Minister Plenipotentiary of the South African Embassy in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Henry William Short has paid official visit to Yugra State University saying that South African youth do want to study in Russian educational institutions.

Meeting with the university rector Tatiana Karminskaya, faculty members and students Mr. Short noticed that this year marked the 25th anniversary of establishing South African-Russian diplomatic relations. Besides close economic and trading relations, education environment also complements to the cooperation between the two countries.

– With as few as 33 universities in the Republic of South Africa we see strong demand for higher education across the population of the country. But there are not many places to study at along with very high tuition fees. In 2016 our government granted 35 student scholarships to study in Russian universities compared with 23 students in 2015. However, since January 2017 as many as 450 South Africans have commenced their education in Russia, said the diplomatic official.


Minister Plenipotentiary of the South African Embassy in the RF confirmed Russia enjoys the finest higher education standards. Basically, young South Africans have interest in medical institutes, though the local job market highly values Russian university graduates with degrees in civil engineering, space and nuclear energy technologies.

English version by Azat Garipov.

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