Up to 100,000 Russian, Chinese students to join exchange programs

Russia and China are set to increase the scope of student exchange programs to 100,000 persons by 2020.

Russia and China are set to increase the scope of student exchange programs to 100,000 persons by 2020.

"The level of interaction in the education field will grow significantly thanks to the Russian-Chinese cultural and humanitarian cooperation program, which stipulates an increase in student exchanges to 100,000 persons by 2020," a member of the Russian government administration said in view of Monday's meeting between the Russian and Chinese premiers.

According to the Russian side, about 25,000 Chinese citizens are being trained in Russian higher education establishments and about 15,000 Russians are studying and participating in internship programs in China at present.

A total of 804 Chinese students were admitted by Russian schools for various forms of programs in 2014-2015 at the expense of the federal budget. "A gradually increase the quota of Chinese students to 1,000 in 2015-2016 is planned," the government employee said.

A memorandum setting up a joint center of the Far Eastern Federal University and the China Scholarship Council was signed in September of this year to teach Russian to Chinese students, he said. The opening of a joint university in China with the participation of Moscow State University is under consideration, he added. Moscow State University, Beijing University of Technology and the city of Shenzhen signed an agreement in August. The university is expected to be opened on September 1, 2016.

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