Science and Technologies Counsellor to the French Embassy delivers lecture to GGL students at RANEPA

26 October 2021
Science and Technologies Counsellor to the French Embassy delivers lecture to GGL students at RANEPA

On October 26, Counsellor for Science and Technologies to the French Embassy in Russia, Dr. Abdo Malac, met with second-year students of the Global Governance and Leadership (GGL) English-language bachelor's program at the Presidential Academy. His lecture on Science Diplomacy was part of the Political and Social Leaders Workshop course.

During the meeting, the French diplomat explained to the students why science and education are tools for increasing a country’s soft power and how science diplomacy works to help resolve international conflicts.

Dr. Malac told the students about Diplomacy for Science – how diplomacy helps develop science at the international level – as well as about Science for Diplomacy, which refers to the contribution of scientific research to the development of diplomacy.

The topic of Russian-French cooperation in science and education was of special interest to the students. According to Dr. Malac, France is one of Russia’s three largest partners in research cooperation, with more than 20 joint labs and research centers operating in both Russia and France. “The development of science is one of the key areas of strategic partnership between Russia and France,” he added.

The expert also highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on joint international projects and programs to support young scientists. The pandemic has certainly affected most of the joint Franco-Russian scientific projects; however, the two countries continue to cooperate, he said. According to the speaker, more than 40 French researchers are currently involved in joint projects with Russia.

A lively discussion sparked about artificial intelligence. Dr. Malac told the students that AI development is one of the key areas of scientific partnership between the two countries, with a number of fascinating projects being implemented.

“Cooperation with French universities and business schools is one of the international cooperation priorities for the School of Public Policy and Management at RANEPA Institute for Social Sciences (ISS RANEPA). Our students are happy to participate in language schools and join double degree programs with French universities. We plan to further expand our partner network in France,” said Natalya Abramova, Director of the School of Public Policy and Management.

The Global Governance and Leadership English-language bachelor's program opened in 2016. The course aims to train highly qualified world-class specialists for the civil service, business and international organizations who will promote Russia's integration with the leading global economies and its participation in international political processes.

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