On 5 July, Forum of University Rectors from Russia and China took place in Lomonosov Moscow State University in the framework of the 17th meeting of the Russian-Chinese Commission on Humanitarian Cooperation. The rector of Voronezh State University Dmitry Endovitsky took part in the event. The participants of the meeting discussed a wide range of questions, including cooperation between Russia and China in the area of research and education, academic exchange, and development of the system of intellectual youth competitions.
Currently, 200 Russian and 600 Chinese universities have established partnership relations in strategically important areas and have concluded 900 direct agreements. Eight specialised associations of Russian and Chinese universities have been created. 25 thousand Chinese students are studying in Russia and 17 thousand Russian students are completing their courses in China.
‘Relations between our countries have moved to a new level thanks to the heads of our countries and represent a strategically important task. Strengthening of direct agreements between Russian and Chinese universities is a road to success. The most important task in the area of education is development of language programmes,’ said Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Olga Golodets.
The Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy pointed out that one of the most important challenges is creation of a global university ranking. Currently, there are a lot of various rankings worldwide, but in most cases they are based on a certain parameter. Russian Rectors' Union is working on a new transparent and reputable international university ranking which will mostly pay attention to evaluation of the education quality.
Dmitry Endovitsky moderated the session “Organisational and Legal Basis for Russian and Chinese Research and Educational Cooperation”. The session had 35 participants and presented nine talks dedicated to issues of networking between Russian and Chinese universities, the innovation system as an area for cooperation between Russia and China, energy cooperation, acting forms of cooperation between Russia and China, aerospace engineering, and search of talented human resources.
Efficiency of academic mobility programmes, advancement of double degree programmes, creation of joint laboratories, commercialisation of innovations, and training of bilingual specialist triggered most heated discussions.
The participants admitted the importance of developing organisational and legal basis for cooperation. Associations of Russian and Chinese Universities created by industries have shown good results. It is expected to consider opportunities for introduction of new organisational basis for interregional Russian and Chinese Alliances. Moreover, to enhance their performance universities need to study the European system of project-target cooperation based on public competitions for grants aimed to support projects implemented by alliances of universities from various countries. A good example of long-standing and successful experience in this area are Tempus, Erasmus+, Erasmus Mundus, and 7FP programmes.
It should be noted that during the forum universities and research and education organisations from Russia and China concluded 15 agreements. The key document among them was the Declaration on establishing the Association of universities of the Russian Federation and the Chinese People’s Republic which was signed by the Chairman of the Peking University Council and the Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University. The heads of educational institutions and representatives of governmental authorities of Russia and China are convinced that cooperation in the area of education is one of the most important development strategies for both states.
Voronezh State University collaborates actively with Chinese universities and research organisations. In 2002, VSU opened the Centre of the Chinese Language and Culture and every year leading specialist from various provinces of China complete internships at our university. Additionally, VSU participated in creating three Centres of the Russian Language and Culture in China.