More than 75,000 people took part in conferences and forums at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in 2017. The FEFU campus has firmly established the status of the main business congress and exhibition venue of the Russian Far East by holding the most important events for the integration of Russia into the Asia-Pacific region (APR).
According to the FEFU Congress and Exhibition Center, more than 300 events took place at the university last year (which is almost one third more than in 2016), and the number of participants increased by 50% and exceeded 75,000 people (50,000 in 2016) .
The Third Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) with the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in and President of Mongolia Haltmaagiin Battulga became the largest and most significant event. The forum gathered a record 6,095 delegates from 61 countries. The official program also included the EEF Youth Platform, the APEC International Education Conference, the Russia–ASEAN University Forum, and the Russian–Japanese Student Forum, co-organized by FEFU.
Russia hosted the General Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission for the first time in 40 years, and FEFU was chosen as the venue for the meeting. For two weeks, 312 meetings were held with the participation of 1,575 delegates from 40 countries. Among them were the top managers of Samsung, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Mitsubishi Electric, Bosch, Siemens, LG, and other leading companies.
Also, FEFU joined the main youth event of the planet, having become a regional venue for the 2017 World Festival of Youth and Students. Then 200 Russian and international volunteers from 50 countries visited the university. They met with FEFU students and took part in discussions on topical issues.
Among the industry events, the forums of experts in the field of tourism, mass communications, and IT stand out with their rich agenda. At the Pacific Tourism Forum, experts identified the main areas for the development of tourism in the Far East. The main regional media forum—the Far Eastern Media Summit—brought together more than 3,200 journalists, press service employees, government officials from all over the Russian Far East, central regions of Russia, as well as China and Japan. 3,000 participants—company executives, IT specialists, federal and foreign experts, students and teachers—discussed projects for the development of the digital economy in the Far East at Russky MeetUp, the global IT forum.
The coming year is expected to be even more colorful and scenic in FEFU. Preparations are already underway for the Fourth Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held on September 6-7. The engineering education in the Far East of Russia will celebrate 100th anniversary in 2018, and a lot of interesting events are being prepared for this date: Ice Mechanics Workshop School for international students and professionals, international conference on Arctic engineering, exhibitions, alumni meetings, and much more. Also in 2018, FEFU will become a venue for the first All-Russian competition in underwater and marine robotics, which will be held on behalf of the Board of the Military Industrial Commission of Russia.