In order to improve international cooperation with leading Asian universities, representatives of Novosibirsk State University took an active part in bilateral forums for rectors from Russia, Japan, Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Korea. The events took place at Moscow State University and Hankuk University of Foreign Languages (Seoul, South Korea).
The forums attracted attention not only from the scientific and university communities, but also from politicians and diplomats. Both forums brought together several dozen representatives from the largest rated universities in the world. The delegation from Novosibirsk State University included Dmitry Churkin, Vice-Rector for Science and Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Elena Voitishek, Head of the Oriental and African Studies Department at the NSU Humanities Institute.
Voitishek talked about the events,
The practical results from our work at the forums not only relate to strengthening the positive image of the University in the international educational space, but also taking concrete steps to establish academic exchanges for students and teachers.
Based on 2019 agreements between NSU and Shinshu University in Nagano and the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, internship programs, lectures by visiting professors, and joint seminars will begin in 2020. Negotiations with the leaders of Korean universities resulted in cooperation agreements between NSU and a number of leading Korean universities including Kunming University, Sungkyunkwan University, Hankuk University (Seoul), and Kangwon National University (Chuncheon). Voytishek also noted that all of these agreements include conditions and opportunities to establish a solid foundation for long-term and effective cooperation.
The seventh forum for rectors from leading universities in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan was held as part of the Russia-Republic of Korea Dialogue forum. The motto was “30 years of inter-university contacts between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan and a vision for future cooperation: Creating a new paradigm for cooperation in the humanities, scientific, and technical fields”. During the forum, the results of 30 years of cooperation were presented along with opportunities to realize the great potential for interaction between the universities of Russia and Kazakhstan. This includes the creation of a network platform for effective communication in a single educational space.
During the eighth forum of Russian and Japanese rectors in Moscow, participants also held the second General Assembly of the Association of Higher Education Organizations of the Russian Federation and Japan. The Assembly organized the Humanities Forum and the second student forum of Russian and Japanese universities. The final result from the Moscow events was the adoption of a communique confirming the need for further bilateral contacts in the areas of “personal exchanges”, “health and medicine”, “regional development”, as well as participation in various Russian-Japanese projects in areas including economics, the latest technology, artificial intelligence, energy, life sciences, and the environment.