RANEPA delegation discusses cooperation with Aix-Marseille University
A delegation of the Presidential Academy, together with is Russian partners in the RFU, RUDN and RFTA, have visited the Aix-Marseille University in France to discuss the potential areas and formats of cooperation.
The conference, organized by RANEPA Center for Russian-French Cooperation, was mediated by RANEPA representative in France and Monaco, Irina Zguralskaya, who thanked her colleagues from Aix-Marseille for organizing the visit and for the constructive nature of the meeting. On the French side, the Russian delegation was greeted by vice presidents of the Aix-Marseille University, Sylvie Daviet and Pierre Chiapetta. The conference included several discussions in thematic working groups on law and political science, economics and management, state and municipal administration, art, literature, philology, journalism and communications.
The Academy’s delegation included RANEPA Director for Development of International Education and Cooperation Larisa Taradina, Director of the RANEPA Center for Russian-French Cooperation Yelena Svinarenko, and representatives of the RANEPA, Russian Foreign Trade Academy (RFTA) and Russia’s Peoples' Friendship University (RUDN) management.
Vice-Consul of the Russian Consulate General in Marseilles, Sergei Gorshkov, who attended the event, noted that cooperation within the RFU framework seems to be one of the most successful formats for development of Russian-French relations. Madam Sylvie Daviet thanked the Russian side for the warm welcome of the Aix-Marseille delegation in Moscow in July 2019 and expressed the hope that expanded meetings between representatives of the Russian-French University member schools will become regular.
The meeting participants outlined the most promising areas for cooperation and the possible formats of work. The first step in all areas may be joint research, publications, and undergraduate and graduate students’ participation in symposia and conferences. Later on, it will be possible to develop student exchanges at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, as well as faculty exchanges. Double degree programs and joint academic supervision also aroused interest, although it was noted that these projects require further careful study.