The aim of education is to promote peace and ensure sustainable development on the planet
«The aim of education is to promote peace and ensure sustainable development on the planet».
27 February, Dr. Qian Tang, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in the frame of a working visit to Russia addressed the members of the Academic Council with a lecture «SDG4 – Education 2030 Agenda and Higher Education».
UNESCO delegation met Rector Vladimir Filippov and visited RUDN Mission control center. «It is big pleasure and honor for us to be at RUDN again. You have a very good university and I am proud to be RUDN Doctor Honoris Causa», said Dr.Tang. It is not Dr.Tang’s first time at RUDN – in 2014, RUDN Academic Council by a unanimous decision conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa on Dr.Tang for his contribution in science, culture. Education and international academic cooperation.
Talking to the members of RUDN Academic Council and invited guests Dr.Tang highlighted two main tasks of education today – «create» peace and «ensure sustainable development». «Education today is not just the ability to read and write. It means to be a responsible citizen, to prevent wars, manifestations of cruelty and intolerance to people. Today it is not enough to talk about higher education – we need a complex approach to educating adults and children, quality education in remote regions, equal education of boys and girls. The «SDG4 – Education 2030 Agenda and Higher Education» program has 17 aims to be reached by 2030. And this is or common aim», Dr.Tang stressed.
Being a global university RUDN is significantly contributing to the development of world standards quality available education. Academic and scientific cooperation with UNESCO and other international organizations is envisaged in university road maps, while the dialogue of cultures and interdisciplinarity are a tradition and daily practice of every RUDN student, Alumni or staff member.
UNESCO delegation comprised:
Zhan Tao - Director of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education;
Katja Konkola - Chief of Human Resources Office;
Kirimoke Drollet - Head of Department of Financial Management and Administrative Support;
Alexander Khoroshilov – consultant of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education.
December 28, RUDN University Rector Oleg Yastrebov and QS World Merit Head of Partnerships Zoya Zaitseva signed an agreement on large-scale cooperation in achieving 17 sustainable development goals identified by the UN.
In a year, RUDN University rose from 43 to 31 place in the international QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe & Central Asia 2022. Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia showed the best results in international scientific relations, academic reputation and employer reputation categories.
RUDN has risen to the 28th position in the international ranking of environmentally friendly universities UI GreenMetric 2021 remaining the “greenest” university in Russia. This is the best result in the history of the university’s ranking participation since 2011. The list of the “greenest” universities was published on December 14. There are 956 universities from 80 countries, including 54 universities from Russia. The goal of the UI GreenMetric — assess universities according to campus development ecological sustainability and the energy-saving model of university management.