The President of the Republic of Panama visited Peoples' Friendship University of Russia for the first time. At the meeting with the students, the president noted that there is much in common between Panama and RUDN: «The Republic of Panama is a state that is responsible for the stability and friendship of states in our region. RUDN is a university that is created to unite peoples for common good purposes. We understand that the main thing is peace and prosperity.»
Mr. Varela noted the need to strengthen cooperation with RUDN through opening Russian Language Centers, specialized classes, as well as scientific and academic cooperation in a number of directions, first of all, medical and engineering. The President especially stressed that Russian students who learn Spanish can come to Panama to join multinational companies with teams of professionals from all over the world.
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).