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BRICS Global University Summit 2015

From 26 to 28 October BRICS Global University Summit 2015 was held on the grounds of MGIMO, MSU, PFUR and MISIS. The Summit was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. It was held under the chairmanship of the Russian Federation in the BRICS in 2015. More than 300 experts and theorists in the field of education, science, international affairsand representatives of the academic community visited the Summit. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and heads of other ministries and agencies spoke in front of participants.

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Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

In addition to the educational issues, participants of the Summit discussed on the topics of the academic mobility, the educational migration, the university rankings and the university consortium.Access and affordability in education and increase the number of distant network projectswas marked as very important.

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Alexander Klimov, Deputy Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation

On the 27thOctober MGIMO wasvisited by all the participants of the Summit. The plenary session was organized in the form of presentations and open dialogue. All participants could hear the expert opinions and get answers on the questions. In the afternoon was organized a discussion platform for BRICS universities rectors and vice-chancellors. K. Singh, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Education; T. E. O’Connor, Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs MISIS; R. Rajaraman, Vice President of the Indian National Science Academy; T. de AraújoFilho, Rector, former President of theNational Association of Directors of Federal Institutions ofHigher Education (ANDIFES); Zhu Qingbao, Vice-Chancellor of Nanjing University; A. Parekh, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic, University of Johannesburg (UJ) spoke in front of the participants.

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Rectors and Vice-Rectors of Universities of BRICS countries

On the 28thOctober the conference was being continued at the partner universities. In MGIMO the questions of financial cooperation, global regulation,international security, youth and investment policy, energetic, cooperation of the business community and high school were discussed.

MSUPE delegation also took part in the summit, especially on the sections which were dedicated to educational and scientific cooperation between universities and research centers of the BRICS countries. The professor of MSUPE B.B. Aysmontas delivered a speech on the topic of “Practice and Prospects in Education of People with Disabilities” in the frame of the section “Global Education and Universities: Current Trends and Outlook”

MSUPE thanks the organizing committee of the BRICS Global University Summit 2015 for organizing such the large-scale event. The summit was very productive.  We are sure it will bring increased cooperation between the BRICS countries!