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Lectures from partner university, Grenoble Alpes

22 November2019
Lectures from partner university, Grenoble Alpes

Experts from Grenoble Alpes University, France – Director of International Relations and Conventions at Grenoble Faculty of Economics Faruk Ulgen and Assistant Professor at UGA Faculty of Economics Adelaide Fadhuile – have delivered lectures at the Presidential Academy as part of a joint double degree program.

The French professors have delivered the first series of lectures in Moscow after Grenoble Alpes University (UGA) joined the Russian-French University (RFU) consortium in July. UGA is one of the best French universities and plays one of the key roles in the development of higher education and scientific research. Its accession to the RFU is an important step in expanding the global space of interaction between science and education and opens a new stage in international development.

UGA and RANEPA are linked by long-standing fruitful cooperation. A joint Russian-French undergraduate program in Economics and Management has been delivered since 2008 by the economics departments of the two schools, as well as the Russian Foreign Trade (RFTA). Under this program, RANEPA students have the opportunity to simultaneously take UGA courses and eventually earn two degrees, a Russian and a French one. In 2018, the partner universities opened joint master's programs, Economic Development/Management of Organizations in the Framework of International Cooperation and Applied Mathematics and IT in Social Sciences/Economic and Statistical Studies. All three programs are implemented by RANEPA Institute of Economics, Mathematics and Information Technology (EMIT) and include training sessions at UGA.

In his lecture, Mr. Ulgen shared his thoughts on why UGA’s partnership with Russian schools is developing so successfully and spoke about UGA’s accession to the RFU in this context. He noted that successful cooperation relies on human contact: the ongoing involvement of their Russian colleagues and a positive attitude create an environment for large-scale partnership and productive working relations between departments.

Faruk Ulgen speaks highly of Russian students he has met both in Russia and in France. “I don’t see as much enthusiasm about studying in most of my French students. Russian young people have a keen interest in science, a thirst for knowledge – I can see it in their eyes. It is great luck for us to teach such students from Russia. I also see that they are delighted by studying at our university. It gives me great joy and opens up new horizons for our cooperation,” he added.

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