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28 October 2015

BRICS Global University Summit

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On 26-28 October, Moscow hosted the BRICS Global University Summit (GUS). It focused on academic mobility, educational migration, university ratings and consortiums, the accessibility of education and BRICS distance education. Participants also discussed the formation of the BRICS Network University.

Within the frame of the Summit «Proxy Centre» company was responsible for several directions: tailoring and elaboration of the BRICS online registration portal, onsite Information and Accreditation desks’ operation, visa, information and logistic support, as well as transport provision.

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov emphasized that  BRICS rules are fully in keeping with the requirements of the 21st century, when equality and a culture of consensus building must become the foundation for international relations.

The BRICS rules are fully in keeping with the requirements of the 21st century, when equality and a culture of consensus building must become the foundation for international relations. We are working on the principles of mutual understanding and respect, including for each other's interests, as well as solidarity and cooperation. “The BRICS countries don't force anything on each other and are not guided by the bloc discipline of military and political alliances. The BRICS agenda is wholly creative and is aimed predominantly at finding new sources of development and new ways to improve their nations' prosperity. These goals are linked inseparably to the tasks of fostering international stability and mutually beneficial multilateral interaction”, - notes the Minister.

Speaking at the summit, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Alexander Klimov said 10 universities from each country will take part in the work of the Network University at the first stage. They will place a priority on energy, computer sciences, information security, environmental protection and climate change, water resources and pollution cleanup, as well as the economy.

The participants also discussed projects at the nexus of education and production. National centres are planned to consolidate research and testing facilities in the key economic sectors. Such centres already exist in the nuclear and aviation industries.

Another agenda issue concerned most promising areas in BRICS trade, economic and investment cooperation, on which the Business Council is focusing. These include the formation of a pool of investment projects, the gradual elimination of barriers in economic ties, supporting joint projects and programmes by business communities and developing BRICS online trade.