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30 March 2022

Irkutsk journalists discussed the work of universities under sanctions

Yesterday «a round table was held in the conference hall of the newspaper "Arguments and Facts in Eastern Siberia. The topic of discussion were the problems of the work of universities in the context of sanctions. Mikhail Kuz’min, Vice-Rector for International Relations of BSU, also attended the meeting.

From the very beginning of the briefing, journalists asked a large number of questions the leadership of universities about the need to adjust the curricula of universities in connection with the new realities in international relations.

Mikhail Kuz’min commented on this situation: “The current global situation has not affected the implementation of international programs at Baikal State University. About 400 foreigners from different countries of the world study at Baikal State University. Our university cooperates with more than 50 universities, and BSU students have the opportunity to practice abroad. Today, the university implements a high number of dual degree programs with universities in China, France and Austria. Moreover, along with the already existing English-language master's programs (International Management, Banking and Finance), it is planned to launch English-language bachelor's programs with universities in China and Mongolia.”

Certainly, now there is a need to adapt a number of processes at the university to modern realities. However, we did not have trouble in international activities due to the restrictions imposed. Furthermore, the university has introduced and successfully operates a modern system of distance and hybrid education for foreign students.

This year, the university offers 868 state-funded places. An important aspect is also the availability of a flexible system of discounts for Russian and foreign students.

I believe that currently, international activity only increases its importance. Therefore, on behalf of the university, I invite Russian and foreign applicants to receive a high-quality education at an international level at our university,” said the Vice-Rector of Baikal State University.

Nikolai Dmitriev, rector of the Agrarian University, also spoke about the fact that agreements have been reached with partner countries and an agreement on close cooperation has been outlined. Nikolai Dmitriev said that the university is ready to enroll more foreign students. Now, students from 16 countries study at the IASU. The university collaborates with about 70 universities from Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. As part of international programs, students from Germany, Switzerland and Spain have already completed internships at IASU, Russian students are at internship in Germany and Switzerland now.