Cooperation of African and Yugra universities was discussed at Yugra State University

Cooperation of African and Yugra universities was discussed at Yugra State University


Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa in the Russian Federation met with representatives of Surgut State University, Yugra State University and Ob-Ugric Institute of applied research and development. The meeting was held in Yugra State University.The moderator was Vsevolod Koltsov, Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra.

Roman Kuchin, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs of Yugra State University, spoke about the University activities, paying special attention to international relations.

“We develop international cooperation with a number of universities in Hungary, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Finland and Norway. About 200 foreign citizens study at our University. To date, more than 30 cooperation agreements have been signed with universities from Europe, Asia and the CIS. Within the framework of the agreements, joint project activities are carried out, academic exchange programs are implemented. Every year at least 10 students of our University go to study abroad in the universities of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, China and South Korea, “- Roman Kuchin said.

Mrs. Ambassador also knew that every student ofYugra State Universitycan learn nine foreign languages and the languages of the indigenous peoples of the North.

The main pleasant surprise for Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusiwas the news that an agreement was signed between the University of Man of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and Yugra State University, within which it is possible to conduct an academic exchange.

Ivan Danilenko, the first vice-rector of Surgut State University, made a presentation of the activities of Surgut State University and Victoria Spodina, the Director of the Ob-Ugric Institute of applied research and development, spoke about the activities of their institution in preserving the languages and culture of the Nenets, Khanty and Mansi.

During the dialogue, the parties discussed issues of possible cooperation. The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa in the Russian Federation noted that the Embassy is considering and analyzing all the possibilities of interaction between Yugra and Russia as a whole with the Republic of South Africa, special attention is paid to the possibility of participation in exchange programs of young people from South Africa in medicine and engineering specialties.

Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi expressed her admiration that there are five universities in Yugra, and noted that not every country in Africa can afford to have five universities.She recalled the 27th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries and close cooperation in the educational field of South Africa and the USSR.

"We are ready to do everything to establish an exchange of experience and support it," - Nomasonto Maria Sibanda-Thusi said –“This visit and the development of friendly relations with Russia and Yugra are very important for us”.

At the end of the meetingMrs. Ambassador wrote a wish to the students and staff of the University in the Book of Honored Guests.


Maria.jpgb8cccfc7ffb4c685f9fad95ff65efc1b.JPG