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Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) hosted a series of events with the participation of the diplomatic corps of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and FEFU experts. The main topic of the series of meetings from 15 to 17 March was "India's Chairmanship in the BRICS: Progressive Development in New Realities", where experts discussed the prospects for the development of strategic cooperation and proposals to improve the effectiveness of the association. The participants also considered the potential for the development of new areas of interaction in the BRICS and held a number of thematic lectures on diplomacy for university students.
According to the FEFU Vice-President for International Relations, the events were devoted to the analysis of the past year of Russia’s Chairmanship and the development of proposals for productive work within India’s BRICS agenda. The FEFU events were attended by Mikhail Malkov, Head of the BRICS Department of the Foreign Policy Planning Department of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Lilia Rizvanova, First Secretary of the Department for Russia's Participation in the BRICS, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign Policy Planning Department. The participants discussed the development of a new partnership within the BRICS. As a result of a series of meetings, proposals and ideas for the further development of the association were developed.
“Russia has successfully coped with the Chairmanship in the turbulent 2020. The changed configuration of network diplomacy has given rise to a number of landmark initiatives that will continue this year. Far Eastern Federal University has become one of the most important elements of Russia’s Chairmanship in the BRICS in terms of the development of academic cooperation. FEFU experts have made their contribution to the implementation of the priorities of Russia’s Chairmanship in the grouping”, said Victoria Panova, FEFU Vice-President for International Relations.
Since 2020, Far Eastern Federal University has actively participated in events under the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the BRICS and conducted the BRICS Educational Internship Program for 70 students from Brazil, India, China, and South Africa, as well as 38 Russian participants from FEFU. During the spring semester, the participants of the educational internship were trained in the most relevant for the BRICS countries Bachelor's and Master's degrees in online format. In addition, in September 2020, the university, represented by FEFU President Nikita Anisimov, took an active part in the BRICS Civil Forum. He presented a report on the importance of developing education and took part in preparing recommendations to the leaders of the BRICS countries regarding the development trajectory of the academic and scientific environment.