The SCO University is one of the main humanitarian projects in the SCO area; therefore, the work of this network university is actively supported by state authorities. The director of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Igor Ganshin and the head of Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora Mitrofanova took part in the administration meeting.
During the meeting, the main issues of SCOU over the past year were reviewed, the reports of coordinating universities in priority training areas, including IT technologies, nanotechnology, pedagogy, regional studies, ecology, economics and energy, were heard. The meeting participants also discussed the results of work and the main problems that partner universities face in the implementation of joint educational programs, as well as ways to solve them.
Larisa Efremova, Vice-Rector for International Activities of the Peoples' Friendship University, made a presentation on the SCO University, where, among other things, spoke about the decisions taken during the Seventh Meeting of the Ministers of Education of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states in Astana on October 17, 2018, in the SCOU section.
“In 2007, the Russian Federation came up with the initiative to create the SCO University, which was unanimously supported by all SCO states. Since that time, more than 2,000 people from the SCO countries have completed training within the framework of SCO. In connection with the entry of India and Pakistan into the SCO in 2017, in the coming years, an increase in the number of SCOU partner universities, mainly from these countries, is expected, ”Larisa Efremova noted in her speech.
In the following year, partner universities agreed to pay special attention to the actualization of the regulatory framework relating to the development and implementation of joint educational programs within the SCO, as well as the procedure for the selection and admission of students.
Among the participants of the meeting were also foreign students studying at RUDN on joint educational programs from Dalian University of Foreign Languages, M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University named after B.N. Yeltsin, al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Together with the head of the SCO, they discussed the existing problems of the programs. Feedback allows seeing the work of programs from the inside and initiate changes for its possible improvement.
The initiative to create the SCO University was launched by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin at the Bishkek Summit on August 16, 2007, and supported by the SCO member states - the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, and the Republic of Tajikistan.
The SCOU includes 78 leading universities from 6 SCO member states, including 20 universities in Russia. Since the establishment of the SCO University, more than 2,000 students have been trained under the joint educational programs within the network university.
The Annual General Assembly of the European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) was held on May 29, 2020 in a video conference format. On behalf of the RUDN University representatives of the Vice-Rector for International Activities’ office participated in the meeting.
In Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia representatives of RUDN University and ROSATOM held open lectures on the features of Russian higher education in the field of nuclear energy.
On May 20, 2020, RUDN University hosted an online meeting of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) of the BRICS Network University. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, as well as Russian universities participating in it.