Russian higher education is strengthening its positions in India

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More than 11 thousand people attended the second stage of the 21st Exhibition-Fair "Russian Education - 2020", organized by the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in India and its traditional partner RusEducation. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the exhibition was held on the basis of a specially created online platform, which made it possible not only to significantly expand the number of Russian universities that took part in it, but also to provide access for applicants from different regions of India.

For the first time their educational organizations presented in India: Ufa State Petroleum Technical University, St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design, Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University, St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation and Moscow Polytechnic University. In total, 13 federal and regional universities from 11 cities of Russia took part in the second stage of the exhibition.

As part of the Exhibition-Fair, an online conference was held on the issues of admission to Russian universities this year and the beginning of the academic year in the context of a pandemic. The event was held on the ZOOM platform with live broadcast on Facebook and the exhibition website. The main speakers of the conference were: Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Mr Sergey Veremeenko, Rector of Ufa State Oil Technical University Mr Oleg Baulin, Rector of Perm State Medical University Ms Irina Koryukina, Rector of Mari State University Mr Mikhail Shvetsov, Rector of Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University Ms Zhanna Nikonova, President of RusEducation Professor Syed Kamruzzaman, Head of the Rossotrudnichestvo representation in India Mr Fedor Rozovsky, as well as the Honorary Consul of Russia in India and director of the RCSC in Trivandrum Mr Ratheesh Nair.

In his speech at the conference, Mr Sergei Veremeenko noted that the promotion of the Russian education is one of the priority directions of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation. “To make the Russian education more attractive to foreign students, we need, among other things, to provide them with real job opportunities, both during their studies and after graduation from educational programmes. I am confident that the recent decision that foreign students can work in Russia on the basis of a student visa will contribute to this. We will also consider the issue of granting visas for foreign graduates of the Russian universities, which will allow them to stay in the country and find work in their specialty”, - added the Russian politician.

Addressing the conference participants, Mr Fyodor Rozovsky stressed that, despite the difficult situation in India caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, interest in Russian higher education remains high. “On September 13, about 1.5 million Indian students successfully passed the NEET qualification exam, which, in accordance with local legislation, will qualify them to enrol in medical programmes at Indian and foreign universities. I am sure that many of them will choose the Russian education”, - he said.

“The prestige of Russia in the medical field has grown significantly, because it was the Russian scientists who were the first in the world to develop and present the “Sputnik V” new vaccine against the coronavirus. This factor, combined with the decline in the interest of Indian applicants for higher education in China, creates a favourable situation that can be used by the Russian medical and other universities to significantly increase the number of Indian students studying in them”, - said Mr Ratheesh Nair.

Ms Irina Koryukina spoke in detail about the changes in the format of the implementation of educational programmes this year, as well as the comprehensive measures that the Perm State Medical University is taking to ensure the safety and health of its students.

“In general, we can say that the Russian education system coped well with the current situation. Back in March, our university, like many others, switched to the online work format, which prepared us for the beginning of the new academic year. I would also like to emphasize that not a single case of coronavirus infection has been detected on the territory of the Mari State University, and we constantly provide all foreign students remaining in our campus with all the necessary assistance and support”, - said Mr Mikhail Shvetsov.

Access to exhibition materials, including video tours of the Russian universities and the cities in which they are located, as well as the opportunity to communicate directly with university representatives, will be open to everyone until September 25.

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