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ITG: BRICS studies

BRICS studies

International Thematic Group «BRICS Studies»  unites representatives of universities from Brazil (Unicamp), Russia (MGIMO, MISIS , MSU, TPU, TSU, RUDN, UrFU, SPSU, HSE, ITMO), India (Jamia Millia Islamia, TATA Institute of Social Sciences), China (Beijing Normal University and Fudan University) and South Africa (Stellenbosch University and University of Johannesburg). In 2016, the group is coordinated jointly bu UrFU (Russia) and Jamia Millia Islamia (India).

The group aims at developing educational and research collaboration around the problematique of BRICS Studies which was identified during the first meeting of the group in Ekaterinburg, in April, 2016. This problematique includes socioeconomic and sociopolitical development of BRICS countries, transnational relations among BRICS countries and global issues, and human condition and intercultural communication issues in BRICS Countries. This problematique is a subject of change and is currently being discussed further among group members.

The BRICS Studies ITG seeks to develop joint initiatives in education and research through network implementation of collaborative Master and PhD programs, short courses and seminars for students, conferences and joint publications. All joint actions of the BRICS Studies ITG in education and research aim at 1. Contributing to the production of knowledge relevant to the betterment of living conditions in BRICS countries; 2. Designing new competencies (general and professional) for professionals in BRICS countries; 3. Achieving open architecture of programs in interdisciplinary research areas and educational programs; 4. Suggesting innovative and outstanding courses only; 5. Integrating methods and disciplines from humanities and social sciences. We also think that mandatory in-country stay is a distinguishing feature of BRICS studies educational programs.

If you want to get in touch with the group, please visit the ITG members’ information with emails or contact ITG coordinators: Professor Sushant Gosh ( and Maria Guzikova (