Russia and Slovakia are strengthening cooperation in education and science
The Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation O.Y. Vasilyeva met with the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Martina Lubyová.
When opening the meeting, the Head of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia highlighted that bilateral relations between the Russian Federation and the Slovak Republic in education and science have been significantly expanded recently.
“In 2017/18 academic year, 100 state scholarships have been granted to Slovakia, mainly for language internship in Russia”, said the Head of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.
O.Y. Vasilyeva informed that a Russian-Slovak intergovernmental agreement on the mutual recognition of education, qualifications and academic degrees is to be signed, and an interagency agreement on the work of Russian-Slovak bilingual classes in secondary schools of the Slovak Republic is being drafted.
“I think that the signing of this agreement will contribute to further popularization and increase in the Slovak students’ interest to study Russian. We are willing to give it all the necessary support”, said O.Y. Vasilyeva.
Olga Yuryevna informed that under the interagency Agreement on Educational Cooperation it is envisaged that the Russian party will provide up to 200 state scholarships within 15 years to educate Slovak experts in nuclear sector in leading Russian universities.
Furthermore, within the framework of Russian-Slovak scientific and technical cooperation, three research projects are being carried out, for each of which the Russian and Slovak parties have allocated ₽15 million and €300 thousand respectively.
The Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Martina Lubyová, in turn, mentioned the growing interest among students and schoolchildren to study the Russian language.
“Today, our schoolchildren can choose Russian as a second foreign language only after 7th grade. We are planning to make changes, so that children will be able to choose a second foreign language already starting from 3rd grade”, said Martina Lubyová.
She underlined that fruitful contacts between the Ministries of the two countries promote further cooperation in education and science.
Nowadays, 79 Slovak citizens are students at Russian universities, 51 of them are being supported from the federal budget (including 42 people within the quota) and 28 people under educational agreements funded by individuals and/or legal entities.
The most popular educational institutions for language internship in Russia among students from Slovakia are Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, St. Petersburg State University, and “Higher School of Economics” National Research University.
Meeting of the Ministers O.Y. Vasilyeva and Martina Lubyová
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