The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) has allocated 15 scholarships for students from Sierra Leone majoring in medicine, engineering, agronomy and humanities during a visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara to the university campus.
The visit by Sierra Leone’s Foreign Minister (22 July, 2017) was aimed at expanding cooperation in education and science with the RUDN University, which hosts over 1,500 African students.
Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and delegation were received by Larisa Efremova, RUDN University Vice-Rector for International Activity, Igor Ganshin, Director of the Ministry of Education and Science International Department and Andrey Fedorovykh, Attaché of the RF MFA Department of Africa.
In his welcome statement the RUDN Vice Rector, Larisa Efremova, gave an overview on the establishment of the university noting that they are witnessing stable growing interest in Russian education from Africa and the world-over. The University, he said had experienced an increase in its population to 100,000 and over 40,000 of their graduates from overseas.
Vice Rector for International Activity furthered that in order to understand which professions would be in high demand in the next five years, RUDN University conducted a labour market survey of the main world regions which revealed that Africa is one of priority regions for RUDN University.
‘We are planning to expand cooperation through…“cluster entry” – via agreements with the leading universities of the continent and opening RUDN University centers of the Russian language and pre-university training in large cities”, said Larisa Efremova. RUDN University plans to increase the number of students majoring in medicine, agriculture, engineering and humanities, since Africa needs such specialists, Larisa explained. ‘The most popular courses are taught in English, and there are a lot of academic mobility and refresher training programmes including distance learning, she concluded.
Dr. Samura Kamara said he is impressed by how fast and flexible RUDN University is adapting to global challenges. Expanding academic cooperation he stated, reflects realities Sierra Leone is facing citing examples of: setting up centres for diseases control, lack of specialists in civil engineering, and the need of agronomists for mass food production. ‘Africa needs specialists for improving life quality’, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Dr. Kamara noted that RUDN University has long helped train specialists for Sierra Leone and since 1960 has given the country 143 specialists. He promised to personally control signing agreements with the leading universities in Sierra Leone and selection of the best candidates for RUDN University.
The Director of the Ministry of Education and Science International Department, Igor Ganshin, stressed that they are planning to increase Russian education export by selecting the most attractive places for entrance. ‘RUDN University has always been and will be the Russian leader in preparing highly-qualified specialists for foreign countries’ he ended.
It could be recalled that the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation recently visited Russia to hold bilateral and multilateral consultations with his counterpart Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov’s.