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September meeting of BRICS NU ITG on Economics in St. Petersburg

On September 15-16th Higher School of Economics (HSE) hosted a meeting of the BRICS NU International Thematic Group (ITG) on Economics. The meeting has been held at the HSE campus in Saint Petersburg within the frames of the BRICS Global Business and Innovation” conference. The first two sessions of the meeting were attended by the members of the BRICS NU ITG on BRICS studies.

The meeting has been attended by 18 participants who represented 10 university participants of the BRICS NU, including Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) from Brazil; Higher School of Economics (HSE), People’s Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) and Ural Federal University (UrFU) from Russia, Beijing Normal University (BNU) and Henan University (HENU) from China; and the University of Cape Town (UCT) from South Africa.

The meeting was opened by Boris Zhelezov, Deputy First Vice-Rector (HSE), and Marina Batalina, the Head of the International Cooperation Office (HSE). They outlined the key targets of the meeting and provided a quick overview of the BRICS NU documents.

Prof. Maxim Khomyakov (UrFU), a member of the International Governing Board of the BRICS NU presented the major milestones of the BRICS NU development.

During the sessions, chaired by Alina Shcherbakova (HSE) and Ekaterina Degtereva (RUDN University), representing Russian ITG members, participants considered the major problems in the development of the BRICS NU master programs in Economics, offered some solutions to these problems, and presented joint Master´s programs.  The participants approved an updated Road Map to implement these educational programs. They also considered different professors and students mobility schemes. In particular the meeting decided to develop an agreement on BRICS mobility, which would enable them to establish regulations acceptable to all participants.