Russian-French University develops cooperation at SPIEF
The Council of Rectors of the Russian-French Network University which includes RANEPA met for the fourth time on May 24 as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. ITMO University joined the RFU, and agreements on new educational programs were signed.
The Russian-French University is a consortium of leading Russian and French educational organizations whose mission is to create a barrier-free space for academic cooperation and the staffing of transnational companies. The idea of creating a Russian-French university was proposed at the 21st session of the Russian-French Council on Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Issues in 2016. Along with the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the RFU included the Economics Ministry’s Foreign Trade Academy, the Russian Peoples' Friendship University (RUDN) and the MEPhI National Research Nuclear University; on the French side, they were joined by the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and three leading French business schools: EDHEC BS, NEOMA BS, and SKEMA BS.
The project is managed by the Council of Rectors / Presidents / General Directors, which meets two or three times a year. Annually, the RFU presents the results of its work at the meetings of the Council on Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Issues and the Russian-French Commission on Cooperation in the Sphere of Culture, Education and Youth Exchanges.
The fourth meeting of the Council of Rectors was attended by RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, who is the President of the Russian-French University; RANEPA Vice-Rector, Rector of the Foreign Trade Academy Sergei Sinelnikov-Murylyov; ITMO University Rector Vladimir Vasilyev; First Vice-Rector of MEPhI Oleg Nagornov; President of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis Emmanuel Tric; Vice-President of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis Stephane Ngo Mai; Celine Davesne, Deputy General Manager for Programs at NEOMA Business School; Associate Dean of EDHEC Business School Alessia Di Domenico; and Vice Dean of the SKEMA Business School Patrice Houdayer.
The participants considered issues related to the expansion of the Russian-French University network, and new approaches to the development of RFU educational programs. Following the decision of the October Council meeting, the RFU charter was amended to ensure equal rights for its new members, and criteria and procedure for the adoption of new members were worked out. The participants agreed to admit a new member, the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University).