The International Steering Committee of the BRICS Network University is the main governing body responsible for the activities and development of the university. The Committee is attended by representatives of relevant departments and universities that are part of the Network University.
The meeting of the Committee was chaired by Larisa Efremova, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of RUDN University, who noted that the BRICS Network University project promotes intercultural dialogue among students, preservation, development and mutual enrichment of culture, languages, historical and national traditions of the peoples of the BRICS member states.
At the meeting, two documents were considered that set the vector for further systematic and coordinated development of the university — the Concept of Operation and Development and the Roadmap of the Network University for the short and medium term.
The Concept fixes the main goals, areas of work, as well as the stages of functioning of the BRICS Network University: the preparatory stage (2015-2020), the stage of formation (2020-2022), the stage of approbation and implementation (2023-2025) and the stage of full format work (from 2026). To improve the efficiency of work and coordination of the university, the Concept provides for the creation of a Board of Trustees, as well as the definition of a Coordinating University.
The roadmap for the BRICS NU was presented by RUDN University President Vladimir Filippov. The document includes three main directions: approval of documents necessary for the development of the BRICS NU, creation of the necessary working bodies; educational, methodological and scientific support, including the development of mechanisms for the implementation of joint programs using distance technologies; as well as a basic calendar of events for students and staff: conferences, meetings, festivals, and so on.
The representatives of China and South Africa noted that within the framework of Russia’s chairmanship in BRICS, an excellent basis has been laid for further development of the Network University, as well as conditions for the introduction of a single mechanism for the participants’ work, which will subsequently have a positive impact on the education systems of the BRICS countries as a whole.
The meeting participants expressed their gratitude to the Russian side for the excellent organization of the meeting, despite the distances and different time zones.
Cooperation within the Network University is aimed at creating a new generation of highly qualified motivated specialists capable of critical thinking, making and implementing non-standard solutions in the field of economic and social problems, focused on international multicultural activities, combining traditional knowledge with modern technologies and sciences.
The event took place on the eve of the Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Education, which will be held online on October 21, 2020.
The initiative to create the Network University was put forward by Russia at the meeting of the BRICS Education Ministers under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris in November 2013, and on October 18, 2015, in Moscow, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the establishment of the BRICS Network University.
Participants of the BRICS NU are 56 leading universities of the countries of the association, selected in accordance with national legislation, including 12 from Russia.
November 12, a delegation of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and Larisa Efremova, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of RUDN University, opened the Resource Center for Russian Education on the basis of the private school “Al-Asseya” in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic.
Vice-Rector for International Affairs of RUDN University Larisa Efremova held negotiations with representatives of Hebei University of Engineering and the International Corporation “Eurasia”. The parties came to a decision to create a joint project — the Polytechnic Institute of Hebei University of Engineering and Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.
October 9, negotiations were held between RUDN Medical Institute and Weifang Medical University (China). RUDN University was represented in the negotiations by Alexey Abramov, Director of the Institute, Yulia Gushchina, Deputy Director for international activities and Gabriel Moshlyak, Head of the Department for interuniversity cooperation.