On March 27, 2019, in the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek, the First Forum of Rectors of Universities of Russia and Kyrgyzstan named “Development of Science and Education – Investments in the Future” was held. The event took place in the framework of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Kyrgyzstan.
Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, addressed the Forum with a welcoming speech, and President of the Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy delivered a plenary report.
The Forum was attended by the Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia Mikhail Kotyukov, the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva, the Minister of Education and Science of Kyrgyzstan Gulmira Kudaiberdieva, 40 rectors of the leading Russian universities and 31 rectors of Kyrgyz universities.
The non-state sector of the Russian high school was presented at the Forum by the Chairman of the Board of the Association of Non-State Universities of Russia, the rector of the Russian New University (RosNOU) Vladimir Zernov.
“The general impression of the trip is an enormous kindness,” said Vladimir A. Zernov. – “I was impressed by Bishkek; it is a very green city. It was extremely nice to see street signs and markings mainly in Russian. The young people who met us said: what a pity that the USSR collapsed (this is both their opinion and the opinion of their grandparents); they call for the full facilitation of contacts, especially at the youth level.”
The Forum hosted the session “Kyrgyz-Russian Cooperation in the Humanities and Natural Sciences”, which was moderated by the Rector of RosNOU and the Rector of ADAM Svetlana Sirmbard.
“Kyrgyzstan is the strategic partner of Russia,” – said Vladimir A. Zernov. – In general, we can say that our development rates are approximately equal, but, in my opinion, Kyrgyzstan is developing a little more actively. At the same time, the rectors of Kyrgyz universities believe that it would be very hard in the future without Russia. Everyone with whom we communicated said that Kyrgyzstan, without having close ties with Russia, is unlikely to become competitive. Of course, it was very nice to hear.”
Following the Forum, 72 mutual cooperation agreements were signed, including agreements on cooperation in the field of education, culture and science:
- Between RosNOU and the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (Bishkek);
- Between RosNOU and Secondary School № 2 named after V. P. Chkalov (Naryn city);
- Between RosNOU and ADAM / BAFE University (Bishkek Academy of Finance and Economics).
The joint educational programs for students in Russia and Kyrgyzstan will be conducted on information technology, nanoengineering, translation and translation studies, Russian language teaching, public relations, economics, management and other areas of training.
Joint cultural, educational and educational events and projects, internships, summer and winter schools for schoolchildren and students, as well as joint seminars, conferences, webinars will be organized for Russian and Kyrgyz students.
Programs implementation will begin in September 2019.
“We will mutually accredit the programs,” said Vladimir A. Zernov. – Students of Kyrgyzstan will be able to come to RosNOU for a year and study here, as well as our students will be able to go to study in one of Kyrgyz universities, with which we have signed agreements. Under this program, students will receive two diplomas. The most important thing is the attitude – the young people are set to study. It is a dream for them to get at least to exchange education in Russia!”