The delegation from Association of Private Brazilian Universities (Associação Brasileira de Mantenedoras de Ensino Superior, ABMES) made a visit to RosNOU on 5th of September.
The guests had a walking tour through the university medical center, the Malachite Hall and computer labs. They also familiarized themselves with the principles of forming the new international rating "Three missions of the university" and discussed possible areas of cooperation with the leadership of Russian private universities.
— I like the idea of acquaintance with the Russian non-state sector by the example of our university, because RosNOU is a typical private higher educational institution, — said Vladimir Alekseevich Zernov, the rector of RosNOU. — Our main areas of studying are science, innovation, education, health-shaping technologies and international cooperation: for example, today almost one thousand foreign students study at RosNOU.
After an exchange of ideas, both rectors of associations signed a memorandum of understanding between the Russian New University and SER educacional group that represents 12 Brazilian states and unites 151,000 students.
The Memorandum presupposes cooperation in research projects, overall participation in international projects, academic and scientific exchange, development of courses, organization of seminars, conferences and symposia.
At the end of the meeting Jose Diniz answered the questions of the correspondent from editorial office of RosNOU website:
—What are the advantages of Brazilian non-state universities? How can they catch an interest of a student?
—One of the main advantages is that collegial decisions are made much faster. Unfortunately, there are often strikes in Brazilian public institutions which make the educational process longer and more difficult. Sometimes students don’t attend classes for six months. Another advantage of private universities: the equipment and infrastructure is much better there than in public universities.
— Do you mean that private universities in Brazil are better than public ones?
— At least, the private sector is much more developed. Among 2,400 higher education institutions in Brazil, more than 2,200 (84%) are private universities. I know that the public sector prevails over the private one in Russia, but it is important to know that the development of the private sector is important for the country's economy.
— Does Brazil’s government support students from private universities?
— Sure. Let me give you an example, there are various student funds, which give an opportunity to take interest-free loans and the most successful students receive a scholarship.