Vladimir Mau will take part in Russian-Spanish roundtable on university cooperation
On April 9, a meeting with a Spanish delegation was held at the Presidential Academy to discuss the creation of an Alliance of Russian and Spanish Universities. The Spanish visitors included Secretary of State for Universities, Research, Development and Innovation Ángeles Heras Caballero, Secretary General of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Research for Universities Jose Manuel Pingarron Carrazon, the Spanish Embassy officials and university leaders.
Representatives of Russian and Spanish universities will discuss their future cooperation in more detail during a roundtable on Academic Alliance of Russian and Spanish Universities: From Idea to Prospects, which will be held on April 10 at the Moscow International Education Fair (MIEF). Rector of the Presidential Academy Vladimir Mau will take part in the meeting.
Spain and Russia will hold a Cross Year of Education and Science in 2019 and 2020, Spanish Minister of Science Pedro Duque told the media. As part of this cross-cultural project, an agreement will be signed creating a Russian-Spanish alliance of universities, which will include four Russian schools – RANEPA, Tomsk State University, MISIS National University of Science and Technology, and the Russian Foreign Trade Academy – as well as four major universities in Spain from Madrid, Oviedo, Valencia and Tarragona.
Igor Bartsits, Director of RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS), noted at the meeting on April 9 that the Academy’s leading role in the Alliance is predetermined by the school’s accumulated potential of cooperation, good professional relations with colleagues from Spanish universities and the cooperation infrastructure already in place. “The Russian-French University can serve as a prototype for the new Russian-Spanish alliance. The alliance’s goals will also include, first of all, development of student cooperation, educational programs, double degree programs, student and academic mobility. Naturally, further cooperation will involve joint publications and research,” he added.
Dr. Bartsits expressed the hope that the Academy’s Russian-Spanish Center and Department for International Development will play the key role in cooperation with their Spanish colleagues.
The plan to establish a Russian-Spanish Alliance of Universities was disclosed at the 2019 Gaidar Forum, when RANEPA Vice-Rector Maxim Nazarov outlined the planned alliance’s mission – to enable the students of eight partner universities to benefit from the best practices of each while moving along their own trajectory. In his opinion, such training will make graduates as competitive and unique as possible in the labor market. Olga Pirozhenko, Director of the RANEPA IPACS Russian-Spanish Center, noted that “this is the first educational alliance in its kind between Russia and Spain. It could be a future platform for an open civic dialogue between our two countries.”
Two years ago, IPACS organized the First International Congress, Russian-Spanish Dialogue 2017, supported by the Ministry of Education and Science. The conference, International humanitarian cooperation between Russia and Spain: education, science and culture, was held at the University of Valencia.