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Counsellor of the French Embassy speaks at RANEPA

09 December2019
Counsellor of the French Embassy speaks at RANEPA

On December 2, Counsellor for Science and Technologies to the French Embassy in Russia, Dr. Abdo Malac, met with students of the Global Governance and Leadership (GGL) program at the Presidential Academy.

Dr. Malac explained to the students why science and education are viewed as so-called soft power tools nowadays, and how cooperation is unfolding between the Russian and French scientific communities. He also discussed how a state’s media brand shapes its appeal for young specialists as well as for experienced scientists.

The diplomat discussed international projects and programs aimed at attracting young talents to Russia and how French specialists are participating in them. Cooperation between the two countries in the scientific field is expanding annually; Russian and French researchers are implementing joint projects in various fields, such as mathematics, archeology and artificial intelligence, he noted.

The diplomat specifically focused on the development of innovative technologies to address global environmental problems. This topic aroused particular interest among the GGL students. The French Embassy in Russia annually organizes environmental safety events. “This problem is certainly very serious and can only be resolved by joint efforts of various countries,” the speaker said.

The lecture by Counsellor for Science and Technologies to the French Embassy in Russia Abdo Malac was organized as part of the Political and Social Leaders Workshop course of the GGL English-language undergraduate program at RANEPA Institute for Social Sciences. The program gives the students a unique opportunity to personally meet and speak with leading Russian and foreign political and public figures.

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