II Meeting of Latin-American Alumni of the Russian (Soviet) Higher Educational Establishments: Proceedings
14-16 March, 2007, Lima (Peru) hosted the II Meeting of Latin-American Alumni of the Russian (Soviet) Higher Educational Establishments with over 200 delegates from 14 countries of the region.
The Russian delegation included the following representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation: V.V. Markovchin, Deputy Minister Counsellor, Yu.P. Akimov, Division Head from the Department for International Co-operation, A.V. Talonov, Deputy head of the Administration for International Co-operation from the Federal Agency for Education; representatives from RUDN (Peoples Friendship University of Russia), SPbGTU (St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University - former Leningrad Polytechnic Institute) and MAI (Moscow Aviation Institute) as well as from the Association for International Education and SIIT&T Informika.
Ambassodor of the Russian Federation in Peru M.G. Troyansky who inaugurated the Meeting, congressman Osvaldo Luizar from the National Congress of Peru, Head of the National Institute for Scholarships and State Crediting in Education Nancy del Pilar Garcia Carrillo and Ambassodor of Republic of Cuba Luis Perez Osorio actively partook in the event.
The main topic of the Meeting was 'The Past and Present Experience in Training Specialists for Latin America at Russian Universities: Challenges and Outlooks'.
During plenary sessions there were discussed problems dealing with:
- employment assistance to alumni of the Russian (Soviet) universities;
- recognition of qualifications of alumni of the Russian (Soviet) universities;
- arranging business contacts among associations of alumni of the Russian (Soviet) universities in Latin America;
- educating Latin-American youth at the Russian universities: outlooks and today's problems.
The agenda prepared for the Russian delegation provided for a protocolary meeting with the Representative of the Commission for Education from the National Congress of Peru Rafael Vaskes Rodrigues and Minister of Education Chang.
According to A.V. Talonov, deputy head of the Administration for International Co-operation from the Federal Agency for Education, in 2007 Russia allots 300 scholarships to students from Latin America and Caribbean Basin. As a whole Russian Government has allotted 25 hundred scholarships for students from foreign countries. Everyone of those overseas students can learn in Russia free of charge and more over receive an allowance, not exceeding fifteen hundred rubles per month though, and be accommodated in a hostel on the same terms as Russian students do. Professions, foreign students will acquire in Russia, should be chosen by the countries according to their needs. Russia, from its part, will select universities for the students to be to meet these requirements.
Yu.P. Akimov, division head from the Department for International Co-operation, announces that the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia together with the Minsitry for Foreign Affairs are considering simplification of confirmation procedure for Russian diplomas. Today Russian diplomas are accepted in Cuba, Peru and Columbia.
A.K. Skuratov, general director to the Association for International Education and deputy director in SIIT&T Informika argues the importance of information support for international cooperation in the field of education. It was decided to promote special internet portal (http://russia.edu.ru/) in Spanish with assistance rendered by Latin-American alumni of Russian (Soviet) universities. This assistance means submition of articles on education for foreigners in Russia answering specific inquiries by enrollees, students and alumni of Russian universities in Latin America and Carribean Basin; setting up a gallery of alumni of Russian (Soviet) universities; running of news and joint maintenance of forums. It is agreed to exchange informational materials with gazette of society With you, Russia, an independent newspaper of the Russians and Russian-speaking citizens who live in Peru.
As a result of the Meeting it was agreed to establish a Latin-American Federation of Alumni of Russian (Soviet) Universities to assist with employment, recognition of diplomas and specialities as well as in arranging for Latin-American youth to learn in Russia. Its constituent assembly is to take place in Dominican Republic in a year.
translated by O.K. Zakharova