BEIJING, April 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin set the goal to increase the number of participants of educational exchanges between Russia and China to 100,000 by 2020, he said at the ceremony for awarding him a Tsinghua University honorary doctorate degree.
"Currently more than 85,000 people are taking part in bilateral educational exchanges and joint scientific and educational programs. We plan to increase this number to 100,000 people by 2020," he said.
Putin said that Tsinghua University has a vast experience in studying Russia and teaching the Russian language and has a research center for the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership. He noted that Russia pays much attention to researches on China, its rich historic and cultural heritage and modern achievements linked to advanced scientific-technical and innovative solutions.
"We are greatly interested in China’s experience in the sphere of economy, law and business," Putin said, noting that the works of leading Chinese scientists are translated into Russian, and many Russian institutes and universities study China, naming St. Petersburg University, where he studied and which has strong traditions of oriental studies, as an example.
The state leader said that cooperation between Russia and China in the sphere of education has been rapidly developing recently. "Students from China are studying in 85 Russian cities, chiefly in higher educational institutions of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Vladivostok," he concluded.