YuSU 3rd year student Nkumbu Silungwe participated in the second Russia-Africa summit, which took place in St. Petersburg on July 27 and 28. The Russia-Africa economic and humanitarian forum was also held there. Representatives from 49 of the continent's 54 countries arrived in Russia to participate in the international event. Seventeen African states were represented at the highest level. A student from Zambia became an invited delegate of the international event as the Chairman of the YuSU Council of International Students.
At the event, a student of the Polytechnic School of Yugra State University managed to discuss with representatives of Embassies from Africa the increase in the number of African students studying civil engineering, oil and gas engineering, ecology and other areas in Yugra. Nkumbu Silungwe also held negotiations with the president of the ZAMRUS association from Zambia, the ambassadors of Gambia and Uganda and discussed the opportunities for cooperation regarding the enrollment of African students in Yugra.
"I met with representatives of such multi-companies as Roscongress, Technotrans, Gazprombank and others. All these companies will be happy to cooperate with Yugra State University on assisting young people in implementing projects, ideas, etc.," - the summit delegate shared.
As the YuSU student notes, he was shocked when he received the invitation letter: "I never thought that one day I would attend a summit with world leaders, especially Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa and many others. I grew up in a usual family, watched the news on TV and saw Ministers, Presidents who are always accompanied by security and are not easily accessible. And thanks to the summit, I was a few meters away from African leaders. I am very proud that I was able to attend such a large-scale event.
"The fact that I was a delegate to the summit, representing my university's youth from different countries and the university in general, has greatly enhanced my ability to have more bilateral talks which I hope will be useful in various areas of education," said Nkumbu Silungwe.
During the summit, it became known that some countries of the continent were allocated additional quotas in Russian universities. In addition, according to the Action Plan of the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum for 2023-2026, Russia and Africa have agreed to create a network of Russian-language education centers on the African continent, and branches of educational organizations from Russia will also be opened there. We would like to mention that 12 students from African countries are currently studying at YuSU. In the new academic year, according to the YuSU International Office, it is expected that there will be 16 of them.