Yekaterinburg will host the founding conference of the BRICS Univercity

Representatives of 60 universities form Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa will hold a constituent conference of the BRICS Network University in Yekaterinburg on April 7-9, said the rector of the Ural Federal University Victor Koksharov at a press conference in Yekaterinburg.

Each country will be represented by 12 universities. "During the constituent conference we will be signing all the documents on the mutual programs in graduate and postgraduate studies in the six priority sectors which are of interest to our countries (members of the BRICS)", - said V.Koksharov.

V.Koksharov said that participation of 12 Indian universities in the constituent conference and their areas of interest in cooperation was discussed when the Sverdlovsk region delegation visited India on March 10-14, during the meeting held in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (which is supervising the education system). "India is particularly interested in issues related to water, environment, information technology and energy," - he added.

It was reported that thousands of students from Russia, India, Brazil, China and South Africa will be able to study as exchange students in the BRICS Network University for free.

The decision on where the University’s headquarters will be located is still pending. On the Russian side, the Ural Federal University, located in Yekaterinburg will be acting as a work coordinator in the BRICS Network University.

The BRICS Network University is a joint educational project aimed at creating a single educational space, development of academic mobility, as well as full provision of highly qualified personnel for the member countries’ economies in the field of energy, economics, computer science, ecology, and others.

The agreements on the establishment of the BRICS Network University (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) were reached between the Ministers of Education of these countries on November 5, 2013 in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters.

It is planned to create the BRICS University system similar to the University of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which functions as a network of already existing universities in the SCO member –states.


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