RANEPA develops cooperation with best universities in China
A group of officials from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) has visited several Chinese universities. The parties reached a number of agreements on areas of further partnership, including the SCO, joint programs, research and academic ties.
A group of RANEPA officials including Vice-Rector Andrei Margolin, Director of the Master's Degree Program ‘International Relations and Integration Processes in Eurasia’ of the International Relations Department of RANEPA Institute of Business Studies (IBS) Andrei Korshunov and head of the Oriental Languages Department Yekaterina Kryukova paid a four-day visit to China.
The representatives of the Academy held a number of meetings with the leadership of the Shanghai University of Political Science (SHUPL) and Law and China National Institute for SCO international Exchange and Judicial Cooperation. The meeting was attended by SHUPL President, Doctor of Law Liu Xiaohong. The participants discussed the prospects for cooperation in training specialists, students and government officials on SCO issues, as well as opportunities for joint research and publications.
The RANEPA representatives also held meetings with leaders of the two institutions that are part of the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) – the School of Russian and Eurasian Studies and the School of International Relations and Public Affairs. They considered the concept of a joint Master’s Program in two languages, Russian and Chinese, possibly in “Management of Russian-Chinese projects.”’ Upon completion of the program, an international team (a student from Russia and a student from China) will defend an integration project to develop cooperation between the countries with the support of corporate partners.
During the talks, the participants discussed ways to expand the representation of IRD IBS students in SISU summer schools as well as plans to cooperate in the development of the educational and methodology framework for the ‘International Relations’ programs, including the production of joint textbooks. The Russian and Chinese sides expressed interest in deepening research ties and agreed to start developing a joint postgraduate program in English.
Vice-Rector Andrei Margolin commented on the results of the visit to China:
“During the meetings, several areas of cooperation were identified, and the most important one has to do with the SCO. President Xi Jinping had ordered to establish a major SCO center on the campus of this university. While cooperating with that center, we will work on sending a group of experts to China who will be able to explain to Chinese business the advantages of investing in the Russian Federation.
“We also plan to prepare a joint section at the Gaidar Forum, to consider all the problems identified. Our Chinese colleagues have shown considerable interest in joint research, publications and Master's exchanges. This might prove more difficult with Bachelor's programs because of serious discrepancies in legislation.
During the visit, I also delivered a lecture at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law on investment support for the implementation of the socio-economic development strategy. The audience showered me with questions, even an unexpected question on how the FIFA World Cup is affecting Russia’s economic development. I tried to explain that its influence is not only the new facilities built for the event, such as stadiums, infrastructure and so on. The tournament also promotes the building of confidence, which is sometimes more important than local facilities.
Overall, I would say we have reached understanding, and this trip will result in specific projects. Our plans will not boil down to signing MoUs – those will only be the beginning of the joint projects we have outlined.”
Andrei Margolin’s presentation, “Investment Support for the Implementation of the Social and Economic Development Strategy”
RANEPA Vice-Rector, IBS Director Sergei Myasoyedov commented:
“I am very pleased to note that RANEPA is an innovator in the development of educational relations with China today. We have built good, friendly, informal relations. I am very pleased that the two key schools of RANEPA – IBS and School of Public Policy (SPP) – have opened large Chinese language departments supported by the Chinese Embassy. To date, about a hundred students of the Presidential Academy are placed in China to study at the country’s best universities. Approximately the same number of Chinese students are at RANEPA. We hope that this trend will continue and expand, and our visit to China is another weighty confirmation.”
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The International Relations Department of RANEPA Institute of Business Studies (IBS) has been delivering the program “Foreign Regional Studies – East Asia regional studies: economy and politics (China)” for six years; students take an advanced Chinese language course and a range of regional studies courses.
The International Relations Department students at RANEPA Institute of Business Studies (IBS) show a high level of language proficiency and annually take prizes in a number of city and interuniversity Chinese language competitions. In 2018, IBS student Darya Petrova for the first time made it to the second round of the national stage of Chinese Bridge – the Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, where she competed with students of the strongest linguistic universities in Russia.
Sinology students regularly take part in intra-academic cultural events such as theatrical celebrations of the Chinese New Year, Chinese Culture Days and many others. These events help RANEPA students and staff, as well as guests of the Academy expand their knowledge about China, its rich culture, history and traditions.
IRD IBS cooperates with a number of universities in China (more than fifteen). During the 2017-2018 academic year, 16 second and third year students received various grants from the Chinese side and did one-year placement programs in universities in China and Taiwan.
Professor Irina Timonina, Dean of the International Relations Department of RANEPA IBS, commented:
“The importance of the eastern vector is continuously growing in Russia’s foreign policy. The training of Orientalists is a task of national importance in the context of the system of Russian economic relations. Communications between peoples are rapidly developing in the modern global world. Confident fluency in Chinese is no longer enough – there is demand for specialists with professional competencies in international contacts in a variety of areas, which is impossible without a deep immersion in the socio-cultural and linguistic environment. Therefore, one of the priorities of the RANEPA IRD is to expand the opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students for joint training with Chinese students in China and Russia.”