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Different scenarios of the BRICS future were presented at Ural Federal University

For three days participants of the international spring school “BRICS Future: 2030” worked on the most relevant problems of global politics, economics, education and development

On April 10-13 the international spring school for students and young researchers “BRICS Future: 2030” took place at Ural Federal University. The event was attended by the participants from Russia, Brazil, China, South Africa, Mexico, Germany, France, Kazakhstan  -  guests from partner universities worked together with UrFU degree-seeking and exchange students.

The event started with a series of lectures devoted to the most relevant topics in politics, economics, education and human and urban development of BRICS countries. The lectures were delivered by the experts from Ural Federal University, University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Russian International Affairs Council.

Having gained an insight into the current trends of the development of BRICS countries, the participants started working in international groups, each group discussing one of the four core subjects: sustainable economic development of BRICS countries, BRICS political strategy, BRICS human and urban development , BRICS education. During two days of brainstorming, analyzing and forecasting the groups worked out different scenarios for the development of the above-mentioned sectors. On the final day the international teams presented the results of their work and discussed together such notions and questions like the reasons for the necessity of BRICS collaboration, the possibility of one superpower emerging and suppressing other countries in the BRICS union, developing the concept of free, equal-access and high-quality education and the need for boosting international exchange collaboration in education starting from the high school level.

As comments Zhanna Belyaeva, Associate Professor of UrFU Graduate School of Economics and Management, the school turned out to be a really important event in terms of the development of youth leadership and the positioning of BRICS, as the students and young researchers who took part in the school represented not only five BRICS countries, but a number of other interested countries from all over the globe. “It was a pleasure for me to take on the role of the moderator of a dynamic and creative international group working on the subject of the sustainable development  of BRICS countries that brought together students and researchers  from South Africa, China, Brazil, Russia, Guinea and France. During two days of work we managed to develop a number of interesting scenarios of BRICS 2030 and propose some achievable indicators for the assessment of these models. I am happy to make a note of the high level of knowledge and expertise demonstrated by the students of UrFU program in International Economics and Business who represented Russia in the international school. I really hope that the collaboration in the frames of academic and research projects will continue”.

The results of the work will be published in the special edition of the InBRICS Newsletter issued by UrFU BRICS Studies Center, and will be made available for the decision-makers and stakeholders to adapt their strategies in order to achieve or avoid certain scenario.