Vice-Rector for International Affairs Larisa Efremova addressed the Conference participants with a welcoming speech, noting the history of fruitful cooperation between RUDN and the University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki. During the presentation of Alexey Poyda, Director of the Department of International Scientific and Educational Cooperation, the Greek side learnt about the organizational structure of RUDN University, quantitative indicators of activity, and the dynamics of university promotion in the world rankings. Particular interest of the representatives of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki was roused by the cluster approach in the implementation of international activities, centers of the Russian language and pre-university training, specialized classes and RUDN Olympiad.
Presentations on current activities and interaction opportunities were made by Director of the Medical Institute Alexei Abramov, Director of Nikolsky Mathematical Institute Alexander Skubachevsky, Deputy Director of the Academy of Engineering Irina Tkachenko, Head of the Department of General History of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Sergey Voronin. Associate Professor of the Agrarian-Technological Institute Elena Pakina told about the successful experience in the implementation of the dual-degree Master's program "Organic Agriculture".
Within the framework of the current Cooperation Agreement, 6 joint conferences were also held with the participation of students and university professors. The participants of the Conference learnt about the possibilities of joint participation in research grants in the framework of the programs Horizont 2020, Erasmus +, COST Actions, etc.
The work of the Conference will continue in the form of working groups on core areas of cooperation giving an opportunity to expand cooperation between RUDN University and the University of Aristotle in Thessaloniki.
On February 19, in 2017, Nikolai Sergeyevich Prostakov would have turned 100 years old.
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2 March, RUDN chose the King of Africa or Mister RUDN Association of African students – Zim Sankvella (SAR), first-year student of the Agrarian and Technological Institute who won over students from Cameroon, Chad, Namibia, Angola, Ethiopia and SAR. Vice-Mister was Binga Medesh (Angola), third place was taken by Naftalu Kuume (Namibia).