On September 6, a delegation of 37 representatives of Brazil leading private universities arrived at RUDN: rectors, vice-rectors, and deans. This visit was organized by the Brazil Private Universities Association. On the outcome of the meetings with RUDN representatives, it was decided to expand cooperation with Association and individual universities.
The 11-day program of the delegation's visit to Russia includes a visit to the leading Russian universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg. For the first time this kind of event is being realized on the initiative of the Brazil Private Universities Association (Associação Brasileira de Mantenedoras de Ensino Superior - ABMES, English - Association of Maintainers of Higher Education). José Janguiê Bezerra Diniz, the head of the Association, says: "The Association unites more than 80 Brazil private universities. More than 80% of all students of the whole country attend these universities – it is 300,000 people. However, only 17% of the population among young people aged 18 to 24 years has access to higher education. The task of ABMES is to increase this percentage and solve issues related to diversity of teachers, innovative education and improving the quality of education. The delegation arrival to Russia is a step to solve these questions. The visit to RUDN proves that we are on the right way."
The delegates visited Mission control center of RUDN and Simulation training center of the Institute of Medicine, learnt about the resources of Interuniversity Center for Human Rights. The visitors were accompanied by RUDN students from Brazil together with the president of the fraternity Marins Silva Joys, who is studying to be a doctor. Chio Nasio, the head of Education Committee of Brazil, appreciated the friendly atmosphere, well-developed infrastructure and high quality education: “RUND impresses with its international environment. Our goal is to adopt your best practices to develop and extend qualitative higher education. Especially we welcome Russian students who want to study in Brazil. I hope that our cooperation will produce results in a couple of years”.
Larisa Efremova, RUDN Vice-Rector for international affairs, said: “RUDN cooperates with Brazilian universities not only bilaterally but also multilaterally in the format of BRICS states. Together with 50 leading universities of 5 countries we tackle global problems of humanity with the development of IT-infrastructure, effective energy, breakthrough environmental technologies. The Master’s dual-diploma program of Economics has been set. We are ready to develop student and teacher exchange, start joint Master and Postgraduate programs, open summer and winter schools, and establish Russian language centers and specialized classes. The idea of joint research and preparation of articles by writing team seems very interesting. RUDN delegation is going to visit Latin America at the end of October in order to hold a working meeting with leading universities in this region and Brazil is not exception”.
All representatives of the delegation expressed their willingness to cooperate with RUDN. The decision to prepare the text of memorandum on intentions and plans of ABMES and Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia was taken. At the end of October a number of bilateral treaties at university level will be signed, by this time the universities will have designated the areas of partnership and made necessary legal procedures. RUDN Vice-rector mentioned agronomy, veterinary science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, environmental studies, engineering, IT, pharmaceutical science etc.as prospective areas. AMBES will create a working group for fast and detailed processing of proposals.
More about the visit of the delegation on AMBES website
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