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The 11th APEC International Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education (APEC ICO) began its work at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) at the 7th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) on September 6. The event was opened with the plenary session "Prospects for global education in the post-pandemic world." The experts discussed higher education, science and collaborative research as the main driving forces of the socio-economic progress of the region.
The APEC forum was created to develop the economy, trade and those benefits that should be available to the entire population. The new, non-traditional challenges that the APEC economies are now facing, of course, require new, creative solutions. These are economic, political and social challenges. Forum experts emphasized that without the educational component, the development of human capital, and the stimulation of the human resource in the economy, it will hardly be possible to achieve any of the tasks set.
Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Natalia Bocharova, in her speech at the plenary session, spoke about the key projects that are being implemented in Russia in the field of education. This is primarily the program of academic strategic leadership "Priority 2030". More than 100 universities were selected for Priority, one of which was FEFU. Natalia Bocharova emphasized that one of the objectives of the project is to reduce the outflow of the young population from the Far East by creating the necessary conditions that will make the region more attractive.
“The entire vast territory of FEFU, which we now use at the EEF, is completely owned by students. This is an excellent example of a correct, beautiful and healthy environment in every sense, in which the younger generation should learn and develop. After that, it seems to me, there will only be a good desire to give all the acquired knowledge back to the benefit of their country,” said Natalia Bocharova.
The Deputy Minister of Education noted another project that has been implemented since 2017 - “Startup as a Diploma”.
“I suppose, I speak about this project with a particular warmth, because it was launched at FEFU. Since 2019, Startup as a Diploma has been part of the Human Resources for the Digital Economy federal project. Its task is to involve talented students in the development of the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem and support student youth business at an early stage. In 2020-2021, about 500 projects were defended under the program at more than 100 universities. The good start given by FEFU continues,” added Natalya Bocharova.
Acting FEFU President presented to the audience the unique results of the admission campaign of the post-pandemic period. Boris Korobets emphasized that for the first time more than a third of FEFU applicants represent the European part of Russia and other countries.
“The Far East has become a place that attracts applicants from all over Russia and from many Asia-Pacific countries. And this, of course, is a great opportunity to feel in practice what a connection with the Asia-Pacific region there is. That turn to the East, which we talk a lot about, that vector of work with Asian countries today is reflected in the interest that our students demonstrate when they enter FEFU and other universities in the Far East. They show by their example that this region is essential for Russia as a whole, and that the education received here is a ticket to life. Our applicants from foreign countries this year showed an amazing desire to study in the Russian Far East. Despite the closed borders, the enrollment rates of foreign applicants at FEFU has been growing. Students from the countries of the Asia-Pacific region are focused on building relations with our country and choose the Far Eastern Federal University and other universities of the Far East to get to know Russia,” said Boris Korobets.
At the end of his speech, Boris Korobets raised the topic of combating the consequences of the pandemic. The most important thing in this matter is to develop a unified strategy.
“If the conference ends with proposals on how to return life and international communication to our campuses, joint educational programs, exchange of experience between our faculty members, it seems to me that this might be the main result of the EEF,” summed up Boris Korobets.
The APEC ICO is being held at FEFU on the sidelines of the 7th Eastern Economic Forum from 6 to 8 September. Participants share best practices, professional and scientific experience in the context of the theme "Global education in an age of turbulence". The conference is attended by more than 100 people representing 11 APEC economies, 6 non-APEC countries, as well as a number of international organizations. Based on the results of the APEC ICO, a package of proposals will be formed, which will be handed over to the leaders of the countries participating in the event for further use in the work of the relevant ministries.