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French diplomats visit RANEPA

18 October2019
French diplomats visit RANEPA

The Presidential Academy has been visited by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Russia, Madam Sylvie Bermann, and the Counsellor for Science and Technologies to the French Embassy in Russia, Dr. Abdo Malac.

The visitors met with students of the English-language undergraduate program Global Governance and Leadership of RANEPA Institute for Social Sciences (ISS). Madam Bermann spoke about the history of bilateral relations between our countries and the prospects for their further development.

The speakers focused on the cooperation between Russia and France in the economy, culture and education. The GGL students were mostly interested in managing global challenges such as environmental safety, climate change and migration. Sylvie Bermann believes such problems cannot be resolved by one country independently and require cooperative efforts of all states.

Another important topic discussed during the lecture was relations between Russia and the European Union. The participants considered what steps need to be taken by both parties to establish and maintain mutually beneficial economic and political partnerships. Following the meeting, Madam Ambassador gave students some valuable advice on what skills they need to develop and improve for a successful political career.

The French diplomats’ visit was organized as part of the Political and Social Leaders workshop of the Presidential Academy's Global Governance and Leadership program, which gives students a unique opportunity to meet with leading Russian and foreign political and public figures.

Sylvie Bermann holds a degree in History from Paris-Sorbonne University; she has also completed programs at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and the Beijing Language and Culture University. Madam Bermann had served at France’s diplomatic missions in China and the UK before taking over as the French Ambassador to Russia in September 2017.

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