Kazan Federal University

Vice Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China Chen Jie welcomed at KFU

The Chinese delegation visited on 10 June.

The official visit took place as part of the Second International Forum of Ministers of Education taking place in Kazan. Rector Lenar Safin greeted the guests of honor. The meeting was also joined by Cao Shihai, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Russia, Han Mingyu, Deputy Consul General of PRC in Kazan, Timirkhan Alishev, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Danis Nurgaliev, Vice-Rector for Earth Sciences, Yekaterina Turilova, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, and many others.

The parties discussed the issues of effective cooperation in science and education. In particular, the guests were shown promising projects of cooperation with Chinese universities, which are currently being successfully implemented in many areas. There are projects in Russian and Chinese languages, social sciences and humanities, IT, petroleum technologies, medicine, engineering, and others.

Lenar Safin noted that Kazan University has more than 30 partner universities in China. In addition, student exchange programs are rapidly growing. According to the latest data, about 2,000 Chinese students study at KFU, and about 600 students study Chinese language. Also, since 2007, the Confucius Institute has been working here.

“Throughout much of Kazan University’s history, it has had a special bond with China and with Chinese partners,” emphasized the Rector. “I am confident that by joint efforts we will achieve the ambitious goals set by the leadership of our countries to develop bilateral cooperation in economy, education and humanitarian affairs in general”.

Mr Chen Jie, in turn, praised the scientific and educational potential of one of the leading universities in Russia and stated the readiness of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China to support joint initiatives with Chinese universities. He also added that he sees further expansion of partnership in the implementation of projects aimed at the formation of innovative approaches in education, including the use of AI technologies. The Deputy Minister invited KFU to join the World Digital Education Alliance, designed to create an international platform for strengthening the dialog and exchange of opinions, as well as promoting practical cooperation and development of digital education.

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