President Pivovar made a presentation “Issues of cooperation between students of humanities at universities in the CIS countries. Current state, challenges, prospects.” He paid special attention to both the events planned for implementation and the projects already being implemented aimed at improving mutual fruitful cooperation, such as RSUH Summer Institute, the most important tasks of which are to introduce scholars and teachers from the CIS countries to the academic and educational environment of Russia. He also spoke about the results of the Gromyko International Expert and Analytical Forum and the current activities of the Centers for Eurasian Studies in Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Dr. Anatoly Torkunov spoke on the topic “The universities in the CIS countries in the international arena” and Dean of the Faculty of Psychology of Moscow State University Yuri Zinchenko made a presentation “Youth environment and traditional family values".
The Forum was organized by RSUH, the Russian Society of Historian-Archivists, the Academic Council on Complex Problems of Contemporary History and Culture of Eurasia at the Department of Historical and Philological Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the participation of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Financial support for the event was provided by the Russian Peace Foundation.
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