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G8 universities to participate in forum in Moscow on April 24-25

January 15, 2014, 19:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 15. /ITAR-TASS/. A global university forum will be held in the Russian capital on April 24-25, 2014 within Russia’s presidency in the Group of Eight (G8) leading world powers.

The forum will be organised by Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO) in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Education and Science, the office of G8 Russian sherpa, as well as Moscow State University (MGU), Russian University of Peoples Friendship (RUDN) and National University of Science and Technology (MISIS), the official website of Russia’s G8 presidency reported on Wednesday.

Representatives of leading foreign universities in the G8 states, chief executives of specific state bodies and agencies and independent experts will participate in the event.

“The forum agenda is closely linked with the key issues that Russia proposes to put up for debates at a G8 summit of the heads of states and governments in Sochi in June 2014,” the website reported. “The participants in the forum will discuss such issues as nuclear non-proliferation, international conflicts, terrorism, ecology, problems of health care and food security, counteraction to the drug threat, elimination of the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters and other issues,” the official website of Russia’s G8 lead said.

The partakers will discuss the issues related with education, including the problem of quality of higher education, university ratings and science, distant and Internet types of education and business education.

“The forum will be held at four venues: MGIMO, MGU, RUDN and MISIS,” a representative of the organising committee told Itar-Tass.

Since 2008 the forum is held every year in a country presiding in the G8. The participants in the forum face a task to work out practical recommendations over the issues on G8 global agenda.

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