Russian President Signs Decree Creating Federal University in the North Caucasus
President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree ordering the creation of a university in the North Caucasus Federal District.
"I signed a decree today on the creation of a university in the North Caucasus Federal District," Medvedev said at a meeting with Vice Prime Minister and presidential representative to the North Caucasus Federal District Alexander Khloponin on Monday, July 18.
According to the president, the university will serve as "a backbone for quality equation" and help to "consolidate the best forces and organize education at a much higher level than now". Medvedev hopes that the new university will help to foster better interethnic relations. "Ethnic disagreements can be resolved in the process of studying," he said.
Khloponin assured him that the emphasis would be on the creation of a "secular Muslim university" that will train secular Muslim experts. The first students will be admitted in September 2012. The university will be created on the basis of Stavropol Technical University.
According to Khloponin, it will take about five years to create the university, but the first admissions are scheduled for the autumn of 2012. He said the new university would use the Bologna Process standards.